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    Trying to figure out what to paint the underbody with while I have it apart in the next month or so. I already have a few cans of POR 15 and Ospho. All of the syncro suspension/driveline bits are getting sandblasted and por15'd the fasteners are getting sent to get zinc plated.

    I have been thinking of color matching the bottom with the monstaliner color I want to paint the rest of the van with. Decisions.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    There's only one correct choice when deciding on how to paint a van....................


















































































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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Been done before



    I am going to color match the monstaliner to the color that the van is currently

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Hahaa. I considered it...

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Finally had a chance to take my aux battery out and toss it in the syncro to see if it starts. The thing fired right up and smoothly started idling away.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Cool, What is the status of your project? Do you have a running van?

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Both the westfalia and syncro are running and driving vans currently. Later today/tomorrow the syncro is being trailered over to my work so I can begin dismantling it.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Sweet, keep us posted.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Solar panels and a new fridge will be here between tomorrow and friday!

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Whadjah git? (For panels and support electronics?)

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    Solar panels and a new fridge will be here between tomorrow and friday!
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    Woot!

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Whadjah git? (For panels and support electronics?)

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Blue seas Fuse block, ACR and Combiner Switch. Grabbed a renogy 100W kit for now that will be hard mounted. I also have a foldable portable panel that stores above the top bunk when the roof is closed. Was going to pick up an ARB fridge but had to weigh the pros and cons of having that behind the passenger seat or stuffing a TF49 truck fridge in the Stock Westy Fridge location. Went with the tf49 route since I want to keep that space for another project. Also have a xantrex inverter to run and various LED interior lights as well as the water tank/sink pump and my on board air.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Also eventually I will get around to finish my exterior LED lighting and winch install.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    No charge controller?
    What do you have for a battery bank?

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    No charge controller?
    What do you have for a battery bank?
    Using an MPPT charge controller, I have 280AH of deep cycle for my aux and a group 41 for a starting.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    So plans now are to complete the Vermont Overland Rally next year, going to have to finish up the body protection before then too.

    Also got LT mirrors mounted, god do these make a difference.


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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Finally got around to installing the solar panel and new fridge. I am still waiting on some breakers to reconnect the AUX bat to the starting battery/ alternator system. With my upgraded alternator the stock westy aux battery relay just can't keep up so I picked up some Blue Seas gear and will be re-connecting everything so both batterys see the 130amps from the Alt. So far the panel has kept the house battery topped off with the fridge running 24/7. Been making ice cubes in there all weekend. I am waiting on some matching panels to re do the fridge door to match the rest of the westy cabinets and will have a better trim around it in coming weeks.




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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Sweet. The only time you will need the alt for house batteries is during rainy stretches. Having the soalr topping the house batt everyday is such a great setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Sweet. The only time you will need the alt for house batteries is during rainy stretches. Having the soalr topping the house batt everyday is such a great setup.
    That is what I am hoping for, I just picked up an old warn winch to rebuild, that will be running off my house battery as well as a few other outside lights. Still need to get my front bumper finished before the winch goes on though.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Hmm, I bet a winch can drain a battery pretty fast. LED lights barely have any effect on my system. The 150watt subwoofer amp does draw things down pretty quickly if I have the volume pumping. That is the one load I have to ration a bit if the weather goes south.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Looks like you used the exact same panel as me. I'm very pleased with my setup already. I was at Boxshop for a 2-day event running the fridge continuously and lights, phone charger, etc as needed. It was overcast and rainy all weekend and I was waiting for the fridge to cut out due to low battery, but that never happened.
    Got home and the sun came out. (Figures, eh..) The next day I checked the charger and it was already on float. I do not expect to have to plug my rig in at all anymore.

    Now I want an awning. Although packing an ez-up is probably more cost effective and just as useful.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    That ARB awning is awesome and will be sitting on the side of my van by the end of the summer.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    The awning is awesome on a van. Dry, shaded entryway that gives some indoor outdoor space to your camp.

    Bubbs, I think an EZup is more useful for a trailer at the track. You could set it up at your door, but also can use it for the bikes where needed. and you have more room to stash one in the trailer.

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    Re: Wesfalia or Similar Conversion Van

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    Hmm, I bet a winch can drain a battery pretty fast. LED lights barely have any effect on my system. The 150watt subwoofer amp does draw things down pretty quickly if I have the volume pumping. That is the one load I have to ration a bit if the weather goes south.
    I still don't have a sub but I believe I can stuff a shallow one underneath the driver or passenger front seats. Yea but the winch obviously wont be running all the time... atleast I hope not.... and if it is running the motor will be on.

    I also just picked up some of the final little fittings to run my ac compressor as an on board air setup.

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