Might Re-Selfbuild our van. Thoughts on this design?

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  1. Minxy Girl

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    That's an unusual battery set-up, our 2 certainly aren't on a raised platform like that, so may be peculiar to whoever installed them originally.

    I've just had another idea, not sure if it would work but ... behind the drivers and passenger seats as you've found the plastic 'grid' panels come off, in ours I removed these and put on some flat board instead which has given me quite a bit of room behind the drivers one to put a basket for dog leads etc on top of the raised step area, and behind the passenger seat gives extra room for our Romy to spread out (she's a heffalump!), so maybe there's an option to put the battery in a 'boxed' area on the floor behind the passenger seat? I've found that having the basket behind the driver's seat and some cushions behind the passenger seat (missing from my photo) doesn't stop comfortable sitting at all.

    Get yer tape measure out! Better still, make a model of the battery out of a cardboard box and see how it would work in reality.

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  2. Wissel

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    Things are starting to happen :)

    As we will be living in this van, we want it nice. One of the things the Missus has requested is a proper sink. This is my solution.

    http://www.wilsonart.co.uk/zenith-worktops

    These are a solid composite material, the type found in expensive kitchens. But as only 12.5mm thick, not very heavy. The advantage of these is they can be cut and shaped however needed as the same material all the way through.
    This means I can fit a proper underslung sink, with draining grooves cut into the surface. It will be like the image below, but with a smaller sink (same style) and shorter grooves:

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    The sink itself will have a chopping board cover, made from the same surface, to maximise working area. I may use the same surface in the bathroom. This all arrives next week :)

    I'm in Wales this week, so tempted to go to Morland's on the way back to Cornwall and buy all the furniture board. Think we will go with all cream furniture and walls, then "driftwood" effect doors and accents. These will be made-to-measure as in my current van (I sell made-to-measure doors as my day job).

    Tempted to go completely handleless on all doors and drawers as well, using this system:
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    I think this could work quite well as the handle bit would give a 50mm ridge at the bottom of the wall units to stop things falling out. Plus no handles to catch ourselves on.

    What do you think?

    I know it might seem a little OTT, but it will be where we live.

    Can't wait to get started now :)
     
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    All looks good to me, top notch stuff.
     
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    Just an idea: The draining area to the side of the sink may be needed for other purposes (such as food prep) that the drainage channels might interfere with. Rather than several fingers radiating out from the sink, why not rout out a the perimeter of a larger area? I hope you understand my thinking. Unless the top is horizontal, water between the 'fingers' may travel in the direction away from the sink and wherever that may lead. A 'perimeter' could offer a larger catchment area and would be suitable (flat) for other purposes. If there is a natural slope (towards the front) I'd place the drainer on the higher (rear) side.
     
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    That's a very good idea @rogher - one that I'd use if thse draining area was going to be bigger.

    As it happens, the drain grooves will only be about 15cm long, just enough for a few bits to drain (using a clip-on drainer over the oven when a whole load to wash). The chopping board over the sink will also cover these groves when in situ (and sink into the sink so it can't move in transit).

    Thanks.
     
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    How would you secure the doors in transit without any form of locking mechanism?

    As for the work surface, looks good but I'd NOT have the draining grooves and just keep it as work surface which you can easily put a drainer/tray on when you need it for pots (and prop it up to keep it level if needed), then when you don't need it for that the surface will be much more practical, also the groves will get limescale deposits in them which will make it look mucky and can be a pig to clean - I used to have a composite dark brown sink and it was a s*d to keep looking nice ... my FIL once cleaned it with cream cleaner and totally stuffed it as it stained ... meant I had to get a nice new stainless steel one! (y) Using a tray also means that you can move it out of the way with the pots still on it to use the worktop, if they are just popped straight onto the grooved worktop you'd have to move them, mop up etc first.
     
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    I agree with Mel here. Looks great but not sure how practical. We don’t bother to level up unless on a silly slope. We sleep at rear and like to keep head slightly raised to tend to park rear up. Our draining board (and shower unfortunately) has drain hole towards the rear so we always end up with up to half inch water trapped away from the drain and towards the front. That’s Ok on ours as the draining area is inset so can be managed and easily cleaned up but not sure how it would work on yours.
    Mel has given one solution, to use a separate tray and an alternative would be a draining mat to soak up the water.
     
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    Think you could be right @Minxy Girl - I'll give this more thought (but if I do add grooves they would be really short anyway, just enough for a cup etc)

    We have one of those draining boards now - works well, but a pain to store. I think I like @Riverbankannie idea of using a draining mat (why hasn't that idea even occurred to me lol). This could be rolled up for storage (and is now added to my "getting ridiculous" Amazon watchlist :)
     
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    Instead of rolling up for storage, use as an anti rattle device!
     
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    I use a very shallow tray with a silicone collapsible drainer on top so they don't take up much room at all, I wouldn't use a drying mat as the problem is you have to make sure they do dry otherwise they can get smelly/mouldy, but a tray can easily be wiped down and you can use it as a tray too!!!! This is the drainer I have:

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    You can store the drainer on the back of a door - I used to keep a larger 1970s one on the back of a wardrobe/cupboard door in previous campers and MHs - to hang it up I just hooked it onto a couple of cup hooks which I'd screwed into the back of the door with a small brown twist clip to keep it in place (see bottom left of drainer just above the door catch), but for the above collapsible one you could just drill a couple of small holes into the edge for the hooks to go into.

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    I also have a great set of caddies which sit on their own shelf so don't take up precious cupboard space ... I put some 'grip' mat stuff on the base of the shelf and in all the years I've used them (in several MHs/campers) only one (the teabag one fortunately!) has ever jumped off and that was when we went into a massive pothole in Portugal!

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    Just a thought for the dog - perhaps put extra insulation in that bit, as it will be sleeping on the floor, and in sub zero temperatures it can get quite cold down there, even with the heating on!
     
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    I just mentioned this to the dog. He approves :)

    That's a really good idea. would be a simple job to add an extra layer inside his den.

    Heating wise, one of the vents will be opposite his little room.

    Thanks :)
     
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  14. Minxy Girl

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    You could put a curtain across his dog bed bit so that it is a bit more snug for him but he'll still be able to push in/out when he wants to or just peek out to see if he wants to get up! :D
     
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    But then he won't be able to sit in his bed, watching his fire @Minxy Girl :)

    (I'm not joking btw)
     
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    What fire???? o_O
     
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    :)
    At home at the moment we have one of those fake fires on the wall. My dog loves it - every day he gets excited about it being switched on. Then he lies beside it for hours. It's very cute.

    So I figured I'd build a smaller version, say 30cm x 30cm and fit it into the bed wall opposite his bed. I'll have toughened glass cut so it's completely safe, and use 12v led bulbs. It will either run off the vans 12v (really low power draw) or 18650 batteries.

    Just a little bit of home for the dog in his new house.
     
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    Could something like this be adapted for the flame effect?

     
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    Good idea :)

    I'm hoping to take apart the one we have and adapt it, but have added that to the colossal watch list :)
     
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    I'm soooo glad our dogs can't read :)
     
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