Van #2 2021 EXT
Interior Wall Panels & C Pillar Trims
Thanks @SteveSSCongrats, finally!! You picked a great day to bring it over! The swivels do take a little getting used to. When ours were new, the swivel release was very stiff, but it's fine now. However, the recline release will still fold you up like a taco if you're not careful. A shorepower connection was one of the first things I did, too. It really helps to have permanent power for heat and tools. Have you figured out why it has no spare? I see the tool kit, but can't tell if you have the winch/hoist for the spare.
Thanks @larry barelloHave you ever considered 10-32 PEM nuts? I've had good success clinching them using a grade 10 socket head bolt and a small steel backing plate. (Normally an arbor press would be used) Definite no spinning.
I've been slowly replacing my rivet nuts as I work on various parts doing upgrades or maintenance. Obviously one needs access to the backside to place the nuts. Difficult on the ribs but not impossible with some double sided tape and a flexible stick or wire.
My dime/time: I (gorilla) glued quarter inch plywood strips to the ribs and then used countersink wood screws to attach the ceiling panels for that flush look. Sort of a reverse of the pinch strips. It's not that maintainable and risks stripping the screws so I probably won't take that approach again.
Your scheme looks good and allows for rough cut panels that are easy to replace if needed and maximizes head space. I like it!
IMO, DIY stands for "do it three or more times before you figure it out".Thanks @larry barello
I will look into them 👍
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I have found some of the “stuff” I build in van#1 way overkill. The ceiling rivnuts are about it for me for the 1/4 - 20s & I’m basically done now with rivnuts. If I did not like the look on the ceiling I would not go to all that effort of pinch bars.
Today while building ceiling & wall panels I was thinking of how easy the PM van is to build on. 1st van, I did a lot of things “a hard way”. This time around I think it will be easier & more enjoyable.
Thanks for your input 😁
Thanks @BEF081056You're making good progress already. I like your pinch bar approach for the ceiling, both from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. I have been considering something like that for my build, but maybe with 1/4 inch wood painted for a more nautical look.