I've been cruising around in the shell of my van for about a year now, and I think I've finally made my list of wants/needs to incorporate into the design. I've went ahead and cadded up some base cabinets that I have built for the van. Pictures are on the latest post to my instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/ronde.van.vaandering/
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I've built the base cabinets out of grade B 3/4" plywood from home depot. I've got a good amount of cabinet building experience, but I'm wondering if I've made correct assumptions about other builds...?
My assumptions were to build strong base cabinets with 3/4" plywood and then save weight and space by using 1/2" plywood/solid wood for countertops and doors, frames, etc. I swung by an RV dealership today to see what their cabinets look like, and it seems to align with my plan.
As you can see, if you go to the instagram pictures, The base cabinets consist of 4 individual cabinets. The back to face rearward and will operate as "trunk space, inverter housing, etc" The side will be more accessible and will have bedding, clothing, kitchen etc.
I haven't modeled them yet, but there will also be wall cabinets that come out about 12".
One of my final realizations about the van layout that i decided on last year was that the van had to have a way to stealth sleep. Sleeping in the penthouse is great, but sometimes (e.g. parking lots) it can be a little too conspicuous. I wanted to have a platform or floor space that I could drop the bed onto and sleep on, while leaving the penthouse collapsed at night. So the plan is to be able to drop the bed onto the U-shaped cabinets. It might overhand by a couple of inches, but it should still be very stable. This will create a little 30"x30"45" cave underneath the bed that I think our dog will love to nest in.
This layout is going to be semi-temporary. I plan to rip it out in a couple of years and redo it with nicer baltic birch plywood and to incorporate any design changes that I wish I had thought of previously.
What are y'alls thoughts? Is 3/4" ply too thick/heavy? I feel like I haven't seen this layout much, and I wonder why. I think it is going to be great, but time and experience will tell.
Thanks for reading and any tips are appreciated!