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I received my Espar Gas Heater B4L M2. After watching a lot of Sprinter install videos I was thinking I'd install it under the passenger seat but then I watched some Transit videos and they installed it on the driver's side in the back near the wheel well and I had some room there. It's close to the gas tank and the exhaust wouldn't be near the sliding door. Plus, there a lot of room under the van in that area.
I had to cut away a small section of my floor so I could mount the heater to a flat surface.
I didn't do the gas tank for about another week because I wanted to get it down to empty.
Overall, the auxiliary gas line went well but I did it by myself and it took about 4 hours to complete. The hardest part was re installing the tank.
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Continued building the bed/ bench area out of 80/20, made the same mistake of having the 80/20 ends, end with an open piece of 80/20. I would later fix that on both the kitchen and bed area.
My first piece of wood would be added to the build. I went with 3/4 ply because I'll be attaching both the water heater and water pump to that wall plus running pex lines to the kitchen sink area. I put a few coats of mold & mildew resistant urethane on the wood.
This was my first time using rivet nut tool, I got it on Amazon and it's been very helpful. Amazon.com: WORKPRO 15" Hand Rivet Nut Setter Kit - 79-Piece High Leverage Rivet Nut Tool with Metric & SAE Mandrels and Nuts: Automotive
It was also my first time drilling holes into the 80/20, after I attached it to the van I couldn't believe how solid it was!!

I started using the panels that came with the van to attach to the walls to hold the insulation in place.
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Appreciate the feedback, there's definitely a learning curve! Glad I don't have a deadline but I would like to have it done by ski season! Sounds like your build is going well, any pictures?
I think I recall OurKaravan saying he started with 10 Series and switched to 15 Series.
I haven't had any come loose yet but maybe I need to keep an eye on that!
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Appreciate the feedback, there's definitely a learning curve! Glad I don't have a deadline but I would like to have it done by ski season! Sounds like your build is going well, any pictures?
I think I recall OurKaravan saying he started with 10 Series and switched to 15 Series.
I haven't had any come loose yet but maybe I need to keep an eye on that!
If I were to do the FB Ed frame, I would likely do it in15 series. I saw the ourKaravan vids and almost ordered the 15 serIRS, but some builders insisted 10 was good for a bed. As for those little bolts coming loose make me want to scream. There are less and less of them coming loose. Or you can say it’s taking longer. A few hours of driving before these last couple came loose; most are holding strong. It’s the bed platform ones. It’s probably because they are not fully secured and firmly attached to wall pieces and to plywood just yet. The locktight, plywood, automotive carpet and some rattle trap in key places should stop the rattles and squeaks.
I have the second AGM battery installed, with a B2B charger.
The trailer hitch is installed but the trailer brake controller is awaiting a part from Ford albeit aftermarket controller with Ford compatibility; it’s supposed to be visible and controlled from steering wheel and visible on my dash. Subfloor is down but not completely finished. I need to drill through the floor. Next week, when I go to install the jet black coin rubber flooring. The bed frame is attached to the walls. I want it to be easily removable within 10-15 min in case I need to carry larger household items. I am picking up a reclining couch sometime after I redo family room.
The framing for the on demand propane water heater, 6 gallon water jug and outdoor shower almost complete. I have to make a couple of adjustments to the height. Covid caused a lot of production delays as most of us have experienced. Materials are now rolling in almost daily, albeit some things I need now. I have to buy the way over priced external corner brackets or make them myself. I have made 6 custom ones so far. Likely 80 are needed to finish. The Maxxair fan will be here soon but adapter will be a month. Still haven’t sourced a local supplier for the bunk windows.
 

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Started working on my water system, we're going to have a shower in the back outside the van. The sink is on the same side of the van as the water tank so it's an easy setup. I haven't installed my gray tank yet but it'll also be inside under the bench/ bed.
I added a water level sensor to the water tank and I'll add a water level gauge close to the house fill.
I attached a 3/4 plywood to the 80/20 and then I attached the water pump and heater to the plywood.
Overall the install went well but it took a lot of trips to HD and Lowe's to get the correct fittings!
Does anyone know how to add an on/off switch to the water heater?
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I received some laminate I ordered from Home Depot, ( Wilsonart 4 ft. x 8 ft. Laminate Sheet in High Line with Premium Linearity Finish-7970K183504896 - The Home Depot )

It was time to give laminating a try for the first time. You definitely need to wear a mask when you apply the glue. It's easy to do, you just put glue on the wood and laminate and wait 20 minutes. Then you put them together carefully because one they touch it's very hard to adjust it. On large pieces I used a few dowels to get the placement correct and then removed them. I also used a roller to help it stick. Once the glue is dried I used a router with a flush trim bit to trim it and then I did some sanding on the edges.

