Just got home from the vans first 7 day trip. So far everything that is done is working great. I didn't have enough time to plumb the heater hoses back to the heat exchanger so no hot water, but the rest of the plumbing and electrical worked great. We had to be in Tucson this last Friday- Saturday for a family event so we made a trip out of it. We left last Monday after making the final tweaks to the van including filling and testing the water system for the first time. While driving to the Grand Canyon we spent the first night in the Mojave desert before pushing the next day to GCNP. We spent 3 days and 2 nights in the park exploring and taking in the big ditch.
Even the dog took in the scenery.
The Webasto heater got some use with the below freezing temps, although the Thermostat doesn't seem to be working, it is either on or off, I will have to look into that more now that I home.
We then made a short drive over to check out Arizona Snowbowl. We had just planned to park somewhere on Forest Service land, but ran into and old friend who invited us to Thanksgiving dinner at the Hart Prairie Preserve. So after dinner we just stayed and camped on the preserve. this place was beautiful right on the North slope of The San Francisco Peaks.
This shot was taken at night by moonlight with the ski resort in the back ground.
The next morning after -6 degree F night, but the heater kept us toasty warm.
The old cabin where we shared Thanksgiving with one old and about 20 new friends. We then spent most of the day skiing at Snowbowl before making the drive down to Tucson.
We spent the next two nights with family and friends in Tucson before making the 12 hour drive home yesterday in holiday traffic.
Overall it was a great trip and my wife who has been skeptical of this whole van thing is ready to take another trip. I still have a lot of work to do to get it finished but at least it is usable at this point. My next projects will be to get the hot water working and build and plumb the sink cabinet on the side door. I also need to finish the door panels and the rest of the trim pieces.