Truck Update 2/3/19

  • Designed under subframe storage box lock plates
  • Fabricated under subframe storage box lock plates
  • Welded lock plates to under subframe storage box mounts
  • Welded anti-rattle ratchet strap tabs to under subframe storage box mounts
  • Welded steel heater exhaust heat shield to driver side under subframe storage box mount
  • Primed under subframe storage box mounts
  • Removed protective film from windows on entry door
  • Cut, fit, and installed shower curtain track over shower
  • Drilled holes in entry ladder mount for padlock
  • Prepared under sink area for fresh water tank installation
  • Fit checked water jerry can under sink (fits great!)
  • Seam sealed and painted under subframe storage box mounts
  • Started installation of marmoleum flooring
  • Received overhead storage bins (for under bed)
  • Removed right side driver’s arm rest
  • Finished installing marmoleum flooring
  • Fit checked screen door
  • Purchased screen door installation hardware and other hardware store supplies
  • Router kerfed underside of dinette table
  • Mounted table leg socket to underside of table
  • Cut table leg to length
  • Fit checked dinette table
  • Mounted table leg socket to floor of habitat
  • Bonded in dinette table
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Truck Update 1/30/19

  • Test fit dinette seat cushions
  • Drilled vent holes in driver side bed deck
  • Bonded storage mounting plywood to driver side bed deck
  • Received padlocks
  • Started fabrication of battery cutoff switch mount
  • Measured bed deck support ledge
  • Measured for shower mat
  • Finished fabricating switch mount
  • Ran wiring for engine pre-heater
  • Fit checked OLFA mat
  • Added second padlock to sand ladder
  • Double sealed all joints in shower area
  • Drilled fan ventilation holes in bed deck
  • Painted bed deck
  • Received ARB air compressor
  • Waxed shower wall
  • Fit checked shower mat
  • Bonded in battery cutoff switch mount
  • Measured for heater duct manifold
  • Sewed battery hold down straps
  • Received shower curtain track
  • Installed and wired under bed ventilation fans
  • Test drove and temporarily moved truck

Truck Update 1/27/19

  • Designed and machined shower drains
  • Purchased material for shower tray edge
  • Purchased tubing for water tank pick up tubes
  • Ordered tool rolls
  • Ordered ARB air compressor
  • Received auxiliary diesel tank
  • Received heater exhaust duct insulation sleeve
  • Received 60mm heater duct flanges
  • Checked padlock clearances on truck storage boxes
  • Ordered keyed padlocks
  • Received battery cutoff switches
  • Received 2 of 4 tool rolls
  • Cut aluminum for shower tray edge
  • Machined brass fitting and sauder assembled shower valve
  • Bonded battons to underside of bed deck
  • Ordered overhead mount under bed storage
  • Started painting bed decks
  • Fit checked battery cut off switches
  • Fit checked and masked shower tray edge
  • Laid out shower drain locations
  • Tested step ladder
  • Installed shower valve and shower hose quick disconnect
  • Drilled shower drain holes in floor
  • Marked heat shield location on under subframe storage
  • Removed under subframe storage frames for modification
  • Bonded in shower drains
  • Bonded in shower tray edge

Truck Update 1/23/19

  • Purchased large hole saw and engine pre-heater wire
  • Fabricated long pilot shaft for large hole saw
  • Hole saw cut heater exhaust opening in habitat floor
  • Machined aluminum sleeve to finish heater passthrough hole
  • Bonded aluminum sleeve into heater passthrough hole
  • Replaced air dryer cartridge
  • Spliced engine pre-heater wire
  • Bonded oak trim to lower edge of bed opening
  • Measured width of shower tray edge
  • Received water tank quick disconnect fittings
  • Laid out bed deck on plywood
  • Researched water tank barb bulkhead fitting options
  • Cut bed deck
  • Started detail design of shower drains
  • Finalized design of water tank pick up and vent
  • Machined AN-4 bulkhead fitting into tank barb fittings
  • Finalized layout of bed deck ventilation
  • Worked on under subframe box locking ideas
  • Ordered ceiling track for shower curtain
  • Ordered battery cutoff switches

Truck Update 1/20/19

  • Purchased hardware to finish seat bases
  • Ordered material for heater exhaust passthrough
  • Finalized layout of heater installation
  • Finalized layout of charge controller installation
  • Upholstered and assembled seat bases
  • Received material for heater exhaust passthrough
  • Installed aluminum support under outboard water jerry can
  • Installed charge controller and Victron batter monitor shunt
  • Test fit aft under subframe storage
  • Final positioned heater and through drilled alignment hole
  • Applied second coat of paint to aft dinette bench
  • Changed out under bed LED strip lights (adhesive was failing)
  • Color labeled high current wires
  • Test fit heater exhaust hose
  • Installed smoke / CO detector
  • Installed digital inside / outside thermometers
  • Test fit Omnia oven in kitchen drawer
  • Sealed wire passthrough holes
  • Started running power for engine pre-heater
  • Measured bed deck dimensions
  • Spliced wire extension for water pump under sink
  • Ordered 60mm flanges from Heatso

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.Ā  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.

Truck Update 1/13/19

  • Continued Routing wires under bed
  • Installed over kitchen LED lighting
  • Installed all AC receptacles and ran AC wires to inverter area
  • Ran wiring for small ventilating fans
  • Finished all kitchen wiring
  • Received small ventilation fans
  • Received additional water jerry cans
  • Purchased additional wiring (again…)
  • Wired heavy gauge wire to distribution panel
  • Installed ANL fuse
  • Organized and secured wire runs
  • Terminated wire run at distribution panel
  • Fabricated over bed fan mount
  • Installed over bed fan
  • Started running wiring for engine pre-heater
  • Finished all distribution panel wiring
  • Wired and mounted temporary DC power supply
  • Turned on power for the first time!
  • Tested all circuits
  • Wired and function checked refrigerator
  • Function checked all fans, lights, etc.