RALIVAN2

Trailer Brake Control and Bigger & Better Things

Last time we updated the new RALIVAN we wired up our new hitch. However, we didn’t do a thorough job because we never fitted the knob for the brake controller. It all works but we just never found a spot for the remote knob on the dash. Well, this week we took care of that. We wanted to put it where we could see it and reach it while driving,...
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Wiring Our New Hitch

We may have mentioned before but our new RALIVAN is of such basic specification that we don’t believe it has any factory provision for wiring in a hitch or brake controller so we purchased the works from eTrailer. Surprisingly, despite the hitch living outside the van, obviously, the instructions called for running all the wiring inside the vehicle and were very specific. We forged ahead fueled by curiosity and spent...
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WE GOT HITCHED!

No, not that, for towing things, like our trailer, which we use to drag our cars to events. Well, we used to in the before times. There’s a chance we’ll be able to do that again so we thought we better be prepared. In the previous blog we removed the step bumper so we could get the height of the hitch ball just right. When we put the livery on...
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Commissioning the RALIVAN, Dog Box and More!

We said we were going to install a “dog box” in the last update and here it is. We hope you’re not disappointed but did you really think this was getting a dog box transmission? This sits between the seats and came out of our old RALIVAN. The previous owner of that van built it so his dog could sit next to him on road trips. Hence “dog box”. It...
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Is It A Ralivan Yet?

Well, wheel get to that but perhaps the most important question to answer is: Did it still fit through the doorway? Or, can we get it out of the building? The answer is “yes and no”! As you can see from this picture it is now a lot tighter. The roof actually rubs on the weather strip on the way through the doorway and you can hear it inside the...
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Will It Still Fit?

Or more accurately, will we be able to get it out of the building? What are we talking about you might ask. Well, we may have inadvertently made our new van a bit taller and it barely fit through the garage door aperture when we drove it into the building! All we did was install new wheels and new tires. The tires are the stock size: 245/75-16 and so it...
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Will it fit?

We always assumed our new van would never fit through our 8’x8’ overhead door to our workshop and were somewhat ok with that. Until it arrived! We soon realized that getting this van ready to use would be a whole lot easier in the middle of a Michigan winter if it were inside. We would have to bite the bullet and get the door enlarged; or would we? We had...
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BEHOLD, OUR NEW RALIVAN!

We love our Sprinter, affectionately dubbed the RALIVAN but we felt it was time for a newer, bigger and shinier one so let us introduce you to RALIVAN2. This is a 2015 144” wheelbase V6 Freightliner version we found in Taxes. Literally a rebadged Mercedes. It has 113,000 miles and seems pretty straight. It is a very basic specification which is how we like them. We bought it just before...
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