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Intro from Colorado

Hey everyone, I am currently building out my 2017 ford transit 350 extended high roof. The van has a heavy duty alternator and 2 house batteries. It came with a rear AC unit and heater in the front......we got both items taken out last week. The AC unit and heater are for sale in case anyone is interested.

It will have 400-600 watts of solar on top (currently trying to figure out how to mount the panels, roof rack or drills holes in the roof). 765 amp hours of batteries UB-8D x 3. 12 Volt power and 110 Volt power. All these items are purchased just in the final research stage of figuring out how to mount on the roof correctly.

Components: Isotherm elegance 130 fridge, samlex 2000 watt inverter, tru induction 1800 watt cooktop, 35 gallon water storage tank, custom mattress from insider mattress, stainless sink 14x14x7.
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Looks great, where in CO are you guys?

I've been going through the same thoughts regarding roof mounting Solar panels. What I think I'm going to do is buy brackets from Vantech that mount to the factory mount points and then build an 80/20 platform rack that will mount to those. The Vantech mounts have multiple holes front to back which will work well for plan to have rails running front to back on the towers so I can run cross bars wherever I want.

I considered direct mounting panel's, but want the ability to change things in the future.

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Looks good and welcome
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[QUOTE=Jeremy Morgan;540929]Looks great, where in CO are you guys?

Thanks Man! We are in Denver area, park hill neighborhood. I like the idea of the van tech mounts. the 80/20 setup costs as much as getting a customer bracket made. At least that is what I have found.
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Yeah, you could likely have a custom platform welded up but then you lose the adjustability. When i priced it out I was looking at about 180 for the extrusion (2 longitudinal rails and 4 cross rails) , roughly 80 fort the hardware depending on what I used and 50 for shipping.

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Jeremy, could you send me a link to the extrusions you were looking at. I must have been mistaken on price......that is not that bad at all.

What part of Colorado are you in?
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Jeremy, could you send me a link to the extrusions you were looking at. I must have been mistaken on price......that is not that bad at all.

What part of Colorado are you in?
I priced the parts out through the 80/20 website.

https://8020.net/

You can select pretty much any length you want and they cut them for you. I believe the cut charge is about $1.50? They sell pre-cut lengths on amazon, but the pricing is the same per inch as the custom lengths. They also sell random pieces on their ebay store for about half price. That can be a good deal if you can find pieces that work for your needs.

Keep in mind that their are 3 different profiles for the 1515 series; standard, lightweight and ultra-lightweight. This is one of the unusual times where the lightweight version is actually cheaper since it uses less metal to produce.

For the black anodized stuff there are two versions of each, as best I can tell the more expensive one is anodized after it is cut so the ends are black too instead of bare AL.

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We are just west of Golden. About 30 minutes into the mountains. My office is in golden so I'm down there 3 days a week.

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Welcome!

Sounds like there needs to be a CO meet up... I'm seeing lots of other CO people here!


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...and what did you set as your bed height to clear the bikes?


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