Andre307's 2016 Starcraft 17.58.1 OutBack

Andre307

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#23
Finally a first mod for the van..

A new mattress for the double bed.
Found the jayco innerspring was way too firm. Was going to get a topper but wasn't convinced it was going to solve the issue.

In the end got one from IKEA of all places, 20% off mattress sale with fits (just) and made a world of difference for $340 8-)
 
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#24
Well did a couple of things to the van today.

Fitted a ShurFlo filter tap to the sink:
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And a key rack by the door for the excessive number of keys it has:
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Removed the flip down undersink door to build.. guess what? :p

And have the following offroad coupling (similar to a Hyland) in the shed to install:
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Had a go at it a couple of days ago, but apparently superman works at Jayco installing coupling bolts. Need a bigger breaker bar or to heat it up...

Also have this to build a temporary mount for (thinking maybe even on the rear bar) to hang it when in use:
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If you haven't guessed yet the missus has water quality issues and I'm sick or carting boxed water everywhere >:(
 

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#25
Well with the recent break in the cold weather I started work on another van project to move the batteries. Jayco had them under the lower bunk next to the Setec which rendered the storage under there useless.
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So I’m moving them under the dinette seats behind the built in drawers. Didn’t use the small storage space there and should locate the battery weight better over the axles instead of a bit behind.
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Will run some 6b&s cable under the floor and between them to hook it up with 50amp auto breakers.
Idea is to fit a Projecta 25A dc to dc charger in the corner where the batteries are coming out and then fit drawers under the bunk to make the storage accessible.
Still debating bypassing the Jayco solar regular and using the Projecta one. Can see benefits either way ...
 

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#27
More work on the van:

Twin jerry can holders mounted to the rear bumper.
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Was going to just move the bar inwards and bolt through the center holes on the holders but due to the clearance to the bike rack and rear of the van was concerned about flex causing contact. So instead left the bar and fitted galv angle across behind it to support the back. Will never move now.

Cot conversion on the bottom bunk.
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Just used a folding extendable bed rail and bolted it down to the ply underneath with some big washers for reinforcing. Had to shave the plastic a bit at the drawer end to ensure they clear. Should keep the little one contained.

Porta pottie cupboard.
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Fitted aluminium angle to hold it place and will fit a strap to restrain it while travelling. Still unsure about door on or off. On means having to bang around in the dark waking the kids but looks neater. Off is quicker to access but the missus thinks less chance of smells :o

Also cleared the drawerbar ready for a toolbox.
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Will relocate the spare under the back of the van to counterbalance the empty box weight. Have ordered a 1775x500x500 gullwing aluminium box to fit. Which is about the maximum I can with the stoneguard and gas bottles relocated in front.