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Postby Tegnus [OP] » March 19th 2014, 3:54am

Silverhawk wrote:16098 I haven't had a chance to build it yet for this van but I had built this for one of my former full sized vans. Pretty simple! 2 sheets of plywood, 6 2x2s, and the nylon screening. A tarp attaches to the roof rack and the corners of the top sheet of plywood. It slides out and is supported by an adjustable extendable load carrier that slides into the hitch.

Would love to see it, when it's built - great idea! :)
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Re: Camperized Astro/Safari - Share your pictures

Postby Tegnus [OP] » March 24th 2014, 5:18am

Finally, we have bed platform installed. It came down to about 150$ , and here it is... :)

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It offers two rows of seating and enough space to fit 4x90L (24 gal) Rubbermaid Actionpackers + "ton" of otter stuff and have some living space inside (by turning around middle row around).

Sleeping platform is secured to the floor so it doesn't slide around if I am going off-roading.

Idea of design has been borrowed from http://www.dylan.hoen.ca/things_i_have_ ... rized_van/ and a bit improved/adjusted to our needs.

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Postby 97cargocrawler » March 24th 2014, 6:47am

WOW that's awesome! I bet it smells good in there too! :thumbup:
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Postby Silverhawk » March 24th 2014, 1:40pm

17233. Nice job! Cargocrawler is right, you won't need any air freshener for a while!
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Postby Tegnus [OP] » March 24th 2014, 5:49pm

97cargocrawler wrote:WOW that's awesome! I bet it smells good in there too! :thumbup:

It smells great and I totally like it :)
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Postby AstroWill » March 26th 2014, 7:32am

97cargocrawler wrote:^^^I just got the Mr. Heater Big Buddy that puts out 18,000 BTU's! I had a hard time finding a smaller one that they would actually ship to CA. Glad to hear you like yours. How about the fan..needing battery power or DC plug...any issues there? My heater is pretty big but I figure if I ever use my four man rooftop tent with the annex and van doors open I will need the extra heat. The heater is still fairly lightweight despite the size.


I wouldn't worry about the fan at all, I have used it on both batteries and with the 110 power adapter, it doesn't help enough for the trouble. You can also run it on 12v with a very cheap mod, let me know if you are interested in that.

My thoughts on the Big Buddy Heater:

I slept in my cargo van one night with my Big Buddy heater on a -5f night. I guess I'm kind of spoiled with the Tiger as using the buddy heater didn't compare at all. It doesn't have a thermostat, so you turn it on, then off then on then off. On high it will suck down the 1lb bottles pretty damn quick. I do have the newer non leaching hose to connect a 20lb cyl but didn't use it, only had two of the 1lb bottles with me. Had to leave the window cracked pretty well as the ODS(oxygen depletion sensor) would cut off the heater. The moisture build up was insane on the inside of the van, as of course the catalytic heaters are un-vented to compare to the RV heaters. Not to mention the carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, other other byproducts that get expelled inside instead of outside. For an emergency setup I think it works pretty well, but I would look at a vented setup for normal or extended camping. Would be much safer and with a thermostat more efficient to run.

All in all, I spent $5 on the Big Buddy Heater at a yard sale, and $30 for the hose, free 110v power supply for it which I don't use anymore. I have used it as a supplemental heater for home/shop for MANY MANY hours, at least 15 20lb tank fills, worst thing I have had to do is disassemble it to soak the orifice in rubbing alcohol as the pilot wouldn't stay lit and simply cleaning it with a q-tip dipped in RA didn't solve the issue.
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Postby Silverhawk » March 26th 2014, 1:00pm

17233. You could mount one of the small non-vented LP gas wall mounted heaters, about $120.00 or less!
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Postby Silverhawk » March 26th 2014, 4:09pm

17457. I like this idea!
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Postby 97cargocrawler » March 26th 2014, 5:42pm

Silverhawk wrote:I like this idea!


That is slick! Pull 'em over and let 'er rip! Great for camping or the highway:

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Nobody will know if that's mud down the side of the van or .... well you know.
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Postby Silverhawk » March 26th 2014, 6:01pm

17233. That kind of mud looks good on a van!
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Postby SilverBullet1997 » March 26th 2014, 6:17pm

97cargocrawler wrote:
Silverhawk wrote:I like this idea!


That is slick! Pull 'em over and let 'er rip! Great for camping or the highway:

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Nobody will know if that's mud down the side of the van or .... well you know.

You crazy! :snooty:
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Postby 97cargocrawler » March 26th 2014, 6:25pm

I was going to make a bumper dumper but I think this mod affords a wee bit more privacy. :shrug:
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Postby Silverhawk » March 26th 2014, 6:37pm

17233. You could still keep your roof rack Cargocrawler but Bullet want's to know what would be on the opposite side of the van!
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Postby Silverhawk » April 14th 2014, 12:48pm

18738. This is pretty cool!
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Postby WoodButcher » April 15th 2014, 2:28am

Silverhawk, what van is that? where is the passenger side "b" pillar?
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Postby SilverBullet1997 » April 15th 2014, 3:26pm

WoodButcher wrote:Silverhawk, what van is that? where is the passenger side "b" pillar?

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Definitely an Astro, but yeah, I don't see how you could take a picture from that angle and be on either side of the 'b' pillar....... Maybe photoshopped out? But that would be some really good photoshop skills....
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Postby grond » May 9th 2014, 9:14pm

Has anyone ever heard of Fiamma? Check them out!! I may get me one of these!!

http://www.fiammausa.com/products/awnings.asp?Fam=F03
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grond wrote:Has anyone ever heard of Fiamma? Check them out!! I may get me one of these!!

http://www.fiammausa.com/products/awnings.asp?Fam=F03

Haven't heard about these guys, but I am looking at putting ARB awning on mine.

http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/index.ph ... b3108.html
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Postby grond » May 10th 2014, 2:09pm

Low Range Offroad seems to be a little pricey. I checked the items in their "garage sale" tab and every item that I checked (and they were all used) were at least the suggested retail price for the same item new. Not complaining, just pointing it out.
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grond wrote:Low Range Offroad seems to be a little pricey. I checked the items in their "garage sale" tab and every item that I checked (and they were all used) were at least the suggested retail price for the same item new. Not complaining, just pointing it out.

It might be true, I don't really buy much stuff from them. In this case I just couldn't find a better price for ARB 2500 awning.

I don't have much preference in company that I buy stuff from really, especially if it's something sold by other 100 companies...
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