When we were in Austin, we ended up spending a lot of time at Zilker Park. We would park with the back of the van up next to an open field and we’d enjoy the cool breeze coming through the windows in the morning. We also ended up spending a lot of time in the Anytime Fitness parking lot in the afternoons when it was hot and we really didn’t want to be working out. So we had an idea. What if we made a few changes to the van and could put in an area to store weights?Read More
A few weeks ago we discussed the basics of electrical and our system, since this is a continuation of that article, I would suggest you check it out here if you didn’t get a chance to read it.
Our system has two sources of power, the solar panels and the van’s alternator. Energy is then stored in two batteries and then can be used via a DC fuse box or the inverter.Read More
We have learned a lot about what is needed to power a small home on wheels, and are excited to share what we’ve done and what we wish we’d done.
This week will be an overview of electricity and an overview of the system. We’ll have a second post which will get into more detail about how everything is connected and what we’ve learned.Read More
The van build is over! Well, mostly, we still have a few things left to do in the van such as installing pneumatic hinges in the cabinets, putting up the mirror, and getting and installing a heater. But all of those will come with time, for now our van is livable and we are already on the road.
During the van build series, we had very specific ideas about how we wanted the van to look and function for us. Now that the van is mostly finished, we thought it’d be fun to walk you through the overall floor plan and layout to provide a more visual example of what we chose to build.Read More
Last week we had the opportunity to build for four days straight thanks to Ben taking two days off work. But, we didn’t just get four days, we got five thanks to Labor Day! Monday was just as productive of a build day for us as any weekend day because of this.
On Monday, Ben started the day with some electrical work getting the water pump and lights wired up. Stay tuned for his upcoming electrical post for the nitty gritty details, but he got the lights and pump wired into their respective switches by the door.Read More
We got so much done this week! As I mentioned last week, Ben took a few days off this week so we could build, build, build. One of the biggest time sucks during this build has been setting up and getting everything out at the beginning of the day and putting it away at the end. We have spent upwards of 30 minutes (sometimes up to 2 hours) each day we build taking everything out and putting it all away again, having long days was a big help since we got so much more build time for the same setup/cleanup time.If you are planning to build out a van we definitely recommend trying to find some sort of garage or storage area where you can leave all your tools, wood, and other building materials.Read More
We are now living in the van and beginning to travel! We are going to be writing about the last few weeks of the build, stay tuned to see how we finished our tiny home on wheels.
After making such big visual progress last weekend, we had a lot of smaller tasks building up that were in our way. So this was the week for working on random projects around the van.
On Monday, Ben started working on the electrical setup. Ever since we added the solar panels, we’ve had the electrical wiring and batteries sitting behind the driver’s seat. Cabinets built, Ben began moving all of the loose components into their final home in the cabinet.Read More
After a busy and stressful weekend, we took Monday off to go to a movie. Tuesday we got the quote finalized with Justin at Portland CNC; we had a lot of sheets and a lot of pieces in this round, so it was certainly a big batch to prep. It also meant that we could finally drop the wood off, which after carting it around (and unloading and loading it over the weekend) we were glad to be rid of it.Read More
Coming into the week after getting our benches framed and one cabinet up over the weekend, we were feeling energized! We were ready to bust out some more furniture and get our build moving along toward completion, so we can finally get on the road.
The longest part of the upper cabinet assembly on Sunday was getting the pocket holes drilled into the supports. And since we have even more to do for the longer driver side cabinets (110 holes instead of 60), we wanted to get those done ahead of time. On Monday we set up a little assembly line of drilling. Last week we bought an additional pocket hole jig, and by using both of the jig pieces and working on two or three pieces of wood at a time, we made it through all the holes in no time. My job was to line up the jig and clamp it in place while Ben drilled into the other one. With the team effort it took a bit over an hour to drill everything.Read More
Week 11! I can’t believe that the build is taking this long but at the same time, I can’t believe that only 11 weeks ago we had an empty van with no windows. So much has happened in the last 11 weeks and so much more is going to happen in the upcoming weeks as well. I feel like we have entered one of the last stages of the build process. First, we went through the planning phase, otherwise known as the figuring out what the hell we were doing stage. Although that stage seems to never end, we transitioned into the getting the van ready to eventually have furniture stage, this phase overlapped with the power generation and storage phase. Now that the shell of the room is finished stage, we have started into the furniture installation phase. I think last up is the final touches stage and the moving in stage and we will be done!Read More