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Old 08-02-2017, 08:10 AM   #911
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Outstanding! Been noodling on these same mods for a while and you nailed it. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, do you mind getting specific for us about the shelf support clips, and the treatment you did on the shelf face? Looks like a tape of some sort. Very pro looking. I'll also look for some battery operated motion sensing LED strips to illuminate the cabinet.

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I used aluminum U channel from Ace Hdw or available at the big box store I'm sure. The channel was mill finish and had a lot of scratches on it so I media blasted it and clearcoat. You could paint it with a silver and hide the blemishes. I used hot glue to secure them but if I did it again I would use clear silicone adhesive. The glue wanted to set before you could get it in place. The clips came from amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Glass-Shelf-S.../dp/B001DSY0KO
I had the 1/4" plexiglass cut at a local glass shop. I made a template so the drilled holes would be in the same spot. The shelves fit very snug but are removable if you wanted the larger space.

2Dreamin, The camera position worked as you said.
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:41 AM   #912
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Thank you for the info & pics - this will be my next project!
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:55 PM   #913
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Passenger side grab handle

Even at 85, I have no problem getting in the AI since I can grab the steering wheel. My wife, however, is a lot shorter than I am and she has no convenient place to grab. Getting in is a real struggle for her and she practically falls out.

While looking at a 2017 AI, I found that there is an added grab handle on the passenger side door. I didn't look at the driver's side; there may be one there as well. My dealer said he could probably order the handle for me, but I found a source on line while prowling through the Sprinter forum.

Not cheap at $149, but genuine Mercedes parts. The handle comes with the appropriate drill bit, rivnuts, and a rivnut setting tool. It should be here in two days and my wife will be thrilled.

The source is Terrawagen.com.
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:37 PM   #914
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Even at 85, I have no problem getting in the AI since I can grab the steering wheel. My wife, however, is a lot shorter than I am and she has no convenient place to grab. Getting in is a real struggle for her and she practically falls out. ...



... Not cheap at $149, but genuine Mercedes parts. The handle comes with the appropriate drill bit, rivnuts, and a rivnut setting tool. It should be here in two days and my wife will be thrilled.



The source is Terrawagen.com.

Nice to know that Terrawagen has lowered their price. It was once $179. I bought mine form the Sprinter Parts Depot for $159.

https://www.sprinterpartsdepot.com/c...r-grab-handles

Here is Terrawagen link.
https://www.terrawagen.com/collectio...rab-handle-kit

These handles are very handy for both passenger and driver.
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:46 PM   #915
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Not cheap at $149, but genuine Mercedes parts. The handle comes with the appropriate drill bit, rivnuts, and a rivnut setting tool. It should be here in two days and my wife will be thrilled.
Just ordered two, one for each side.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:00 PM   #916
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Just ordered two, one for each side.
You don't need two - the kit comes with two handles, one for driver and one for passenger.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:12 PM   #917
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You don't need two - the kit comes with two handles, one for driver and one for passenger.
Nothing on the vendor's page said so. But if you already bought the kit I'll take your word for it.

If you're right then I'll be returning one unused kit for a refund. No biggie.
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Old 08-03-2017, 08:16 PM   #918
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Nothing on the vendor's page said so. But if you already bought the kit I'll take your word for it.

If you're right then I'll be returning one unused kit for a refund. No biggie.
News to me also. The post in the Sprinter forum that I first found said that he had bought a pair, but since the vendor did not specify the price was for a pair, I just figured I would continue grabbing the steering wheel on my side.

Just like a gift out of the blue!
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Old 08-03-2017, 10:58 PM   #919
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We installed a pair. Like them, are used often especially when surface at the door is uneven.

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Old 08-04-2017, 07:12 AM   #920
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A minor and temporary cosmetic mod for the T1N Interstate here.

T1Ns were delivered by Airstream with cab and slider privacy curtains. I used Heat Shield Sprinter-specific window coverings in the cab, plus I converted the OEM over-windshield snaps to hold a gear loft (blog post here), given that I didn't need them for the front curtain.

That left the matching OEM left the slider curtain, which attaches with Velcro and was poorly made by Airstream. For one thing, it's too small and has to be stretched excessively to attach. For another thing, it was made out of a white fabric that had all the texture and aesthetic appeal of my grandma's underwear, rest her soul. It neither matched nor coordinated with any other stylistic aspect of the Interstate.

Being thoroughly sick of looking at it, I "skim-coated" it with the same metallic fabric I had used to create the exterior side-body heat reflector that attaches when needed with neodymium magnets (blog post here). I sewed an over-layer of that fabric onto the existing OEM cover, for the time being.

One day I plan to do this job right - imagine the possibilities for this piece. First of all, it represents a great opportunity to increase effective insulation. Second of all, think of the artistic opportunities. One could create a thematic cover and sew destination patches on it, national park patches and whatnot. One could use it to hold a fabric version of a state and/or province map of places visited. Or some other tapestry idea.

But yesterday was a big day for us - I got our Interstate through the state inspection process, re-registered it for the coming year, we re-filled our propane tank, tested the new propane lines, LB_3 started troubleshooting the equipment that's supposed to charge our lithium batteries from the new engine alternator, and he also tested the coach a/c while running from the generator (now that we had refilled the propane, and now that the generator routes through the inverter), plus I was on the phone regarding my boondocking land development in Canada.

It was a busy day, and I only had 30 minutes to devote to this slider curtain mod. But it sure looks better than grandma's underwear now - it's metallic to coordinate with the aluminum inner skin. It's a bit puffy in this pic because the flaps were open and I was running the Fantastic.

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Old 08-04-2017, 10:32 AM   #921
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Nothing on the vendor's page said so. But if you already bought the kit I'll take your word for it.

If you're right then I'll be returning one unused kit for a refund. No biggie.
From Sprinter Parts Depot web page I linked above it says:
"Kit comes with two handles designed for driver and passenger side doors"

But you are right - the Terrawagen web site doesn't mention that it's a pair of handles.
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But you are right - the Terrawagen web site doesn't mention that it's a pair of handles.
Of course! I'm always right— except when I'm not.
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Then...because the TV speakers are quite tinny, especially for dialogue in the British mysteries we love, I found a soundbar that fits perfectly on the cabinet wall, plugs into the outlet and connects to the TV.
Just received my sound bar from Amazon, and I have another question… How did you mount it to the cabinet wall?

Also, it's a good thing the sound bar comes with a remote, because when I mount mine, the buttons on the right side may be up against the right side of the van and inaccessible; my rear TV is mounted on the passenger side.
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Old 08-05-2017, 10:42 AM   #924
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Not cheap at $149, but genuine Mercedes parts. The handle comes with the appropriate drill bit, rivnuts, and a rivnut setting tool. It should be here in two days and my wife will be thrilled.

The source is Terrawagen.com.[/QUOTE]

My wife will appreciate having this on passenger side so i've ordered a pair.

Looks like a quality product.
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