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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    Work is slow at the moment, but I'm finding time to work on the glider! I made myself a new blank instrument panel and I can't wait to cut some holes. I ended up clamping the old panel to a sheet of waxed glass. From the back side, I fiberglassed over all of the holes. After a little sanding...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    Here's a sketch of the roof rack. I was trying to choose between Alurack and Vantech: Alurack: The crossbars attach to a T-slot on the side rails. Accordingly, they can be moved forward/aft to miss my roof vent and such (Yay!). However... the crossbars don't have slots, so it would be annoying...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    That's too bad to hear! Fortunately, the loaded trailer is only around 2,000 pounds, but I will need to tow it over the Sierras often.
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    I recently purchased a retired NASA motorglider from a government auction. It will take me a few months to get her flying, but it's also time for some van changes. I'm going to need to haul a lot more equipment and gasoline for my upcoming soaring safaris. I decided to order a massive aluminum...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    I'm using the TRUE Smart Battery Isolator: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00400IYTK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's solid state and I haven't had any problems with it.
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    Everything is so BIG in the US, so I ordered a small sink/stove combo from Grassroutesleisure.co.uk It's the CAN 1 Burner Hob/Sink Combo, FL 1323 It was a couple hundred brittish pounds, including shipping. The aluminum cabinet came from modulinecabinets.com. It's a wall cabinet, so it's open...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    Update on the Camp Pro Wifi Repeater: The first unit was defective. The router frequently lost connection with the modem and kept me very frustrated! The vendor rushed me out a free replacement and this one is working fine so far. I'm currently working in my van and my laptop sees ZERO networks...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    I made some rear window screens for improved ventilation... without bugs! I trimmed the frames from 0.040" aluminum and attached the screen material with carpet tape. The screens are clipped to the rubber window molding with plastic clips that I made from scrap J-stock extrusion. I still need to...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    There's plenty of room for two pallets or dirt bikes. The bed folds up against the wall and the fridge/freezer slides through the bulkhead door and fits nicely between the front seats.
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    I finished permanently wiring the Camp Pro 2 and installed switches for the awning light and WeBoost (about to be installed).
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    I temporarily installed the Camp Pro 2 wifi repeater. I ordered a marine antenna mount and I had planned to make a mounting bracket so that I could attach it to my ARB awning frame. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the mounting holes lined up with the slots on the awning frame! Couldn't...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    Comfort: It's very comfortable as a couch and long enough to seat 4. I often have people over for dinner and a movie! As a bed, it's on the soft side but still reasonably comfortable. It's certainly not as comfortable as my home mattress, but I've always slept well. Size: It's enough room for...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    It's time to do something about internet! The more that I can work from my vehicle, the more time that I can spend near my favorite climbing/diving/paragliding spots. 1) Cellular Data I'm currently locked into Sprint and the coverage sucks... but I'm going to try the WeBoost Drive 4G-X with...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    If you only need to add one battery, GM makes an aux battery tray (https://www.ebay.com/p/GM-Oem-battery-Tray-15017904-03-to-05-Express-and-Savanna-Vans/658093464) for the diesel version of these vans. All of the frames, even the gas-powered ones, are pre-drilled for it. You'll just need to...
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    AWD Chevy 1500 Adventure Van

    After adding more systems, I found it necessary to increase the house battery bank to 160Ah. The batteries are mounted to the frame, on the left side of the vehicle. Because they aren't terribly easy to access, I decided to splurge for sealed AGM batteries.
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