We had a reason to travel to Vermont this weekend so last week I burned some midnight oil to work on the van (I had a friend help one night).
We put a 200 ah agm battery in the bottom of the night stand cabinet (temporarily) so we could have some light and water. In the night stand I also temped in a 12 circuit fuse panel.
The yellow are loads, and the grey are switch loops to the side door where I mounted 3 switches- 2 for interior lights, and one for the exterior work light above the side doors. The door card is made out of 1/4" plywood painted to match the cabinets.
The rear cabinet that houses the fuse panel will also hold the inverter charger and serve as a night stand. the top will open with a piano hinge, but this weekend I just dropped it in and its resting on 4 L brackets.
I wired up the water pump and it worked great. its the type that turns on automatically when pressure drops (valve opened). it worked great and we appreciated having running water in in the van. the water did taste a little funny, so I guess I'll flush the tanks again and see if it gets better.
We put up 2 LED strips from ledtronics, on the unfinished high top. These are temporary but will be useful for the summer while we use the van on weekends. I don't anticipate getting to finishing the top this summer, so they may be there for a while. They worked great this weekend. Plenty of light for now. They are switched independently and we found one to be plenty late at night. each 2' strip uses about 3 watts.
I also put the bike racks on the aluminess box before we left. I used the Thule sidearm style racks and decided to use 3 cross bars instead of 2 due to the design of the rack and the amount of cantilever of the rear of the bikes. I did not want the bikes sticking out into traffic, so the middle cross bar supports the swingarm , which determines the location of the front tire. I didn't have enough hardware to attatch the gutters to the third bar, but needed the additional support to take out the bounce, so I used short sections of thule crossbars as spacers and it worked great.
our local thule rack dealer called an hour after we left to say the extra bar spacers I ordered came in.
overall it was a fun trip, no troubles, got a few bike rides in although todays was in the rain, and averaged 13.9 mpg again!