Tag Archives: rear door

How To Design Your Conversion Van Layout

Buying a new cargo van brings with it a complete new design of the interior of the van. During the last few months, I have been working on some ideas that make it stand out from the standard van conversions. One such idea is incorporating a Murphy bed, that creates more living space during the daytime, while avoiding the fold of a sleeper sofa.

In addition to the bed, I have been playing around with a rear storage area and a desk design with a built-in wall picture. The rear kitchen fascinates me and the bathroom still poses problems to the design. Continue reading How To Design Your Conversion Van Layout

First Look: 2015 Nissan NV Review

This is the forth cargo van review that focuses on the 2015 Nissan NV, Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, Chevy Express and MB Sprinter. It is part of the buying process of a new van, that will be converted into a nicely finished, one-person RV.

Ford Transit Review
Ram ProMaster Review
MB Sprinter Review

These reviews emphasis the elements of a van conversion, and are strictly my personal opinion and how that impacts on my conversion needs.
Continue reading First Look: 2015 Nissan NV Review

First Look: 2015 MB Sprinter Review

This is the third cargo van review in a series that focus on the 2015 MB Sprinter, Ram ProMaster, Ford Transit, Chevy Express and Nissan NV. It is part of the buying process of a new van, that will be converted into a nicely finished, one-person RV.

Ford Transit Review
Ram ProMaster Review
Nissan NV Review

These reviews emphasis the elements of a van conversion, and are strictly my personal opinion and how that impacts on my conversion needs.

This week: Mercedes Benz Sprinter

After my previous two dealer visits (Ram ProMaster and Ford Transit), I slowly start to understand which details of the van define the differences between the available brands/models and which features are Continue reading First Look: 2015 MB Sprinter Review

How To Transform A Bed Into A Work Desk & More

Going from bed to family room with TV and picture and finally to work desk, may be the ultimate task, that I set for myself, yet it may be the perfect solution for comfortable living in a small space, such as a converted cargo van.

In finding the best layout for the new cargo van conversion, I have been tinkering with a large, elevated bed in the rear with storage space below for bikes.

Continue reading How To Transform A Bed Into A Work Desk & More

110V Power Inlet

 

The van is internally a 12V system fed by solar panels, with some 110V outlets powered by an inverter. Only the battery charger needs access to an exterior power source. For this, a 15A power inlet is installed next to the rear door, on the passenger side of the van.

 

ParkPower 150BBIWRV 15 Amp White Power Inlet

25The area directly below the brake light is ideal, weren’t it for the fact that inside, that space is occupied by one of the rear speakers. The best location will be left of the bottom of the brake light.

 

34The instructions for the inlet indicated a 1-7/8” opening which required me to buy a new bi-metal holesaw. With all the tools at hand, I could start by marking the exact location of the hole.

 

67Because limited workspace inside, I was going to try to remove the brake light to have better access. Faced with some old seals, that I didn’t want to damage, I quickly decided otherwise.

 

89After some aligning and double checking, I marked the spot. As the location is very
close to the rear door, I made sure that the inlet could be accessed, while the door was opened.

 

1011Before turning to the holesaw, I drilled a small pilot hole.

 

12131415

With a starting point established, the holesaw went through the metal like butter.

 

1617It all worked out great. In less than half a minute, a perfectly round hole was established. Only a few rough edges remained.

 

181920

A few minutes with a file, followed by my trusted sandpaper create a perfect finish.

 

2122

Now the exterior fitting.

 

23And interior checkup.

 

24252627

 

28Final inspection shows that the extension cord is not obstructed by the rear door.

 

Since everything is a perfect fit, it’s time to put everything together.

 

29First cover the bare metal with some paint. I spray some paint in the cap of the spray can and dab it onto exposed metal.

 

30While the paint dries, I pull out the battery charger wire and prepare the components of the socket.

 

31First the outlet rear cover and the metal attachment ring slide onto the wire.

 

3233The wire is guided through the hole to the outside. I almost forgot a piece of heat shrink, but that is added before attaching the socket to the wire. The power inlet has a blank, black and green wire opening, as well as a silver, black and green connection screw, which makes it a foolproof installation.

 

343536

The heat shrink is slid in place and heated for a perfect fit.

 

37After I applied Silicone II as a weather barrier, the socket is attached to the van with the metal ring on the back. Finally the outlet is capped with the included black cover.

 

3839Not necessary, but I also used the three included screws, mainly to cover the predrilled holes in the white ring.

 

4041

 

The finished 110V power inlet.

 

 

Progress update

Just one picture this time as an appetizer. After finishing the pull-out shelf under the bed, I’ve been quite busy working on the rear doors. I already removed the fabric covered panels and decided to replace them with built-in cabinetry. There is only 3″-4″ depth available, but every little bit of storage counts in a van.

As you can see, the cabinet itself is almost finished.

 

I’m working on the driver’s side rear door, but the other rear door needs one too. To finalize it, I need to create two new fabric covered panels. I haven’t yet decided on the updated fabrics, however they have to be ordered a.s.a.p.

In the next few days I’ll post an update of the finished cabinet.