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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby AusDevil » Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:54 am

Looking great!
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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:27 pm

More progress.
Have upper cabinets ready to install tomorrow. Should be ready to do the bodywork(minimal) and get ready for paint next week.
Doug
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Bunks extend under the galley countertop, giving enough length for head and locker.
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Head installed and hooked up to water and holding tank.
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Galley ready for drawers, now installed.

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:06 pm

Got the upper cabinets in today. Nice weather is boosting the work output :lol:

Doug
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Small hanging locker, clothing shelves, and modified wheel chair stowage.
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Forward stowage (one on each side plus middle for galley "stuff"
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Over the toilet.

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby mrintense » Sun Apr 19, 2015 6:27 pm

Doug,

You are making great progress. I always love seeing these off the cuff projects. Watching you and Richard out of Tasmania gives me hope that I will be able to make a useful interior on my Vera Cruise cabin.
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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:58 am

Carl; This is so similar to doing the interior of the Titan that it's been almost easy. :D
Funny thing is,, I thought I'd finally be working with something square. Not so! It took me 3 tries to get the drawers right, as the "starboard bulkhead" is in fact farther "astern" than the "port bulkhead" Who knew?
Doug

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Thu May 14, 2015 4:24 pm

Well the "Roadtric" is pretty well finished. Just some minor things to clean up and she's ready for a shakedown cruise before the big one. Really happy with the results. Oh sure, there are some things I would like to do over, but that's normal and we can live with that. Rides very nice, just like a car.
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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby Bill Edmundson » Thu May 14, 2015 5:45 pm

Doug

Great Job! :)

Bill
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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby AusDevil » Fri May 15, 2015 1:22 am

I agree 100% , a fantastic job.
Looks great!!
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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Fri May 15, 2015 2:23 am

Thanks guys. We plan on heading across Canada to the west coast starting sometime in June. Just another cruising adventure :D :D :D

Doug

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby mrintense » Fri May 15, 2015 1:59 pm

Nice work Doug,

You finished that in good time. Now you get to enjoy it on your cross country trek. Have fun!
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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby Andy Garrett » Fri May 15, 2015 2:39 pm

You might consider a wind deflector on top of the cab area to break the wind before it hits that big flat surface--like tractor-trailers have. I'm sure it would increase performance and economy DRAMATICALLY.

Great job man! This has been a fun project to follow! :D
Andy Garrett

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Sat May 16, 2015 5:12 pm

Andy; Have been mulling that one over for some time now. The shakedown cruise will probably decide it. There are two issues to ponder. One is the appearance and the other is how to do it to look OK, whether that really matters. I can tell you it's a great bug catcher.

Doug

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:46 pm

Well Verna and I just returned from a cross Canada trip to British Columbia in the RV. We travelled 12,860 km., got 19 miles per gal. Cdn. and had no problems. The nice thing about this type of camper is that we were able to park anywhere without getting bothered. Very few realized there were 2 people living inside. Worked out great.

Now to get back at the Gentry!

Doug

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby Ralphy » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:32 am

Doug,

Well done project. I've thought of a smaller rv alot. Classic widebody class B and vixen, but would like more economical. I have a lightweight 17 ft boler tailer, and a full size touring van. And am planning a trip from the west to the east, taking my son to see parts of Ontario and Quebec. Might need more holidays.

Did you have issues with licence and insurance. I am thinking of fiberglass over plywood, like Bulter projects truck camper.
http://www.butlerprojects.com/other/tru ... /index.htm
Partially plywood framed with 2" foam insulation. Allowing me it use it as a ski van after the trip.

Did the van handle ok? Any changes if you would do it again.

Thanks
Ralph.

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Re: Dodge Caravan RV

Postby slug » Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:31 pm

Ralph; Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Had to go pick up the windshield glass (tempered ) for the Gentry today.
I insured the van as a Dodge Caravan....period. They get kind of testy about modifications in Canada. Stupid really, but they have control.
The van was completely trouble free and drove quite nicely. Finished product was heavy though, and I needed spring helpers and rubber stops.

Doug


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