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Postby Allmntrider » May 13th 2014, 4:17am

I own a ARB 2500 touring it's a way better awning then the fiama I had on my syncro. Well worth cash.
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Postby nigelorion » May 18th 2014, 9:41pm

sleeping mode

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check out the build thread so far!

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Postby AstroWill » May 19th 2014, 2:00am

nigelorion wrote:Image


I like your hammock hookup, best sleeping I ever do is in my hammock, how do you have the front hooked up?
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Postby nigelorion » May 19th 2014, 3:18am

Check out my build thread. More detailed pics in there. If you pull off the trim next to the visor there is a perfect little spot on the frame for an s hook. This is a great setup for me since I can utilize all the space a bed would take up!
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Postby Tegnus [OP] » May 20th 2014, 5:46pm

@nigelorion cool use of the van and space :)
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Postby SilverBullet1997 » June 11th 2014, 7:06pm

Came across this website today:

Thought I would share it, very nice functional build for Astros.

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Postby oman » June 11th 2014, 11:10pm

I've seen at least a couple of the people on that forum over here, or vice-versa. Some way cool builds, even if they aren't Astros.
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Postby MrBob » June 13th 2014, 5:55pm

Curtains: to cover the rear windows I used Walmart sun shades, cut to fit and held in place with double-faced tape. For the back and side windows I use Walmart bath towels with Velcro sewed onto the corners and a mating piece of Velcro stuck onto the trim around the windows. They can be hung in less than a minute. For the driver and passenger windows I use more sunshade cut to fit the windows. To install, I lower the windows an inch or so, push the sunshade into the upper slot for the window glass, and hit the button to raise the window. To cover the windshield I use a sunshade installed upside down with a slot cut for the rear view mirror. The visors hold the shade in place.
The whole deal sets up in about a minute and provides a high degree of privacy. I probably spent 20.00 on materials.
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Postby Tegnus [OP] » June 13th 2014, 10:26pm

MrBob wrote:Curtains: to cover the rear windows I used Walmart sun shades, cut to fit and held in place with double-faced tape. For the back and side windows I use Walmart bath towels with Velcro sewed onto the corners and a mating piece of Velcro stuck onto the trim around the windows. They can be hung in less than a minute. For the driver and passenger windows I use more sunshade cut to fit the windows. To install, I lower the windows an inch or so, push the sunshade into the upper slot for the window glass, and hit the button to raise the window. To cover the windshield I use a sunshade installed upside down with a slot cut for the rear view mirror. The visors hold the shade in place.
The whole deal sets up in about a minute and provides a high degree of privacy. I probably spent 20.00 on materials.

How long did you have had curtains attached with velcro, just wondering how good it holds on to the surfaces in the summer and heat... :ty:
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Postby MrBob » June 14th 2014, 1:40am

Tegnus wrote:
MrBob wrote:Curtains: to cover the rear windows I used Walmart sun shades, cut to fit and held in place with double-faced tape. For the back and side windows I use Walmart bath towels with Velcro sewed onto the corners and a mating piece of Velcro stuck onto the trim around the windows. They can be hung in less than a minute. For the driver and passenger windows I use more sunshade cut to fit the windows. To install, I lower the windows an inch or so, push the sunshade into the upper slot for the window glass, and hit the button to raise the window. To cover the windshield I use a sunshade installed upside down with a slot cut for the rear view mirror. The visors hold the shade in place.
The whole deal sets up in about a minute and provides a high degree of privacy. I probably spent 20.00 on materials.

How long did you have had curtains attached with velcro, just wondering how good it holds on to the surfaces in the summer and heat... :ty:


Since last September, and they've been used almost every day since then in temps that ranged from 15 degrees F. in Colorado to 98 degrees F. in Florida. I had to add more adhesive to some of the velcro tabs mounted on the interior window trim during the coldest weather.
I'll probably post photos when I build a platform for Burning Man soon.
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Postby Wiley » July 18th 2014, 12:27am

Tegnus wrote:How long did you have had curtains attached with velcro, just wondering how good it holds on to the surfaces in the summer and heat... :ty:


I spent 2 years driving my van around Mexico, Central Am, and parts of Colombia. My Velcro was constantly coming off, with glue streaking down the sides of my windows. I finally ordered some heavy duty high temp velcro online similar to whats on an easy pass, and have not had a problem since, that stuff is probably permanent, I am not sure it will come off if I wanted!

I used normal velcro on my reflectix panels, and the super strong portion on the glass windows, that way it is still easy to separate the two pieces without ripping the reflectix.

