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#21 Abejohnson

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 08:00 PM

With the shelves I plan on storing containers inside (milk crate/wooden crate) that hold other smaller things. There won't be doors, just a bungee cord or similar stretchy material to hold it in place.



#22 Chris J. Dempsey

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 08:35 AM

My build timeline is this week. I'm on spring break so I figured I could get it at least 80% of the way done. 

 

Haha - I love that you’re knocking this out & your timeline is “this week”. I’ve been working on mine for three years! Actually, probably three weeks over the course of three years; hard to come up with the time.



#23 radin2son

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:16 AM

Daydreaming may not be the correct word; virtual completion and travel may be a better fit.

Our NV SMB virtually came out of a box, but we spent untold hours crunching numbers, custom vs diy, new vs used, Ford vs MB vs Nissan... Ultimately, it came down to will it fit in our carport and will we use it enough to justify $65,000?
Nissan won out; it was the only one that fit and we have used it.

Great van no matter how you convert or use it, virtually or otherwise.

#24 Abejohnson

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 11:19 AM

Small Update:

Front bumper repainted and light bar installed. (not the best pictures)

Not pictured is Titan airbox mod. Seems good so far.

 

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#25 Chris J. Dempsey

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 01:19 PM

Small Update:

Front bumper repainted and light bar installed. (not the best pictures)

Not pictured is Titan airbox mod. Seems good so far.

 

Do you notice any difference w/ the airbox mod? 

 

Did you paint the bumper, or have it done?


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#26 Abejohnson

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 02:36 PM

Do you notice any difference w/ the airbox mod? 

 

Did you paint the bumper, or have it done?

I haven't driven enough to notice a difference. I'll update once I have.

 

I painted it myself. I used truck bed liner and so far is seems good. Much more durable than the stock paint. 


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#27 radin2son

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 05:14 PM

I used brush on bed liner on the step on the slider. For some reason SMB added a wooden step over the existing step and the thin rubber tread wore through. No wear at all since then.
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#28 timsbeast

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 01:59 AM

Nice job on the build. LOVE that you just went and dropped in the Sun Roof!


-- Tim


#29 Abejohnson

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 03:12 PM

Update from this weekend. 

 

Did some more work on storage and "kitchen" area.

 

Added some door panels.

 

Hoping to finish the the bed next week and make a curtain for the front. 

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#30 radin2son

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 06:39 PM

Looks good.

Are you making a curtain to drape behind the front seats or around the door windows and windshield? We have the later and it makes the living area seem much smaller. We bought insulated panels for the door windows and windshield from eurocampers and use these instead. You can make your own with thinsulate as others have done.

Do you have room to add a drop down table to the kitchen cabinet in front of the slider? Very useful when you are outside...

#31 Abejohnson

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:20 PM

I'm making a curtain for behind the seats for privacy and dark during the night. I'm also planning on sorting out some form of window covers to help keep the sun out (and heat in if they are insulated).

 

I am planning on doing a few fold away tables. Some for the kitchen and some for the bike maintenance station in the back.








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