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Old 04-07-2019, 09:04 AM   #1
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Greetings. Recently retired from the construction field. This NTM van that was a weekend warrior can relax a bit and is now a weekday warrior. Much quieter at the CG's during the week, I find.

Ive been mocking up a layout using sticks and screws and plywood and plastic cabinets. This is my first north-south floorpan. It's great to be able to have side and rear egress. I made a flip style couch/bed behind the driver seat that's 77" long and the bed flips open to 48" wide. This leaves about 6" of room between it and the cabinets at the side door area. Could have made it that much wider but there's just enough room to pass thru vs crawling over the bed to get to the porta potty at the rear.

Going on a second shakedown three day trip today to further play with a few small mods. I'm pretty much done on building. Next, in due time, will be making wood cabinetry along with wall and ceiling coverings. Or not. Don't care.
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Old 04-07-2019, 06:50 PM   #2
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Lots to be said for north-south layouts. Looks like a functional layout.
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Old 04-09-2019, 05:20 AM   #3
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Good idea doing the temporary (or not) mock up to test your layout ideas. I have nothing elaborate in my work van but after its all done we do tend to re-think what might have been done better or differently.
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Old 04-10-2019, 07:22 PM   #4
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Whelp. Learned a few things.

Bed/couch is too high when the seat cushion are used.. The butt is higher than the knees when sitting and it gives a sliding forward feel.. Not bad but couldn't get comfy. I'll rebuild it so the base is even with the cabinet base beside it. That will lower it almost 3" and will be fine. Top of cushion will be ~18" AFF. The flip bed may not last long.
Cumbersome. Planning on maybe a gaucho.

Solar. I'm all over it except for one point of contention. I was under the impression that house loads should come off the battery bank and to not use the load terminal on the Solar Controller. I burned out a couple remote lighting IR gizmos. Rewired the load(s) to come from the SC and everything is peachy.

Window screens are Skeeter Beaters. Decent product

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