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About r1alvin

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    Allen, Texas
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    '16 Silver TC XLT LWB Wagon
  1. how do you get to your jack ?
  2. interesting layout. where did you get that track from?
  3. Now onto the awkward floor fix,,,after lots of careful thought with weight and strength in mind,,,I decided to go with a galvanized Unistrut base and either a 1/2" oak or birch ply cut to fit the entire area from door to door and screwed down into the unistrut. if the 1/2" ends up being too flimsy I can go to 3/4". No carpeting will be cut and all existing M10x1.50 threaded holes are being used. This photo is simply mocking up what I'm doing here. It should explain itself if you know what you're looking at under that carpet. All Unistrut purchased from Home depot and the M10x1.50 hardware from Ace. The small 2x4 to the left will be replaced with another one of the small vertical risers I'm bolting in (Had to call it quits for the night because I didn't want to continue pissing my neighbors off cutting unitstrut with my mitre saw lol)
  4. Today I completely removed both second row seat mounts under the carpet and the center bracket...I am going to build up a wooden platform to run across the top of that huge opening where the rear A/C ducts run. It looks like I can possibly get away with not having to cut the carpet. I think having a nice flat base in that spot will be best instead of bringing it up to the cargo floor height and using the void underneath as storage. Plus it should make getting in and out of the van easier as well. I also purchased some 2' x 2' rubber interlocking tile from Lowes. These mats are pretty neat at 1/2" thick but they will require a flat base for sure so I found a nice 4x 8 panel 1/2" sanded plywood that I will use as a base over the "dynamatted" floor once all of that comes in! The tiles were cheap so I may or may not use them,,,Have been throwing around the idea of laminate floor planks on top of the plywood but rubber seems like it may hold up better to road vibration,,,we shall see,,,
  5. Primarily for use on shore power electric connection and then sometime later look at configuring the floorplan to carry a small 2000W gas inverter generator. I just really want to have the ability to go somewhere with my dogs, plug in, cool down and shut the van off. Not looking to be able to remove the unit from the roof. A/C must always be available and installed in Texas! I am also looking at other Roof Top units that are low profile (10" or less in height from the van roof)
  6. I am definitely considering it. I found some large "soft interlocking mats" at Lowes today about 2' x 2' in size and 1/2" thick. I think that might do the trick but I will have to insert some foam in-between the ribs to get things level...hoping the mats wont flex too much. Trying to stay as thin as possible and avoid having to use plywood back there as a subfloor. I have also ordered a box of dynamat extreme to put down on the floor and while I have the sides panels off.
  7. Well I was hoping for more input from this forum. I see tons of other helpful threads in the search but not much discussion here. Ah well. Back to the midnight oil searching google.
  8. Okay so here I am today,,,Limo Tint Complete,,,Pulled the side panels in the rear, removed the final 2nd row seatbelts,,,removed the carpeting. I think I am going to go with carpet again but I'm not sure how I'm going to pad the underside of it. Dynamat? Some other type of soft barrier or foam? Any suggestions? I am also looking for a local reliable outfitter to install a low profile roof top unit and shore power connection to my van. I was thinking like a Coleman Mach 8 since its only 8" tall and will allow me to park in my garage.
  9. Bike Rack. Please note: The rack tilts downward at an angle in an effort to move the strapped bike away from the lift gate however, with this configuration, and with the bike in the closest mount to the car, the liftgate will not clear the bike. Either the bike must be removed from the rack completely or it might work with the bike on the outer mount of the rack away from the liftgate. I can also add that this Thule rack keeps the bar end further away from the glass than the Kuat NV Base 2.0 that I was originally going to purchase. My bar end was about 2 inches or less away from hitting the rear glass with the Kuat. Here, I have much more clearance.
  10. Hello everyone! My name is Alvin and I just purchased this gently used (prior rental fleet unit) 2016 TC XLT LWB Wagon on Wednesday April 12th 2017. Background: I'm coming off of a 2011 Ford F150 XLT 4X4 Supercrew. I have spent hundreds upon thousands of hours digging around forums, and watching youtube videos and visiting dealer lots looking at all types of vans for the past 2 years. Sprinters, Full sized Transits, Sportsmobile conversions, Class B RV's, and Airstreams. I loved my Ford truck, but in 6 years of ownership I only used the 4x4 option maybe 3 times, and I never towed a single trailer with it even though it had the full trailer package and trailer brake. Also, I ride motorcycles and maybe had to haul my motorcycle only a handful of times in the bed. Made the life decision that it was time to downsize and get something that was more practical and useful for my use and hobbies. I purchased a mountain bike this past January and it turns out I drive to the trail a lot,,,2 or 3 times per week,,,30 minute commute minimum. I also own 2 beagle boys that are show dogs and we travel to dog shows sometimes and we also travel to Lure Coursing Trials in and out of state. We bring my electric Onewheel with us everywhere we travel so that will be mounted in the van somewhere as well. Why Transit Connect? The things about the Transit Connect that appealed to me most was the rear lift gate hatch that seconds as an awning to hide from the sun/rain, the slider doors on the driver side in addition to the passenger side allowing me quick access to the rear, the front passenger seat forward flip tray function, and the large open space in the rear of the van. I really wanted the cargo van with lift gate but it turns out that those are super rare and the single nearest unit was about 6 hours away. I liked the idea of the wagon to get the rear A/C and heating vents, and the liftgate. My original plan was to carry my Mountain Bike inside the van. After I got the van, I decided against it because it would be way too messy with a dirty, sweat covered bike. Going with the hitch mount is perfect because I can hose the bike off on the rack when I get home, and the rack has a lock built in as well. Plus I won't have to clean a dirty van. I am not opposed to storing the bike inside the van if the bike is clean, so I am going to keep that in mind during the build. Build/Teardown: So, lets start with what I have done so far. As of 4/14/17 this is what I have done to the Wagon so far: Removed the second row and 3rd row seats including all of the brackets. Completely removed both 3rd row passenger seatbelts from the rear most of the Transit. Installed a Uhaul Class 3 Hitch Receiver 2" Max Towing Weight 3,500lbs, 525lb tongue weight. Purchased from Uhaul Part Code 78578 $149.95 Purchased and installed Qty. 2 Pawslife Quilted Bucket Car Seat Covers purchased from Bed Bath and Beyond for 19.99 each. Purchased and Installed a Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch mounted Bike rack. Purchased from my local bike shop. MSRP: $579.95 Limo Tint is going in all of the rear windows next week along with regular legal tint on driver and passenger side windows. Currently Researching: Flooring options. Raised sleeping area with storage underneath that double as a bench seat (3 box style as many have seen online). Fresh water tank installation option. 5 Gallons at most. Canvas privacy shades for windows and cab partition with either a velcro or button style mount. Electrical,,,well first I need to find a full blowup of the electrical diagram so I can get my meter and figure out what everything does. Theres a cool fuseblock in the back that I would like to try to leverage as a hub if possible. I have about 19 years experience working directly on low/medium and high voltage switchgear and control circuit applications in the field so I'm not afraid to wire, solder, troubleshoot, trace, etc. but vehicular systems are kind of their own beast. I am more afraid of cutting into sheet metal that is painted. Lithium House pack/Inverter combo and solar panel to keep my Onewheel juiced up on the road. That's all for now! I'll try to keep this thread updated the best I can. Enjoy!
  11. Converted 2015 LWB Wagon into a Van

