Van Walkthrough #2
I’ve experienced & learned a lot since the last tour & I’m here to hopefully pass on some information that will help you.
At the bottom of this post are all the links for the major components used in my build.
The entire van was hand built by me. I had a welder help with the mounting of the freshwater, propane, & solar mounting feet.
If I can do it, I know you can.
I did TONS of research before I even bought a van. A lot of it helped but some of it was also hindering the process. I was trying to get it PERFECT when that doesn’t exist.
I was on a tight timeline, working full time in the military while still departing the local area.
I made a plan, ordered all the parts & started putting in the hours of work.
It boils down to paying in two different ways:
Money or time.
Either you have someone do whatever tasks or you get it done yourself.
I’ve changed a few things from the initial build & have a couple more ideas I’ll be implementing if I do a complete tear down & rebuild (most likely this coming Summer).
Things I would do in the next build:
· Indoor shower (Yes, even in a 144″ WB since I fulltime)
· Indoor water system (I’ve tried 12v heat cable wrapped around my outdoor water hose & heater pads under the water tank, it draws way too much power off of my 300ah bank)
· Murphy bed (This would allow for more room during the time I’m not sleeping)
· Possibly an AC, but I would have at least 400ah of Lithium before that decision.
· Take account for weight & balance (Most of my weight is on the left side, not too noticing but when I’m drifting this bad Larry around a corner going 80 on the HWY I can feel it sometimes)
· Improve my interior water system (Better quick disconnect fittings)
· Vinyl flooring instead of Click in laminate (Simple, cheaper, & no creaking noises over time)
· Better Cabinets (I love my 80/20 cabinets now, the first wood cabinets were heinous)
· DEFINITELY KEEP MY AWESOME SIZED 12V FRIDGE
There are a lot of other little things but I’m sure you’ll figure it out on your journey.
Don’t spend too much time analyzing every single bolt/screw.
Plan, put it in motion, & adapt as things come up.
Many succumb to analysis paralysis which hinders the van project from even beginning.