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post #41 of 52 Old 05-08-2019, 12:22 PM
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Your wall panels in post #25 look like Luan, and it’s about 7/32.

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Your wall panels in post #25 look like Luan, and it’s about 7/32.
Got it. That's the underlayment from home depot, then I stained it.

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I'll be looking at that underlayment as an alternative to luan. Never considered or even looked at it before.

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Did a little roof work today. Decided to get rid of the big Thule roof box. It hit mpg by about 2mpg and it was space we just didn’t need.

So I finished out the decking over the whole roof and threw a piece of unistrut down the middle to make it easy to strap stuff to the roof if i ever need to.



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Nice work making use of every inch on the roof. The unistrut is a great idea.

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Been going back and forth on how I want the upper cabinets. I really like the soft bag idea some have done on here, but I couldn’t commit to a bag and the adventurewagon ones were just too expensive. Then I was bored today and decided to see what I could whip up with scraps.

So here’s what I ended up with. I have 6 soft cubes from amazon at $17 and that will be the only part not built from trash. The whole thing is 76” which should fit all 6 of the cubes. I used mostly 1x2 scraps and a left over piece of underlayment. My pocket holes split my main cross piece, so in total hack job fashion I added some 90 degree brackets I had laying around the garage then added some side walls that are glued and screwed.

The whole thing is screwed to the ceiling planks at the top and the bottom is on 1x2’s attached with rivnuts.


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Lots of usable space. My overheads are critical for how I travel. No doors, just bins-not the polished look but so simple & functional. I added a strip of LEDs inside 'cause my cabin lights are mounted under the overheads.

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I decided to do the overheads with no internal framing to save weight. There are two pieces rive-nutted to the van then the 1/2” plywood base and face are glued +brad nailed to them. The glue is stronger than the plywood and the whole thing is very lightweight. We store generally light stuff up there too. Clothes, dog supplies, first aid kit, computer wires etc. I did do doors to keep everything in there and to hide the knickers from the public.

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I decided to do the overheads with no internal framing to save weight. There are two pieces rive-nutted to the van then the 1/2” plywood base and face are glued +brad nailed to them. The glue is stronger than the plywood and the whole thing is very lightweight. We store generally light stuff up there too. Clothes, dog supplies, first aid kit, computer wires etc. I did do doors to keep everything in there and to hide the knickers from the public.
Yeah the weight was pretty important for me too. This design is absurdly light. I think all 76" of it is well under 10 pounds. Using the underlayment on the bottom is a huge weight savings. Whole shelf weighs less than just the 12x76" base would be if made out of 1/2" ply.

Hoping it will look good once I have the soft cubes in. That should be today so I'll get a "finished" product pic. Though I still need to paint or stain it

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A few things to touch on from the roof post that is visible in the pictures but are worth mentioning.

One is the no drill ladder from eurocampers. I love this thing. Super easy to install and very stable. The other is my Kuat pivot hitch. Allows me to put a bike rack on the back and pivot slowing 90 degree door opening and access to the ladder.

The other thing is I wanted stickers but am very non-committal. I also had some stickers of sentimental value I was nervous about putting on the van in case I crashed it, sold it, or wanted rear windows. So I bought some blank magnetic sheet used for signs on fleet trucks and cut them to fit. I can easily remove the whole sheet of stickers or cut out ones I want to transfer to other metallic items. Plus, if I ever want to go all in on the whole “stealthy” thing. I can get some other made up with a fake business name and switch them out.




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I like your idea for the stickers. I have hundreds of cool irreplaceable stickers but don't want stick them in a forever place. BTW, that Ron Jon sticker screams "i don't really surf, but I want people to think I do

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