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FloorPlans-Layout drafts - requesting input
#11
Im partial to the bed in back designs, there's something special about being able to open up those back doors to beautiful scenes and enjoy them right from bed.
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(05-03-2015, 12:04 PM)ccbreder Wrote: I building a Dodge 87, B250, Windows. bed folds into a seat. The bed is going across about 15 inches front of rear doors.this makes a good place for a tool box and propane tank. I will keep everything below the windows as I will enjoy the view while inside and less cave like.

That is usually what I see done.  Be sure to have the ability to put up blackout curtains. 
Trouble rather a tiger in his lair than a sage at his books. To you kingdoms and armies are mighty and enduring, to him they are toys of the moment, to be overturned with the flick of a finger. G Dickson.
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Thank you for those lay outs. Big help to me. Bed in back designs won't for me. Being 6' 2" I've learned that cramped sleeping quarters = a bad nights sleep. I can take narrow but not short.
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(05-03-2015, 06:02 PM)DougV Wrote: Thank you for those lay outs. Big help to me. Bed in back designs won't for me. Being 6' 2" I've learned that cramped sleeping quarters = a bad nights sleep. I can take narrow but not short.

Ditto, 6'4" here, and I MUST stretch out at times during the night.  Lengthwise behind the driver's seat for this ol' dog.
But in YOUR van, you do what fits YOU!  Wink
This forum is on probation again.  Bob, turn your PMs on!
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I don't have a favorite, but those are some nice plans. very nice. highdesertranger
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Falcon, I'd like to ask one more thing from you and ask your permission to use your floorplans as a blog post for the website. I can just your username of Falcon or I can use a real name and give you a link to your website if you have one.

Since you're getting closer the interior build, did you decide on a floor plan yet?
Bob
2015 GMC Savannah 2500 van, 480 watts of Solar Panels--and a wonderful furry best friend named Cody. I'm out to change the world!
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(05-19-2015, 12:38 PM)akrvbob Wrote: Falcon, I'd like to ask one more thing from you and ask your permission to use your floorplans as a blog post for the website. I can just your username of Falcon or I can use a real name and give you a link to your website if you have one.

Since you're getting closer the interior build, did you decide on a floor plan yet?
Bob

Sure - you can use them for a blog post. I'd rather not have my actual name on things yet, so just the Falcon username is good. (At some point in the future I may ask you to add my name or a website to the post).

If you're not in a hurry to make the post, you may want to hold off for a bit. I'm still working on the designs. I'm adding two things:
- The two side views for each design
- More usable storage estimations - approximations of how many 14 Gallon (23"x16"x12") size Rubbermaid containers each design can hold in the storage areas and under the bed. That will help me approximate storage space better than just cubic feet or especially the cubic inches that I originally had.

And no, I still haven't decided on a layout yet. I'm thinking about it quite a lot right now,since I need to decide before I take some upcoming steps.
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I really appreciate the work that went into them and the idea that you can make them even better is pretty amazing! I'll gladly (if a bit impatiently) wait!
Bob
2015 GMC Savannah 2500 van, 480 watts of Solar Panels--and a wonderful furry best friend named Cody. I'm out to change the world!
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FALCON (05-19-2015)
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Falcon,
Your van is very nice. You have a lot to work with!
I would put the bed on the side. May people who are tall or medium complain that once they get the insulation and the blankets in, that they still are cold since they are pushed up against the wall.
I had and tried all kinds of layout designs, but in the end, I had to design my unit around the vents, if windows come down all the way, and the air flow.
When putting in an item, make sure it can still fit around any pockets in the door, cup holders, etc.
Don't forget about Reflextix or what ever insulation you will use to account for the space it will take. Put double or triple layers on since 40% of heat is lost to each the floor and the ceiling. Remember certain areas, you will want to remove or add the insulation back, like over vent. and window areas. Put your insulation in. Turn on a 100 watt light bulb. Go outside the van at night, and see where there are gaps in insulation and privacy in your van.
As you spend time in the van, start by keeping things where you logically use them. Create storage areas from these, so you can find everything quickly.
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I did a first draft of an inventory (what I would have in the van), and estimated how much space it will take to store those things. I put everything I could think of and came up with about 9 Rubbermaid's worth. There are things I will add to the inventory list, but I'm nearly certain I won't need more room than the 9 Rubbermaid's. That seems like a lot. It includes quite a bit of hobby gear. One thing is that I won't necessarily need to have all the hobby gear with me at the same time. I will have some things stored with family and I could take certain hobby gear with me at certain times.

Carrying a bicycle is important to me and that is having some limitations on designs. A bike is fairly bulky and it requires a large space to store. I really don't like storing bicycles outside, so that will probably not be happening. I'll store it with both wheels off, and maybe with the seatpost removed. It may also help to disconnect the stem from the steer tube, so that will be an option as well. My Stepfather recommended making a box to mount on the back of the van - that I would mount in the trailer hitch. That's an option I'll keep in mind if I really have trouble setting up interior storage.


Ok.. Design update -- For the bed on side designs, I've selected one I like the most, and made some modifications and detail additions. It is the Bed on Side C design. Here's how I have it now.

The storage volumes are now shown in approximate # of 17 gallon Rubbermaid containers (23"x16"x12") that will fit. The Square footages are now shown in square feet.

I generally followed drafting principles by showing hidden lines, but not entirely (I didn't make them dashed)

TOP VIEW:

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SIDE VIEW (from side of van)

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Same side view, with more detail on the table setup
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SIDE VIEW - FROM THE FRONT OF THE VAN

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(In this case, the front side of the bike storage area would stick out further than I like it - about 3" past the inner (right) edge of the driver's seat. I think turning the passenger seat around backwards would free up more space. I'd have to either get a device to install to make it rotatable, or just reverse it and bolt it in place (just turning and bolting would be tricky as I'd have to modify the bottom of the holder)
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