Progress update

Just one picture this time as an appetizer. After finishing the pull-out shelf under the bed, I’ve been quite busy working on the rear doors. I already removed the fabric covered panels and decided to replace them with built-in cabinetry. There is only 3″-4″ depth available, but every little bit of storage counts in a…

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Pull-out shelf (final)

In my previous postings (Pull-out bed shelf and Pull-out shelf (2)) I built the shelf in my workshop; now I head out to the van, to make some final measurements, adjust it and finish the last details. Two issues remain: the front of the shelf needs to be shortened and finished with cherry and secondly…

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Pull-out shelf (2)

In my previous post I glued the panel. Now I’ll continue with the cherry frame. The frame I start with a 2″ thick board that I cut down to the approximate size of the wood that is needed for the two side pieces. The lumber is set aside for a minimum of 24 hours. This…

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Pull-out bed shelf

I have to catch up a bit on things that I skipped, to be able to finish the bed for my recent Christmas trip. The full extension shelf, hidden under the bed, was partially finished, waiting for a 4″ wood extension to make it flush to the bed side panel. Looking at it again, I…

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Poll: Wall covering

As always, I am already thinking about and preparing for the next phase in this project. Time to start working on the walls (and ceilings… and doors…). Currently thin plywood covered with a green headliner fabric with thin foam backing. A lot of the interior will be finished with a reddish cherry, so a different…

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Ceiling headliner removal

 Another day, another window frame. Today I first removed the two remaining window frames. They have a little damage and after their repair, I will paint them like the others.   Insulation has been applied minimally; lots of spaces around the windows and walls are open cavities, like this area under one of the large…

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Window frame painting (2)

  Continued today with the side door window frames.   First I removed the door lock pin.   Followed by the window hinge lock.   And finally the screws.   The door looks quite bare without its frame.   Now I still have to dismantle the frame. The blinds were first.   Followed by its…

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Window frame painting

If I had bought a new van, I would have made new wooden window frames, but since the existing frames are still in good order, I have decided to paint them. Last week I bought a spray paint specifically for plastic. Unsure whether it would hold on the frames, I tried it out and the…

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110V Wiring (2)

Besides a 110V outlet at the rear doors, a second outlet is planned at the side door entry. I start with a regular Romex house wire in the inverter compartment under the bed. An inverter will be added in a later stage. Because the compartment is directly next to the wheel housing, I have to…

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Floor covering

From the beginning I planned to replace the carpet by a similar product but a little compacter and sturdier. But during my last trip I was reminded how quickly such a small place can become dirty. So I started looking around for alternatives. A floating wood floor was attractive, but not practical when the floor…

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