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I purchased the 136" WB high top because I wanted the vehicle to fit in a normal parking spot and wanted to be able to actually stand up. No windows, because I want privacy and stealth. I'm not a professional van converter, so this is far from perfect, but this was made to be sufficient for my needs.
First few days of the build was focused on insulation. I went with Reflectix and foam board, multi layered in most places, and spray foam.

Next up subflooring. I had reflectix, foam board, subfloor wood almost 1 inch thick, and a moister barrier. I put laminate overlay flooring on the front half and nailed it down. Most people would say to wait for doing that to avoid scratching it, and they'd be right.

My bed frame was started. It's setup for a full size mattress. I did make the frame higher than I probably should have, it's hard to get into the bed.

I started setting up my solar panels and wiring. I purchased 2 flat/flexible panels and mounted them with tape. I later bought and mounted a 3rd, giving me 300 watt. Being flat means they're not visible from street level, making it perfect for a stealth build. I initially had 2 costco 26dc batteries but I have since upped it to 5 of these, giving me about 550 ah. I don't think I got a picture of it but I also got a battery isolator and connected it from my main battery to my battery array so the alternator can charge my array as well.

Link to solar panels - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017OMTAV6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Link to battery isolator - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CEBXRS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Link to solar charge controller (Renogy 40 amp commander MPPT), I also bought the LCD display - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DCTMAK8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Link to cable entry I put near the fan -https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KV1PFS0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Link to fuse box I used - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P6FTHC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
I used the MaxxAir fan and installed it over the bed. I lost my phone while installing this so didn't get any awesome pictures of taking a jigsaw to my new van, unfortunately. This image is showing it all installed with the Duracel puck light. The light is battery powered and you can turn it on and take out the bug screen, turn the fan to vent on high, and all the bugs get pushed out. Awesome trick I read about on this forum.

Link to fan - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ZOF09Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Link to putty tape I used - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EDOSKQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Link to lap sealant -https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BRF7QE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
More on the electrical system. I mounted the LCD display for the charge controller next to an AC outlet I have plugged into an inverter, and next to that a DC electric hookup with a switch, volt reading, USB and 12v port. I also installed a fan at the foot of the bed which is great for keeping me cool while in bed. The heads are adjustable and it's 2 speed. I stripped the cigarette lighter connection and plugged it into my fuse box.

Link to 4 port DC gadget - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NBJYO9M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Link to fan - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XD2Z8BC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Under this setup I have an area for my portapotty and a pull out for clothing. This is located under my bed. I made a door for this area too.

I got a 120v mini fridge (I tried a 12v but it was crap, I'm still in the process of trying to get my money back). I also got cabinets and a fake countertop.

Next to the sliding door I installed a hand pump sink. The picture shows it before I got my 10 gallon tank I have mounted to the back. I'm using a 3 gallon container for gray water.

Link to faucet - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BGM2XG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Link to sink - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G6JDXFI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
Sink drain - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GD8RY7K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
10 gallon water container - [ame]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007MSDYFQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/ame]
I used a distressed 1/4" tongue and groove from Lowes for the ceiling and walls, including doors. Just nailed it on over the plywood. I used clear polyurethane over it. You'll also notice the LED strips. These lights came with the van and were originally wired to go on for a short time after a button was pressed. I reinstalled these and rewired to go on with the switch previously shown (on the 4 port usb/12v charger station). These do take a bit of electric to run but they are very bright and I love them. BTW the chair is a folding chair I got from Costco.


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Looks good! You've done a great job and most importantly - have what you want. Congratulations ;)
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