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I will tell you what I have learned working out of a van for years (not all day, but for hours at a time on some days).

Use the van seating to sit in to work, your back will thank you. Figure out how to get a table into place to use the seats that come in the van. They will be FAR more comfortable than anything you build out of wood, aluminum, or steel, even with cushions. The are more adjustable (even in the most basic model). This applied to my 1989 Dodge B350 and my 2018 Promaster alike.

If you are going to sit and use a computer, write, read, etc, you will be more comfortable in the van seats unless you actually install seating in the rear.
 

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The other aspect was how many people thought that I had converted the van to an EV and the panels were powering it.
awesome, you can probably drive a few thousand yards a day.
 

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Stealth is a strange thing, that has been covered at length in the past. I'll add a few observations.
Most people are not as observant as you might thing, but if anyone is looking hard enough they will know.

I think a white van without windows can blend in at places where a white van is not out of place regardless of a few solar panels on the roof. But if it is someplace someone doesn't want you, they also probably don't want a white delivery or contracting van parked either.

My van has no windows, but two roof vents and 4 solar panels, otherwise the only indication it is an rv is a small shore power inlet on the back that really doesn't stick out all that much. I've had one incident of a window knock by the police at 5am (I didn't answer and they left, but I couldn't get back to sleep). My prior van was obviously an RV with roof air, vents in the side or furnace, water heater, etc and in 4 years I have zero incidents, for one year I parked in many of the same places I parked the new van.

I am not sure it matters as much as people think. One the other hand, I have been asked several times if my van was really an RV when parking at RV parks, both paid and unpaid free RV parking at the casino I use a lot. No trouble just curiosity really. Ended up giving a couple of tours.
 

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I have never looked out the rear door windows while driving. Not useful. Side windows very useful.

However, I highly recommend an always-on rear view camera. Here is my install thread. I stole the idea from Baxsie's post #33 in this thread. Six months later, I still think this is probably the best thing I have done to the van. And it is comparatively easy to do.
I have a full 4 camera system, since I do not have windows on either side, it is immensely helpful. I never use the rear view mirror in any vehicle I own. I suppose too many years spent in vans and towing.

I have a camera on top that shows me my clearance, one on each side, and one in the back. It feeds a 4 camera monitor I have attached to my rear view mirror (since I don't use it).
 

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Thanks for posting this. I have been thinking about a camera system for security, including monitoring from my bed. Maybe in its own thread you can talk about how you are using it.

In particular:
1) could the 4 camera feeds be captured by a recorder?
2) tell me more about how you split the feed, what monitor did you use for the 2nd display? Could there be another split for a 3rd monitor?
First I split the camera feeds using normal RCA splitters. One feed into a RBG w video connection (5 RCA cables, I used one to carry power to the screen that came with the cameras) the other output from the splitter feeds a 4 in 1 video processor
The outputs from the video processor feed one screen near the bed, and the other goes into my television (Visio 27 inch TV). They could easily feed a video recorder or anything else.

I split the video before feeding either because I wanted the ability to choose cameras on the main screen, primarily rhew and the ability to feed all 4 onto the other monitors.
 
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