If anyone is interested I can probably dig up the part number, keep in mind it wasn't necessarily cheap, but it solved the annoying problems I was having.
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Postby MrBob » July 19th 2014, 3:15pm

There's been talk of treating windows for privacy and this is the setup I've used for about 6 months. It gets used every day. The sunscreens are Walmart cheapo deluxe. The two rear windows also have panels of the stuff mounted on double-sided tape that remains in place.
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Set up is pretty simple, the way I like it. The windshield piece fits better upside down so I made a notch in the screen to fit around the mirror stalk. The sun visors hold it in place. To install the side panels I lower the window a few inches and fit the panel into the groove for the window glass and then raise the window. It clamps the panel in place. One full-sized windshield screen should provide enough material for both front windows. Total cost for all panels was about 20 bucks.
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Postby Wiley » October 2nd 2014, 3:11pm

Wiley wrote:
Tegnus wrote:How long did you have had curtains attached with velcro, just wondering how good it holds on to the surfaces in the summer and heat... :ty:


I spent 2 years driving my van around Mexico, Central Am, and parts of Colombia. My Velcro was constantly coming off, with glue streaking down the sides of my windows. I finally ordered some heavy duty high temp velcro online similar to whats on an easy pass, and have not had a problem since, that stuff is probably permanent, I am not sure it will come off if I wanted!

I used normal velcro on my reflectix panels, and the super strong portion on the glass windows, that way it is still easy to separate the two pieces without ripping the reflectix.

If anyone is interested I can probably dig up the part number, keep in mind it wasn't necessarily cheap, but it solved the annoying problems I was having.


Here is that Velcro part number just in case...again only use it on the glass itself, use normal velcro on the reflectix otherwise you probably wont get it apart as I suspect the reflectix would rip, the velcro is like the stuff used on Easypasses.

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Postby SAFSTRO69 » December 2nd 2014, 2:04am

Hi I got started on my camper build and thought I would share where I got to already. I started with the bed/table. This is my own design basically culled from a lot of other ideas out there. I haven't finished it all the way, so I hope that it works out. So first of all I set up my parameters. I needed to keep one bench seat in place for transporting pets (they like to see out the window) and kids (ditto) with functioning seat belts. I looked at building a rock 'n' roll bed and taking out all the benches but decided I wouldn't be happy with the level of safety provided, so decided to stick with keeping one of the bench seats. Parameter #2 I wanted an open living area when the bed was stowed away. This would be good for wet weather and times when you just want to hang out in the van and play cards or whatever. I like the set up of the VW weekender vans with the rear facing seats and the pop up table. So I decided on removing the front bench seat to leave that area free. Then I decided to fold the middle bench seat down to create the middle of the bed, and extend it towards the front of the van with a plywood section resting on the headrests of the bench seat. Parameter #3 I wanted a table. I saw someone else did this idea of resting the bed section on the headrests and then folding it back behind the rear seat, but I also had the idea of making that section easily removable so it could be converted into a table. The rear section of the bed will be the top of the kitchen box that I'm going to construct for the area behind the rear seat. Haven't done that yet. Hope my limited woodworking skills are up to it. We shall see. So here is the bed extension towards the front:
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And a close up view with bored canine:
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As you can see I used the seat belts from the middle row seats to attach to the bed extension. I had thought that I would have to also attach somehow to the headrests but it seems that the belts keep the extension pressed against the back of the rear seat in some kind of cantilever fashion and it is not necessary :obscene-drinkingcheers: I secured the belts with c-clamps for now. But hope to find a more permanent solution, probably seatbelt locking clips. Now, I wouldn't jump around on this extension but I think it will support feet or heads just fine with the main weight of the sleeper being borne by the folded seat section. I reinforced the board (3/4") in a couple spots. The seat belt clips are secured on the underside by carabiner clips.
Once the carabiner clips are removed you can remove the bed extension and attach it to the side of the van with velcro to make the table like this:
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The legs are 3/4" pvc plumbing pipe attached with a male threaded adapter that I screwed into holes drilled out of the table top. This was a purely serendipitous solution that happened as I was trying out another idea but I think it works pretty well. I put rubber table leg caps onto the ends of the pipe and fitted them down into the seat fixtures for the front bench. Again, serendipitous solution. I used a couple of 3M extreme velcro strips to attach to the van side. Which is good because it holds in place but does not grab too hard and come off when you are detaching the table. I plan on painting the pvc pipe a dark color with Krylon Fusion to make it look a bit nicer, and either varnishing or painting the table top/bed extension. So the plan is to slide the table top down behind the rear bench when on the road, in front of the kitchen box. I foresee a few issues with this but hopefully nothing that I can't work around. And that's all for now folks, will post more when I get working on the kitchen box and foam mattress sections.
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Postby markmitch » December 2nd 2014, 4:07pm

pretty cool ideas so far keep them coming
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Postby WoodButcher » December 3rd 2014, 4:18am

Looks pretty slick birdo, is that long enough for you to lay out?
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Postby SAFSTRO69 » December 16th 2014, 3:27am

Yup, at 5'7" no problems at all. Measures just under 6' end to end.
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Postby JeremyMist » December 31st 2014, 6:18pm

I installed this 77 west pop top on my 04 AWD. I'm now in the process of thinking about a rock n roll bed for the bottom. Anyone have any plans?
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Postby BusDriverStu » January 1st 2015, 3:53am

i have plans to do so also... just no blueprints or anything of that sort yet.
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