House Battery Disconnect

I wanted to have an easy way to disconnect my house battery for servicing 12 volt appliances, etc., so I added a battery disconnect switch - accessible via my rear access hatch - Adding a Rear Hatch. I purchased a switch, and a short battery cable: Here are some shots of inside the battery box - it is tight, but it all fits (the small red wires and fuse are for the hitch lighting system, detailed in this article: Trailer Wiring):...

<span title='2011-03-28 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>March 28, 2011</span>

Norcold 3163 fridge removal and cleaning

Decided to tackle the job of removing the Norcold fridge (one of our favorite parts of the van) to check just what IS the condition of the burner box (the part that can be sometimes hard to start, or hard to keep lit). If you own a Camper, you really owe it to yourself to pull this fridge out and see what makes it tick - it will take the mystery and fear out of the thing....

<span title='2011-02-22 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>February 22, 2011</span>

MaxxFan roof vent/fan

This is going to be a long post - I have lots of photos! I finally installed the Maxxair MaxxFan Ventilation Fan I bought a few months ago - this was different than any other installations I have done, as it is a “destructive” install - once you do this, there is no going back to the original roof vent. Let me sum this up by saying that in my case, it was REALLY worth the time and trouble to do this....

<span title='2010-09-20 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>September 20, 2010</span>

Adding a rear hatch

One of the things that Winnebago should have done is create a rear hatch for the coach battery compartment. Many others have done this (where do you think I found out the model of hatch to use?), but I wanted to show how really easy it is, as well as the specific approach I used. Here is where it will go: I created a cardboard template from the hatch I used - a BOMAR G7711-11 from Pompanette....

<span title='2010-08-30 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>August 30, 2010</span>

Custom Bed

Since there are just two humans and one cat that travel in this van, and since the built-in bed leaves much to be desired, we decided to remove the back seat (that folds into a bed), and build a platform bed that can still turn into a seat for eating, etc. I added another post with more details here Since I did not take any photos during the construction, I will try my best to explain:...

<span title='2010-08-25 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>August 25, 2010</span>

Front Curtains and Seat Storage

We wanted some curtains to allow us to close off the back of the van without closing off the cab. We used some parts from Curtain Tracks, and combined with Deborah’s outstanding sewing, we ended up with this: The list of things we bought to make the curtains (excluding fabric): (1) 3112 RECMAR 3112 Plastic Curtain Track - 8 ft. Color: Black (4) 3091Y RECMAR 3091 Snap Tape - Yard Color: Black (4) 3115 RECMAR 3115 Curtain Track End Cap Color: Black (2) 3070 RECMAR 3070 Snap Carrier Color: Black Everything just screws into place (of course, your mileage may vary!...

<span title='2010-08-23 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>August 23, 2010</span>

Place to hang things...

I figured that all those covered screws could be put to better use - so with some “D” rings for mounting mirrors or picture frames, I removed the caps, unscrewed the existing screws, turned the plastic cap “dish” over (so it acts as a spacer), put in some new stainless steel screws, and ended up with this: We have these all over the van now:

<span title='2010-08-23 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>August 23, 2010</span>

95 EuroVan Camper

Accessories and modifications Fanchers poptop insulation 2 awnings - one on each side - Fiamma and ShadyBoy Window insulation Metal vents for cab windows (similar to these) Stowaway2 “swing-away” Cargo Box Fiamma 2 bike rack Window, sliding door, and rear hatch screens (original accessories) Full bra GoWesty luggage rack bag Front luggage rack box Brandrup seat back pockets - available in Europe Curt trailer hitch with wiring 30 degree propane fill adaptor Dash cover Cargo area carpet Rain deflectors for cab windows Tinted cab windows Leather wrapped steering wheel Propane tank cover (no longer made) Heater insect screens MaxxAir fan External switched 12 volt outlet Solar panel input Dual 6 volt batteries Progressive Dynamics converter/charger SeeLevel tank gauges Sink faucet with integral pump switch LED interior lights Larger wood “food cabinet” Upper shelf Platform bed/rear bench seat with drawers Custom edited and bound service manuals Victron battery gauge Curtains behind driver and passenger seats Furnace thermostat High altitude fridge kit Fridge indicator lights (shows fuse condition and flashes when operating on 12 volts) Rear storage hatch Wood cover over stove Wood table and mini table Mice screens over rear vents behind bumper Photos

<span title='2004-08-15 00:00:00 +0000 UTC'>August 15, 2004</span>