(Formally "Plan V: A Van Dwelling Blog", when I lived in a 1978 Dodge Xplorer 228 Class B motorhome van)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Yucky AC condensor

I never bothered to look up into my roof AC before today when I went to clean the foam filter (meant for window ACs) that I made for it a while ago since it didn't have one. Yuck!!! It was caked badly with dust. I cleaned it as best I could and it looks a lot better now. Here is what it looked like before being cleaned.

Take note of the top and right edges. You can't even see the fins it was so covered in dust. I think it got run for a few months (or years?) without any filter at all by the past owner(s).

Friday, July 5, 2013

Closet shelves

I quickly came to realize that I needed to use every inch of the closet. Hanging clothes in it was not practical. A clothes bar made for cars works fine for that purpose. So I put in shelves for other storage purposes.

First I did the right side with some plywood scrap I had... then I ended up chopping up a cheap old particle board bookshelf that fell apart when I was moving it to my mom's house since she said she wanted it. I told her I could put it back together but 2 weeks later she said she didn't want it, so I use part of it for my shelving. That's why one side has white shelves and the other has plain wood.

It has been a HUGE help.

Post about the divider inside here: http://cubey7800.blogspot.com/2013/06/closet-divider.html

All moved in

A couple weeks ago I moved into my van full time. I spent a couple weeks outside my mom's house until my next check came. Now I'm at an RV park. So far, so good.

I did have to work on the Thetford Electra-Magic recirculating toilet a bit as the pull valve built into the bottom was rusted shut at the shaft. I removed the plastic handle and attached vise grips to the metal rod and turned it to break the rust free. Now it opens and closes just fine. A bit of oil on the shaft and regular use will help keep it from rusting up again.

I tested out my fridge and inverter setup but it won't work overnight. The battery bank is too small. It wasn't totally dark before the voltage was too low (when the fridge would kick on) for the inverter to run. I will just use the fridge for dry food storage when off the grid and have no refrigeration.