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Offline jimbouk

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Re: New Ride - Ram Promaster
« Reply #30 on: January 17, 2016, 04:19 AM »
Why not insulate behind the ply? Might help a bit with the temprature and be better for your tools :)
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Offline BMAC

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Re: New Ride - Ram Promaster
« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2016, 11:49 AM »
I agree with you that it would be ideal to insulate behind the ply but with the solid partition hardly any heat from the front cab area even makes it way into the cargo area.

I've placed a remote sending thermometer in the cargo area with the receiver temperature unit in the cab so I can monitor the max/min temperatures experienced. Unfortunately, as a for instance if the outside temps are -15C and I am driving with the heat on full blast, after 40 minutes of driving the cargo area would only "warm" up to maybe -10C.

Yes, with insulation added it would probably warm up in the back a little bit more, but with very few to no venting spaces in the factory partition not much warm air would make it into the back area anyways.

Here in the Prairies, when it is winter time the air is so dry and rusting of tools and such is really a non issue. It's so dry that your hands and lips crack and you get nose bleeds.

Attached to the forced air furnace in our home is an inline humidifier so that at least the home humidity is at a normal level. I've seen homes that have a malfunctioning humidifier have huge gapping between hardwood flooring planks due to shrinkage from low humidity. Plus, without humidification whenever you touch a light switch or any metal surface you get a huge static electricity zap constantly!

Even if insulated, with the cargo area being so large it would cost a small fortune to heat that space with an electrical heater so that's why I'll limit the heating to the hot box chamber mentioned earlier in the thread for my paint and caulk consumables.
Bruce
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Support services for the Fire and Flood Restoration Industry. Specializing in custom cabinetry restoration and millwork.

Offline JUDOKA

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Re: New Ride - Ram Promaster
« Reply #32 on: January 19, 2016, 12:53 AM »
Hi BMAC you could go with a heating mat under your floor in the van interior.Electrical code says you should have a block heater outlet for overnight parking at your place.So you could just plug it in when you park .

Offline BMAC

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Re: New Ride - Ram Promaster
« Reply #33 on: January 30, 2016, 12:19 PM »
Some progress on the upfit of the PM.

It's warmed up a bit near freezing so with a small space heater in the cargo area I spent some time yesterday measuring for my shelving system. Because my driveway is sloped and I wanted to ensure that the front faces of the shelving was vertical in relation to the van verticals. This is important as the van walls are curved, so each of the shelf gables need to be scribed to fit to the van wall ply AND the front gable edges must all be vertical and in the same plane.

Might seem to be overkill to some, but I specialize in cabinetry and millwork restoration and a properly constructed van storage system will speak volumes to my clients when they see the the van interior.

To accomplish determining the shelving positions, I located the stamped steel vertical ribs/profiles at the front and rear of the cargo area and set into position 2 vertical oriented zip poles. Then I ran a series of string lines between the zip poles so I would have a centreline reference or datum points to measure against.

I first built a template using regular 1/2" ply so I didn't waste expensive 12 ply 3/4" Baltic birch ply (exterior grade glue) and then this gets transferred to the good ply.

Anyways, here's the pics. I'm heading back out to the van and my shop for the day and I'll post again once I've made more progress.
Bruce
BMAC Construction & Consulting Ltd.

Support services for the Fire and Flood Restoration Industry. Specializing in custom cabinetry restoration and millwork.

Offline BMAC

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Re: New Ride - Ram Promaster
« Reply #34 on: January 30, 2016, 07:51 PM »
Progress!

First section of racking installed!

Gables scribed to the curved walls so most shelving and mid supports also had to be modified to fit tight to the ply back wall. I'm pretty pleased about the fit and finish so far.

Next up will be two more full height shelves for my taller systainers and then the "hot box" to keep caulk and paint from freezing. Last will be storage for my CT36AC and my Nobex hand mitre saw and misc. I will probably just ply the walls on the opposite side of the van and do more racking maybe in the spring when the weather is better and I will have a better idea on what will work best for my workflow on that side.

Bruce
BMAC Construction & Consulting Ltd.

Support services for the Fire and Flood Restoration Industry. Specializing in custom cabinetry restoration and millwork.

Offline BMAC

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Re: New Ride - Ram Promaster
« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2016, 09:49 PM »
Added another section of shelving today. Need to still add 2 more mid-shelves to the latest section, ran outta time.

One of the photos attached shows my plywood template sitting roughly in position where I'll probably fasten it for good and the space to the left is where I'll build my "hot" box when I have some more time. Might be a bit until I can do more as in booked solid on projects for the next 2 weeks and I'm busy next weekend. Sucks, because I'm getting pumped knowing that the build is coming together finally! :)

Bruce
BMAC Construction & Consulting Ltd.

Support services for the Fire and Flood Restoration Industry. Specializing in custom cabinetry restoration and millwork.