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Thanks for all that you're sharing with your build. It sure helps me to be able to see the process. dc.
 

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That must have been fun! Did you destroy the floor removing it?
 

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Good to see you are posting updates on your biuld. I like you all in attitude. Im to the point of door window install.
How much fudge factor is there when fine tuning the window position. Van Specialities says it's really hard and want $350 for the install. I think I can handle it but just need a little more confidence. Thx in advance!
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I did the 7' long CRL windows on both sides and the window behind the driver's seat. I made a 1/4" plywood pattern that the window fit perfectly, the taped it to the side of the van and used it as a template and scratch shield. Plywood was $15, fine metal blades for my jigsaw, $7. Reversed pattern and used it for both sides, no problems. One spot was tight so I filed a bit and reinserted. One helper made a big difference - couldn't have done it myself.

Pictures on my website, linked in my signature.... as an old shop teacher, I always told the kids, "measure twice, cut once"

Go for it!
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jostalli, thanks for the updates and pics!
 

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That must have been fun! Did you destroy the floor removing it?
Actually the factory floor is quite slick on the bottom so the adhesive they used did not adhere too well. The floor pulled up rather easily.

Thanks for reviving my build thread. I had been neglecting it. I will post the latest progress shortly. It's amazing how challenging it is to make things "fit" in this van. I don't think anything I have built is square. Then as I go to install a piece it needs additional trimming and shimming.
 

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How is the rear tire carrier holding up? Any problems with the weight of the tire on the hinges or sheet metal? I'm guessing it's fine considering it's the same carrier and mounting method that's in my Jeep, which has 285/75-16 tires.
 

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Hope you are still active on the forum... wanted to know how your warm floor worked. I am considering installing the Step Warmfloor elements under the entire floor (136" wb). Thanks!
 

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How is the rear tire carrier holding up? Any problems with the weight of the tire on the hinges or sheet metal? I'm guessing it's fine considering it's the same carrier and mounting method that's in my Jeep, which has 285/75-16 tires.
El Guapo

I have a 2009 Rubicon since new & can't see any problems with the factory install. However I have not researched how that rear door is made & the sheet metal, but it doesnt seem to be an issue on the Jeeps

I have thought of mounting my spare on the door like the OP, but I have the same concerns as you do with regards to the engineering & thin sheet metal which I believe is 0.030 like the rest of the thin skins. The OP has not responded to your question, so I am not sure what to conclude
 

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El Guapo

I have a 2009 Rubicon since new & can't see any problems with the factory install. However I have not researched how that rear door is made & the sheet metal, but it doesnt seem to be an issue on the Jeeps

I have thought of mounting my spare on the door like the OP, but I have the same concerns as you do with regards to the engineering & thin sheet metal which I believe is 0.030 like the rest of the thin skins. The OP has not responded to your question, so I am not sure what to conclude
We want a stealth van but we still need some windows so I ordered the driver and passenger side CRL factory fit windows from trucknvans.com as they were the cheapest and drop ship for free from CR Laurence. The best way to install these windows is not how CR Laurence tells you. They think the inside stamping matches the window trim but they don't at all. So, you need to make a template. I took the metal trim ring that comes with the window and taped it against the van after taking measurements:


Then I traced around it carefully with a marker:


I made sure to tape around the line to keep the jigsaw from scratching the paint. It's important to start at the bottom because if you start at the top the weight of the panel will push down while you are cutting the bottom and make it more difficult:






Pleased with the look:


To maximize the space inside I am mounting batteries and tanks underneath. The spare tire uses the perfect space for a tank so I decided to mount it on the read door. Since there are currently no aftermarket rear door spare tire mounts available I sourced one from another vehicle. It turns out the Jeep Wrangler JK has a bolt pattern that is closest to the Promaster and has the perfect spare tire mount. I picked up a used one on eBay as well as an aftermarket reinforcement kit, some M8 bolts, and rubber sheets:










I wasn't satisfied with what is currently offered for shades so I decided to make my own. Eurocampers sells custom fit insulating shades but they are thick and difficult to roll up and store. They are fine for night shades but what about during the day when you want to see out? The most common RV shades are MCD, who make day and night shades. The problem with the day shades is they absorb the sun's heat.

So I picked up some Phifer SheerWeave Performance + 2390: http://www.phifer.com/suncontrol/interior/product/19/performance-2390-2410-2500/5/performance-2390-5
The 2390 is a 5%. There is also a 3% and a 1% but I wanted to be able to really see out of the windows from the inside. 5% is perfect.

I attached the fabric with suction cups: We Hold a PhD in Suction Cup-Ology – Suction Cup eStore - Adams Manufacturing.
I ordered the small cup with 3/32" pilot hole: Small Cup with 3/32″ Top-Pilot Hole
as well as the plastic tack flat head in clear (you could also get them cheaper in white): Plastic Tack Flat Head - Clear

I measured each window and did rough cuts on the fabric. What worked best is to hold the cut fabric up against the window and decide where your suction cups will go. Take a screw or something to poke a hole and insert the plastic tack and assemble the suction cup. Press the suction cup against the glass and move on to the next one. After you secure all the suction cups you can then see exactly where to cut the fabric at the borders. Once the fabric is cut you are done.

I sat in the van for a few hours and the fabric performed better than expected. Normally I can't handle the inside without turning the A/C on. You can easily see out but you can't see in. I'm pleased with them.

The aluminum coating is slightly shiny




How is the spare tire carrier working out? Thanks for the detailed notes!
 

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I chose the largest size that will fit on the Promaster LT245/75R16. This gives just over 1" of additional ground clearance.
I know this is an old thread, but since it's active now, I thought I would correct this for posterity.
The tires are 1" larger in overall diameter than stock size.
That equates to gaining 1/2".
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Hope you are still active on the forum... wanted to know how your warm floor worked. I am considering installing the Step Warmfloor elements under the entire floor (136" wb). Thanks!
Hanging the Spare

El Guapo

I have a 2009 Rubicon since new & can't see any problems with the factory install. However I have not researched how that rear door is made & the sheet metal, but it doesnt seem to be an issue on the Jeeps

I have thought of mounting my spare on the door like the OP, but I have the same concerns as you do with regards to the engineering & thin sheet metal which I believe is 0.030 like the rest of the thin skins. The OP has not responded to your question, so I am not sure what to conclude
How is the spare tire carrier working out? Thanks for the detailed notes!
Here is the link to his post saying he reinforced it: Jostalli's Build
 
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