|Initial Diagram of how I envisioned my new home.|
Most important thing was getting a bed to sleep in. Read how I made my Swankie Bunk. (posted 5/19/13)
Next priority was to install the roof vent so that I could keep fresh air flowing through the van. This was critical in order to get my COPD under control.
Roof rack was critical so I had a place to carry my 12'3" kayak and a place to mount my solar panel.
Air Flow - Vent Fan
Brand: Fan-Tastic Vent Fan
Price: About $140.00 ?
Installation (done by me with assistance from Bob Wells): $20 for Butyl Tape
A major consideration for hitting the road was to be able to afford a mobile computer lab. I had the perfect desk for the job... if I could make it fit in the van. Here is my Swankie Desk conversion.
After that my priority was getting solar power.
For more on my solar see http://swankiewheels.blogspot.com/p/solar.html .
Solar System (Initially 130 watt panel on top of the roof rack.)
Upgraded solar in 2016 with a 160 watt Suitcase Solar unit and 3 new house batteries. Details will be added here later.
2009 - two house batteries, AGMs, 110 ah each, cost about $250 each.
2016 - replaced those two with three AGMs, 115 ah each, cost to be added later.
Not all of us want or can afford toilets and holding tanks, but have found a way to manage in a safe, clean and sanitary way. Here is my way: http://swankiewheels.blogspot.com/p/sanitation.html
TELEVISION AND DVDS (other entertainment)
to be continued...