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”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby Sailing_Faith [OP] » March 30th 2018, 6:49am

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“Delilah”.... at ‘Sea Ranch’ in Sonoma, CA

Six years after buying her and joining the forum I am finally starting a build thread.
(Can’t rush these things)....

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Most of her nearly 250,000 miles are mine... several trips back and forth between Florida and California (including last years 9,500 round the country trip). Mostly just a cot or an air mattress in the back.

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On hiking trips, it could be hard to find a place to sleep sometimes....


I am taking a trip down to Joshua Tree and Death Valley this week... that and helping a friend find an Astro (which he is planning an awesome build for) I felt inspired to get some kind of sleeping platform with some gear stowage under it.

This is what I did today;

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Work in progress...


I have an Engle fridge (great little unit... real fridge, runs on AC or DC.. only draws 2.3a when the compressor is on. So I made a 6’ platform behind the first 2 feet of floor the Engle sits on. I think I like it as I can still get into the van without pulling a muscle. :dance:

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With the dividers there is plenty of support for the sleeping platform... not real flex.


I left it open in the back with spaces dedicated to my “$30 Camping Awning”, and 4 storage boxes.

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View from the stern...


The space behind the platform is for bicycle wheels, and on this trip it will be for carrying a few water jugs.

I also made a drawer that is 20” wide to stow my tools... My plan was to get as much of the heavy stuff out of the roof top carrier.

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Drawer open... dividers keep tools from sliding...


I bought a keyed latch for the drawer...

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Drawer for tools.


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Detail of drawer...



I’ll glue down the carpet later, for now I think it is going to work out for me.
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Re: ”Delilah” a van, a camper, and a road warrior.

Postby WinnieVan » March 30th 2018, 7:14am

I like the hooks, bags and bungee setup. Very nicely done.
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Re: ”Delilah” a van, a camper, and a road warrior.

Postby Sailing_Faith [OP] » March 30th 2018, 7:24am

WinnieVan wrote:I like the hooks, bags and bungee setup. Very nicely done.


Thank you, I have been using the hanging bags for a long time. It works out pretty well for lighter stuff. I’ll post some better pictures of it.
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby WhiteAstro » March 30th 2018, 8:00am

looking good, where did you get those carpet from?
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby Sailing_Faith [OP] » March 30th 2018, 8:35am

WhiteAstro wrote:looking good, where did you get those carpet from?


I got it at a marine consignment shop in Oriental, NC... but I was in Home Depot yesterday and happened to notice they were selling it there too (pre-cut, in rolls).
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby konybravo » March 30th 2018, 10:49am

Good work! I like the simplicity of the design. :thumbup:
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby 1lowcab » March 30th 2018, 3:34pm

Very nice, should work out great.
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby srdragonusa » March 30th 2018, 7:10pm

Good to see you didn't go too high with the platform. I believe having the head room makes it much more comfortable. My rig has a high top so I could utilize the rear bench as part of my bed and also open it up for a place to eat or hang out if it rains.

I also like that you use the rear window space, well done I may look into something like that.
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby Sailing_Faith [OP] » April 5th 2018, 12:51am

Just outside of Bakersfield, CA...
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And.... there she is!


On the way to Joshua Tree...
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Just a ride in the desert...


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Camping just south of Joshua Tree National Park.


Death Valley
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Not a bad view...

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After camping and soaking in the hot springs just south of Mammoth Lakes, this was the drive back out to the main road the next morning.
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby 1lowcab » April 5th 2018, 1:17am

Holy crap, your running 90mph!!!
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby 90safari » April 5th 2018, 1:37am

Nice. Looks like a great set up, and the van is clean too, and you're eligible for the 1/4 million mile club. 8-) Owning it for 6 years helps let you know what you need or don't need for road tripping.
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby Leeann_93 » April 5th 2018, 3:10am

Yup, you’re eligible. You get to decide whether to be green or pink :lol:
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby TurnNburn » April 5th 2018, 5:10pm

Hahaha, nice! The only way to take that picture!
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby chr_sei » April 5th 2018, 5:34pm

90mph with one hand on the wheel... now we know where the “sailing” in your name comes from. And you only had 40 secs to snap that picture - respect!

(The 40secs came from google not my brain...)
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby multimoto » April 5th 2018, 5:45pm

Sailing_Faith wrote:Just outside of Bakersfield, CA...
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you should post this pic in the 1/4mil club thread viewtopic.php?f=36&t=5661&start=260

best 250,000 pic we got! now my goal is to get a 500k pic with the 85 mph speedo buried and a GPS in the same shot indicating tripple digit mph LOL!
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby WinnieVan » June 2nd 2018, 8:38am

SF -- what size is your Engel? I love where that fits and I'm adding this to my craigslist conquest!
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby Sailing_Faith [OP] » June 2nd 2018, 5:45pm

WinnieVan wrote:SF -- what size is your Engel? I love where that fits and I'm adding this to my craigslist conquest!


I have a 17 installed in the van, they are pricy but worth it.

I lived aboard and sailed boats for 13 years and have experience with a whole bunch of systems. I like the Engle's for their ultra low current draw and the ability to truly freeze when you want them to.

Engel MT17F-u1 AC/DC Portable Fridge/Freezer Two Tone Gray 16qt

before I bought this one (16 quart) , I had the 27 (which is the same unit with a deeper chest).

Engel MT27F-U1 AC/DC Portable Fridge/Freezer Two Tone Gray 22 Qt

It ran constantly for over 10 years and was still going strong when I sold it.

Their 'swing compressor' is really efficient, drawing about 2.3a when it runs and if you have it full (and dont open it much) it can run as little as 20% of the time.

I also really like how quiet it is, even on an anchored boat in perfect stillness (like anchored off an uninhabited island in the Bahamas... ah...) you can sleep comfortably with your head near it.
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby sixsix » June 2nd 2018, 6:27pm

Wow - at least it does give you well more than what you pay for it.
And to think - I thought Yetis were expensive, but worthy.

I bought my small Coleman 40 years ago - still using it.
Of course, a steady stream of ice is required - prolly could have bought several Engels...



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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby Leeann_93 » June 2nd 2018, 8:07pm

multimoto wrote:
Sailing_Faith wrote:Just outside of Bakersfield, CA...
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you should post this pic in the 1/4mil club thread viewtopic.php?f=36&t=5661&start=260

best 250,000 pic we got! now my goal is to get a 500k pic with the 85 mph speedo buried and a GPS in the same shot indicating tripple digit mph LOL!


Look 3 posts up from yours. He’s in the club, but veteran takes priority.
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Re: ”Delilah” my terrestrial space ship....

Postby multimoto » June 2nd 2018, 8:24pm

Leeann_93 wrote:
Look 3 posts up from yours. He’s in the club, but veteran takes priority.


yeah, but the pic is not in the club thread with all the others thats all.
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