We haven't been sharing as much lately but hoping to change that. Here is a shot of our installed drawers (no faces yet). Yes, the bottom drawer is huge but it is also our step into the bed. This drawer will probably be for slightly less commonly used items. The middle drawer is for some of our larger kitchen items and the top drawer will hold silverware and plates. #customdrawers#promasterconversion#promastercampervan
I used to have a seat in the van 😂. Darth is parked for the winter and a few new projects are being worked on. Brent will be installing a heater under my seat and a table on the passenger side. #promasterconversion#vanlife
We decided to put our "outdoor" shower on the back side of our lower cabinet when we open the sliding door. We thought this would be the best place because we will most likely use the sliding door most of the time to get in the van and we can use the shower to wash off our feet and JJ before we get in. It's also connected to our hot water tank so we have the option to use hot water.
1 535:37 PM Nov 11, 2018
What's this? A seat belt buckle and "pretensioner". A pooched one. This is what was causing my airbag light issue after the donor seats went in. Since the donor seats that replaced the bench seat came from a presumably wrecked van, the seat belt "pretensioners" we're likely activated. These are nifty devices that use an "explosive charge" to basically tighten your seatbelt so you're positioned correctly for the airbags. Notice the "piston" punched through the end of this one in the second photo. That and the scrunched up part that extends the buckle up to the seat are two signals this one has "fired" and needed replaced. So, I took the new ones from the old bench seat and the light went off. Gonna write a blog post on this whole operation for those wanting to perform this bench swap sugery on their Promaster. Basically it's harder than it should be
Electrical, eh. This had to be some of the most difficult research I had to do, tying everything together. Here’s some quick notes: (1) I went with two 100ah AGM deep cycle batteries, (2) I wired for solar but never installed the panels, instead, I found my smart relay from the vehicle battery to be more than enough power for my use (3) there’s calculators online to know how the gauge of wire to use to be efficient (4) use stranded wire, allows flexibility for the moving vehicle - and lastly, (5) draft out your plan and share it with the community! You’ll receive plenty of feedback on the forums to make sure you’re on the right track. The last sketch was not* my final draft, though shows some of the thought process.
What’s the blocker you face(d) with your electrical set up?
Being able to drive your tent up to the edge of a massive canyon is a bonus! What a view!
3 4791:00 AM Nov 9, 2018
Spent the last week settling back in the States and ordering a million parts for the van build. Insane how many things you need. Thank the gods for Amazon. Replaced the passenger bench seat that came with the van with vinyl buckets and installed the passenger and driver Sportscraft swivels. Finding seats to swap out with the bench was difficult. These will be covered with seat covers that are black and tan - accentuating the color scheme of my design. Have an airbag light in the dash now. Anyone know of a OBDII reader or something that can give me info on that?
We decided to mount our grey water tank underneath our van so we could save some space inside. This made things a little more complicated for plumbing. Jon has been working long days with our contractor to help get our van finished. Some of the days this week they have been spending on only plumbing, having to try and redo things multiple times. So there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes, without many visible changes. It has been tricky finding the right fightings for our tank and we wanted to have the option to either hook up the tank to drain it, or just pull out the plug to drain wherever we are at. We will only be draining our sink and shower water and will be sure to use environmentally friendly soaps so that we are able to safely drain it anywhere.
Right now our grey tank is only 25 gallons even though our fresh tank is 40. This is mainly because it was hard to find a large tank that we could still fit under the van. We think it will work fine we will just have to empty the tank out more often, but eventually we may put another grey tank so that it’s more equal in gallons.
Well, I’ll be hanging in Oregon for a little while :: from the beginning of this journey, I vowed to follow my heart, intuition, and go with the flow. I had an idea of the route I would take but allowed for room to make adjustments as needed. I planned on spending the winter in San Diego - but I met someone during my travels that pulled my heart strings back to Oregon. I bought an electric blanket, a propane heater, and a new jacket - preparing for my first winter outside of Texas - and looking forward to winter sports ❄️
Montana is officially finished for now. We’re super stoked how she came out. Now we are scrambling to sell all of our stuff we don’t need. If it doesn’t fit in the van we don’t need it. #vanlife#promasterconversion#adventurecouple
9 11711:48 PM Aug 23, 2018
Just when we thought Montana was finished another project popped up. Any else have too many shoes? It’s tough to just pick a few. These hanging shoe organizers should do the trick. We’re also 99% packed and will be road bound before the weekend starts. #vanlife#promasterconversion#ontonewadventures
4 874:46 PM Aug 29, 2018
Today was one of the days where everything took twice as long as expected. I ran the wiring through the ribs and labeled all the electronics. I also insulated the roof. Our goal was to have ribs and plywood done. We didn’t even come close. No worries though. I think we’re still ahead of schedule. #vanlife#promasterconversion#promastercampervan
13 10312:18 AM Jul 27, 2018
Let's take a moment to admire @andrewdmarshall 's design and craftmanship. This is what he has been working on while I was wiring. Ready to try it out tonight for our first overnight in the van!! We know we want to make some tweaks and we need to get our mattress. But you have to start somewhere. Our layout will allow the bed to collapse. Swipe to see!
17 1243:11 AM Jul 14, 2018
This weekend was a biiiiig build weekend! Not only did we build out our entire shower, but we also had a little left over time to cut a nice piece of Baltic birch wood to be used as a table top for our Lagun table mount. This thing is awesome; it can swivel from our couch to the two captains chairs. In small spaces, multifunctional furniture is life! .
5 1151:49 AM Aug 6, 2018
Cut some foam this week! Now I need to cover it. This task seems daunting. (Thanks @ambergould and @gouldsteve for letting us borrow your electric knife. Made cutting foam a breeze!)
7 2088:36 PM Aug 23, 2018
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