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Hello all, just had our 2018 Metris 135 delivered to our house. It’s got 69k miles on it, and my wife and I are excited to turn it into a weekend warrior to take our bikes, kayaks and dog anywhere we can. We’ve wanted to get into a van for a long time to travel more of the US, but a full size van just wasn’t an option. The Metris is perfect though, plenty of room to sleep and stay out of any weather, while still fitting in the garage!

Only had it for about 2 hours, and already removed the bulkhead and anything work-related from its previous life (bulkhead is for sale if there are any tips on where to list it, I’m in PA). Full wash, wax and interior detail to come this weekend, when we can finally see what we have to work with

There’s a lot of great information on this site that I’ve already used when shopping around, just wanted to formally say hello.

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IMHO, first thing to check is whether you have the factory auxiliary battery under the driver's seat. That's a great help as a power source if you intend to do electrics. You'll also want to check whether you have the EK1 body builder connector option - it's a fuse box where you can add circuits off the main starter battery -- in the passenger footwell on the far right side.
All solid info, thanks! I have the Monroney label printed from the dealer, so I can see all of the goodies it has (or doesn’t in this case). No body builder option or Aux battery unfortunately, but I already have a Goal Zero Yeti that I’ll be connecting to the car for DC charging, and I can just grab power from the battery under the passenger seat.

It does have the driver comfort, cold weather and blind spot assist packages, which were the important ones for us to make it nicer on long trips. No cruise control, but it is what it is…

Omac roof rails/bars were just delivered this morning, and cargo door and slider windows are already on order from Van Windows Direct. Excited to see what we can do with this thing. Also trying to come up with a name for the van, open to any suggestions!
 

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It looks like you have the extended storage partition.
Funny you say that, that's what just brought me back inside to the laptop. We do indeed, and I was looking at your post where you insulated it all. We were surprised after removing the partition (I'm 6'4", it just wasn't possible to leave it in there and be comfortable on a drive) that the cross beam remains in place. It's not a huge deal, we were just hoping for easier access to the rear. However, with the seat frames floating and bolted to the bar it doesn't seem like a quick fix to swap to standard seat bases and remove the bar. It's just giving us a bear of a time trying to remove the subfloor with the bar in place now...
 
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