Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Progress on the Fuel Efficient Camper Conversion

As I described a while back when we are working on a fuel efficient and lower emissions RV-Camper Van.  Ours is based on a converting a RAM ProMaster  van into a self-sufficient camper.

Last time we gave an initial description of our thoughts and deeds so far on the conversion -- this is an update on what has been done since then -- its getting pretty close.

Electrical:
The electrical system has been completed except for the installation of the solar panel on the roof.

Overview diagram of the electrical system.

Nearly all of the electrical system -- batteries, inverter/charger, solar charge
controller, breakers and distribution panel.

Testing the solar panel (which will go on the roof) with rest of system.
The electrical system provides power as 12 volts DC or as 120 volts AC from the batteries, and provides for charging the batteries from solar, or the van engine, or shore power.


Floor and Paneling:
The floor and the paneling for the walls and the ceiling are completed.

The floor incorporates an inch of polyiso rigid board insulation and is finished off with some conventional kitchen flooring.

The finished floor

Insulation board and underlayment going in.

The wall and ceiling paneling are both hardboard paneling with insulation underneath.

Paneling going up 

Just about completed paneling with trim.
Windows:
We added three windows.   Nothing like cutting big holes in the side of your new van!

Now with windows!

kind of breezy in this configuration.


Other:
Also completed or mostly done:

  • Furnace
  • Grey and fresh water tanks and plumbing
  • Roof ventilation fan
  • Galley, sink, stove.
  • High efficiency electric refrigerator 
Thanks to Gordon's post, we are probably going to go with a homemade composting toilet.

The grey water tank is a bit unusual in that its home made...

All the details on progress so far here...


Gary

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