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Creature Comforts and Other Van-Warming Items by Ray Phung

During this first trip we had a house (van-house anyway), but we did not yet have a home.  While perfectly functional, it felt like we were missing a few things here and there.  A weeklong trip to climb in the desert was a great test what else is needed to make the van more comfy and figure out what worked and didn't work.  

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Cedarizing and Flooring by Ray Phung

The last couple steps that went into this van conversion are the wood panels that went on the majority of the van and the flooring.  Both were installed after all the electricity was wired and the furniture built.  I really wanted the overall look to be a "cabin-on-wheels", and I love the look, feel, and smell of wood.  So choosing these finishing looks was easy.

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Plumbing by Ray Phung

I was not super stoked on figuring out the plumbing.  If you've ever done a plumbing project, you know it always takes a million trips to the hardware store to get all the right fittings.  So I waited until the end to get it done.  But having running water and a working sink is important, and in all reality, it wasn't super difficult. 

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Kitchen by Ray Phung

Building out the kitchen turned out to be easier than the storage shelves.  The kitchen cabinets have shorter sides (less warping!) and are smaller in general.  I felt like it was easier to ensure everything was perpendicular and square.  Also, I chose to overlay the cabinets doors which I feel better hides imperfections. 

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Storage Shelving by Ray Phung

Next to wiring the electricity, building cabinets was something I was really nervous about.  I have not done a lot of wood-working, and cabinets require a lot of precise skills.  The last thing I want are lop-sided cabinets with wonky shelves that don't stay closed.  In reality, the cabinets only took a couple weeks to do, and for the most part, turned out pretty well. 

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Electricity by Ray Phung

Electricity was a topic that came up early in the planning phases.  We had a lot of hypothetical discussions of the type of amenities we would like to have and whether we would realistically use them. This is quite a large topic, but I will go over installing solar power, hooking the batteries up to the van's alternator, installing the fan, and other wiring and fusing issues.  

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