This section provides information that should help you to design and build your own RV or camper van conversion. There are pages on selecting a good base vehicle, choosing the best interior layout for you, and design/build sections for walls, floors, windows, insulation, electrical and solar, plumbing and tanks, … Even how to build your own composting RV toilet!
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Index to Design and Build Pages
- The Efficient Camper Van Conversion Concept
All arguments for doing your own camper van conversion using a modern, efficient van to start with.
- Choosing a Layout
Examples of many good van layouts. Tools to draw your own ideal layout. How to use mockups to get the right layout.
- Installing a Floor
How to do a floor for your camper van. Several examples.
- Installing Windows
Different kinds of windows available and how to install them.
- Installing Insulation
Pros and Cons of different types of insulation, and examples of installs.
- Installing the Electrical System
Lots of detail on typical RV electrical systems, how to customize it to what you need, and how to install it.
- Installing Beds
How to pick a bed layout, and details on several bed platform installs.
- Installing Wall and Ceiling Paneling
Page to be on wall and ceiling paneling schemes and details on how to install.
- Installing the Galley Including Sink, Stove, Fridge, ….
Examples of some galley layouts, and details on how to build the cabinet and install the appliances.
- Installing a Toilet
A rundown on several toilet options, and some install details.
- Installing Curtains
Page to be on curtain choices.
- Installing a Heater or Furnace
Several different types of camper van heaters and install details for a propane furnace.
- Heat Loss Calculator
A heat loss calculator for an RV that allows you to pick a heater that goes with your insulation level.
- Cooling the Camper Van
Several ways to cool the camper van, including some that will work on solar.
- Simple Cooling Methods — a test of some simple but effective cooling techniques for moderate temperatures.
How to get your media fix on the road.
September 3, 2015, July 1, 2016
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