Originally Posted by Boyink
One big reason to DIY for me is I'd love to build something not so "obviously-RV-looking".
It is quite possible to build a B-van that has almost zero hint of its RVness. Some tricks:
--Use a split DC-powered A/C, mounted under the vehicle.
--Use a compressor fridge with no outside venting
--Lose the awning--we never use ours anyway
--Use an Espar diesel-fired hydronic heat/hot-water system, which gets rid of the furnace vent and the hot-water heater panel
--Skip a TV antenna. Just add a small MiMo LTE antenna and stream your video from home using a SlingBox.
--Mount your water, shore power, and dump fixtures down low, behind fiberglass rocker panel doors.
About the only thing left is a solar panel. If you mount a smallish one centered on the roof, it would be barely visible. You want some solar for battery health--but beyond that, there is not much point in a larger one unless you are going whole-hog.