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Currently my 2015 LWB, MR is at Quad Van undergoing the 4x4 conversion. I am currently in the process of making a material list of all equipment (electrical, water, batteries etc.) I will be using. I am outfitting the van for a long term trip to Central America with my wife and dog. Van will have A/C, an electrical system similar to Orton's with an 8020 build out. I have learned a lot from the Sprinter Van forum as well as some of the builds here. Orton, Hein and
Jetthaden (Thaden) have been great source of information and I probably would not attempt this build if it wasn't for the wealth of information they have given in their builds. I have been using sketch up for planning my build and am open to any suggestions on the layout. I am planning a shower out of the back as well as the one inside. The drawers under the dinette/bed area are for tools, cooking, spares, motor fluids and recovery gear. I am still trying to figure out where to put my wife shoes haha.

I will start a build thread with a proposed list of equipment before the build. I am planning on using Lipo batteries, a DC air conditioner http://www.hotspotenergy.com/DC-air-...cs-DC48VRF.pdf and solar panels. I still have quite a few things to figure out (like how to mount 4 solar panels...Stack them and deploy when stopped?) but I am getting closer to feeling comfortable on pulling the trigger to start ordering my equipment. I hope to have the van back from Quadvan in a couple of weeks and stopping by Heins to pick up my Thinsulate. Thanks for looking.
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I am planning on using Lipo batteries, a DC air conditioner http://www.hotspotenergy.com/DC-air-...cs-DC48VRF.pdf and solar panels. I still have quite a few things to figure out ...
That pdf does not list any dimensions for the exterior unit, which I expect would contain the compressor, condenser & fan. Where do you plan to mount that?
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The dimensions for both interior and exterior units are on the second page of PDF. Outdoor unit 30” x 11.2” x 23.2” WxDxH Unit will mount on the back. I'm using an Aluminess rear bumper, tire carrier and box http://www.aluminess.com/ford/transit-van/rear-bumper/ I will probably mount it where the storage box would normally go and not use the box. I will have a cover/wire mesh enclosure when not in use. I am totally open to different ideas on mounting location. Thanks for looking.
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Looks Good - will be a Fun trip -

one thing to take into consideration when building
battery box for Lipo is they want to change size --

I thinks it is -
Battery wants to expand on fast discharge -
But box should Not Allow expansion -Strong -

Strong box also helps prevent dents to batteries -
Dents in Lipo is Not good - -

What color is your van? -

I could not see the 2nd pdf -

AC unit looks nice -
Where are you going to mount the AC compressor ?

Lots of decisions to make when Mounting solar panels-
things like easy of use and air drag - Heat -

I am going to be traveling where it is
mostly warm to hot and dry - few trees -
short country and stealth camping-
Many Highway miles -
White Van -

with solar panels available now Im going to
use rigid panels on a rack with Inch or so of air gap
between panels and roof-
for panel cooling -

Rack extended slightly forward to act as
brush guard for front edge of panel -

Permanent mount with thermal isolation -

moving panels would get old real quick -

The rear swing out mount looks sweet -
How much weight will it hold?
How is it mounted to van ?

The roof rack that was on one of the links you posted
from what I could see it looked nice -
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Outside Van uses KingTec 12v air conditioners. We are considering one of their units if we add AC.

http://kingtecusa.com/battery-truck-ac/K20D/
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Outside Van uses KingTec 12v air conditioners. We are considering one of their units if we add AC.

http://kingtecusa.com/battery-truck-ac/K20D/
Right. I like the ones from Autoclima or IndelB. Much better suited than the one the OP chose.

I have the Autoclima Ugo.
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Looks Good - will be a Fun trip -

one thing to take into consideration when building
battery box for Lipo is they want to change size --

I thinks it is -
Battery wants to expand on fast discharge -
But box should Not Allow expansion -Strong -

Strong box also helps prevent dents to batteries -
Dents in Lipo is Not good - -

Thanks, I will keep that in mind when building battery box out.

What color is your van? -

I could not see the 2nd pdf -
Silver

AC unit looks nice -
Where are you going to mount the AC compressor ?
I'm still not 100% sure where or if I'm using that unit, but would mount it somewhere on the back.

Lots of decisions to make when Mounting solar panels-
things like easy of use and air drag - Heat -

I am going to be traveling where it is
mostly warm to hot and dry - few trees -
short country and stealth camping-
Many Highway miles -
White Van -

with solar panels available now Im going to
use rigid panels on a rack with Inch or so of air gap
between panels and roof-
for panel cooling -

Rack extended slightly forward to act as
brush guard for front edge of panel -

Permanent mount with thermal isolation -

moving panels would get old real quick -
Great ideas, and yes moving panels would get old

The rear swing out mount looks sweet -
How much weight will it hold?
Each side is 100b
How is it mounted to van ?

The roof rack that was on one of the links you posted
from what I could see it looked nice -
Thanks, I look forward to seeing your van, pics?
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Outside Van uses KingTec 12v air conditioners. We are considering one of their units if we add AC.

http://kingtecusa.com/battery-truck-ac/K20D/
Spoke to my local rep on this unit and he did not feel comfortable selling it to me.
I was grateful he was a straight shooter.
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Right. I like the ones from Autoclima or IndelB. Much better suited than the one the OP chose.

I have the Autoclima Ugo.
Thanks for the info, where did you purchase your unit if you don't mind me asking? I'm also looking at these http://www.cruisencomfortusa.com the HD-12
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Thanks for the info, where did you purchase your unit if you don't mind me asking? I'm also looking at these http://www.cruisencomfortusa.com the HD-12
Talk to Badger Truck Refrigeration.
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