Lots of Oregon

Lots of Oregon

This route was over 6,500 miles and 106 hours of driving – over 18 days. Oregon was the focal point with about a week spent throughout the state. The trip out west took me through: Custer, SD Dubois, WY Bridger – Teton NF Grand Teton NP Colter Bay Village Jackson, WY Wilson, WY Salmon-Challis NF …

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My mobile drive-in theatre???

My mobile drive-in theatre???

I discovered the “smart projector” after trying to figure out the best way to watch movies in the van. The inside surface of the back doors is the perfect place for a screen that can allow for about 55 inches wide and 36 inches high. After some trial an error with the screen I bought …

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Fans and A/C

Fans and A/C

I wanted two bi-directional fans installed in the ceiling – to allow for strong air circulation – and minimize the need to use the roof-mount A/C. The roof-mounted A/C is a 13,500 BTU unit installed almost exactly in the middle between the front and back of the van – and in between the two fans. …

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Windows

Windows

Simply put – I wanted windows that could be opened while the van is in motion to allow for circulation and to cool things down on hot days. Most windows in camper vans are either fixed (can’t be opened at all) or are crank-out “awning” windows (can only be opened when the van is parked). …

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Cabinets and Storage

Cabinets and Storage

I wanted max storage while having essentially an open concept – which meant no floor-to-ceiling units of any kind. I made the most out of upper cabinets and the lower cabinets (below countertop that is over 7 feet long). The upper cabs on the driver side have partitions between each unit – with each of …

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Solar

Solar

I am still testing the 200 watt solar panel but I do know already it will never allow (for long term use of the roof mounted A/C or the space heaters (maybe a few hours for each with my 4x AGM batteries – when not plugged into shore power). However it does keep me at …

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Batteries and power systems

Batteries and power systems

After assessing all the ways to generate power and store it without the use of fuels – I decided on a system that included: Four (4x) AGM batteries in an array (this does not include any factory installed batteries under the hood) One 2,800 watt inverter One 200 watt solar panel (portable not roof mounted) …

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No Plumbing!

No Plumbing!

After experiencing a variety of issues with with plumbing built into a camper van – I decided to have none at all in my conversion. Also – there is plenty of portable gear that allows for water storage and running water used to drink, clean items and bathe – all without the issues of plumbing …

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No Propane!

No Propane!

I have had quite a few unfortunate experiences with built in propane systems. Even in a brand new camper van I owned previously I experienced leaks – sometimes quite serious – which created a fire hazard and could have been harmful to the health of those on board – humans and animals. Some times these …

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