OK, here we go. Read on to follow my journey of trials and tribulations as we attempt our first ever van build! I am excited to share the process and finally give back to this community, as I have learned so much from everyone else contributing here.
For continuity's sake, here are the links to my previous threads:
Phase One Build: https://www.promasterforum.com/forum/...ghlight=vaniel
100% of this build will be performed by yours truly. I consider myself mechanically inclined, but I have never attempted anything like this before. Electrical, plumbing and carpentry are all new disciplines for me. I like to get my hands dirty but coming from a construction PM role, I was more of a desk guy. Hey, it all works on paper, right!? On the plus side, I am blessed to have a sweet shop to work in and a build partner (my girlfriend) to help me out.
The plan is to live in the van full time. A four season adventure machine suitable for stealth boondocking as well as going off the grid for a week at a time. Executing an economical yet quality build is important to me. Fortunately, we are not working right now so all of our time is dedicated to building our new home. Unless I fall on my face (entirely possible), the goal is to complete the build and hit the open road by March 1st, also my birthday
I like this floorplan because of its open feel. Two of us can get dressed or prep a meal in the kitchen without too much bumping into each other and we can also host a guest or two. I want a mostly "fixed" floorplan. No stashing chairs or folding away beds etc. The only two moving components will be the passenger swivel and a pull out table. Here are a couple photos from insta that get my van build juices flowing:
Photocred to @alpinemargarita on instagram
Not sure who's this is:
Here is a SHAREABLE LINK
to my LIVE build spreadsheet
in google docs.
Initially, got this spreadsheet idea from RD (thanks!) over a year ago and started filling it in as I researched various components and developed my budget
. If you are viewing this today, you will see it obviously needs some work, but I am continually updating it. Hopefully this "live" spreadsheet works because I have included links to all products purchased
and even some forum links to installation steps
already described by others. Could prove invaluable to anyone doing a similar build in the future. Let me know what you guys think about this method because I think if it were widely adopted, folks kept it updated and shared it on the forum it might help streamline our vanmobile learnings on these here interwebs! I have to imagine everyone is already doing this to some degree in a notebook or excel or whatever AND posting the same info again on here. Call me lazy but seems like double work.
I have a million questions, but first I'll spend some time updating folks on progress to date!