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I live in the PNW and I have a nicely functional camper (PM 3500, 159" wb) and have learned a lot about why things are done in certain ways (DIY == "do it three times"). I have camped in some seriously cold and discovered how even a little hole in an uninsulated beam can be like a mini-air conditioner... Although with a Gas heater running all night on low was sufficient to make it comfortable.

My build is pretty deluxe. I ended up purchasing a new van from the previous year (2019) as it was on deep discount and only cost $4k or so more than used vans on offer at the time. I figured the extra $ was worth the warrantee, doors that closed properly, quiet transmissions and working suspension. I started working on the build in August 2020 and took it on its first camp out in October. The second trip was Thanksgiving in Eastern Washington (Brr) with the newly installed heater. As of this posting I am completing the trim and painting the interior looking forward to my next trip to the southern California deserts.

My requirements, at the start, were:
  1. All electric, no fuel/fumes inside the van
  2. Sufficient water for a week off grid in the desert
  3. A refrigerator to hold a weeks worth of food and Ice Cream (and make ice for the evening sundowner)
  4. Solar/Battery sized to cover 2-3 days/wo sunshine or driving.
  5. Toilet (essential interior item at night when it is 15 outside)
Current specs:
  1. 20l IsoSpa hot water, heated by inverter and engine coolant loop
  2. 2 burner induction stove
  3. Small microwave oven
  4. Nespresso coffee maker (ok, this is not built in, so not really part of the build)
  5. 5 cf Vitrofrig refer/freezer
  6. 400w Rich Solar panels
  7. 2x100Ah Renogy smart lithium + display panel
  8. 2000w Renogy inverter charger + shore plug
  9. 50a Renogy DC-to-DC/MPPT charger
  10. 24g fresh water holding tank + three way filter for sketchy water
  11. 10g grey water for the sink
  12. Composting toilet (Natures Head - overpriced and totally worth it).
  13. Webasto 2kw gas heater connected to the Aux port of the fuel tank.
  14. Queen bed in the back, led lighting, etc.
  15. MaxxAir vent placed forward away from the bed and where the roof is flat.
  16. Swivel seat adapters
  17. Klllmat sound control, Thinsulate insulation
  18. Arctic Tern windows.
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Hello from south of seattle!
My wife and I just bought a van to start working on! I might reach out to you for some insight if you are willing! Maybe there is an opportunity for a PNW meet up! haha.
 

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Hello from south of seattle!
My wife and I just bought a van to start working on! I might reach out to you for some insight if you are willing! Maybe there is an opportunity for a PNW meet up! haha.
Sure, DM me with your contact info and we can set something up.
 

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I like how you roof rack is tight against the body.
I used aluminum uni-strut for the rails and purchased adapters for the roof pins and bolted them down. Then fabricated solar panel mounts to hold the panels between the struts. It is overengineered. If I were to do it again, I would glue the panel mounts to the roof. The uni-strut, however, was needed to support the canopy which is self supporting (no support poles) so presents large torsional loads in wind. The cross bars are to transfer the torsional load across the roof. Again, over engineered. I need to figure out something different for the rear bar so I can put a little deck back there to hold gas/water/recovery boards, etc.
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I also need to figure out how to move all this to a "build" thread...
 

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Thread closed - this is the introductory forum. Please make future posts in the proper forum (NOT) the introductory forum.
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