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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 a shade from the hardware store that turned out to be a perfect fit (I think it was 55″) for the pre-drilled holes on both sides of the structure where the back doors are connected.

The current system is a quick rig job that I will eventually streamline but for now it works great and set up is minimal. The smart projector screws on to a basic tripod. Since I have hundreds of movies I have been connecting to a DVD player for viewing – but the smart projector has the ability to store movies or connect to a laptop as well. I also have a separate speaker for much better sound than the speakers on smart projector.  And voilĂ  – it’s like I have some sort of a mobile drive-in theatre!


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.

I chose two (2x) of the 14 inch Fan-Tastic fans and they do the job. I am surprised how strong yet quiet they are – and how cool the inside of the van can be with one or both fans running.

 


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 what seems to be breakeven usage or a little ahead during a sunny day with a basic draw on power (fridge, charging cell phone, laptop, both roof fans, and likely more). It’s the large A/C unit and space heaters which just devour the power.

Below are images of the portable panel and the two different units for monitoring power usage and charging.