    I appreciate the offer Don! I am still brainstorming exactly which steps I am going to take next now that I have the blank canvas in the back of the van. My original plan of starting with a bicycle mount inside the Van has changed. I decided that carrying a bicycle covered with dirt inside the van is not appealing, so I installed a uhaul 2" Class 3 hitch yesterday and a Thule bike rack. I am leaning towards the 3 box flip lid design for a raised sleeping area and storage underneath,,,flooring,,,I don't know,,,I believe the OEM carpet will have to go,,those raised humps where the second row bolted in are kind of annoying. Also, I am brainstorming Ideas to cover the void in the floor from the stud bases to the raised floor lip,,,something made either our of wood or metal,,, i suppose it would be a good idea for me to start a build thread in here now huh,,,
  12. Converted 2015 LWB Wagon into a Van

    You are correct. I removed both seatbelt units tonight in the rear (3rd row). No wiring or sensors associated with them. Contemplating removing the seatbelts in the 2nd row as well,,,Now, the unused threads up in the pillar could have so many uses,,,,
  13. Converted 2015 LWB Wagon into a Van

    Just wanted to say hello and that I am following suit with a lightly used (11k miles previous rental unit) 2016 TC XLT LWB Wagon that I picked up just today from Carmax for a fair price. I traded my F150 Supercrew 4x4 down for more practicality and utility of this van. I pulled all of the rear seats out today and saw the massive gaps under the second row of seats,,,,I plan on building some sort of a bracket and incorporate the seating studs to support it,,,my goal is for a bike hauler/beagle hauler/stealth camper van type of setup,,,,quick question,,,does anyone know if the rear seatbelts are tied into the airbag system? I want to remove them completely out of the vehicle and use the anchors for something more useful. thanks!