Rear Entry, Bed, Galley, and Storage
Stickers & Magnets
Insulation, Fan, Lighting, and Storage
Nix the Mike
Drop Down TV/DVD Player, Lighting, and Water Pump Controls
Floor Lighting and Master On/Off Switch
Water Pump, Fuses, House Battery, Outlets, and Storage
The Cabin, Hallway, Mudroom, and DJ Booth
2014 Nissan NV 2500 SV V8
The Hatch and the Roof
Rear Entry, Bed, Galley, and StorageThe bed is a couple inches longer than my 6'2" frame so like most specs, the camper van fits like a glove. The Thule T2 Classic hitch bike rack was originally purchased for recently sold vehicle, a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The T2 works great but the Thule Apex Swing hitch bike rack will be a welcomed exchange to allow for uninterrupted rear access with and without mounted bikes.
Stickers & MagnetsThe black material is a thin magnet used to create less space between the sliding door and curtain to the right for privacy and stealth camping. When I first toured the vehicle, the seller and I kept the sliding door open. So, upon the closing of the sale, then of the sliding door behind me, that is when I first noticed the "Living in a Van Down by the River" magnet and I pretty much flipped out. It was the greatest exclamation mark of all time.
Pilot FishI've added the shoe organizer used for 24 hour solo mountain bike racing. It's mounted to the bathroom, then followed by the single bed, and more storage. Ventilation is tasked by the Fantastic Fan 7350. It can push or pull air depending on the need such as cooking and if moisture is sensed, it will auto-close. LED lighting throughout for low energy consumption.
BathroomYou'll notice that the shower tub is not flush with the door. The reason for that is explained in the next image.
ShowerTo make the most use of limited campervan space, a shower is taken with the door open while the curtain tracks along the plane of the tub.
Business TimeThe toilet flushes waste into a black water tank mounted underneath the chassis and can be removed via RV hookups or manually if necessary. A great friend referenced that the axiom, "shit, shower, shave," is possible after all. I'll modify the shower hose with an extension to clear the sliding door and wash off a bike or dog.
The GalleyThe Smev 2 Burner Stainless Steel Cooktop uses an adapter for Coleman propane purchased for cheap at your local grocery or goods store. A gas detector is mounted in case there's a leak. A double popup table has since been mounted that is also hinged for easy access to compartments below. A single super widescreen or double monitor will be mounted to the galley wall with brackets to extend the view and simulate the ergonomics of my cubicle environment. I'll add waterproofing material and reflectix as a covering when not in use. The gray water sink will drain directly below onto the ground. A small cooler was built into the table for day trips however it has since been removed and modified for better use to store kitchen items.
Insulation, Fan, Lighting, and StorageDynamat, a sound deadener, was used as the first layer over metal on all four sides, followed by denim insulation, reflectix, vapor barrier, then the material that you see on the ceiling and walls. Keep in mind that this is a converted van purchase so I am converting a conversion to make it mine. Had I started from scratch, I likely would have used open cell polyurethane foam which is toxic but if managed correctly is one of the greatest ways of insulating a campervan. I've since removed the microwave since it would draw too much charge from the battery bank nevermind the fact that microwaves suck.
Nix the MikeWith the mike removed, it allows more space which'll be put to good use for outdoor adventure gear. Indoor and outdoor temps are viewable on the white framed monitor. Also, there are sensors for each end of the deep cell marine battery mounted externally underneath the chassis on the driver's side. One of those readouts are located on the black device below the temp gauge. It also houses one of three USB and 12 volt charging stations. The white remote controls the roof mounted fan.
Drop Down TV/DVD Player, Lighting, and Water Pump ControlsThe drop down tv isn't exactly what I would consider a minimalist need but since it would be a pain to uninstall and may serve more use for others than just myself, I've decided to keep it. One of black switches operate the water pump for the shower and sink and the other for the shower LED lighting.
Floor Lighting and Master On/Off SwitchLED floor run lights and corresponding switches, as well as the master on/off switch. The digital readout is of the charge on the remaining side of the deep cell battery so I can manage the charge at both ends.
Water Pump, Fuses, House Battery, Outlets, and StorageThe water pump is awesome and simple. I love watching it in action because it gives sustainable life to the van. Two seven gallon water reservoirs for the shower and sink with more on the way. The pink fluid in the lines is RV anti-freeze which is different than typical fluorescent anti-freeze. The difference? One will kill you and the other won't. Since this is a minimalist type camper van with a gasoline engine, it takes 5 minutes to winterize and summerize for those drastically changing Colorado environments.
The Cabin, Hallway, Mudroom, and DJ BoothOne of the first changes I made to the conversion was the removal of the gigantic waste of space console which clearly presented a challenge to access the rear within the van. If there's a hallway in the van, you're looking at it. The passenger seat folds down quickly for its back to serve as a seat upon side entry. It's nice to not have to shell out more coin for a seat swivel. If there's a mudroom in the van, you're looking at it. I've since restored the "waste of space" console for its storage that has come in handy after all ;).
2014 Nissan NV 2500 SV V8Custom driver's side rear window for viewing the gorgeous landscapes from bed.
The Hatch and the RoofFuture plans involve the exchange of the Thule T2 Classic hitch bike rack for the Thule Apex 4 Bike Swing hitch bike rack, as well as an external ladder for skydeck access, a custom roof rack by Alpine Mechanisms in Colorado Springs to house a Thule Alpine 623 Cargo Box, 2 Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panels, and a Thule 810XT SUP/Surfboard mount. This campervan will be screaming adventure. The skull stays.
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