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Old 01-28-2021, 07:46 PM   #21
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quote: The best mod I've made so far is the addition of Timbren rubber springs with additional 1 inch spacer for the rear axle.
Does the axle ride on the new Timbren bumpers all the time or just when the
van is 'over-loaded' ?
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Old 11-20-2022, 11:54 PM   #22
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Very interesting mod thanks for the details. Been looking for our ideal van and it does not exist (though I could do custom). We want storage but for bigger toys not overhead cabinets for small things.

One of the things we really want is effectively high-twin beds or a High-U where we can get the bikes under the bed. Given you have taken out the cabinets, how much space is there above the bed to the roof line? Could one raise the beds up to have, say 35" storage under them and still have a bed you could sit up in (at least with head toward front of van).
Also what is inside the bed regions themselves. I presume there is power water etc but doe they go all the way to get the edge (middle of van side)... or could we slim them down if we made them taller?
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Old 11-21-2022, 01:53 AM   #23
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Van rests on the Timbren all the time with 1" spacer which is great for highway travel and cross wind stability but not so good on rough roads. I now use the 1/2" spacer which allows minimal suspension travel prior to contacting the Timbrens and is a good compromise for me.
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The Dodge chassis has a support beam that is under the upper cabinets and air conditioner that would require a bit of work to remove and replace. We store bikes on a rack off the back of the van or inside the van (with the removal of the 3rd seat as we have done).
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The Dodge chassis has a support beam that is under the upper cabinets and air conditioner that would require a bit of work to remove and replace. We store bikes on a rack off the back of the van or inside the van (with the removal of the 3rd seat as we have done).
Thanks. I don't think the AC bar would be a problem as that is where our feet would be so even 1ft of space is enough. if the front cabinets are removed, as in your pics, there seems to be enough room. But to get the bikes back there would probably have to reduce the width of the platform down there and raise the bed up with a step to get up at the head end.

We have two moderately expensive e-bikes; don't want to leave them outside. Our most recent trip with hotel stays we kept the bikes inside the minivan.

Do you have any pics of the bikes inside? I did wonder about vertical mounting where the chairs are (in 4 seaters at least taking out the one behind the driver).
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With bikes inside there is no room to move around. I don't have pictures of bikes inside. This is probably true of vertical mounting as well. I suspect the front wheel would need to come off. Have you considered pulling a small 4x6' trailer?
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