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Weekend warrior van conversion 2015 T250 HR 148

Thought I'd share my conversion project of our 2015 148 HR 3.7L RWD T250. Purchased the van in April from a GMC dealer in Reno. 2015 used with 19k miles. I think it was a cargo rental prior, and only could find cargo load dings as anything wrong with it. So far we've used the van on numerous camping trips using our first attempt as a R&D setup/simple build out to vet what we like and don't like. After a summer of that system I've narrowed down how we want to have the rig setup. This was a really great way to determine what we liked without spending a fortune on the front end.

The goal is to use this a second vehicle in town and a weekend get away rig for camping, biking, skiing, etc.

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1. Insulate as much as possible. Build the floor up 2" to reduce underside heat loss
2. Install a robust additional passenger bench seat
3. Sleep full length, and have room for kids to sleep either under our platform or with a fold down bunk system
4. Minimal electrical setup to reduce costs, really just enough for minimal LED lighting and a ventilation fan.
5. New tires for snow travel
6. Add water storage, and outdoor heated shower off the rear door
7. Roof rack for solar panels and possible additional gear storage
8. Keep build cost near $5k ish, but without doing one prior it was difficult to determine what this actually is. Therefore items like $1000 load panels were out of the question as that money needed to go to other things.

I've shared some of the photos of my progress here. https://goo.gl/photos/oaT6kJCChwqVVjf46

I'll try and keep this updated as I make progress.

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We are looking to do a similar sleeping situation and we are interested to see how you lay it out.

Is the propane bottle plumbed to anything?


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The propane bottle in the photo is portable for outdoor cooking.

The bed is 75x66. It will become a bit narrower since I recently installed L track on the walls. I will use the L track to fasten the boxes to the van using studded anchors. I was using 1 inch thick plywood sections to screw the boxes to prior. Previously I h ad attached the plywood section to the wall with the 8mm existing threaded inserts on the walls, this was just a temp way of fastening to the wall prior to installing the L track system.

The width of boxes are 22" with a 22" galley as of now. Center galley will be getting trimmed down about 2 or 3 inches soon.

Overall the galley was a good concept, but it was a pain converting the bed everyday. Without putting the bed away it was difficult to access the storage below. For just two people without much gear this system would likely be good. But with a kid and lots of outdoor gear it was just not enough storage capacity.

So we will be building a platform bed and likely will just keep the port side box. Starboard side will mostly be left open for mtn bike's. But I'll still keep the option to add the box in as needed if I want a full double level sleeping system.


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I'll be watching to see how you fit yourselves and the kids in there. I made a platform that sits across the front seats for one kid to sleep on. Might try to bunk two in the cab. Looks great so far!

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I'll be watching to see how you fit yourselves and the kids in there. I made a platform that sits across the front seats for one kid to sleep on. Might try to bunk two in the cab. Looks great so far!
Top of lower level will be 22" above the van floor. I want at least 28" of clear space above the top of mattress on the platform bed level. This leaves about 24" vertical distance between the lower level top of box and bottom of the platform bed.

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And she got new tires! 225/75R16 Goodyear Duratrac AT tires. no rub so far. I can't wait to try them out in the snow. Soon to be heading to the mtn for some over night ski trips!
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Nice layout. One thing I tried to accomplish in my design was to keep the amount of energy required to set up and take down the rig to a minimum.

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Shred, what kind of roof fan/vent is that? Is it quiet / low-power-draw??

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Shred, what kind of roof fan/vent is that? Is it quiet / low-power-draw??
It's a 6_inch diameter, from etrailer.com. draws .6 amps. Single speed , one direction. Not quiet, but not terribly loud. I can also leave it open while driving if it's not raining. This year I plan to put a Maxx air fan. I wanted to test the small fan last year before I cut a 14 inch square hole. The little fan was only about $50. I plan to put the max air fan closer to the front and not use the fan for the small vent but rather use the small opening as the secondary vent.

http://www.etrailer.com/Enclosed-Tra.../VP-543SP.html

I was also reluctant to cut a hole across the roof corrugations. But after seeing so many people use the gasket set heine or Orton makes I'll probably just go with that
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We are doing a similar build but we have an extended length and a fixed rear raised platform bed. Our second row seat is for three.

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