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Offline gunnyr

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Re: Transit Van Fit Out - GunnyR
« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2021, 12:20 PM »
You guys are making me reconsider getting an f150. Will 4 by 8s fit in any transit (not Connect)? From my reading there is about 126 inches behind the seat for the short version. So it seems so.

The van gives me the ability to securely and safely carry both materials and tools.  I no longer have to crawl around in the dark trying to dig out seldom used tools.  Now I can get to all my tools without unloading half the vehicle!

Take a look at my 26 Jan post.  4x8 sheets fit easily even with the bulkhead and storage area.  10' stock fits easily the way I am configured.  Without the bulkhead I could get 16' trim in.  Mine is a 148" wheelbase but is not the extended version.
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Re: Transit Van Fit Out - GunnyR
« Reply #31 on: May 13, 2021, 02:45 AM »
Your work, as always, top drawer. I am a mechanical engineer with a organizational sickness. Deeply screwed on this. I have no need for portability in my shop. However when I see these build outs, which are well done, I always start thinking about weight, CG and other issues with the added mass of the "built in weight" on top of the tool weight.. Is it a consideration? Does it even matter, fuel costs and so on. For example did you consider light weight materials, such as honeycomb panels instead of plywood. Much like aircraft cabin construction. This is more of a curiosity question. Considering you seem to be thorough you planning, I was wondering if it a consideration, or like most engineers, I am simply over thinking this. :) 

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Re: Transit Van Fit Out - GunnyR
« Reply #32 on: May 13, 2021, 06:52 AM »
For example did you consider light weight materials, such as honeycomb panels instead of plywood. Much like aircraft cabin construction. This is more of a curiosity question. Considering you seem to be thorough you planning, I was wondering if it a consideration, or like most engineers, I am simply over thinking this. :)

Thank you for your kind words!

I did consider the CG and weight, but only in passing.  I quickly realized I was going to end up going down yet another rabbit hole.  I took the easy path and simply compared what I was doing to what I'd seen others do, and decided I was going to be ok.  I did choose a 3/4 ton chassis as I knew I was overloaded in my 1/2 ton pick up.  What I did not do was to get a vehicle weight at delivery.  Perhaps one day I'll stop and get a current weight and use the manufactures curb weight and then see where I'm at.  I will say that the van drives better today than it did when it was empty. 

I've been using the set up for 4 months now and can say that I am very pleased with the layout in general.  I keep adding to my list of things to upgrade and finalize:
  • Add a bank of drawers
  • finalize the top of the drivers side shelving
  • Improve my tie down system
  • Devise a method to transport trim, thinking something like the system that @Kevin C. has in his rig
  • Add cab lighting
  • etc, etc....
All in all, I used a very unscientific approach to the weight and weight distribution and seem to have gotten away with it at this point. [blink]
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Re: Transit Van Fit Out - GunnyR
« Reply #33 on: June 03, 2021, 02:20 AM »
I just bought almost an identical van and starting the process of racking it out. I like the charging station. Where did you get the inverter setup?


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Re: Transit Van Fit Out - GunnyR
« Reply #34 on: June 03, 2021, 07:01 AM »
I just bought almost an identical van and starting the process of racking it out. I like the charging station. Where did you get the inverter setup?


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Thank you!  My goal was to provide interior lighting and charging.  I don't have enough power to run power tools, I figure if that's necessary I can bring a generator.

This is the Inverter from Amazon.  Note that I also installed a separate house battery, isolator and fuse panel to distribute the house power.  There are lots of resources for Transit camper conversion and wiring schematics available.  Check out Pinterest and the Ford Transit USA Forum

Here is my list of electric supplies and materials, it's not totally complete but includes the major components.
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Jeff

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