December 3 – December 13.
It was starting to get cold and rainy in NC. Every project we undertook took at least twice as long as we thought it should. We were itching to travel. We decided to delay building storage cabinets. We just needed to complete the galley enough to hit the road.
We already had most of the hardware. Weâ€™d use the travel fridge from our boat. Weâ€™d also use our back-up water pump from Blue Wing. We already had a camp stove. And we had ordered a sink, propane tank, and water tank online. We just had to build a platform to put it all together.
You may have noticed that we are trying to do our build as cheaply as possible. We are using wood because we can work with it. We discovered early on that the van drives better with a load than it does empty, so weâ€™re not too concerned about weight. So we basically used the same framing approach as we did for the bed supports. We picked up a wide 3/4 inch laminated board for our counter top. Itâ€™s soft pine, but hopefully the cutting board will take most of the normal kitchen abuse.
Weâ€™re calling these posts â€˜basic van buildâ€™ because we also need to add more storage compartments and a composting toilet. Those projects can be done on the road, though. Itâ€™s time to ROLL!
Disclaimer: This was our van build. Please do not consider this as advice on how to do yours. LPG, and hydrogen emitted by flooded batteries are flammable. Bad wiring connections can electrocute you. Research the risks for yourself.