Choice of a comfortable bed and a subtle integration of a workspace, are probably some of the most important features of this van conversion.
As the start of the van conversion comes closer, I have begun buying some materials, as you can read in Why I Order Chinese And Get It Delivered and started making some final design decisions. The first modifications of the van will entail the basics, such as electronics (usb, cameras & sensors), floor installation, ceiling & floor vents and cabin curtain. These are all relatively quick and easy to install and lay the foundation for the rest of the conversion.
Color and Design
Today I got into the details of the sleeping arrangements. After completing the ventilation, the floor and the privacy mods, the first real woodworking project, I wanted to initiate was the proposed Murphy bed, just as a way to optimize the building process. Continue reading “What Do A Bed, Desk And Picture Frame Have In Common?”
Before deciding to convert your own cargo van, you should find out if full-time living in an RV will fit your lifestyle and your budget. Or you may choose for extended RV camping, where you use leave home for a few months, like the Canadian snowbirds each winter.
You can go from a small Class B van, all the way up to a full-size bus or choose to go with a truck/trailer combination, with the latter having a separate vehicle to drive with. Cost varies between a few $1,000’s for a used van with mattress and a few cabinets, up to a $500,000 for your dream bus.
Continue reading Fulltime RVing Is The Right Choice (If You Can!)
Going from bed to family room with TV and picture and finally to work desk, may be the ultimate task, that I set for myself, yet it may be the perfect solution for comfortable living in a small space, such as a converted cargo van.
In finding the best layout for the new cargo van conversion, I have been tinkering with a large, elevated bed in the rear with storage space below for bikes.
Continue reading How To Transform A Bed Into A Work Desk & More
THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO HAVE A CONVERSION VAN. MOST FOLKS WILL USE IT FOR AFFORDABLE TRAVEL, AND SOME DOING THE MORE EXTREME BOONDOCKING AND EVEN LESS LIVING IN IT PERMANENTLY.
Some use it as their mobile office, while traveling around the country, others have made it part of the Tiny House Movement.
For me it is all about mobility and extended stays, while preserving functionality and comfort.
Generators have been a source of irritation for many RV’rs for a long time, but their time has come, unless you have an air-conditioner to run. Solar panels have come a long way and even the smaller RVs can support multiple panels with ease. Especially the new high efficiency flexible solar panels that can be fit and hidden on top of the roofs of most cargo vans.
Continue reading 8 Critical Elements Of A Modern Van Conversion
New approaches for small RV’s.
After I introduced Semi Flexible Solar Panels in my previous post, questions remain about the performance of these new semi flexible modules.
|SOLAR PANEL TYPES|
|Amorphous Thin Film||Semi Flexible|
|average cost per watt 1||$ 0.80-2.00||$ 1.50||$ 2.00-7.00|
|low light performance||average||good||good 2|
|high heat performance||average||good||good 2|
|efficiency||15 watt/sf||5.5 watt/sf||15 watt/sf|
|weight||40 oz/sf||11 oz/sf||7.5 oz/sf|
|warranty||20-25 yrs||20 yrs||10 yrs 3|
2 Several unconfirmed user tests indicate low light and high heat performance are less than rigid panels.
3 Misuse of the limited flexibility is often given as a reason for the shorter warranty period. Product life maybe similar to rigid panels.
As a general indication, prices for these panels are double that of regular rigid modules. For that, you’ll get a substantial weight reduction and a more aesthetically pleasing finish and maybe even some improved fuel mileage.
High heat performance is probably the biggest drawback, where some users indicate a considerable performance drop during the hottest part of the day. Under low light circumstances, they seem to under perform too, however no significant amount of energy is produced those times of the day anyway.
Continue reading Solar Panel Guide (2)
Just in time for Christmas. Tomorrow I’ll add a 6″ all foam mattress and I’ll be trying it out for the next week.
The screw holes are covered with cherry plugs then sawed flush.
Finally a lot of sanding.