Here's the glue I used, Wilsonart 128 fl. oz. WA600 Consumer Brush/Roller Grade Contact Adhesive-WA-600OC1GAL - The Home Depot

It's a time consuming process but the end result isn't bad looking.

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Is this "laminate" is the same as those old-fashion Formicas in the 70's. You used contact clement to glue it together? It seems look nicer :)
 

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Nice! I am currently 3d modelling my build while I wait for delivery of my van, Can you tell me how high you built the framing for your bench? I missed measuring the height of the bump out.
Good luck with the rest of your build, six weeks till the lifts start turning here!
 

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Nice! I am currently 3d modelling my build while I wait for delivery of my van, Can you tell me how high you built the framing for your bench? I missed measuring the height of the bump out.
Good luck with the rest of your build, six weeks till the lifts start turning here!
I literally just installed a piece of 80/20 on the other side at my bench height, keep in mind I'm measuring from the floor where I installed 3/4" plywood. The rivnut is at about 21"
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Is this "laminate" is the same as those old-fashion Formicas in the 70's. You used contact clement to glue it together? It seems look nicer :)
I'm purposely not using any exposed notty pine shiplap on the walls and ceiling of my build because it reminds me of my Dad's office walls when I was a kid in the 70s! LoL
I put a link above to the glue I used, I'm guessing it's the same product as the formica but in more designs available today?
 

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I must say it looks good. I seriously consider this option. Thanks. I assume that you trimmed off with a 90-degree router bit?
 

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That's great, Thanks so much for the info. Nice to know it will create a perfect bench height, I was afraid it was higher and my legs would be swinging like a little kid.
Keep up the good work,
 

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That's great, Thanks so much for the info. Nice to know it will create a perfect bench height, I was afraid it was higher and my legs would be swinging like a little kid.
Keep up the good work,
Actually, by the time I add a plywood top and a cushion it'll be too high for us, so we're adding a step up down the middle between the two benchs which will allow us to make a large drawer that'll pull out the back for extra storage.
A comfortable seat height for us is around 18", by the time we add a 3/4" plywood top and a 4" cushion well be somewhere around 25"
 

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I must say it looks good. I seriously consider this option. Thanks. I assume that you trimmed off with a 90-degree router bit?
Correct, a flush trim router bit works great.
 

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Actually, by the time I add a plywood top and a cushion it'll be too high for us, so we're adding a step up down the middle between the two benchs which will allow us to make a large drawer that'll pull out the back for extra storage.
A comfortable seat height for us is around 18", by the time we add a 3/4" plywood top and a 4" cushion well be somewhere around 25"
Your right, I totally missed adding the cushion.. doh. But great work around...might even be a good spot for the skis, back to the drawing board.
 

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I received my Espar Gas Heater B4L M2.
Where did you order your Espar M2 BL4 from? I'm in the market for the same unit and curious how your purchasing experience was, how long it took to receive, etc... Thanks
 

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Your right, I totally missed adding the cushion.. doh. But great work around...might even be a good spot for the skis, back to the drawing board.
My skis are going under the bench that I'm getting ready to build, my skis are to long to fit under that area.
I plan on having a covered drawer pull out the back that will hold a Colman grill and also be a table, perfect height if your sitting in a chair.
 

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Where did you order your Espar M2 BL4 from? I'm in the market for the same unit and curious how your purchasing experience was, how long it took to receive, etc... Thanks
I bought it from Heatso, HEATSO - Heating Solutions For Automotive And Marine Applications. 30% Off Dealers Prices.
Shipping from UK was fast and customer service responded to a few questions really fast!
However, it did get held up in customs for a day or two, customs had a few questions.
I just wish it came with a longer heat vent hose.
 

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Great job on your build. You're getting a ton of work done quickly. I like the use of laminate on the side panels. Wouldn't have thought of that. Are those the SharkBite fittings on your plumbing? I'm probably a few weeks away from messing with the plumbing but I'll have to decide if it makes more sense to pay extra for the SharkBite fittings, or to buy the crimping tools. Those aren't tools I will probably ever use again. Also, do you have a plan for your gray water tank?
 
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