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jsubberra
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:31 am    Post subject: Interior Pictures - Please! Reply with quote

We have a beautiful Blue vanagon, which we have creatively decorated inside to give it personality. We are selling our beautiful Blue to get a synchro. The new synchro is Brown with Brown inside. Looks rugged, but if I'm going to live in there for a month at a time, I'd like it to have a better, more fun look. I'm thinking about wood floors, but would love any ideas you all have about how to make the inside a little nicer. Any ideas? Please post/send pictures of the inside of your van. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iíve only had Thunder for a few months and havenít done much of anything Ďinterior decoratingí wise yet. You can see a fairly full rack of pix buy clicking my [Gallery] link at the bottom of this post. For now anyway, heís very stock inside.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what we did with ours:
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Those are the new rear seat and sleeping cushion covers we had made at a local college. Really cheap. They were only $150 and are fairly professionally done. Good option if you're light on cash. Smile
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Those are the laminate click floors we bought from a local hardware store. $29 to do the whole centre section of the van. Dancing Easy to put in just remove your rear seat and start from the fridge side and work your way out. You've only got to cut about 4" off a full length of the stuff and they fit beautifully under the seat to hide your cuts. I used a chop saw for mine but they say you can use just a really sharp exacto blade. We were kinda worried about the laminate with the water but it seems to be holding up well. And if I may make a suggestion buy the $12 pack of wood flooring underlay. Didn't in mine and it's just enough insulation gone to make it really cold on the feet in the mornin. Brick wall We're going to have the front seats re-upholstered to look like the rears this summer. It takes a while so we're getting a set of donor seats in the meantime so we can still camp. Very Happy The only other interior mod we made was these ABS plastic panels I had a buddy make up for me. They look exactly like the originals but they are not paper covered board. Nice and easy to clean too. And relatively cheap. I've only done the side door and the rear hatch and engine compartment areas but there are plans to redo the whole van in it.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my 84 vanagon gl. we put the hardwood and curtains and cabnits in

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My kids really wanted wood flooring. I think it looks really nice, but I went out yesterday and bought some light brown boat/RV carpet because I thought it would be warmer on the feet in the morning.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:26 pm    Post subject: Winston's Pergo Floor Reply with quote

Here's the 'Pergo' floor Winston's previous owner, who did this sort of thing, installed in his central rear cabin:

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I need to put some kind of wax on that to protect it somewhat, but it does look nice and seems to be standing up to my use well. The P.O. also had a semi-circular throw rug, which I've washed with a pressure washer and set upon a non-slip pad. You can get a look at that setup in this picture from my 'Illuminati' post:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a "Wolfsburg" interior, not much customized aside from the stereo install, the sub can be moved to sit behind driver seat. These can sometime be found wrecked or salvagable and interior can be swaped in. If you don't require all the cabinet space and stove it is nice because it is uncluttered, the jump seats come out and the rear seat folds out into a QUEEN size bed, Just a thought. Good luck.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wood paneling Wink

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I went with a linoleum floor.

Cup holders

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend did his floor in cork. The cheapest cork tiles he could find
at Home Depot. It grows on me everytime I see it. I am seriously
considering that option as I redo the interior of my Westy. It's
warm, soft and very sound absorbant.

That dash wood shelf looks awesome lovedavdubs Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Cork, hmmm? Reply with quote

The Navy certainly used a great deal of that for submarines in WWII, for the reasons you describe. Gad, that PANELING is evil, but everybody's got some nice little traveling parlors, there.

I'm debating installing a fairly powerful swiveling searchlight for Winston's rear light and to illuminate his engine compartment. Suggestions welcome.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like what these guys do. real utilitarian looking.

http://www.special-mobils.de/docs/produkte/innenausbau.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Cork, hmmm? Reply with quote

msinabottle wrote:
I'm debating installing a fairly powerful swiveling searchlight for Winston's rear light and to illuminate his engine compartment. Suggestions welcome.

Best!


I installed a battery operated (8 AA's) halogen light above the engine compartment on the bottom of the westy bunk. REALLY bright, good for camping and it lights up the engine compartment pretty well. Only $10.00 from Homes Depot. I'll post pics of my interior probably in the next couple of days.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

syncroserge wrote:
A friend did his floor in cork.


If you can scrounge a picture of that, i'd really like to see it. I'm looking at flooring options, and wood laminate is what i am thinking right now, but am not 100% conviced i'm into it.

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p.s. some really cool interiors in here, guys. Good work!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the ideas and pictures. I really appreciate it.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Cork, hmmm? Reply with quote

msinabottle wrote:
I'm debating installing a fairly powerful swiveling searchlight for Winston's rear light and to illuminate his engine compartment. Suggestions welcome.


I'd like to get an led reverse light (or two) and wire them up on a switch in the engine compartment.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the look of the wood floors you guys have. Iíve been thinking that it must be hard on the knees though when youíre reaching for something in the fridge from outside. Also, being acoustically live, doesnít it bounce a lot of sound around the interior rather than deadening it the way carpet tends to?

Lately Iíve been seeing this link-together foam for everything from working under a car to exercise mat to tent floor and Iíve been wondering if it would make a good floor for the mid-deck. Donít know how it would hold up to that kind of use.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Winston's Rear Light Reply with quote

I did put the two brightest (30 LED, narrow focus) white reverse lamp clusters into Winston that I could get, but they aren't THAT bright. I'm thinking of something like a compact flourescent or even a halogen that I could flip down and REALLY illuminate the area behind Winston at night--or have shining straight down to light up the engine compartment.

Just beginning my search for the right light...
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