Part Four: The Equipment
So, as I mentioned before, this is kinda, sorta like an EB200, but built into an RB and with some additional stuff, but without some of the standard stuff. Kinda.
Here's the optional stuff that is being put in and the reasoning behind it:
Electric pop top with bed
: More for the headroom than the sleeping room, I doubt I'll be using the bed very much, but when hanging out at the beach, it will be nice to have the extra headroom. Also easier to change in.
Cherry wood grain
: No good reason here, just better looking IMO.
: Easier cleanup and less mildew than carpet, longer lasting than the thin vinyl
: Nice and soft under the feet, pull it out and clean it.
: Inevitably, someone with a wet bathing suit will sit on the chairs. Cloth will get stinky, leather will wear so vinyl and ultraleather (expensive vinyl) are the best options. Ultraleather wins out because it is so soft!
Extra captains chair
: I need three forward facing seats so my crew doesn't lose their lunch.
: Another luxury I could have done without. But it looks pretty.
: Need lots of water for rinsing. There are girls with long hair in the family.
: A must to keep those "after windsurfing session" beverages cold.
Delete Propane & stove
: Had to get rid of something
Danhard air conditioning
: Florida in the summer. 'nuff said.
: To get the saltwater off. It gets itchy when it dries and you put a T-shirt on.
: 55-60 degree winters + windy outside shower = a need for nice warm water. I don't want to hear how good we have it from all you midwestern polar bears!
: You can never have too much power.
Prewire for solar
: Can't put solar panels on top because there will be boards carried up there, but maybe I can hook up a separate portable panel? In any case, I thought it would be better to have it put in for future now, rather than having to tear things up to put it in later.
: For small loads like electronics chargers, TV & DVD players, gaming systems, etc.
: For large loads like the air conditioning. Also, I can run a hot plate if I need to, since I don't have LPG. Also, a small microwave or coffemaker. And to make sure the batteries are always charged. Did I say you can never have too much power? I thought about the Honda portable that everyone likes, but decided against it because: A) I'm not going to have much, if any, storage space left over after I stick my windsurfing gear in the cabinet, and B) I didn't like the idea of carrying spare fuel and the generator inside the living space. Fuel inevitably spills and your interior ends up smelling like the forecourt of your neighborhood Shell.
Privacy curtain cab
: So I can change without feeling like George in that episode of Seinfeld... "It was cold! The pool water was cold!"
: Lumbar's been good to me, why not support him?
Thule track mount Full length
: Because there will be stuff carried on top.
Trojan front bumper, no grill guard
: I'm not going bushwhacking or stumpjumping or rockcrawling or any of those other compound words you other guys do, but I do need a little extra storage space. This seemed like a good place to store wet stuff like wetsuits, boardshorts and booties, assuming it has a drain. Otherwise, I can put small tools, fins or windsurfing rig components in there. It is expensive storage, but I'll admit it does look kind of cool. I had them take out the brush guards because A) I can't see them protecting the grill or headlamps with the huge space between the pipes and B) I don't think I'll be clearing brush with my van.
Trojan tire carrier
: Because the generator goes underneath, where the spare goes, so the spare has to go on the back.
Two trojan side ladders
: Long items up top need to be tied well. The ladders will make that easy. Two ladders (on the same side) means that I can also tie boards up lengthwise on the side of the van, not just the top. Kind of like the pictures at the top & bottom of this page http://www.margaritaville.com/index.php?page=obx
Passenger side electric running boards
: So the missus can get in her side of the car. I'm such a gentleman!
Magnum air compressor
: For airing up when not playing in the sand. For filling up kites without having to use that little stand-up/bend-over pump. Hopefully I'll find I few more uses for the air compressor around the house.
Bushwacker fender flares
: Probably a waste of money. I can't think of any practical use for this other than stroking my male "looking cool" ego.