ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN TRANSIT BUILDThe following list are items that are found in many conversions that were determined unnecessary for my application so they were eliminated. Some items required to maintain stealth look for van.
1. DIRECT CONNECTION OF HOUSE BATTERY TO THE VEHICLE BATTERY
Instead of using a relay to connect the house battery to the vehicle battery to charge the house battery, a second pure sine inverter is powered by the vehicle 12 volt system. The "shore power" output can be used to power the charger. This method always charges the house battery with a proper 3 stage charge profile that matches the battery. The primary house battery charging method is the 300 watt solar panel. The ability to charge using the second vehicle powered inverter is a backup in case weather conditions force its use. Can have 120 volt power while driving without the house inverter turned on.
2. 30 AMP SHORE POWER CONNECTION
Do not have a need for that much shore power. Have a 15 amp shore power connection. Can use a normal house duplex plug for power. Do ot like RV parks so will seldom have access to a 30 amp service.
3. WATER TRAPS ON SINK AND SHOWER DRAINS
Use a 1" ruibber hose for the drain piping. The grey water tank is under the van floor. The grey water tank drain hose connection is on the bottom of the tank. The hoses go down out of the sink and shower and then up into the tank. The hose path creates a "trap".
4. GREY WATER TANK LEVEL SENSORS
The grey water tank has an overflow outlet out the top of the tank. If liquid overflows then tank is full.
5. FRESH WATER TANK LEVEL SENSORS
The fresh water piping from the tank to the sink goes down to the back of the slider step to the pump and then up to the sink faucet. Installed a clear plastic tube between pump and faucet. Tank level can be seen in the clear tube.
6. SOLAR PANEL SUPPORT FRAMEWORK
Eliminated any additional solar panel support framework. Bought a panel with a tube extrusion and used the existing panel support holes to bolt the panel to the roof . One aluminim 90 degree angle bolts to the panel and a second slightly more than 90 degree SS angle is bolted between the aluminum angle and the van roof. Did need to add wood stiffeners between the roof ribs inside the van glued to the van roof.
7. SOLAR PANEL COMBINER BOX
Bought a single 300 watt solar panel. Retained the MC4 positive and negative connectors. Used two 90 degree bulkhead fittings to get wires through the roof. Bought a MC4 extension which was cut in two to get the male and femate connectors. MC4 connections are made above the roof between the bulkhead fitting and the panel.
8. LARGE NOISY WATER PUMP
Bought a small centrifigal solar water pump. Uses 1/4 the space and is quiet. Does not retain pressure in the water piping. A switch turns pump on when water is wanted.
9. VAN HEATER
Let the van interior get cold at night. Use a 12 volt heating pad under the sleeping bag to stay warm. Very quiet and stealth. Bought remote start option so engine can be started to warm the van in the morning before getting out of bed. Do have to wear a balaclava to keep head warm because it is out of the sleeping bag. Power usage is about the same because refrigerator runs less in a cold van.
10. SHOWER HOT/COLD WATER PLUMBING
Heat the shower water electrically in a non–pressurized tank. Tank has a thermostat to control the water temperature. Set thermostat to 90 degrees. All the water is the same temperature so hot and cold mixing is not required. Submersible DC pump is used to get water out of tank and through a garden hose to the garden spray nozzle. Shower water tank is filled with a hose.
11. LARGE 2000 WATT HOUSE INVERTER
Have a 1000 watt pure sine house inverter. Bought a 600 watt microwave oven that will run on the house inverter. Use a propane stove for cooking. No need for large inverter.
12. MULTIPLE BATTERIES
Have a single 255 amp‐hr AGM 8D battery mounted inside the van. Less space required and simpler wiring.
13. FIXED BED PLATFORM
Wanted to have a removable table with two bench seats for eating. The bed platform is obtained by having four fold down 27" wide panels. Two on each side that are stored vertically against the van sides. Table is quickly removable in order to haul cargo. Use two inflatable camp pads for each person instead of a mattress.
14. DOORS ON UPPER WALL CABINETS
Use baskets instead of doors to keep contents from falling out. Much easier to access the contents, less weight and easier to construct.
15. BLACK WATER TANK
Use portapotti. Easier to dump, no hose and less weight.
16. BUILT IN COOKING STOVE
Use a two burner portable propane stove. Want to be able to move stove so it can be used inside or outside. Want to maximize the available counter space.
17. AC POWER DISTRIBUTION PANEL
Just daisy chained 5 duplex plugs from the house inverter. First duplex plug is a GFCI. No need for separate breakers.
18. CARGO WINDOW CURTAINS
Use Refectix insulation panels to cover the windows and a divider curtain just aft of the slider door to block off the sleeping area. Do not cover the cab windows.
19. WIRING IN WALLS
All wiring is outside the walls in or behind cabinets. Do have roof fan wire buried in the ceiling and four cords in the raised floor. All are accessible by removing covers.
20. CONDUIT AND WIRES
Use "SO" cords instead of conduit and wiring. Much easier to install.
21. HOUSE 12 VOLT SYSTEM GROUND
House DC system is not grounded. A free standing system unconnected to the vehicle. Possible because vehicle battery is not directly connected to the house battery for charging.
22. WATER FILTRATION IN VAN
Use a RV water filter attached to the hose used to fill the fresh water tank.
23. PERMANENT PROPANE SYSTEM
Use portable propane cylinders.
24. LARGE PERMANENT MATTRESS
Wanted to be able to use the bed space for cargo hauling and as a table with bench seats. Use two REI 2 1/2" thick self inflating camp pads for each person. Pads are easily removed.
25. HEAVY 12 VOLT WIRING BETWEEN VEHICLE BATTERY AND HOUSE BATTERY
By using a second inverter to supply 120 volt AC power, the wiring can be a 14/3 cord. Use 3 stage 120 volt charger to charge the house battery.
26. HOLE IN SIDE OF VAN FOR WATER CONNECTION
Fresh water tank is filled by opening the slider door to give access to the tank filling opening.
27. MICROWAVE OVEN PUSHBUTTON CONTROLS & CLOCK
Bought simple 600 watt microwave with two old fashioned mechanical dials. One for heat level and one for time. No clock because microwave does not use power when off.
28. VEHICLE HORN
After several occasions of the van having a fit with flashing lights and horn blowing, I disconnected the horn. Can not deal with the security noise for some unknown reason.
29. AUTOMATIC CARGO LIGHTS WHEN DOORS OPENED
Disconnected all cargo lights from the vehicle 12 volt power system. Reused the LED lights and powered them with the house battery and actuated with manual on/off switches.
30. HOLE IN SIDE OF VAN FOR SHORE POWER CONNECTION
Have a 3 prong 15 amp extension cord male end tucked up under the van below the driver's door. Use extension cord to connect to a standard 120 volt duplex shore power outlet.
31. CENTRAL SWITCH PANEL
No need for central switch panel. Prefer to have the switches located where I will be standing when I want a light or pump turned on/off. 5 lights with on/off switches. One light switch above rear windows for rear interior light, one on bottom of each upper storage cabinet for LED string lights under cabinets, a switch on shower wall for the shower enclosure light and a switch on the sink cabinet for the two lights over the sink. The water pump switch is located on the wall behind the sink and the shower water pump switch is located on shower wall.
Bought gas engine so it can be idled. Vehicle engine is my generator. Quieter than a separate generator. Seldom need power from a generator.
Can not be stealth with an awning.
34. SINK HOT WATER
Wash dishes with cold water. No need for a hot water heater or plumbimg. Could use shower water heater hose for sink warm water if I wanted it.