As for as the pass van. I like the windows, always have, as we drive long distances, and the view is part of the experience, as far as the thermal loss/gain from windows, ok,. I still insulated the roof, both acoustically and thermally, as well as the side walls where I could. The air bags... a mixed blessing. safety factor, yes, but limits the design somewhat. You can remove them and maintain the system, you can purchase a module that takes care of this if you desire. However, the sidewall air curtains run from back to front, and I didn't want to remove that much protection. I wanted the rear air, thus another thing to design around relative to overhead storage, and the small fan on the floor area to work around. I removed all the seats in the rear, left the oem flooring etc. As far as layout for practical use. bed is cross-ways between the wheelhouse area, 6'1" is good enough for us, this is a bench type set up that is easy convertible from bench to bed. Usually, we used a split set up, with the cushions only removed from the front center half. Not sure if I will do a table set up, as we never used the one I put in the Sprinter set up. The "benches" are storage areas for water tank and such, with additional cabinets on left and right sides. Cooking area much like what Orton has laid out. Will most likely place the sink on the driver side, with the grey water tank just below the floor. Seems I'll have to custom fab up a tank to fit in the area, as the ac lines reduce the width to about 9 inches. So I will try my hand at plastic welding... Hot water, still not decided on..leaning towards the portable propane system out the rear, as I am not sold on the full battery and associated I would need to do a small elec set up. Showers are the main reason for the hot h2o, and I will have a set up out the rear doors for this, so. I am attempting to do a smart design without breaking the bank, and a robust elec grid can add a lot of cost. Reflection to how much use I got out of the one in the Sprinter leaves me wondering about cost vs use.
XLT Wagon 350, Long, Hi Roof , 3.5, 3.31 Limited slip, with everything I wanted.
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