My first thought was, ”38 days?? I'm jealous." Then I didn't feel so bad when I saw the corners cut.
Nice plan, though, for one person.
OK, Ah so OuchA very well documented build for sure BUT, a lot of unessecary errors in construction and lack of understanding about building a conversion van that could very easily been avoided by simply visiting this site of help and ideas.
Good luck to him tho!
Exactly Dave. Well said. It is a good, well thought out plan just poorly executed because of a lack of knowledge.
Please don't follow this guys construction techniques unless you want to waste time and money in the long run!
Using fiberglass insulation is the first big no, no then it looks as if his dad is cutting the fan opening in the roof and the vent in the rear door out with a 4" angle grinder and, hopefully, a metal cutting disk. A quality jig saw with a fine metal cutting blade would do a far better and safer job. The cheap plastic vent in the rear door is what really blew me away tho! What's going to happen when he forgets it's there and opens the door against the side of the van? Drawing fresh air in from the rear of the van, down that low, is just asking to die from co2 poisoning! A far better option should be a small awning window located at the rear side that could be opened at will and provide not only ventilation but protection from the weather and security. I don't even want to think about using what looks like punched aluminum angle to hold down the solar panels or the technique he used to run the wires thru the roof and then sealing it up (hopefully) with RTV,
I'm not sure why anyone considering full timing in a van would buy a 136 WB over a 159 WB either. There are many valid reasons to buy a 136 but full time living is hardly one iof them!
While I've been known to use the F word on many occasions, I find it a bit childish and offensive to have to hear it and read it constantly online, especially in reference to converting a van! Very poor judgment and poor taste, IMHO.
I could go on and on but my blood pressure is already climbing and if it gets any higher the Army may not accept me if I ever try to join again
Otherwise it is a good practical design and thanks for posting it Dave, if only to show people how not to convert a van.
Oh Jeez, Ok here is the Warning and disclaimer for the postIt is hard to be too critical as they got what they wanted. I am doing a build and working alone (bit 'O help from my friends) it will take me about 45 working days. I have a much better insulated and less condensation prone system in the same size van, same fan, Espar diesel heater, place for a porta-pottie, same solar but properly installed, convertible bed/sofa, full dinette for a workspace, similar galley but with no high tanks, as much storage, and I spent $1000 less ($4300), have a diesel van for the same money, my conversion is about half the weight and ....... my conversion is mostly modular and can be removed in about 20 minutes to have a van again ...... you never know when you need one. The difference? I paid attention here and learned from you all. Thanks