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

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    Exciting times!
    Hope it all goes together well.
     
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    Hi Wissel, did you get the plywood box made and fibreglass it for the fresh/waste tanks and does it work in practise?
    How far are you off finishing the van?
     
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    I haven't built the under box (yet). Still in two minds about it tbh.

    Finishing? I've hardly started :D

    I've stripped out the old van, planned every detail I can think of and re-planned loads of the build. I have almost everything here ready to fit now and I'm free to build full-time in another week (I took a few extra jobs on to help pay for all this).

    I need to order deadlocks in the morning (want to fit the security products first) and two more solar panels (was tight on space so couldn't order until I was sure what would fit and needed the awning here to be sure). Then I'll blast through it everyday until ready.

    Actually tempted to start on the roof today as weather is nice (electric awning, MaxFan, 4G antenna etc) but have man flu :D

    I'll see how I feel post coffee.

    @Minxy Girl - Cheers for the links.
     
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    Well that didn't happen :)

    Didn't feel too bad when still crashed in bed with laptop. Did as soon as I stood up (then fell over lol).

    So no van roof today, but did manage to cook us a Vegas breakfast (y)

    I now have a happy other half, tummy and dog :D
     
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    @Wissel - where are you getting your solar panels from and what are you getting?
     
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    Just from eBay as they are the same as my existing panels:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100W-12V...var=561800024768&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649

    Then I'll Sika them to 25mm aluminium box section and Sika to roof. Did this with my last two panels and they are perfect 5 years down the line. The aluminium box makes it easy to fit to corrugated roof and gives a nice air gap underneath. This is my existing roof:
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    Ta - could you just Sika them directly to the roof rather than to box section first? I'm still trying to decide whether to go flexi or rigid again ...
     
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    You might struggle without box section due to the curves, but you could use a smaller box section?
    Plus it's much easier to cut the join between the box and the panel at a later date if you need to replace.

    Well worth having the air gap if you can as panels don't work as well hot, plus you're not transferring heat directly against your roof and into van.

    I considered the flexi panels as well, but there does seem to be a lot more complaints about failures, and about them going cloudy. I figured better the devil and all that.

    EDIT - I only fitted the box section to the short ends. That's the only place it joins to my roof.
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    Ah, I see now, I thought you meant you'd put the box section all round! :D
     
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    I reckon you'd need a 'flat' surface to stick flexible panels on (no ridges).
     
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    On our current PVC I stuck a 60w flexi panel on without a problem, just sticking it to the raised parts of the roof ... it's never moved and has worked perfectly for nearly 3 years. :)
     
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    I assume that you arranged it so that both edges ended up along a raised bit? I think i'd choose rigid for that kind of roof. Cheaper, easier to remove, better cooling...
     
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    Been a fairly productive weekend on the van. Until I realised I didn't have the right size cable glands here to fit the extra solar panels and they are 18.5mm instead of the usual 20mm. Still, everything else up there is done now and the extra solar will be tomorrow hopefully.

    Quick pic of the awning (Dometic PR4500):
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    The more detail you put into your plans, the better everything will go. Remember the maxim: “Measure twice, cut once.”

    I suggest that you make detailed drawings of your furniture rather than work from the ideas we’ve seen in the ‘snazzy’ layouts. Look very carefully at material thicknesses and how joints will be achieved, and the areas swept by doors and drawers.
     
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    Cheers Rogher. Thankfully that part is something I'm well trained in (design and build side). I'll be glad when I get to that stage tbh.
     
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    Not much room left up there :)
    MVIMG_20180430_160018.jpg

    Still have the 4G antenna and a cable gland for the awning to fit towards the back. And must get around to touching up the flaky paint at the rear :)
     
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    Neat!
     
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    Well it's all going forwards. Although it feels backwards half the time :D

    I wanted as much done as possible before any furniture goes in. The roof is finished, the underside is almost finished. This is one side:
    IMG_20180514_160545.jpg

    The awning is fitted, as is the step, deadlocks, awning light (dometic gutter version), wheel trims and the window bars (these are so we can have the windows open with our dog).

    It's had a good clean and the trims blacked, still needs a few paint touch ups, the old awning light hole repairing, the BBQ point fitting and a polish. And that bit of bird crap cleaning on the top right :)

    On the other side:
    IMG_20180514_160609.jpg

    I've reversed the toilet cassette and fitted a door, also fitted the iMass water heater (so pleased with this). Still have the trim to cut (waiting for new trim fixings).

    Apart from the above, I have rear floods to fit, tidy the reversing cameras, fit the graphics and the outside is done.

    Hoping to finish the water and gas plumbing over the next few days - then fit the whole electrical system which is something I'm looking forward to :)
     
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    What's this for ...

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