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Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   Today, 01:01:PM
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Posted By JKCalhoun
I left off finishing the windows above — I'll...

I left off finishing the windows above — I'll conclude here.

• I have read that the screws that come with the C.R.Laurence windows are crap and can break. To that end I decided to order some...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   09-11-2019, 08:39:PM
Replies: 74
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Posted By JKCalhoun
• Slats are from IKEA — if I recall correctly, it...

• Slats are from IKEA — if I recall correctly, it was a pair of slats for a queen-size bed. They had to be cut a bit to length (width?). A few too were removed, were not needed.

• Velcro was added...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   09-11-2019, 08:27:PM
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Posted By JKCalhoun
For whatever reason, I decided to go the 80/20...

For whatever reason, I decided to go the 80/20 route to create the bed(s). Rather than a single large bed for two, I went with two "cot size" beds — side by side. They run east/west and sit on the...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-26-2019, 10:14:AM
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Posted By JKCalhoun
People that make foam model airplane wings build...

People that make foam model airplane wings build their own for cutters. Google it, but I believe it's just a length of nichrome wire and the equivalent of a model train transformer.

Example:...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-17-2019, 10:39:PM
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Posted By JKCalhoun
People are free to do what they like. If the guy...

People are free to do what they like. If the guy wants to sell something he got for free, that's fine.

You and I are alike though. I too would let them go for shipping if it was an accident on the...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-17-2019, 05:22:PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
• I started a pilot hole near the outline with a...

• I started a pilot hole near the outline with a drill — large enough to insert the blade of the saber-saw. Then, from the outside of the van, using a fine sheet metal blade, I slowly, carefully cut...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-17-2019, 05:09:PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
I tackled installing two slider windows (are they...

I tackled installing two slider windows (are they called bunk windows?) from C. R. Laurence.

I ordered both the driver's side and passenger's side slider windows (they're both 10" tall and 33"...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-17-2019, 09:48:AM
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Posted By JKCalhoun
It was flat/flush. No need for spacers.

It was flat/flush. No need for spacers.
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-15-2019, 12:21:AM
Replies: 74
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Posted By JKCalhoun
Thought I should grab a photo from above to show...

Thought I should grab a photo from above to show the stiffener + shelf. This is the 1½" rail the bed will ride on.
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-15-2019, 12:17:AM
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Posted By JKCalhoun
> Are you isolating the wood from the metal at...

> Are you isolating the wood from the metal at all?

No. Am I going to regret it?

I guess I have not seen the threads.
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-14-2019, 07:57:PM
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Posted By JKCalhoun
Photos of the finished, installed "bed rails"....

Photos of the finished, installed "bed rails". Also, made a drawing showing dimensions.

Some things perhaps not obvious:

• You see the large rectangular rail, but behind it is a "doubler" ("B"...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-14-2019, 07:41:PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
The battens are indeed backing to give cabinets...

The battens are indeed backing to give cabinets (etc.) something more than ½"of plywood to screw into.

Additionally, I was a little worried about the foam being crushed down over time. The battens...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-14-2019, 12:48:AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,888
Posted By JKCalhoun
Just finishing up doing what OP described —...

Just finishing up doing what OP described — doubled-up 3/4" plywood "rails" on each side of the van. Tall enough to bring the bed up to where described (see the Hot Tamale build thread on this...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-12-2019, 12:08:AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
• The two "rails" in an early stage are laying...

• The two "rails" in an early stage are laying across the top in this photo. A template I cut for adding a reinforcing wood backing to the rails is also visible. You can see the row of holes along...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-12-2019, 12:05:AM
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Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
Enough stick furniture. Time to get real… ...

Enough stick furniture. Time to get real…

The next challenge is figuring out how to hang the bed. Decided on an East/West pair of cot-sized mattresses. I hope to be able to shove them toward the...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-04-2019, 10:00:PM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By JKCalhoun
Left Window, Right Window — What?

I have a pair of 30 x 10 slider windows from C. R. Laurence. I ordered the pair — a left and a right.

But why do they label them that way? Which is passenger's side, which is driver's side?
...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-03-2019, 02:02:PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
Kitchen (on the right) is taking shape. But...

Kitchen (on the right) is taking shape.

But how to configure the beds…

Considered North/South with a split down the middle — hoping to be able to pitch each half (or both) up against the van...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-03-2019, 01:56:PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
Time to build "stick furniture" in the van to...

Time to build "stick furniture" in the van to figure out how to configure the bed, kitchen, etc.

2 x 2's and cardboard (the other CAD)…

Actual sink and other fittings when available.

I can...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-02-2019, 10:24:AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By JKCalhoun
Oh, that's interesting, about the pressure...

Oh, that's interesting, about the pressure regulator. I didn't know they had pumps with that built in. That would be fairly simple then.

I have seen people put something in-line, maybe an...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   08-02-2019, 01:40:AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By JKCalhoun
How do sinks work?

I did some googling around but still can't figure out how sinks in RVs work.

I understand there is a water tank, and a hose from the tank often runs to a 12V pump that then connects by hose to the...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   07-29-2019, 11:07:PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,276
Posted By JKCalhoun
My guess is roof real-estate. The slow slope on...

My guess is roof real-estate. The slow slope on the front of the Transit means a forward fan is fairly well back. Bracing on the rear of the Transit means a rear fan is about a foot or more in from...
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   07-26-2019, 10:52:AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,744
Posted By JKCalhoun
Forgot to attach some files I created:

Forgot to attach some files I created:
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   07-26-2019, 12:19:AM
Replies: 17
Views: 699
Posted By JKCalhoun
I'm trying to picture it: :D

I'm trying to picture it:
:D
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   07-26-2019, 12:13:AM
Replies: 16
Views: 528
Posted By JKCalhoun
My guess is that it is the current draw from a...

My guess is that it is the current draw from a refrigerator. Sure, there are efficient ones, but perhaps they're worried about the bad apples that will cook their power brick.
Forum: Camper Vans and Conversions   07-25-2019, 01:00:AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,325
Posted By JKCalhoun
I have been told from others online that truck...

I have been told from others online that truck stop showers are some of the cleanest, FWIW.
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