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Offline wing79

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Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« on: December 08, 2013, 02:05 PM »
Here are some photos of the racking I built for my Ram Promaster.  She's pretty ugly, but a great work van with tons of room.  I have to finish the other side but heres what Ive got so far.


I started by installing wedged pieces to mount the flat panels.

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Flat panels installed

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One side finished  [big grin]

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Offline Roadkilled

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013, 02:27 PM »
Pure quality mate. Love it  [jawdrop]

Offline builderbob

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2013, 02:38 PM »
You just made my day!  I'm so excited!  I have 1 month to wait for my promaster and seeing that has brightened my gloom of the next 30 days!!!

It looks excellent and will be such a great solution for me versus what I'm working with now!

Thanks for sharing!
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Offline neeleman

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 03:37 PM »
How are the systainers secured from falling of the shelfs?
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Offline jmbfestool

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2013, 03:54 PM »
I wouldn't say its a ugly van.  Okay not the best looking but it's how a van should look!   Your   " normal " American looking vans are  ugly !  They make your van look sexy!!
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Offline mastercabman

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2013, 04:21 PM »
I test drove one yesterday and love it
A friend of mine is thinking about getting one sometime next year
I am also interested and if I do get one I want to look into the Sortimo system.
I don't understand!?! I keep cutting it,and it's still too short!

Online Peter Halle

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2013, 04:24 PM »
Bob and I have certainly talked about the Ram and the other offerings based on Euro vans that will be coming in the next year.  I am waiting to see the full size Transit before thinking more. 

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2013, 05:07 PM »
I wouldn't say its a ugly van.  Okay not the best looking but it's how a van should look!   Your   " normal " American looking vans are  ugly !  They make your van look sexy!!

I too think it's sexy in an ugly/sexy way!
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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2013, 05:09 PM »
I test drove one yesterday and love it
A friend of mine is thinking about getting one sometime next year
I am also interested and if I do get one I want to look into the Sortimo system.

I inquired about the sortimo-globelyst system. It rang in around $5500 installed!  I'll get a partition in and build the rest from there!  I'll put the savings into something else!  It's a nice system but it's pricey!
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Offline Alli

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2013, 05:41 PM »
I looked at the first photo and that your having a laugh, how on earth are you going to get that racking in your van - its not big enough ;D ;D ;D

I really like the festool racking, it looks good
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Online neilc

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2013, 09:22 PM »
Really nice work.  Are the shelves adjustable or fixed?  Assume you are using dominos or dowels to hold the Systainers in place and not fly out.

Thanks for sharing!  I'm sure you'll get a lot of productive use out of being organized and it can't help but impress any clients who happen to look in the van!

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Offline wing79

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2013, 10:02 PM »
The sortimo system would have been awesome, but at well over $5000 that's a lot of Festools!  One of the thing I like most about how these turned out, is that the side that is pictured is made up of three separate sections.  Each one is held in by a groove cut to fit over a ledge near the top rear of the uprights. Each sections has only four screws that hold them in place, and can all be removed in less than ten minutes (not including the removal of Festools) [wink] I am planning on scanning all of my templates and making cad files in order to cnc cut all these parts.  The van is a pretty easy setup but in my experiences with building racks in vans is most the time is spent in making templates.   All the shelves are adjustable and held in place by 4 pockets cut for the t-loc feet to sit in.  The shelves were all cut and pocketed with my cnc machine.  The uprights are all the exact same size for both left and right sides.  I cut a template and flush routed each piece so they are all identical.


This is the groove cut to fit over the ledge which holds the upper portion of the rack sections snug to the wall of the van.

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Thanks for all the positive feedback!

Much appreciated,
Jim



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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2013, 10:44 PM »
Momma always said " ugly is just on the outside,  beautiful  is what's on the inside." Your van is a perfect example of this. Really nice job on rack. Thanks for sharing

Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2013, 09:14 AM »
Momma always said " ugly is just on the outside,  beautiful  is what's on the inside."


Reminds me of the crack, "Beauty is only skin-deep, but ugly goes to the bone." 

 [big grin]

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Offline GhostFist

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2013, 11:03 AM »
While those vans look like icecream trucks from space, they are the most practical and thereby perfect for what we do. Whats ugly to me is cabinetmakers in giant 4x4 pick-up trucks who only drive in the city. I can't tell you how many people have tried to talk me into one of those. "But my tools are exposed", "put a cap on it", " then its just a less practical van that sucks gas"......"oh ya..."

Offline 3PedalMINI

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2013, 11:17 AM »
Thanks for sharing! Just can't get over the looks if it. It's ashaim the looks don't match the capability  [blink]

Well done! Love these van threads
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Offline wing79

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2013, 12:52 PM »
Here is what the shelves look like with the four pockets under the systainers. 
These are what holds the systainers from falling out while driving.

