Skylight Cover / Gray Water Tank

June 19, 2015 Categories Camper Van

I began this morning by cutting the trim to go around the skylight/ceiling vent, then stained it and nailed it in place. Once it was installed, I added some weather stripping where the actual vent cover will sit; this is to create a light-free seal, as the goal of the cover is to stop light … Continue reading Skylight Cover / Gray Water Tank

Finishing the Trim

June 18, 2015 Categories Camper Van

I started a little later than usual today and I ended early to go watch my cousin’s two kids, but I still managed to get the trim work around the side doors done. I really, really wanna build interior doors for the side doors, but because of where I have the fuse box and charge … Continue reading Finishing the Trim

Finishing the Battery Vent

June 17, 2015 Categories Camper Van

I tested my solar panel out today and I’m pretty happy with its performance, given the somewhat cloudy skies. I have a 250W Renogy monocrystalline solar panel and with only the fridge running and microwave plugged in, it not only maintained the battery voltage, but was able to give a little extra juice in the … Continue reading Finishing the Battery Vent

Paneling the Beds

June 16, 2015 Categories Camper Van

By the time I finished working today, the in-house batteries were down to 11.5 volts. Now, that’s after running the microwave, having the fridge running for a full day (and boy, does it keep things cold!), having the lights on for 6 hours, running a fan for 16+ hours, and playing music for 8 hours. … Continue reading Paneling the Beds

Electrical (Fuse Panel Setup)

June 15, 2015 Categories Camper Van

I’m quite happy today. The She-Beast’s electrical system is installed and I’m currently testing it to see how long the batteries will last in a real-world environment with what I expect is my average daily usage. The fridge is plugged in and running, I ran the microwave for three minutes, I have the main lights … Continue reading Electrical (Fuse Panel Setup)

Electrical (Inverter Setup)

June 14, 2015 Categories Camper Van

Today I worked on getting the electrical setup basically complete. I can’t fully finish it until I add paneling to the wall where the fuse box and solar charge controller get mounted, but both my AC and DC systems are operational. For anyone interested, I basically followed this guy‘s electrical system writeup to the tee. … Continue reading Electrical (Inverter Setup)

Recessed Lights / Battery Cable

June 12, 2015 Categories Camper Van

This morning I decided to get all my recessed LED lights installed. There are a total of five of these lights in the van and each light has its own on/off switch. I bought these lights as reading or personal lights, not to illuminate the entire van (that’s what the LED strip lights are for). … Continue reading Recessed Lights / Battery Cable

Building the Stove Cover

June 11, 2015 Categories Camper Van

It was rainy today. I spent the morning working on my stove cover, a.k.a. my counter top. I began by ripping apart some more of the old silo doors I bought so I can reuse the wood from them. Once I had it ripped apart, I took all the nails out and ran all the … Continue reading Building the Stove Cover

Carpeting the Cab Wall

June 9, 2015 Categories Camper Van

Today I randomly felt like finishing the cab side of the dividing wall. I started by covering the wall in a thin sheet of hardboard to give me a clean, solid surface to attach some carpeting to. I cut the hardboard to as closely follow the contour of the van as I could, as I’m … Continue reading Carpeting the Cab Wall

Building the Cab Door

June 8, 2015 Categories Camper Van

I honestly didn’t think about what I was gonna work on today until I got up and headed out to the van. Since I didn’t plan ahead the night before like I usually do, I didn’t have all the supplies to do what I wanted to do, which was build the door to the cab. … Continue reading Building the Cab Door