Questions? Read on, we have compiled information about bed width, install, warranty and all the other good stuff. Don't find what you are looking for? Give us a shout, we will be happy to help!
Customers frequently ask us questions about things like the fit or dimensions of our products. They can also be about design and layout of their van. All of these questions help our customers make informed purchases. They also encourage us to improve our product and develop new ones.
What size bed do Flares create?
Your raised panel bed system will be able to be installed at various heights between 30-36" off the floor. The bed itself is variable in width, allowing you to choose how much open floor space you want to gain.
Generally, 48" long bed rails along the wall (resulting in a 52" wide mattress) are ideal for a 144" WB Sprinter conversion. It will allow for a row of seat belt seating in the factory Mercedes Benz location and a compact 36" wide kitchen galley behind the driver's seat.
Going solo? Remove one of the two panels for one person sleeping and gain even more space!
What are the dimensions of the Flares, how much do they stick off the van?
Our flares are designed to fit directly into the rear quarter panel of a van and will extend up to the window in the mid or front panel respectively. Flare will extend 2” off the rear quarter panel on each side. This sleek design does not significantly impact the view in the side view mirrors and allows for full use of the slider door(s). Rear doors can still be opened 270 degrees with the use of an extended door stopper. Note, not applicable if rear door ladder is installed.
Who can install flares?
Any professional auto body shop can paint and install flares. Our list of installers is growing steadily. If we do not have an installer in your area, please forward us the contact information of your trusted body shop and we will be happy to set them up.
*DISCLAIMER* Flarespace will void all warranty and liability for parts not installed by a professional installer/body shop/upfitter. Parts have to be painted prior to install.
How are they installed?
Your flares arrive with a gel coat 300 grit finish. Your body shop will inspect the surface and check for pin holes then paint to match the paint code of your van. Once the paint cured, the install can begin: The rear quarter panel is cut out along the OEM stamped window lines. The cut line is treated with anti rust primer. The part is glued onto the outside of the van using supplied 3M adhesive. The remaining adhesive is used on the inside to ensure a perfect seal. The adhesive will need to cure for a min of 36 hours before the van can be used/driven/exposed to elements. Installers have access to a detailed installtion video, written instructions and we are always happy to answer questions. Installation time is approximately 4 hours plus 36 hours of curing.
Does the slider door need to be modified?
No. The slider door will open fully without modification. Flarespace flares will work on vans with dual slider doors.
For 270 degree door opening installation of an “extended door stopper” on the rear door is required*. This part is available at your local MB of Freightliner dealership (part no. 9067600728).
*Please note this will not work if you opt for a rear door ladder, the ladder will touch the flare regardless of rear door stopper.
What are my design options?
Please see our design page for ideas!
Why Flares and what are they?
Watch this video to learn a little more about flares.
Where can I purchase Flares and what is included?
Flares are available directly from our website, Ground shipping within the continental US is free! Your purchase will include a set of flares (driver and passenger side), approved 3M adhesive and written installation instructions. Flares are also available from our preferred installers.
What are Flares made of?
Flarespace flares are made of poly ester resin, also known as fiberglass. Our flares are manufactured in Portland, Oregon. We work closely with Miles Fiberglass, a fiberglass and composites company with over 50 years of experience in the RV, marine and wind turbine industry. MFC produces only the highest quality materials and we are proud to partner with them!
Do van owners ever install Flares themselves?
Flarespace has had several clients install the flares themselves successfully. Flarespace does void the warranty on those installs simply because a private person does not carry business liability insurance as our installers do and sadly this is a major concern today. The installer would certainly not have to do the cutting and prep work, simply the paint and install.
Does Flarespace ship to Canada, Alaska or Europe?
Ground shipping within the continental US is included in the cost of a set of Flares. International customers have successfully used freight forwarding companies to ship their Flare orders outside of the US. Carlile and Vanguard both have export logistics centers in the US and will assist with account set up and customs requirements. Flarespace will ship to one of these centers.
Can I purchase a single Flare?
Flares are only sold as a driver side and passenger side set.
Once I purchase Flares, when will I receive them?
Flares are made to order and typically ship within 5 to 7 business days of order completion. The adhesive that is shipped with your Flares has a 6 month shelf life, please plan ahead and make sure to install your Flares within 6 months of the manufacture date on the adhesive.
How do I finish the Flare interior?
We are currently working on a turn key product for the insulation as it can be labor intensive for first time installers. The ETA for this product is July 2017. In the meantime, here is what most conversion companies do:
Spray glue, 1/4"-3/8" closed cell foam, spray glue, fabric of your choice (such as Marathon interweave). This is for the flare itself and very easy to do. The next part is building the "ring" or window sill and header, the part that connects the flare to the finished wall of your van. This is best done by using bendable plywood also known as flexiboard. Cut 6" wide strips, 48" long and staple two together to build a ring that will sit inside the OEM window cut out. From here, scribe the wood to follow the tapered contour of the flare, sand it down and wrap it in the same foam and fabric as the flare. Flarespace likes to use silicone to attach two wood blocks between the OEM opening and the flare which will give you two attachment points to screw the ring to.
Are Flares noisy?
While Flarespace can't match the noise reduction of a finished wall with 4" depth, Flares do much better than any window or roof vent in your van with 1/4" to 3/8" of closed cell foam insulation.
What is the Extended Flare?
The new Extended Flare option for the 144 Sprinter is available for the driver side only and is 2" deeper than our standard Flare. It is only available for the driver side because it would obstruct the slider door on the passenger side. Therefore it also doesn’t work on vans with dual slider doors or on right hand drive vehicles. The Extended Flare option does not cost more than the standard depth Flare and can be selected as option on 144 flares with a window or non window passenger side flare.