Foldable Step Stool & Storage

It took me a couple of weeks, from design to installation, yet the final result is better than expected.

The idea for this project started with a comment from one of my subscribers. He suggested to close the lower step-in area at the sliding door, in favor of a one-piece, flat floor. Eliminating the chance of a strained ankle from stumbling into the lower step area and gaining some more walking space in the already small living area of the van.

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Recycling Shower in a Sprinter Van

recycling van shower

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Taking an ordinary shower in a Van remains an unresolved issue.

Two things come to mind, when designing a minimal Van shower:

  1. The actual shower pan.
    Multiple solutions are available, like the Shower-In-A-Drawer that I installed recently. A more elegant way is shown is this video, but this is one that involves a major rebuild of the floor of the van; something that most of us wouldn’t want to do.
  2. Limited amount of water.
    Even with a full built-in shower, a boondocking van usually carries only a limited amount of water, thus minimizing the number of showers you can take when you’re parked on a far-away site for an extensive period of time.
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my trip to the 2019 rtr

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The conversion of my van has been a slow-going process, primarily because the weekly videos on YouTube and the other social media are taking too much time away from the conversion.
junction tx boondocking
Schreiner Park, Junction, TX

But that was all part of the planning as I had decided that 2020 should be the year that I move into the van on a permanent basis. Currently I use my van as a daily vehicle and regularly use it to spend a weekend boondocking. With the new van, that was usually very local, as it was still an empty van; with progress of the van build, the trips have exceedingly become longer and further away from the home.

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Kitchen Cabinet Assembly

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I’m continuing with the kitchen cabinet assembly in the RV. It’s mostly gluing the separate parts together, but I sometimes use screws, allowing me to access hidden parts of the kitchen cabinet. After another fit in the cargo van, I outline the location for the induction cooktop, but that’s for next time. Continue reading Kitchen Cabinet Assembly

Murphy Bed Installation


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A fold-up Murphy bed for a van is the ultimate space saver and a little effort can create a unique furniture piece.

rv murphy bedMuch work has gone into it and more is waiting to be added. So far the lower cabinets and the bed are finished and the upper cabinets will follow soon. A modern oil painting with Continue reading Murphy Bed Installation