So, what else is new in the van? Pretty much everything. Greg figures out what he wants to accomplish, does his research on the Sprinter van foums, writes out all his plans/diagrams/sketches, procures the supplies, and begins work. Midway through, he figures out a better way to do it and starts over. Doesn’t that sound rewarding?
The skylight is no different, but he hasn’t started over… yet. This took too much time (and money) for him to scrap it. And honestly, it’s pretty much awesome so we should enjoy it for awhile.
But before he could sound-proof it and do all the finish work, he had to build the skylight. You can see here where he’s left a space to cut it out:
Greg designed the skylight, then welded together the frame and figured out how all the hydraulics will work (WAIT FOR IT). He had the Plexiglass custom-cut for the job.
And then he checked his plans a bazillion times. And then he measured. And measured again. And measured again, just for good measure (<— I’m funny!). And then he cut a hole in the fiberglass top.
He installed the frame that he designed and welded.
And then installed the final piece of “bubbled” Plexiglass.
Meanwhile, he was upholstering the entire topper area to make it nice and cozy.
The man is nothing if not detail-oriented. He stands 6’3″ and spent many, many hours in that sleeping cubby making things perfect. Here’s how it looks when the bed is folded up:
And here’s our view from the first night we slept up there (on our way to Tahoe one weekend):
Pretty great, right? It really is quite comfortable. I did hit my head on the hydraulic arms in the night a time or two, but it only hurt a little. And honestly, when you have something as awesome as this, who cares about a bump on the head?
For the utmost convenience, the skylight works with a remote control. Although it’s a little loud (he has a replacement in the works, naturally), it really is a great solution to add a little light and keep the air moving in the back of the van.
Stay tuned for all he’s done to enhance the interior. So many amenities, we are considering selling our house! (I kid… kind of)