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I think that the midroof short wheelbase Transit is probably the best looking. Now, I know that looks aren't always important, but still. I do not wish to offend any of the low roof owners, but I find the low roof Transit...odd looking. It seems somehow out of proportion. I think that I high roof short wheelbase would also look out of proportion, but you cannot buy that combination.

With this said, I will be buying a High Roof, because I am 6'4" and the High Roof Transit is the only van available right now that I can stand up in.

But, the short wheelbase has an appeal, because I have owned both a Ford and Chevy van in the past, and the short wheelbase would be a lot like driving those.
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First upgrade. A handle for pulling the the rear door shut from inside. Also helps with getting in. It's our peel and stick handle with 3M VHB.



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Hein, did you sell your Sprinter?

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Hein, did you sell your Sprinter?
Nope, in fact we just used it to drive out in the eastern Gorge for some kitesurfing.The Transit is for R&D and our daughter will be using it. Until then we are driving it around town and it's great.
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Our diligent crew started mid morning and by evening the Thinsulate(TM) was done and the OEM wall panels were back in place. Every enclosed bulkhead was filled using a string to pull rolled up strips into those areas. We removed the factory sound deadening under the fender liners and replaced that with Thinsulate. We dropped the headliner at the rear, poked a strip down to the above the windshield and then placed a large piece towards the back and inserted more strips along the sides.. Those we were able to attach to the sheetmetal by spraying 3M 90 spray between the metal and insulation and then lifting it up to stick with a yard stick. More installation details and tricks to follow. Amazing how quiet the van is. Especially with the Thinsulate(TM) 'headliner'. (since there isn't a ceiling panel yet)



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Image below is the result of a little CAD work to layout the roof. I can fit 2 Renogy Eclipse panels for 200 watts of solar and an offset Maxxair Deluxe roof vent leaving enough room down one side for a paddle board. (The board will block one panel.)

The 8020 sticks along the length of the van will sturdy up the whole rack assembly. The towers and 8020 stubs midway down the van will also help structurally and with the look.



pdf:www.impact3d.com/Ford_Transit_SWB_MR_2xRenogy_eclipse+Maxxair.pdf
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Our diligent crew started mid morning and by evening the Thinsulate(TM) was done and the OEM wall panels were back in place. Every enclosed bulkhead was filled using a string to pull rolled up strips into those areas. We removed the factory sound deadening under the fender liners and replaced that with Thinsulate. We dropped the headliner at the rear, poked a strip down to the above the windshield and then placed a large piece towards the back and inserted more strips along the sides.. Those we were able to attach to the sheetmetal by spraying 3M 90 spray between the metal and insulation and then lifting it up to stick with a yard stick. More installation details and tricks to follow. Amazing how quiet the van is. Especially with the Thinsulate(TM) 'headliner'. (since there isn't a ceiling panel yet)

Wow, you guys work fast! I did the headliner in the same manner, except I just cut one oversize piece and crammed it in there without using adhesive.

Coincidentally got back to my insulation project yesterday and did the section behind the driver (window van). I used a tape measure as a fish tape and pulled rolled up sections of Thinsulate into all the cavities surrounding the windows. Made a huge difference in heat transfer to the interior metal. Today I'm going to try and get the slider done.
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Purchased a Maxxair 7500 and planning on off-setting it to the driver's side by 10.75" so a paddle board can be hauled on the passenger's side. We have room for a Renogy Eclipse panel ahead of the vent and also one on the other side that would be shaded if carrying the board. See layout in post above.

We want the vent to sit level so I machined an adapter to make that happen:

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Looks great! How many linear feet of thinsulate did this project use? Cans of adhesive?
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