Vanimal Build Series, Part 3
Alright, alright, alright! The guys over at Mountain State Sprinter are way over the hill on Vanimal's sprinter conversion. This may - or may not - be the last blog entry before we take you on a tour inside the completed project.
In any case, check out what has happened since Vanimal Build Series, Part 2... Justin, Dustin and Dave tell us, "it's almost bed time."
*Disclosure: picture overload; may spark excitement.
LIGHTING AND ELECTRICAL
The guys are keeping the lights on for us! As mentioned in Part 2, we used the Diamond Group 65430 Slim Line Double LED Dome Lights.
And since we aren't super up-to-date on how electrical wiring goes, we left it up to the professional - Justin holds all the answers...
Ladies and gentlemen - Justin himself, in action!
As is becoming the norm, USB outlets are critical for our survival (well, not really... but, yeah). So, Justin installed a total of four USB ports and four traditional plugs between two outlets (2 of each, per outlet).
Justin also made sure that our Zamp Solar ZS30AD 30 AMP control board is connected to the rooftop panel and is in working condition. This control board tells us the life of our batteries - as these systems are all interconnected.
Through our research, it is important to note that battery usage should not go below 50%. Doing so compromises the batteries and that would be an expensive, unfortunate and easily avoidable expense; cross those fingers and pay attention.
RIXON HEATING SYSTEM
We know everyone is curious about this Rixon System, so we will show you a bit more of it! This luxury - because let's face it, that is exactly what it is - will allow us hot showers (out the back of Vanimal) and radiant heating. This particular system runs off our diesel fuel, so it eliminates the need for a large, space-consuming propane tank!
The pump/furnace system mounts underneath the van, while the expansion tank sits inside; where the rest of the "guts" hang. This Comfort Hot device comes straight from Rixon Enterprises and works cohesively with the furnace to allow for coolant expansion.
As if Cedar wasn't enough, Dave went ahead and added some Maple into the mix for our butcher block counter top. Since Teak (haha) was way out of our budget, Maple is known to be durable and resistant to abrasion. Plus, it looks wicked fancy.
The kitchen sink hones a faucet that clears high enough to provide space for working inside the basin. The simple stainless steel, traditional sink meets our needs perfectly. And, plumbing: CHECK!
While a window would seem nice, travel plans are always an unknown - and this includes weather. Besides... there is a huge door to open on the opposite side...
Hello again Dave... is that a beanie on TOP of your hat?
If you have been doing your own research on your current or future sprinter van conversion, chances are you have seen the fridge before; sleek, easy entry and provides just enough room for the yummy necessities - which for the most part you cannot take across the border into Canada. Jot that down...
We went with an Indel Webasto Isotherm fridge. Funnily enough, these are specific to marine projects - don't you have a yacht, bro? Ours just happens to be on wheels.
BED - WOO!
Pretty much, this is the best part. Okay, maybe the swivel chairs are the best part - but we aren't there yet! Anyways, the bed was a priority for us when dreaming up our Sprinter Van.
Riding and driving all day deserves a good night's sleep. As is typical, we went with the Queen-sized frame.
Rather than fitting this across the width of the van, we went with the length. This will clear 6'3", offering plenty of room.
Dustin. Is. Iron. Man.
To quote Ace Ventura, "Like a glove-ah!"
Nice hair Dustin ; )
For reference: Dave is around 5'10" and is open to booking modeling gigs...
*Just a quick side note: these guys are working day and night making Vanimal exactly what we wanted. They are friggin' rocking it!
Dave and Dustin are getting busy installing that over head storage on the driver's side, while Justin is making sure electrical is in order. We opted for storage on one side to save overhead space and create a more open feeling.
While this may seem to limit us on the amount of belongings on our travels, we also aren't living out of Vanimal 100% of the time. Plus, below the bed (as seen in previous posts) there is additional storage over the passenger side wheel well for bike equipment, etc.
PART 3 ROUNDUP
MSS is nearing the end, we can feel it! What's left: installing the custom pull out platforms for the bikes (DUH), drawers w/ locking hardware, passenger swivel chair... and, uumm... some of the finer details.
Check out quick this preview of Vanimal finding a heartbeat:
As always, leave us your questions and comments. Provided this is a general overview, we know you want more deets.