Truck Update 1/16/19

  • Started laying out water tank position in aft dinette bench
  • Cut and bonded side of aft dinette bench
  • Ordered water plumbing quick disconnect fittings
  • Ordered additional water jerry can
  • Ordered additional LED strip light
  • Finished fabricating aft dinette bench
  • Laid out seat cushion base for aft dinette bench
  • Cut plywood for aft dinette bench seat cushion base
  • Started laying out charge controller side of electrical system
  • Reviewed Planar heater installation options
  • Received water jerry can lid wrench
  • Cut aluminum channel for water jerry can support
  • Fit checked aft dinette bench
  • Looked at candidate locations for charge controller
  • Measured for forward dinette bench seat cushion base
  • Painted aft dinette bench
  • Match drilled locating holes in aft dinette bench seat cushion base
  • Cut plywood for forward dinette bench seat cushion base
  • Fit checked forward dinette bench seat cushion base
  • Painted charge controller mount
  • Masked, prepped, and bonded aft dinette bench
  • Match drilled locating holes in forward dinette bench seat cushion base
  • Discussed adjustments to heater position under bed and heater duct routing options

We have debated for over a year how much water we want to carry, what type of tank we want, and where we want the weight of the water inside the habitat. We decided that we want the water fairly far forward on the right side of the vehicle and as near the center line as possible. We have had a spreadsheet with our anticipated water use, and we really feel that if we can find water periodically, 30 gallons likely meets our general usage for about 10 days.  More water would be great, but like everything, it comes with a list of downsides as well.

When we rearranged our dinette seating, it really opened up a lot of configuration improvement opportunities. One of the opportunities that we liked the most was that we were able to move our water storage from under the bed to under one of the dinette bench seats. That moved the weight of the water forward about 4 feet and allowed us better access to the volume from inside the habitat.

We have the ability to filter purify our water, so we can fill up our tanks from clean streams and other water sources. For that reason, we actually started leaning towards ease of filling being a priority over total volume. After much debate, we started to really favor transportable jerry cans over a single fixed tank. It should give us the ability to grab 5-30 gallons easily from a gas station, garden hose, spigot, lake, stream, etc. We really feel that this will be easier for us than having a larger integrated tank where we would have to take the truck to the water supply. We are sure that others may disagree with this approach, but we feel like it is the best option for us. The location where we are going to store the jerry cans can easily accommodate a fixed larger tank in the future if we or a future owner decides that is beneficial.