My wife and I watched the videos. It occasionally was confusing but we thought they were adequate. 🤷♂️
One critical piece of mis-information given by AdWag is that the install takes four days. Sure if the work is done by a pair of installers with all the tools and experience. But by a solo first-timer? Nope. For example: it took me a couple days of trial and error and research and tool-shopping to understand that you need cobalt drill bits to drill thru boron steel, accompanied by subtle techniques of drill speed, pressure and lubrication. Two days of wasted time could have been reduced to ten minutes if the install instructions were good.My advice is don't try to do anything on a schedule - it all takes longer than you expect.
The AdWag video never shows boron steel drilling. The holes just appear, as if by magic. The single 25/64 bit provided by AdWag is totally unfit for the task, despite video assurance to the contrary. Instructional malpractice.The AdWag video's drill method ...
Sequencing through progressively larger bits when drilling in hard materials is pretty standard practice, as are low speeds and the use of cutting lubricants/coolant.I found using a tiny bit to open the hole, then using larger and larger bits until you could finally fit their bit in. The large bit they include is an odd size (25/64").
Not exactly what they say:One critical piece of mis-information given by AdWag is that the install takes four days.
Yep - but not according to the AdWag videos. Just use the one bit they give you for those three boron holes and all the other holes - no other bits needed!!Sequencing through progressively larger bits when drilling in hard materials is pretty standard practice, as are low speeds and the use of cutting lubricants/coolant.
Odd, as in you're-not-going-to-find-it-at-your-local-hardware-store-so-make-sure-you-don't-use-it-unless-you-have-to. Sure, the two biggest specialty places in the country/world have those... but I'm guessing they have 64+ different sizes while the local hardware stores have just a handful. Add 'order and shipping time from McMaster' onto your build time. Though, ordering additional bits isn't even needed, as you saw in the video linked above.Not so sure about 25/64 as an "odd" size. That is the size called for from many suppliers of quality Rivnuts.
Say McMaster and Fastenal as two examples.
From the AdWag official installation guide:<<< WELL ACTUALLY >>>
The core engineering is good, but the install instructions are weak/misleading, and the support is unenthusiastic at best.Installation can be done over four days. It helps to have two people for A-frame bracing, track and panel installation.
- Day 1: Van preparation, Install fans, run electrical harness
- Day 2: A-Frame bracer installation
- Day 3: Hushmat, insulation, Reinstall front headliner, Finish electrical wiring under the seatbase to the battery.
- Day 4: Wall panel and track installation, reinstall B-Pillar covers and driver seat
Also: get a magnet to pick up the piles of metal shavings that will fall into the voids in the van wall.
Yes, but the horizontal bed rail between the l-track is in the same position regardless. I've noticed in photos that adv wagon has a mattress cut special to go over that rail.If you get pocketed walls for the rear area it widens it up significantly.
I ended up making my own bed frame that extended over the rails that attach to the l track. Not as easy to change heights and remove, but still doable and ran around $500.