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Its a Pioneer TS-WH500A compact sub. I ran RCAs and the remote wire under the vinyl floor and up the center console to a Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX. Power is coming from the CCP currently, but I plan to power it off the house batteries once they are in. I wired the head unit power through a dash mounted switch to allow normal or house battery operation. The head unit is wired to push video (DVD/HDMI) to a rear TV and bring in audio if we watch broadcast stations.

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Nice. I assumed you had the stock Sync 3 in the dash by glancing over the picture above the sub.

I wonder how easy it would be to add that sub to the Sync 3?

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Nice. I assumed you had the stock Sync 3 in the dash by glancing over the picture above the sub.

I wonder how easy it would be to add that sub to the Sync 3?

Easy enough, it can be pushed by line or speaker level. Just tap into the rear speaker outs at the harness behind the deck.
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@GapRunr it was about 53" before I trimmed it out.
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Progress has slowed quite a bit due to weather, work, and a major change in plans for lighting. I'm at a place in the build where I have to commit to the electrical layout before I finish paneling... am I'm having commitment issues I'm awaiting delivery of a bunch of RGBW & temp control LED strips, controllers, and switches so I can test and finalize the lighting and associated wiring.


I did get a 30A receptacle installed into the bumper and all wired up last night. I was pleased to find a little rubber grommet, the perfect size for 12/3 right in that location running into the D pillar.
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@GapRunr it was about 53" before I trimmed it out.
That's perfect, thanks!

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I ordered these LED controllers and switches to test out for the build. This is a 12v touch controlled wireless switch that can handle 3 zones of RGBW LEDs and fits into a standard (shallow) household switch box. I'm quite happy with them thus far. The single switch can handle dimming, white light temperature control, RGB control, and color randomizing for up to 3 zones. I'll have an overhead, under cabinet, and possibly a wet bath zone.
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I got the first ceiling panel in today. So far the VHB tape is working out...

What thickness are your ceiling panels? Do you notice any bouncing in the ceiling panels when driving, since there is nothing supporting the middle of the panels?
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What thickness are your ceiling panels? Do you notice any bouncing in the ceiling panels when driving, since there is nothing supporting the middle of the panels?

I'm using 5mm ply. I was also concerned by this, particularly with the large span in the center of the van. I knew that once my cabinetry is in it would be supported well enough, but It hasn't been a problem at all even without the extra support. The arch of the ceiling actually works to prevent sagging or bounce.

The lighting in this shot kind of makes the ceiling look wavy, but in reality it is nice and flat. I do have some slight bowing at the wall edges in a few places, but the cabinetry and wall paneling will correct this. I wouldn't have this problem if my rib ply rafters went wall-to-wall, but I left them short on the sides to lessen the step arch at the edges. Basically the last 5" or so of each side of my panels are unsupported until the cabinets or wall panels are in.
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This shot should provide more detail on my rafters and how they allow the edge of my ceiling to lay as flat as possible.
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I've spent yesterday (re)finding the centerlines of the van and contemplating how in the buck I'm going to scribe the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry side panels. My plan today is to build a temporary framework out of 1x2 to hold cardboard templates for scribing.

I somehow ended up having almost an inch less room for my fridge and shower cabinetry than I'd planned for. This means I'm going to have to build the shower walls out of 1/2" ply instead of 3/4" as I'd planned. I'm going to face them with 1x4 oak with a ton of pocket screws, so I think they will still be plenty stiff enough. I guess I'll find out soon enough.

I ended up with 77.5" of headroom in the center of the van, 74.5" at the wall edges. The shower pan gives me about 75" in the center of the wet bath.
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