The bed panels and rails that we ordered from Overland Sprinters have arrived, and now we need to fit them to the van.
All the pieces are really sturdy – the rails weigh in at just over 50 lbs for the pair. The aluminum panel frames are much lighter (under 45 lbs for all three), but still really strong.
The rails come from Overland Sprinters in a raw state. We have to drill fixing holes at the points we want them, then prime and paint them. The rails will bolt through the wall coverings into the C and D pillars and into the C-and-a-half pillar between the two window blanks. That middle pillar is on a slight angle so its location varies depending upon the final height of the rails.
A while back we measured the height of the bikes. We also know how high off the floor the pull-out drawer will be. That lets us know the minimum height for the underside of the bed panels. That height is where we will place the top of the bed rails.
What’s really cool is that the rails are formed to take account of the sloping walls of the van. Rather than making a 90 degree bend at the top, the angle is slightly “off” so that the part the platforms will rest on is horizontal.
We have the 170″ wheelbase van, so the rails have to extend over 100″ to reach between the C and D pillars. The metal brake that Overland uses isn’t long enough to form the 11-gauge steel in one length, so the pieces are welded together. Nice clean finish on the exterior edges.
I’ve been really impressed with the quality of the components that Overland Sprinters sent and also how well they packaged everything up to ensure it arrived without getting bent, scratched, or otherwise mangled. Now it’s up to us to fit the rails and add some panels to the platform frames.
Update: We’ve now installed the bed.