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r1alvin

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

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Don't think you mentioned your reasons for the angled walls on your cabinets. 

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For increased comfort we suggest installing Thinsulate(TM) Accoustic/Thermal insulation in wall and ceiling cavities.

Hein

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Hey whats up guys. Quick Update, I know I've been offline for a while. found some nice thin (less than a 1/4" thick) rubber mat material at Academy sports so I cut a few pieces to fit to provide some good traction on the floor and also lining the front cabinet bottom. I purchased a small 4x8 single axle utility trailer to handle yardwork stuff, material movement and possible motorcycle transport. Added the CURT trailer wiring harness and wired the hot lead into the rear passenger fuse box "hot" 40A spade terminal with a 15A fuse in line. 

I finally dropped the big loot on this ARB 50qt. fridge/freezer combo unit. I made a custom pigtail adapter to power this thing through my trailer wiring harness which is coiled up in the jack cubby hole on the driver side rear. Made for a more clean layout instead of running the wire across to the passenger side 12V socket, but that option is always there if I need to go that way. I had to rip about 1/2" of wood lengthwise off of the end of my flip top on the bed cabinet. This worked out perfect because the vent for the ARB unit is on the right side of the fridge so it has plenty of space for ventilation. I'm using these very handy and simple straps from REI to hold the ARB in place-"Sea to Summit Accessory Strap with Hook Release." This is all for now. I will test out the fridge on a trip tomorrow. Later! 

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Your Tc has turned out very nicely.

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The best part has to be the cold beer in that fridge.  

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Looks great and functional. I am sure there are other changes you can make, so you can still have more fun with TC projects. 

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Shame you covered that beautiful flooring. 

Looking good overall, though. A porta-potti and you have yourself a traveling RV.

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First road trip today was a success 5 hours out to the field for some lure coursing trials, a visit to a state park and a 5 hour drive back ending a 16 hour day in the TC with both hounds. ARB fridge is amazing,,,so much storage space and held temperature flawlessly,,,,I only wished that I could see the temperature display from the cab. I could always turn the fridge around or buy that 80 dollar wireless display kit ARB sells for additional peace of mind. The fridge and the 8 gallon water tank work really well together. I was also for the first time using the AWESOME cold open hooks and my paracord pigtails as cage stabilizers,,,Both beagles have PLENTY of room to curl up and sleep together in their massive crate parked on top of the bed unit. I'll post some video shortly,,,

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Great build, looks perfect... thanks for sharing!

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@Alvin - What a great thread. Thanks for sharing great write-ups, pics and awesome videos. You're work in most appreciated. WELL DONE!

Your attention to detail shows in the final product. First rate work all around.

You've inspired me to get off my butt and make some mods to my cargo van.

Looking forward to reading about more mods and videos!

 

Can you please share how to remove the rear side panels in the back?

Another forum member asked that same question in another thread somewhere, but I'm not seeing it.

My van is cargo, yours is wagon, but I'm sure the panels are installed the same way. Thanks!

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16 hours ago, windguy said:

@Alvin - What a great thread. Thanks for sharing great write-ups, pics and awesome videos. You're work in most appreciated. WELL DONE!

Your attention to detail shows in the final product. First rate work all around.

You've inspired me to get off my butt and make some mods to my cargo van.

Looking forward to reading about more mods and videos!

 

Can you please share how to remove the rear side panels in the back?

Another forum member asked that same question in another thread somewhere, but I'm not seeing it.

My van is cargo, yours is wagon, but I'm sure the panels are installed the same way. Thanks!

 

You're welcome windguy! The side panels come off pretty easy. I start from one corner of the panel and give it a quick and careful horizontal pull away from the side of the van to get it started. Any clips that dont move I carefully use a panel remover tool  (looks like a flat tip screwdriver with a notch in the center. Good luck!

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3 hours ago, r1alvin said:

 

You're welcome windguy! The side panels come off pretty easy. I start from one corner of the panel and give it a quick and careful horizontal pull away from the side of the van to get it started. Any clips that dont move I carefully use a panel remover tool  (looks like a flat tip screwdriver with a notch in the center. Good luck!

Thanks Alvin.

I found the thread I referred to, link below. I'm ready to give this a try. I think it will be easier to work on the flooring area with the side panels off and then add sound proofing to the sides like you did.

http://fordtransitconnectforum.com/topic/6563-removing-wheel-well-covers/?_fromLogin=1

 

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Trying out a few new things with the setup:

 

REI Co-op Camp Bed 3.5 Open Cell Self Inflating pad (78"x30"x3.5") w/R-Value 6.0

 

Helio Down 30 Sleeping Bag

 

It's 40 degrees outside and I just tested this sleeping arrangement with a short nap. Felt very nice and warm. I was blown away at how comfortable the pad is and I weigh about 190. Even when laying on my side it holds its shape. I will take care of it and I hope it lasts! The photo below is my 50qt arb fridge freezer, large lightweight soft crate (both beagles sleep in it together) folded up, large expanded suitcase and my 12' inflatable sup board. I still have plenty of room under the bed for biking stuff. Onewheel can go on the floor in front of the passenger seat or behind my driver seat. Inflatable pad deflates fast, and rolls up to get out of the way along with the sleeping bag allowong me a large platform to secure the beagles to their tethers!

 

 

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Fully loaded! iSup board, MTB, all gear and tools asociated with that and 2 Hounds! Headed to Hot Springs Arkansas to race the Kodiak Tough Enduro on the Lovit trail!

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Awesome set-up r1alvin! Currently planning an abbreviated version of this for mountain adventures this spring & summer with my wife, two young girls and two big dogs. Definitely some great inspiration here and the pups look content :)

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@alvin - looks great. Safe travels!

 

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