Our break from installing windows didn't mean an actual break from our list of all the
things that need to be done on our van. And, I'm not actually sure how this happens but that
list seems to be growing.....
sound dampening and 2 layers of insulation installed after the windows were put in
I finished the layers of insulation around the 3 windows. I know, it looks so simple ... and yet it took me close to a full day to complete because of all the odd angles and some really small spaces.
While I did that Tim began work on the "garage". The garage is, for us, the last 2 feet of the van and will hold all the infrastructure systems for the van. This is all the stuff that Tim had been testing and assembling on the porch earlier this spring.
The garage will house:
300 amp hour lithium battery and 3,000 watt Magnum inverter
30' retractable 30 amp shore power cable
All the electrical control systems including a Renogy solar charge controller
12 volt and 120 volt control center
12 volt air conditioning system
Portable 1800 watt generator
Diesel fired hydronic heating/hot water system - powering the radiant heat in the floor and walls and the kitchen and bath hot water
Filters and UV sanitation for the recirculating shower
Retractable hoses for both fresh water and sewage
and ..... this list may grow.
radiant heat added to the garage
Radiant heat panels and tubing were first added to the floor and walls of the garage followed by the flooring. Radiant heat panels are currently being added to the rest of the floor and walls of the van.
beginnings of the garage install
Tim is building a metal frame system to hold and support the mechanics of the garage. The main control panel - seen at top in the photo - will face into the van for easy accessibility.
In the week ahead the focus will be on getting the radiant heat panels and tubing in, continuing work on the garage and infrastructure systems, and possibly getting the flooring in. The final two windows have been delayed and are not scheduled to arrive until the end of the week.
Each day we find ourselves with a new question, sometimes a different plan, sometimes a change - yet, all of it, a welcomed challenge. We have no one to please but ourselves.
Oh ... and we did install an additional fold up passenger seat. It's for Rosie.