G'day JR and Rory.
The overhang is for two reasons. First, I wanted to not have it looking like a box on wheels. I have seen the Mercedes transporter type of van ( Hyundai too I think ) which on side elevation looks great and so will try for this look tho there are certain restrictions. The second reason is that I want a rear roll out shade that hopefully will tuck in out of sight within that overhang. It all adds up to extra work but I have always designed houses etc, when I was building, that are not the norm.
I'm very frustrated with the building of this van because I can't just " get at it " as I would like. Just two hours of "work" flattens me so as a result I spend many extra hours in setting up the MIG and other tools, then putting them away again. However the project is very cathartic for me and I spend every waking hour walking in and around the finished van, in my minds eye. As an example of thinking, I now will make provision for a washing machine on the rear RHS corner. I may not use it but one day somebody else may. I have decided to have the van with a "theme" either ' outback ' or 'beach' I have some paint schemes in mind so as to look the part. If it does not look just right when painted, I'lll paint it again, maybe a safe silver/grey.
I did think of a stone guard J.R. and have decided that if or when I need one I'll just make one that follows the lines of the draw bar rather than one straight across the front. A possible problem with this V shape tho, is that it may bounce stones and rocks out and into the path of other traffic. What would you or others suggest? Perhaps some kind of material that will catch the stones, like the black hanging material on some petrol tankers. (Aren't they quiet on the highway? )
The plan and sketches I posted are a little rough for others to see but they give me what I need. I'm a little embarrassed by my sketch when I see the very smart CAD sketches and plans posted here on this forum. Oh well!
To day I added the missing joists, all welded in now. My next job is to ft the water tanks. I'll make provision for four, tho I will never need that much but provision never hurts. A few more support brackets need to be added, making it a solid and comparatively light chassis.I also have to add folding steps, corner legs and metal mudguards. All up the rolling chassis, minus the plywood flooring will weigh in at about 640 kgs. I think it's plenty strong and the weight is about what I was hoping for. It all locks in very solid and the diagonals are spot on. I was concerned that some of the larger welds might pull some pieces out of line. I have checked it over and have found one bracket a little off square. It will bug me but it's not a problem item.
If forum members have some helpful ideas I'd appreciate if they posted them up here. My total experience with 'vans is towing a little Cub van through the eastern states way back in 1988. A loooong time ago. So what else should I consider and what have I forgotten?
Good health safe travel
EDIT. Thanks too to OT for your reply.
Oh, forgot to mention how lucky you were not injured Bussy, turning this chassis over raises my heart rate as I don't have the best equipment to do it with.