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Old 06-15-2008, 03:10 AM   #1
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my van to B project is moving along slowly... today I got the plywood down for the sub-floor in the very rear, one of the bed/seat/storage boxes upholstered and mounted and decided it is going to have a refrigerator after all. That will be accomplished with a mini-fridge and an inverter, because I found out they draw less than 100 watts, well withing the capacity of my inverter and battery setup.
Tomorrow if I have time after a fishing tournament I'm in I will try to get the other seat done, and maybe take some pictures. Then it's on to the table, and both counter tops... all of which will be cut from a butcher block table top I have. A little heavier than I'd like, but material I already have which hasn't found any other use in the 2 or 3 years I've had it stashed away.
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:05 PM   #2
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Pictures would be great! I would love to have the knowhow to do something like this. We have been thinking about buying a very small used trailer (like a Casita or a Scamp) and converting the inside to an office for Chino. Then we can spend the winter parked on a beach somewhere and he'll have a place to work.
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This week I didn't do half of what I had planned, but I did make and install the bathroom door and bit the bullet and bought a mini-fridge today. Tomorrow if it doesn't rain and I can spend the time I'll clean the tournament stuff out and get some pictures.
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:29 AM   #4
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I have an old 1950's travel trailer that I made into a silversmithing shop. I removed the bed, dinette, and built sturdy workbenches in it, as well as 110 volt outlets.

These old camp trailers can be had (Execpt for deer season!) for a song.

I'd love to have a Casita, but even used ones are too muy rico for my budget. That was what made me decide on my B, -about half what a used fiberglass camp trailer was selling for.

Have you also looked at a T@B trailer? Aluminum Teardrop style, but larger (You can sit in it).

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We've also been keeping an eye out for a small used trailer (I would also love to find a Casita) We would strip out most of the inside and build in an office for Chino. That would make it possible for us to take longer trips in the winter, if he were able to spread out a bit and work.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:39 AM   #6
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More progress... the van now has a sink! I built a cabinet that hold the fridge witht the sink above it. The garden sprayer/ water tank goes to the left side of the fridge, and the "gray water" container also. I need to do the plumbing yet, which requires a short trip to Home Depot for a fitting. That will likely be done this week. The cabinet is 31Hx20Dx32W, which actually gives me a small counter too.
I've pretty much decided that my 4 burner stove with oven is too big for the van, so I'm going to look for a 2 burner stove top and put a microwave in.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:45 AM   #7
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Today's progress.....
Digital TV converter... I'm in the modern age! I bought the Digital Stream DTX 9950 because of reviews I had read. I have it all mounted and wired in, except that the power cord isn't placed permanently as yet (I still need to wire the van for the 110 circuit).
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Bought this Onboard Charger Inlet today. Went to Bass Pro for something else and saw this...should make it easier to add 110v to the van and be neat about it
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That's a handy part.

Onboard Charger Inlet:



It's made for a boat so it should be watertight.
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Cheap too....was looking at inlets in industrial supply catalogs, had prepared myself to buy a "cheap" one for $30... the BPS one was $15, much better!
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