My van arrives end Dec/early Jan. I've been studying and planning for the past five months. It's a weekend warrior build, used for business travel to various pet / rescue / fashion events, along with some east coast summer beach explorations. My must-haves were a full bath, a kitchen, a tiny house vibe, and the feeling of space.
My van has back windows and a window in the side door. Since I will at times be in cities, I want to go as stealth as possible. I have no heat or AC planned at this point. I bought a Maxxair fan, and a Domenic Heki mini skylight, so there will be cross-ventilation. I'm insulating with havelock wool, with polyisco on the floor and possibly the ceiling, (depending on how far 2 bags of wool goes).
My goal so far has been to be electric only. I bought 2 Renogy 100 AH lithium batteries, and, depending on the roof space after installing the vent and skylight, either 300 or 350 W of solar panels.
I found a 35" x 21" shower pan where half of the pan is raised above the other half (I guess for a toilet to sit on). I plan to let it fit over the rise between the cab and cargo area, eeking out a few extra inches of floor space. I got an
Isotherm Cruise 42 fridge with only 14" of depth (because the compressor can sit separate.) So The kitchen will also snag a few extra inches. I'm planning to put the water heater either under the sink, or (preferably) between the two seats in a cabinet, if that fits.
My ceiling is tin squares. I want to keep the weight down, and aesthetically I like it (I'm a designer, so aesthetics rule.) Also, I'm doing the conversion myself, and 10' shiplap would be tough for one person.
I didn't like the idea of people being able to watch me sleep, so I added shutters (plus they cover up the door, which screams "van" not tiny house). Insulated window covers can sit behind them, and they easily fold back, for visibility while driving or for great light.
I expect some of this will change when I actually get the van. I know I'll have a ton of questions once I get to work, especially re: the electrical system. Right now, I'm still learning...