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Multi-use Adventure Van Build

We just had a 2019 Quigley Transit delivered last week and have started our build-out.

This van is going to see several different uses:

1) Work van transporting test equipment and samples for my technology company;
2) Day use as a toy hauler for windsurfing and cycling trips;
3) Off-road wilderness camping;
4) Occasional night photography platform and post-processing facility.

Because the uses are so varied, we want to be able to swap out and change around much of the interior. So my plan is to 1) install lots of aircraft style L-Track and mount everything to the track and 2) use lightweight materials such as sail-fabric, and composites, to make fold-able/stow-able cabinets and bed.

I expect it will be a work in progress over the next year as we test various ideas.

So first up, here is our brand new Quigley, fitted with a nice set of OEM sized MSW Type 48s sporting a set of 245x75 16" BFG TA KO2s
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The first task was to remove the interior side panels and install insulation on the sides and roof. I went with EPS foam blocks on the roof and mold resistant 3" R15 "Pink Stuff" on the sides.

Here it is stripped out, fitting the roof panels and with the interior panels re-fitted. I'n going to install a ceiling shell later, when we have installed the roof rack, roof lights, awning and ceiling fan.

The roof rack should arrive in a few weeks.
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The L-Track should arrive later this week. So in the meantime, i made some de-mountable soft racks to carry my windsurfing gear.
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A set of Van Compas shock mount relocation brackets are going on tomorrow to raise the bottom of the shock mounts 2". So they will be ~3" higher with the larger rolling radius tires. I may look for a more radical solution to move the lower shock mounts level with the axle, that's for another day.
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Got the Van Compass shock relocation brackets installed. It results in ~2" off additional clearance between the bottom of the shock and the ground and raises them usefully higher than the bottom of the rear diff housing. The photos show the drivers side installed and the passenger side diss-assembled but not yet cut.
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It was my first good look at the underside of a Transit. I was really impressed with how much room there is under the floor to add stuff like tanks, generators, auxiliary heaters, tool boxes, gun safes etc.

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The L-Track should arrive later this week. So in the meantime, i made some de-mountable soft racks to carry my windsurfing gear.
A few of my boards in my van
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A few of my boards in my van
Nice where do you sail?

I am just getting back on the water after a couple of years off, while I was working out of State. I sail mostly in the SF Bay, launching from His Lordships and Pt Isabel.

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Did you trim the wheel wells / bumper? I just got back to Portland from Quigley with the same exact van, and am saving for that same tire combo... nice choice!
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Did you trim the wheel wells / bumper? I just got back to Portland from Quigley with the same exact van, and am saving for that same tire combo... nice choice!
Sorry for the slow response. Yes I trimmed the front plastics and rolled the weld seam. However, after doing it, I'm not certain it was necessary with this wheel combination.

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