Installing the pull out table

From cutting steel threaded rod, to installing the  drawer slides on the bed rails.  This video shows step by step installing the pull out table in the van.  Also, a … Read more

Installing the bed frame

Installing the bed frame in the van.  I used steel expandable rails from IKEA, and wood slats, also from IKEA.   This was a cost effective and easily adaptable solution.  Check … Read more

Custom Fuse Covers, and removing logos

In this video – the making of custom fuse covers. Acrylic sheets  – Fuse holder Disconnect switch What to remove logo from … Read more

Van Mockup Walk Through

This video shows the mock up of our van design. The idea of converting our own van came about after a vacation to the Canadian Rockies.  We rented a 15 … Read more

Bed Design

This video shows the design of the bed platform. Products seen in this video: Bed Mattress I was worried about ordering a mattress online.  Its a big deal having … Read more

Wire size, AC and DC circuits

You need to have the correct size wire for the amperage and voltage that will run through the wire.  Remember every wire should be protected by a fuse, limiting the … Read more

Charging with the Alternator

You can charge your batteries from your vehicles alternator.  The alternator delivers power to all the vehicles electrical components and keeps the starter battery charged.  The vehicles alternator may deliver … Read more

Solar Controller

I will use a MPPT charge controller.  Based on my research this type of charge controller does a better job when it receives high voltage.  So my solar panels will … Read more

Fuses and Circuit Breakers

A fuse is an intentional weak point in a circuit.  Fuses are designed to fail!   When too much current flows through a circuit, the filament in the fuse melts.  This … Read more

Furrules and Ring Terminals

There are many ways to connect wires together or to a terminal. Soldering an crimping are the most common. Crimping is easy, fast and effective.  Crimping crushes the wire around … Read more

Wire size

Solid wire (Romex) is commonly used in houses.  Solid wire cannot be used in a moving vehicle.  The constant vibration would break the conductor over time. All wires used in … Read more

Solar Panels

How many watts of solar do you need? The design of this van will have room for two, 200 watt solar panels.  That’s 400 watts.   Some vans have 200, 400 … Read more


You need to decide how many cloudy days you want to go without moving.  What I mean by this is – if it is cloudy, overcast, or winter you will … Read more

System and Inverter size

How big, and how much will this electrical system cost? To get an idea you need to find out the electricity you will consume each day.  To do that gather … Read more

Cables and Lugs

Crimping terminals onto cables requires heavy duty crimping tools.   The most basic, and cost effective crimper is the hammer crimper.   This is what I used. You can also buy a … Read more

Finding water

We keep a portable  jerry can for filling up with water.     We will fill up by hose, or at rest areas. Jerry Can We have a WATER BANDIT which … Read more

Water tank location

The water tanks are right inside the sliding door, this makes them easy to fill.  This also helps keep them from freezing.   By locating the water tanks between the axles, … Read more