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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

RV Ceiling Insulation

It was time to add some insulation to the ceiling of the van, now that with the Murphy bed installation, access to the ceiling is closing up.

poly-iso insulationI already made the decision to use primarily Poly-Iso and Denim insulation and started to fill the ceiling cross-members with Denim. The cross-members allow for approximately 1-1/2 inch insulation, when you follow the curvature of the roof. Continue reading RV Ceiling Insulation

Murphy Bed Legs

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In the coming weeks, I’ll be finishing the Murphy bed. Today I move the bed back into the van; it’s time to take some final measurements and add the legs.

I use a similar pivot mechanism on both legs and some magnets to keep the legs in place when the bed is folded up. The dark Formica on the legs, will hide them  from view. After finishing up the legs, I will continue to apply Formica on most of the remainder of the Murphy bed and then install the upper cabinets above the bed.
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Insulate Your RV Floor – Part Four

Gluing Insulation

Every RV should have Insulation and gluing it is the best way to keep it in place. As part of the Insulated Floor Project, I just finished gluing all the individual pieces of Poly-Iso insulation board between the floor ribs of the Ford Transit floor.

You can read about all the details, and view all the photos and videos on the project page. When the entire floor project has finished, the complete guide will be made available for download.

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Solar Panel Guide (1)

New approaches for small RV’s.

THIS DECADE HAS SEEN MANY ADVANCES IN SOLAR PANEL RESEARCH, WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A WIDE ARRAY OF NEW MATERIALS, WHICH IS CHANGING RV LIFE.

Less important to the big rigs, that have large, flat roofs to support a large numbers of panels, the smaller Class B RV’s and Cargo Van Conversions tend to have preciously little room for sufficient solar power generating equipment. And those with curved roofs (p.e. converted vans or Airstreams) are even less fortunate. Another concern for smaller vehicles is overall weight, as their restricted payloads limit installation of an extensive photovoltaic system.

flex-solar-panelMost often the rigid residential solar modules have been adapted for use by RV’s, but flexible panels started to make inroads a few years ago. These low-efficiency panels offered no solution for the Class B traveler, as they came in clumsy sizes and needed more, lacking, roof space.
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Monitor Console

Between the window and the side doors is a narrow strip of wall available to house a small console. It is the future location of the battery monitor and a reading light.

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With a narrow piece of wood, the length of the console, placed against the inside wall, the curve of the wall is transferred to the wood. Back in the workshop the form is cut and adjusted to get a perfect fit.

04In the meantime, some wood is planed to a 1/2” thickness and the form is temporarily attached to it. With a straight-edge bit, the form is exactly copied to the wood. This and another copy are the two sides of the console.

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