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12V Led Light Fixtures

Just received a dozen puck lights; these 12V LED light fixtures are the main lighting source inside the van.

puck lightsThe main advantage of these LED lights is their energy consumption; with about three watts per light, you can leave them on without worrying about a dead battery. 12V Led Light Fixtures While made in China, they seem to be of a fairly good quality and produce a lot of light. Continue reading 12V Led Light Fixtures

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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Bed, Wall & Window

Before continuing with the other side of the van interior, it’s time to put the wall and window above the bed, back together again.
Two issues remain: the battery cables and the solar controller cable need to be installed. The other is the decision I have to make, whether to go ahead with batting as insulation or choose a foam product.

Despite some negative comments about the batting material, it has served me well over the years. On the other hand, spray foam would do a better job in filling all the little air pockets in the walls. Some people, however, have mentioned a squeaking noise while driving. Have you any thoughts about it?

4041The original wall panel is still around. The covering is removed and the plywood base is what we have to work with. I could copy it to a new, one-piece sheet of plywood, but it is in a condition to be reused.

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Removal cont. 2

015I have two lights that switch on when the rear doors are opened. They have to be removed, but I have plans to reinstall one or both of them at a later time, so I have to be careful not to damage them.

016Everything nicely installed with connectors and screws, thus it took me only minutes to take them off.

017The remaining 12V wires will be used at a later time.

018Next, the valance over the future bed (rear passenger side). Just barely attached with 2 screws. Astonished that it never dropped down. I wonder what would have happened in an accident.

019Work done for today! Tomorrow I’ll continue with the safety belts.