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This guy is clearly an unconventional thinker and skilled DIY builder. Bedrug under the floor rather than glued down insulation, built his own lithium battery, bunkbeds that fold down so he can carry cargo, toekick drawers.

Also, for those of you with the chinese diesel heaters, he runs his Espar diesel heater off of kerosene at the recommendation of Espar. (His original diesel promaster was a lemon bought back by FCA, so that's why he had the heater.)
 

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I like parts of his build and layout, I'm surprised he didn't have a temporary shower setup.
Fuel tank inside? Sous vide in an open container while you drive, dumb.
All that fancy stuff and he still poops in a bucket :)
 

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This guy and I have a lot in common. Cross-dowels, sous vide, bagged toilet, drawers wherever possible, finger holes instead of handles, green. I’d really love to have that freezer.

We run the sous vide while driving, but it is on the floor by the back door. I smile every morning when I toss the toilet bag in the trash. You guys can keep your fancy smancy toilets that have to be cleaned. I don’t even have to wash my hands.
 

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This guy and I have a lot in common. Cross-dowels, sous vide, bagged toilet, drawers wherever possible, finger holes instead of handles, green. I’d really love to have that freezer.

We run the sous vide while driving, but it is on the floor by the back door. I smile every morning when I toss the toilet bag in the trash. You guys can keep your fancy smancy toilets that have to be cleaned. I don’t even have to wash my hands.
The venerable pee bottle doesn't get enough press in these videos, in my humble opinion. On the recommendation of a female overlander, I got my wife a bright red Nalgene for her use, and it works fine for her. Our agreement is that I'm the emptier and cleaner, which is fine, it doesn't bother me.
 

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Bunks open up quite a few design options, but too much work for me. I'll let my wife sleep on the side closest to the bathroom and I'll just wear a diaper to bed.
My deal is, I'll empty the toilet, but she has to change me.
 

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TMI on this thread. 🙂

Safety doesn’t seem that important to this builder. He’s got some good ideas, but overall the van also looks “messy” for lack of a better word. Granted, I’m more into traveling than full-time living in a van, which makes a big difference.

One variation of bunks that I like a lot and would consider is a narrow 2-person dinette on bottom that converts to a single bed, with an upper bunk supported from the back rests. To make it work, the upper bunk can’t be too high. I’ve even seen one where the bottom bed ends up closer to the floor than standard seat cushion elevation, allowing upper bed to install lower.
 

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The bunks are a good use of space for a shorty with two people. Being able to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night has become more important with age (for my wife and I both) so if she ever changes her mind and wants to come along with me, something like it would work for us. Naturally I'd get to enjoy the climb up and down. Since the lowest height of the lower bunk is dictated by the wheel well, having a low top would require some experimentation with how high up to mount the upper platform. I did like being able to lower the upper bunk to act as a back for a 'couch' area, and being able to raise both for hauling purposes.

That's quite a lineup of steaks and other vacuum-backed meals he had. Overall, counting the swivels and removable table it was a pretty efficient use of the limited space he had to work with.

Strange he didn't like the smell of the grey water can, but was just fine using a 5 gal paint bucket with a toilet seat on it. Where do you drop those plastic goodie bags off, in the trash can on the way into Walmart? That's just gross and a bio-hazard (near any public place) by any definition of the term!
 

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Strange he didn't like the smell of the grey water can, but was just fine using a 5 gal paint bucket with a toilet seat on it. Where do you drop those plastic goodie bags off, in the trash can on the way into Walmart? That's just gross and a bio-hazard (near any public place) by any definition of the term!
Instead of a bulky 5-gallon bucket, I use a 5-quart bucket with upside-down stool supporting a snap-on seat that I made. (I need to take a new photo—now the bag completely covers the seat.)


I tie a loop knot at the top of the bag, tuck it discretely down into the bucket, then I can take it into any rest room. I empty the bag into the toilet, put the empty bag into the trash, then come out with the empty bucket. If we are not going to be near a toilet, I can put the toilet paper in a separate bag, then empty the bag onto the ground—no worse than what you guys do all the time.

Smell is not an issue because it is emptied so frequently, and this is urine only. I gag at the thought of handling urine that is more than 12 hours old. To each his/her own.
 

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That's quite a lineup of steaks and other vacuum-backed meals he had
... good for an extended emergency, seems lousy for enjoyment of cooking a meal imo ...
 

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I also was curious about the gray water discharge. Not a big deal if camping offroad and using non toxic soaps.
But if they are just dumping that out onto a parking lot, that's a little disgusting and inconsiderate.
Maybe it's just water they are dumping. But he said it smells. That means there's disgusting debris in there that they shouldn't dump onto a parking lot where other people have to walk and park.
And storm drains are for rain run off.
Not gray water. Not that it makes much difference with the crap tht ends up in our water, but why add to a problem just because it's already bad.
I think he should have briefly went over what their process is before admitting they discharge their gray water right in the ground.
 

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Instead of a bulky 5-gallon bucket, I use a 5-quart bucket with upside-down stool supporting a snap-on seat that I made. (I need to take a new photo—now the bag completely covers the seat.)

I tie a loop knot at the top of the bag, tuck it discretely down into the bucket, then I can take it into any rest room. I empty the bag into the toilet, put the empty bag into the trash, then come out with the empty bucket. If we are not going to be near a toilet, I can put the toilet paper in a separate bag, then empty the bag onto the ground—no worse than what you guys do all the time.

Smell is not an issue because it is emptied so frequently, and this is urine only. I gag at the thought of handling urine that is more than 12 hours old. To each his/her own.
Whew! Good to hear it's just #1! (y) A variation of the coffee can method. As far as the 12-hour expiration limit - have found some of that porta-potty chemical mixed with water in the bottom of the receptacle of your choice makes a BIG difference.
 

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Where do you drop those plastic goodie bags off, in the trash can on the way into Walmart? That's just gross and a bio-hazard (near any public place) by any definition of the term!
The same place where baby diapers, adult diapers, AAA batteries, LEDs, empty oil containers and other stuff, in the trash.
 

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The same place where baby diapers, adult diapers, AAA batteries, LEDs, empty oil containers and other stuff, in the trash.
Sure. Walmart just came to mind with this guy, since he couldn't understand why McDonald's was upset with him bringing his suitcase of surprises inside. Fast food or not it's still a restaurant!
 
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