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For search purposes what do I call this space that was under the front bucket seats ? I want to build something that makes the floor flat but uses the space for small storage . What have others done ?  Thanks for any help ! What is under the raised section in the back ? Is it removable? 

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2 hours ago, Bart Luther said:

For search purposes what do I call this space that was under the front bucket seats ? I want to build something that makes the floor flat but uses the space for small storage . What have others done ?  Thanks for any help ! What is under the raised section in the back ? Is it removable? 

 

That's my van! Go look at my build thread and you can see what I did although I opted to build a stable flat platform over the lower 2nd row area to maintain that low entry point on both sides of the van while still allowing plenty of space to put "things".

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Your van is amazing!   I have never built anything like this before but I guess I will have to learn if I want it cool rig to take to the mountain bike races I guess I will have to try to learn how to use the Forum as well having trouble so far but thanks for posting all your pictures I will have to start with some simple ideas .taking the seats out this weekend and go from there thanks for any help

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My 2015 has the 60/40 bench but I pulled the 2nd and 3rd row and put a wood platform covering everything from liftgate right up to the front seats. I found some flat bins at Walmart that could slide in from the sides with the doors open. And the 60/40 seems to have less smooth space than what your photo seems to show so it should work even better there. I had to make some strange shape foam fillers to get everything flat enough to support the bins sliding in and out smoothly. I did a writeup on my mods if you need more details or photos.

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Yes that sounds like something I would like to try I will do a search and see if I could find your wright  up 

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45 minutes ago, Bart Luther said:

Your van is amazing!   I have never built anything like this before but I guess I will have to learn if I want it cool rig to take to the mountain bike races I guess I will have to try to learn how to use the Forum as well having trouble so far but thanks for posting all your pictures I will have to start with some simple ideas .taking the seats out this weekend and go from there thanks for any help

Me neither this was my first build. Lots of lessons learned. Take your time and really think it through.  Here's a link to my build. Hope it helps! And hello from another mountain/road biker!

 

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1 hour ago, Bart Luther said:

Yes that sounds like something I would like to try I will do a search and see if I could find your wright  up 

Here you go:

 

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What you do depends on what you want the van for. I built my floor way up with storage underneath.  I still haven't gotten back to putting something down to smooth out that well a bit where the seat bolts are.  But hopefully I'll get to that soon.  Others level it with the back section and put some type of trap door or hinged lid.  It's all in how you intend to use the van.

I kind of wrote out 3 or 4 primary goals of what I wanted to do and that drove the build.  Still a lot to do!!!

Tiller

 

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Dang you all have some skills ! Love the builds and giving me some good Ideas ! My problem is the skills . I would love to build some storage under the flat floor and probably will try it eventually . For now I only have limited time to work on the camper van and a low level of skills in carpentry but I am not scared to try . I have to keep it simple for now to get me through the next few bike races so I will start by installing a flat floor with room for a few storage bins under the front depression . what is the thinnest piece of plywood I could use on the floor and still be somewhat sturdy . I will try to cover the plywood  with some type of floor covering ? I really want to do a good job eventually but for now need to kind of cheap out and get something done fast . Thanks all for your ideas and help .

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2 hours ago, Bart Luther said:

 what is the thinnest piece of plywood I could use on the floor and still be somewhat sturdy .

I used 1/4" perforated hardboard as a base for my vinyl planks and its working great. I'm not standing up and walking around in the van so IMO 1/2" , 3/4" plywood is overkill unless you are using it as a base to screw things into (which I'm not). Seems like you have not gone through my build thread link that I posted above. Go ahead and do that.

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Thanks r1alvin and everyone else as well , I was having trouble reading your full builds on my cell phone but now that I am on a desk top things are much easier to navigate ! Awesome build on your van !!!!!  you have really inspired me . wish I lived closer because I have all kinds of questions for you . I will try not to bug you all to much and as I progress on my project but I may need a little help . I will be buying some tools and wood this weekend to get started . Thanks again .

 

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