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Old 01-02-2019, 09:50 PM   #1
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metal 24 x 48 rack bench between van wheel wells


I am customizing a van for some camper functionality and need to fabricate a support bench between the wheel wells, but need it to be free standing and be easily removable. It will support as much as 500 lbs. I have this idea of some kind of U shared support bracket where the frame drops into and is held by gravity and a few pins.

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(1) what metal and thickness should I use for the rack that will not bend or break?
(2) any idea for the adapter U base that will bolt on to van walls and be permanent .. is there already a component or hardware that does this for metal gauge of the prior question or will I need to fabricate it?



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Old 01-03-2019, 04:53 AM   #2
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I just used screws to attach the shelving to the body ribs in my old paint van but those shelves were never subjected to that much weight - some paint but mostly sundries.
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You could probably just use two Werner work platforms and call it done.
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I am customizing a van for some camper functionality and need to fabricate a support bench between the wheel wells, but need it to be free standing and be easily removable. It will support as much as 500 lbs. I have this idea of some kind of U shared support bracket where the frame drops into and is held by gravity and a few pins.

Two questions.


(1) what metal and thickness should I use for the rack that will not bend or break?
(2) any idea for the adapter U base that will bolt on to van walls and be permanent .. is there already a component or hardware that does this for metal gauge of the prior question or will I need to fabricate it?


1. 1/4 inch thick angle iron, front/ back. 1 inch is fine, bolted to van panel.

2. Channel iron, the proper width needed.


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