Trailer wiring

We have a trailer hitch on our van (from Eurocampers) but we have had no power connection for hauling a trailer - until now. I wanted something that would handle both 4 pin an 7 pin connectors, so I got such a beast from Hopkins - here is it installed: The trick was just how do I wire this into the Van? As usual, the eurovanupdate list came through (thanks, Paul!...

February 22, 2011

MaxxFan roof vent/fan

This is going to be a long post - I have lots of photos! I finally installed the Maxxair MaxxFan Ventillation 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....

September 20, 2010

Coffee

When traveling, we HATED trying to find good coffee - stumbling upon good coffee is one thing, but stopping for lunch in the middle of nowhere and NOT having a good cup o' joe after the meal is UNTHINKABLE! So we have perfected what we think is the best method for making coffee on the road (easy prep, easy clean up, great coffee). You need to use the best coffee - Cafe Mam - great people, great coffee, get the “Mocho” blend....

August 30, 2010

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 - they are listed in their online catalog under “access hatches”....

August 30, 2010

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:...

August 25, 2010

Cat Box

OK, we travel with our cat, Flea - he is leashed trained (really, he is), and is a fantastic travel companion. Deborah came up with an utterly brilliant method of carrying the cat box and supplies while we travel. We have a two drawer “seat thingy” behind the passenger seat Bottom drawer (lined with a “contractor bag”) holds the cat box! This gets placed into the passenger foot area when we stop for any period of time...

August 25, 2010

Armrest removal

Hated the armrests - never used them, they got in the way when we used the “pass-through” to the back, made swiveling the seats a pain - so we removed them. But we needed something to hold our “seat back pockets” in place, so we reused the bolts and combined them with a large coin - still need to get “better” screws and washer though…

August 25, 2010

Hot Shower Setup

First you get a “privacy” tent (pick one - any one). Then you get a garden sprayer A 1 gallon size should be enough for 2 people, and it you remove the pumping mechanism, it can store under the bed! Just add hot water to this. Then you get a sink sprayer (like the thing in the back of your EVC). Using a combination of stainless steel hose clamps and good quality reinforced tubing, connect the sink sprayer to the tank - here is how I did it:...

August 25, 2010

Storage box above the cab

We have a dry bag from GoWesty for the top of our van - we wanted something that was hard sided, could be locked, and was not super easy to remove. I just happened to stumble upon a case at Home Depot: I have since added some “jam” nuts, so that you cannot remove the turnbuckles without a wrench. The turnbuckles are Stainless Steel, as are the “S” hooks. The “D” rings are welded zinc plated....

August 25, 2010

Rear Speakers Removal

Our rear speakers never worked, and we never use the stereo on trips anyway, and who wants to look at a 70’s looking grille in their living room? So…

August 23, 2010