That was a classic van and those “West Coast” mirrors defined and age. It must have been almost new because I don’t see a spot of rust!
That is Cool KOV?Well, my ‘14 PM is parked right beside my ‘20 waiting for Spring to spring so I can clean it up and market it. I "remodeled" it once already several years ago but in all honesty it was more because I needed a "project" rather than the van needed remodeling. My ‘20 PM is probably my 10th or more van I’ve "converted" for camping since the mid 60’s and every conversion has been totally different yet similar. My needs change and my van conversion changes every time to for fill those needs.
My first camper van was a ‘66 Chevy passenger (window) van. It was pretty crude by today’s standards but it took me throughout Mexico and the West coast fro sever winters in what I felt was safety and comfort. It had no insulation but did come with a full interior, an ice box designed for a travel trailer, a bowl to wash up in, no toilet, no heat other than from running the engine, no house batteries or anything to run off them if it did have them , my mother made curtains up for me and a small 1# propane single burner stove for cooking. All in all, I was a happy camper and today I’m even happier. My ‘20 PM will be my last, sad to say but it will fill my needs the most at the same time.
Here’s a photo of it on a ferry in Mexico (going to Cozumel I believe) in the good old days.
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You are very welcomeThanks RV8R. Based on your prior reviews, I got the BM-712 and should have it installed this month. I appreciate the time you take to post these things.
Hi - I like your bed! Sooo I am a bit worried about cutting the foam bed - We are going to do a similar platform for the bed - It sound like your short queen fits fine up to the last corner angle so that there is a bit of a gap to the door - this is fine for us if we do not have to cut the mattress - thanks!A Short Queen was the perfect size for my bed build - no need for cutting. And now our van mattress is much more comfortable than our old Ikea mattress in the house...all the more reasons to take trips. (We went with the Lucid 10" gel memory foam mattress sold on Amazon)
Hi Mick99Hi - I like your bed! Sooo I am a bit worried about cutting the foam bed - We are going to do a similar platform for the bed - It sound like your short queen fits fine up to the last corner angle so that there is a bit of a gap to the door - this is fine for us if we do not have to cut the mattress - thanks!
This will sound like a dumb question coming from a guy that does van electrical for a living.The Battery Monitor
We have about 16 months use / experience with our battery monitor, the Victron BMV 712 Smart. This BM connects with a Victron easy to use App to our iPad
Now, full disclosure as you may guess Inam a bit of a gadget guy, but this Victron equipment is very useful for me & I would not be without it. Like Apple products (which I have slowly converted to since iTouch came out), this BM, the App, & Bluetooth interface just works. & Works Well
Hi Harry, That is a great question, & I will attempt to answer it.This will sound like a dumb question coming from a guy that does van electrical for a living.
In my own van, I just have a volt meter and since the loads are relatively well balanced with the power input, I honestly rarely look at the meter.
Customers on the other hand want the high zoot battery monitors.
Yes - I do what customers want - but - honestly most of them would be better off spending their money on an extra panel or extra battery vs watching the monitor (IMHO).
Other than boredom relief, what are you really gaining? Do you really decide what to cook for breakfast based on the meter? I sure as heck don't.
I will admit - it is a lot easier for me to tell what is going on in a 48 volt system than a 12 volt system due to the larger voltage swing.
Nice van BTW.
Thanks RnRI was flying blind on the 1st trip. If I wanted to see what state the batteries were in, I would have to unscrew the cabinet face.
It would have been nice to see their state by simply looking at a little remote digital readout.
Just like I wonder how my tires are doing. Sure, I could get out once in awhile and stick the gauge on (which I have to do), bit I wouldn't be opposed to a little digital display on the dash that tells me what my pressures are.
Isn't it the exact same thing?
Harry, for me, I think it's more about my lack of 12vdc knowledge than anything else. In the future, I may become an expert and may not need a monitor. Maybe I'll wake up and be able to gauge my batteries by smelling the air. For now, a simple remote readout to give me a basic idea of what's going on with the batteries would make me feel a lot better. Right now, I have nothing telling me what the SOC is, or what's going on while driving, with the DC-DC charger, etc. I have to just assume everything is ok. I don't like that feeling. So, I need something to let me know everything is running smoothly, so I feel better. Really not much different than every other system, like the vehicle's temp gauge, speedometer, oil pressure, tire pressure, etc.Other than boredom relief, what are you really gaining?
Simple is good........................
I want something simple. But yes, there are folks that have very elaborate systems and very complicated and involved monitoring systems.
Some people just like to geek out on that stuff and it's fun for them. Good enough answer for me.
The only time I find it annoying is when you have the types that just have to have the "best" of everything and every gadget available for no real reason other than a feeling of being better than everyone. But those folks are far and few between and that usually goes away as they grow up.