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r1alvin

2016 TC XLT LWB Wagon Project Mtn. Biker/Dog Hauler/Camper

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Eeeeerrrm, what's with metric in Texas, huh?

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Got the Laminate Planks in,,,the silver colored oak was a special order item,,,fawn looked good enough, plus it will match the beagles fur when they shed LOL. stuff is super easy to work with,,,I used my trusty knockout set to punch the access holes to the floor bolts. The Tie downs hold the entire floor securely in place, so no tape, glue or velcro needed! I hope this floor lasts a while,,,if not, it will come back out!

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Good looking install and insulation .   Your dogs are held in high regard.

Looking forward to the AC install and the finish.

As the TC originates in Spain and the EU the Metrics would invade even Texas.

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3 hours ago, G B L said:

Good looking install and insulation .   Your dogs are held in high regard.

Looking forward to the AC install and the finish.

As the TC originates in Spain and the EU the Metrics would invade even Texas.

Thanks,,,The A/C project is on hold for now. I was told that it will require reinforcement of the roof structure, however, it seems some of the local upfitters have no experience performing this task on the Transit Connect. Until I can find some experienced help in this area or figure it out on my own,,,I'm going to hold off for now. If anyone with a Transit Connect has a roof top a/c unit and can chime in or post a thread I'd love to read it.

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Not too bad eh? Everything went back in fairly snug,,,

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Damn, that looks like out of a yacht.

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If you can't figure out the roof top AC unit, I hacked up one of my remote start key fobs to start the van and let it run for 15 minutes. If you have the OEM remote start system you can program the car to run the climate control system. I used it back in December out in Fargo to sleep quite comfortably when it was -18F. I don't see why the system wouldn't work to keep the van cool. I used an Arduino to control everything. It uses about a gallon of gas to run the van all night. I open sourced the code. Fobuino on GitHub

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Cool  .  I suspect that if the AC unit was mounted toward the Rear the roof issues would be small.  If you have ever looked at the Roof structure of most campers It will not take much to make the structure work.

Very nice job on the Van!!

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7 hours ago, chong said:

If you can't figure out the roof top AC unit, I hacked up one of my remote start key fobs to start the van and let it run for 15 minutes. If you have the OEM remote start system you can program the car to run the climate control system. I used it back in December out in Fargo to sleep quite comfortably when it was -18F. I don't see why the system wouldn't work to keep the van cool. I used an Arduino to control everything. It uses about a gallon of gas to run the van all night. I open sourced the code. Fobuino on GitHub

Interesting but I don't have remote start on my keyfob or in my van. 

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Alright so here's where I'm at. Picked up this 8 gallon water sprayer from Northern tool on sale for 59.99. Unfortunately, the motor that came with it was weak and had no "on demand" cut off switch so I bought a 12V motor with that feature as well as more psi (60 vs 40).  Works wonderful! The hose is from Target I'm not sure if I plan on keeping it or not. The idea is to be able to rinse my mtn. bike off and also rinse myself off. Could also be used for the dogs. Now, I am trying to figure out the cabinetry around the tank,,,,I am looking into a hinged lid type setup so that I can have a 32" wide sleeping area and also have some sort of an extension for  additional length over the lower floor surface towards the front of the van. 

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You might consider acquiring a 4 ft hitch cargo basket and carrying it outside the van.  Etrailer.com has one that measures 4 ft by 20 inches that fits a two inch receiver.  It's heavy duty. 

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Right but then I would have to transport my mountain bike inside the van. This tank takes up less real estate. I also use a Thule rack to carry my bike as shown on page 1. I may still look into this option if I end up having to carry a portable gen or it gets too clustered inside the van. My goal is to only carry essentials. 

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