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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    Not only was today eclipse day, it was also snow tire removal day (had 3 cars to do). Which meant the sprinter needed to go outside and the first time she has been outside since i put the snow tires on last fall, think October. been moved from shop to shop a few times but its only 17 feet of...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    i didnt actually weigh it, but me and wife 1.0 who has been having major mobility and strength issues in her shoulder moved it no problem. BUT, i know whats in it and square inch wise it is about 1 full 4x8 sheet of 1/2" Baltic/russian birch (i have preplanned cut sheets i made on the 'puter)...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    One weekend at a time.....feels like a Johnny Cash song.... slowly moving along still, finally got the cabinet together that i have been working on for several weekends now. probably the longest cabinet ive ever made at 93"-ha. counter tops next then ill actually be functional (bed design rest...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    the Truma Combis are very very popular over in Europe, and just starting to catch on here and some of the high end units like overland explorer ect. even the new EKKO is using them. 100% reliable from what i have seen, never see post about weird errors or any of that stuff. last one i installed...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    Haven't had much time to dedicate to the Sprinter lately but big hurdle taken care of was getting the Truma Combi system installed (99% anyway). I love the Truma Combi's, air heater and water heater all in one efficient package. I know I know, not a diesel heater--ha. I have love/hate...
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    Westfalia Wave

    i actually do get why they used a RAM Promaster as it is the Fiat Ducato in Europe, one platform fills 2 markets. The North America market Transit is NA market only, totally different than the EU. Not 100% sure on the sprinter but i think differences as well
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    I'll be slowing down on the Sprinter build now since the Delica is back for its final/full build out that will get most of my attention. Pretty much just be weekends now vs 7 days a week. My goal was to have the Sprinter done BEFORE the Delica came back, but here i am.... actually might be nice...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    continuing to make dust for cabinetry and its going well. But got my elevator bed fully installed now, well, 95%, need to finish pillar upholstery and how it interacts with the wiring but that is all details. Have plenty of hours involved in making this thing, our solution for maximizing space
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    dust making stage, I quite enjoy this cabinet making stage. 1, because i used to do a lot of wood working when i was young with my grandfather and my awesome shop classes. 2, because van is starting to come together
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    personal van / demo van. i made the mistake of selling my last van before i had one to replace it and took 2.5 years to do so with supply chain etc, never doing that again. everything can be for sale for the right price ive always said, but not as easy as it would seem in this day and age.
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    for temperature sensing? The BMS in the battery has its own temp sensor, one in each battery which i can see thru the bluetooth app (the 2 small Volthium boxes). since the batteries have built in dual heaters for this arctic tundra i live in (localish battery builder) and cant be charged under...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    The electrical expert wrapping up another impeccable and organized system install using the Redarc Manager 30, she is really picky about her wiring. I'm a big fan of the Redarc, simple, small and just works
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    slightly behind on the video stuff since working on the van is actual priority. but here is what hundreds of hours condensed down to 2 minutes and 53 seconds looks like.
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    i forgot to mention that does not include all the time sitting at the computer researching, designing, and trying to find the best price on a product. When i did work at a upfitter shop (left because quality wasnt to my standards) there were 5 of us building the van and honestly it never went...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    it has been more or less full time with some distractions thrown in, but at least a few hours everyday. been hard since this one is personal/demo and not paying the bills, but my life has been held hostage and van-less long enough--figure we deserve it. i "punch in" every day to keep track of...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    Finally getting to the stage where she is going together for the last time, the upholstery/sewing and final install stage. I always tell people it looks like nothing is happening (but trust me, a lot is happening) then all of a sudden BOOM, starting to look like something that resembles a...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    working on it as we speak. all pulled and looming it up now.
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    Another roof top deck made in collaboration with friends at https://flagwerks.com. 3/16 aluminum with black texture powder coat this time. what ever your opinion on decks (ive heard them all already) the reasoning in order of priority: 1. easier snow removal, it is the law people! 2. integrated...
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    The Shop Manager wondering why it seems like every few months we get into a huge wiring project. She likes her electrical neat and tidy.
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    Back in a van-FINALLY or Overland-ish style build: take 2

    the last van i built for someone i used the manchester 6813 (5.5 gal instead of this 6.7 in the 6811) they camped all winter last year with temps down to -40C (same as -40F) running the truma for heat and hot water (shower is the big must have for them) and cooking every meal inside. That tank...
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