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Got tired of the old interior

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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:03 pm

For any of you that are wondering... the flooring that you see - which is enough to cover the whole back of my 108 - is only 2 boxes of flooring that I got at Home Depot... it also took less than 1/2 an hour to put in! Easy as heck!!!
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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by RodStRace on Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:34 pm

whalemstr wrote:Anybody have any idea of a way to finish this wood? Stain, sealer, paint, tuck and roll leather, shag carpeting, mirrors, any votes or ideas??? LOL

Hang some lighting before finishing the panels. LEDs take a lot less power and are easier to route.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAnOsfUQ9pY

Then sit inside a while and let the music and lights twist your head into the best covering for your panels.

There are a bunch of different places online where people are "van dwelling" and they have a lot of good ideas for a camper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5CEWqoUTwk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O11JwR_O14o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX8SCNTlAtY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LJnWuHdLP8


of course, if you are going more for a vintage van VAN-IN interior, just check out stuff like this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKq25-jl5w0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLhxxXROxbU
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:37 am

I've been watching all kinds of videos of vans and motorhomes and remodeled buses. I owned two buses that I remodeled into offices and one into a camper. I am still trying to figure out what kind of interior finish to put on this one...
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:53 pm





think that will work??? lol
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Lazarusvan

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by Lazarusvan on Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:01 pm

Looking great.

Here are a few inspiration photos I have in my van file. The photo with the box around the wheel wells with a speaker is something I plan to use. It's a good way to hide and protect the wheel wells. The island theme isn't my bag...



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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:37 pm

I plan on boxing the wheel wells for sure, and insulating the heck out of em before they are closed in too.


I plan on making a three part slide out bed that will be 3' wide and 6' long when extended. Then you just slide it back and put the cushions into a couch in the back. There will be a cabinet of some sort in the rear that opens to the rear with shelves and drawers or open storage areas under the bed area. I plan on cabinets behind the front seats. A cabinet along the floor across from the doors. A couple of cabinets or shelves along the walls etc.!

I tried to draw a quick 3D image of what I envision it will kind of look like...
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:36 am

As far as wiring goes, I plan on using a couple of 12 volt led strips in various places to take care of that so hiding a wire is no problem. Plus, a couple of these "stick up" style led's in other places. I do plan on having a second battery in there though. I wanna be able to run an inverter so I can charge the laptop.
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:45 am



It's amazing what you find laying around the house - especially when there is no wife or girlfriend telling you that "You can't use that!!!"




The above is my version of "Thinking out loud!" Lol

I think I have decided that I am going to eliminate the metal battery box and make that corner a wooden box that is large enough for two batteries. Then I can put the electronic stuff in a cabinet above the batteries. Battery isolator, charge controller, power inverter, fuses etc.
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vanny
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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by vanny on Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:29 pm

I like how you think! Much easier to picture something with the real thing...I have a question for you...Is that your reflection in the passenger rear door window? Looks kind of spooky since it doesn't show up in the other pics, just the first one...thought maybe a ghost was saying "Put my dresser back where you got it... lol!


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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:08 pm

hahahahaha - yep that are scraggly old me!!!
not only is it easier to swipe furniture and use the kitchen table for a work bench...

but I don't have to worry about shaving or haircuts!!!

lol
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:15 pm

I've since cut the bottom off the dresser and it is now screwed in place.
Gonna try it out with a run to town to get plywood and a few other things - probably tomorrow... I'm figuring on taking the bottom two drawers and making them into hinged cabinet fronts and a flat open underneath for longer and heavier stuff. If I do it right, I should have at least 4 lineal feet in there and under the fold out couch/bed on the other side of the dresser. Probably set it up so I can access it from the top under the couch too.
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:56 pm

Front passenger side panel on now...


This is the view from where the "couch/bed" will be sitting...


Pretty much ran out of giddeeupandgo along with some materials I really need to continue...
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Tice84

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by Tice84 on Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:31 pm

Nice build. Lots of work making all these sheets to fit! Love to see how it turns out
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vanny
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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by vanny on Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:43 pm

Sometimes you need to take a little break to recharge your batteries...you've accomplished a great deal in a short timespan. Congrats and thanks for sharing!


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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:43 pm

Now to start the modifying...



and other cabinets and shelving and boxes that need to be made...
not too mention the bed!!!
lol
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:51 pm

I forgot that I was forced to take a BEER break - due to the fact that I was gonna work on modifying the cabinets I just got - and forgot that all the tools are in the cabinet that I just painted!!!
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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by vanny on Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:01 pm

Nice Move, Ex-lax!
Sorry, something my father used to always tell me when I did things like that...

He used to also tell me if it doesn't fit, get a bigger hammer...



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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Tue Nov 01, 2016 8:31 pm

LOL - the beer was cold - the sun was hot - the paint was wet - it was a perfect storm!!!
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:11 pm

Next...
Cabinets are anchored as is the floor...





Ceiling and figuring out a couch/bed that folds up or slides together...
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Russell

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by Russell on Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:13 pm

Looking really nice, I like all the cabinets and wood.
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:37 pm

So far today...
Ceiling is in - could not get all the screws in because I ran out of energy...
There is a double layer of insulboard throughout the van now...




The panel behind the doghouse slides into place so I can get to the doghouse from the rear.


I have put a temporary bed in place so I can look at how I want to make it work. It will fold or slide back under itself so it ends up being a couch in the back, and a 6' 8" bed when folded out...



One of my solar ovens - and that is the spot it will sit at...


I might end up using 1 by 4's for the bed area that folds out... still haven't decided...
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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by vanny on Thu Nov 03, 2016 3:39 pm

That place is starting to look like home-away-from-home!!! How long does it take to cook food with a solar oven...when the sun's out, that is? Looks like a pretty slick setup... Very Happy


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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:08 pm

Thanks...

go to you tube and look for my channel - I haven't posted many cooking videos in while - but I have somewhere near 40 of them showing how easy this one is and how fast it is...

Gourmet Solar Ovens
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whalemstr

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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by whalemstr on Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:38 am







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Re: Got tired of the old interior

Post by vanny on Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:09 pm

The vision is coming to life! Looks like you'll have plenty of storage space as well...Nice piece of work!!! cheers


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