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Offline neeleman

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2013, 01:18 PM »
Very nice pockets, I assume you just lift the front of the systainer and then pull it forward from the shelf?
But how about the rear pockets, you have to lift the hole systainer and not just the front?
If they are heavy there are not so many parts to grab the systainer?

Do I also see a LR32 system for variable shelving?
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Offline madmaguire

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2013, 04:35 PM »
Nice rig!!  I just did a few modifications to my truck…….
The original  drawer systems hold 4 Systainers each drawer, 4,3,2,1 X's 2, I separated them and added the kapex and ct 26 in the middle. I fabricated the new drawer systems (3) to be single wide and 2 systainers deep  I was having a hard time figuring a way to lock the drawers and finally came up with a solution that works great!
Also made a charging station that hangs on a french cleat for my Milwaukee cordless stuff. And finally added a few blocks of wood and a bungee to hold an mft and the ug extensions  Doesn't look like much but from what it was to these few mods it makes a world of difference!
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Offline wing79

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2013, 06:41 PM »
Very nice pockets, I assume you just lift the front of the systainer and then pull it forward from the shelf?
But how about the rear pockets, you have to lift the hole systainer and not just the front?
If they are heavy there are not so many parts to grab the systainer?

Do I also see a LR32 system for variable shelving?


Yeah, once you lift the front of the systainer you just pull it right out.  The heavier ones go in and out with the same ease. 

Also no LR32  [sad].  Yet.......
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Offline wing79

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2013, 06:46 PM »
Looks good Madmaguire!   Very functional.  It's amazing how much more enjoyable work can be using amazing tools and being
organized.
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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #21 on: December 09, 2013, 07:15 PM »
While those vans look like icecream trucks from space, they are the most practical and thereby perfect for what we do. Whats ugly to me is cabinetmakers in giant 4x4 pick-up trucks who only drive in the city. I can't tell you how many people have tried to talk me into one of those. "But my tools are exposed", "put a cap on it", " then its just a less practical van that sucks gas"......"oh ya..."
Pick up trucks to me is a waste.It's so hard to work out of it.Plus you need to spend more money for a cap/bed slide.Vans are more practical but the American van design is also a pain.
You still have to get on your knees to get to your stuff.Those high top euro van are the bomb!!And I don't think they're ugly,i think they are neat looking.
This Dodge ram promaster is really a FIAT van
I'm going to wait for the Transite (Ford) to see what is all about before I do anything.
I don't understand!?! I keep cutting it,and it's still too short!

Offline madmaguire

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #22 on: December 09, 2013, 07:43 PM »
Organization! Is the KEY to success!,
Love your rig!
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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2013, 10:50 PM »
Very nice set up I just got rid of my truck with topper and bed slide and got a 10' box van. Getting ready to set up the back almost like yours do the systainers stay on the shelves good when driving. I was going to use Miller dowels but had thought about what you did with the feet cut outs. I love my van but will be even better when the back looks more like yours. Thanks for the pics I'll post some when I finish mine.
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Offline wing79

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #24 on: December 13, 2013, 07:40 PM »
The pockets routed in the shelves have worked great.  I've yet to have a systainer jump out of place, and fall.  So far so good! [big grin]

Also finished up the other side.  Pictures real soon!!!
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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2013, 09:50 PM »
24 replies and no one mentioned the van needs GRAPHICS for God's sake.
Forget about storage he needs to wrap this van.
So here is my idea.
What you see inside is what you see on the outside.
His graphics will be what he has inside.
Who's with me?
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Offline Kristian

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2013, 06:51 AM »
Very cool setup, Jim! How did you attach the wedged pieces of wood to the metal?

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2013, 01:29 PM »
24 replies and no one mentioned the van needs GRAPHICS for God's sake.
Forget about storage he needs to wrap this van.
So here is my idea.
What you see inside is what you see on the outside.
His graphics will be what he has inside.
Who's with me?


Funny but I  personally would think ummmmmmm na.
 
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Offline wing79

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2013, 06:07 PM »
Very cool setup, Jim! How did you attach the wedged pieces of wood to the metal?

Thanks Kristian!,

I attached them with some toggle bolts.  Didn't want to put self tapping screws
Because the wedges are pretty thick on the bottom.  The wegdes are more or less spacers to give support in the middle of the flat panels that the racking mounts to.

Hope this helps,
Jim
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Offline Kristian

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Re: Ram Promaster Van Racking Project
« Reply #29 on: December 19, 2013, 07:24 AM »
Very cool setup, Jim! How did you attach the wedged pieces of wood to the metal?

Thanks Kristian!,

I attached them with some toggle bolts.  Didn't want to put self tapping screws
Because the wedges are pretty thick on the bottom.  The wegdes are more or less spacers to give support in the middle of the flat panels that the racking mounts to.

Hope this helps,
Jim


Ahh, I see - that's quite clever! Where the flat panels then attached with self tapping screws?

- Kristian