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Old 05-12-2021, 12:52 PM   #61
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Progress has been a little bit slower the past couple of weeks, but I did get around to installing my solar panels on the roof. Two, 250W Trina panels that I picked up locally for $50 a piece. I used the Z-brackets below to mount the panels to the roof.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z4J5JCD...roduct_details

I initially installed with the self tapping screws provided with the kit, but quickly realized that wasn't going to be enough. On the surface that mounts to the roof I tapped a 1/4-20 hole all the way through the roof then used a 2-1/4" bolt to secure it. I used a combination of silicone foam, silicone sealant and the tape below to prevent any leaks.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYPCJ9G...roduct_details
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Old 05-12-2021, 01:53 PM   #62
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I really like how you did that lighting channel and LOVE THE FLOOR!

I also never heard of that jumper seat and I like how it has a built in seatbelt! What year truck did you source that from?
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Old 05-12-2021, 02:06 PM   #63
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I really like how you did that lighting channel and LOVE THE FLOOR!

I also never heard of that jumper seat and I like how it has a built in seatbelt! What year truck did you source that from?
Thank you!
I believe F250/F350 Super Duty trucks have that center jump seat with built in belt (see eBay link below).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/22445126663...7af1%7Ciid%3A1
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Old 05-12-2021, 03:58 PM   #64
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I'm pretty sure I'm going all VHB tape for the solar panels. I'll let you know how it works out!
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Old 05-12-2021, 05:09 PM   #65
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Looking good. Keep up the good work!

As a cautionary suggestion, in post#45, it shows your refrigerator in that wooden enclosed compartment.
These types of cooler/refrigerators require cooling/circulating air to keep the compressor and electrical parts functioning. Usually a few inches around the air intake grid(s). As you are likely aware, they can fail prematurely if not able to keep cool via these intake grids.

You may have that already addressed with the hole at floor level, but it looks "tight" in the pics?

Good luck on the rest of your project...
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Old 05-23-2021, 04:06 PM   #66
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First trip in the books. Overall everything went well, just two days at a local campground. Didnít hookup to the utilities and battery + on board water got us through the weekend no problem. Definitely need more dry storage and organization of the ďgarageĒ area under the bed.
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Old 05-23-2021, 08:54 PM   #67
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Good for you. Looks like it was all it was supposed to be. I cant wait for that same experience. Congrats!!!
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Old 06-02-2021, 03:38 PM   #68
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A couple updates on the mechanical side of things.
- Tires on the bus when I bought it were fairly old and fronts were worn. Had all terrains in the rear and highway tires in the front. Picked up some Goodyear Wrangler Adventurer Tires from Amazon for $125 each in a slightly larger size (235 85r16). Unfortunately I don't have a great before and after picture.
- While tires were being mounted I had them do an oil change as well
- Shop noted the rear pads and rotors needed changing, but quote was outrageous so I will be doing those myself
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Old 06-02-2021, 04:06 PM   #69
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Love how they fill wheel well more, those have a really cool side profile also!
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