Truck Update 12/23/18

  • Cleaned and organized shop
  • Tapped clamping hole in shower valve mount
  • Ordered additional electrical materials
  • Planned staged electrical system installation
  • Fabricated ground mounting plug hardware
  • Installed
    • LED entry light
    • Interior grab handle
    • Passenger side LED under cabinet lights
    • Kitchen LED under cabinet lights
    • Ground power plug
    • Shower valve mount
  • Touched up paint
  • Drilled wire runs in cabinets for LED lights
  • Ordered additional electrical components… again…
  • Started design of power bus bar mounting
  • Cut wire for main wire harness
  • Terminated wires for switch breaker panel
  • Received
    • Switch breaker panel
    • Electrical components
    • Quick disconnects
  • Purchased shower plumbing components
  • Labeled all wire harness wires
  • Made breaker to switch jumpers
  • Reviewed battery monitor wiring
  • Test fit switch panel
  • Fabricated hot bus bar for switch panel
  • Started assembly of switch panel
  • Started consideration of modification of eating table
  • Finished switch panel assembly
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Truck Update 12/18/18

  • Received marmoleum
  • Machined mounting plate for ground power plug
  • Enlarged mounting holes for pit pin tethers
  • Made heat shield for alcohol stove
  • Completed fabrication of calorifier cabinet assembly
  • Drilled holes in shower area divider for shower fixture
  • Drilled plumbing passthrough holes in calorifier cabinet assembly
  • Filled and sanded fastener holes in calorifier cabinet assembly
  • Prepped and applied first coat of paint to calorifier cabinet assembly
  • Installed
    • Latches on kitchen upper cabinets
    • Heat shield for stove
    • Stove
    • Slide out/cutting board
    • Kitchen drawers
    • Lower kitchen cabinet doors
    • Sink
    • Kitchen filtered water faucet
    • Entry ladder pit pins
  • Fit checked Sirocco II fan in bed area
  • Drilled hole and bonded mounting for ground power plug
  • Sealed edge of FRP panel with epoxy and micro balloons
  • Masked and urethaned red oak edge trim on shower area divider
  • Started designing and cutting stock for shower valve mounts
  • Started designing and fabricating interior ground power plug mount
  • Finished machining interior cap for ground power plug mount
  • Finished machining shower valve mount
  • Rounded corners of interior grab handle
  • Ordered gel goat wax and water disconnect fittings
  • Test fit, masked, prepped, bonded, and screwed shower area divider and passenger side table

Truck Update 12/16/18

  • Trimmed FRP panel to edge of shower area divider
  • Started laying out cabinet on shower area divider
  • Researched house diesel tank options
  • Sanded and applied final coat of paint on bed walls
  • Clearanced passenger side table mount rail for wire clearance
  • Tested new ladder installation with multiple people
  • Evaluated kitchen backsplash material
  • Evaluated entry ladder as rear ladder extension
  • Received
    • Sirocco II fan
    • Ground power plug
    • Inline GFI brekers
    • Ground power outlet strip
  • Bonded oak trim to shower area divider
  • Added wall bonding flange to shower area divider
  • Cut entry light hold in shower area divider
  • Planned entry grab handle location on shower area divider
  • Started fabricating calorifier enclosure / refrigerator support
  • Evaluated storage outboard of calorifier
  • Started laying out hot water plumbing routing
  • Checked subframe clearance for engine coolant to calorifier
  • Tested out ratcheting jacks for possible habitat stabilizing
  • Drilled holes for grab handle mount in shower area divider
  • Ordered grab handle mount hardware
  • Ordered most wiring and electrical connector components
  • Ordered temporary 12V power supply
  • Started laying out shower plumbing
  • Started assembly of calorifier enclosure / refrigerator support
  • Cut hole for refrigerator power socket
  • Received
    • Additional 12V power plugs
    • Pit pins for entry ladder
    • Temporary power supply
    • Wire
    • Additional electrical components

Notes on Project Productivity and Motivation

We’ve done a lot of projects like this over the years, and it is interesting to look back and note how project enthusiasm and motivation were affected by the way that we planned and executed the activity. An example would be doing all of the dirty work at the beginning of a project and having everything kitted and organized for a fun assembly at the end of a project when we are getting tired. It also helps to notice trends over the years. Sometimes a week or two will go by of really difficult, discouraging design and planning work. However, that time then causes several weeks of very easy and motivating progress. Progress is progress, even if sometimes it’s not visual progress. We have found that the biggest lessons we have learned over the years are to stay organized, plan ahead, and almost no matter what, work on the project at least a little bit each day. Even just 15 minutes a day keeps the momentum going.

That being said, this week was a little slow and frustrating researching options and trying to source systems parts. Hopefully the coming weeks will have the emotional payoff of a bunch of visual progress.

Truck Update 12/12/18

  • Ordered
    • Marmoleum flooring
  • Ordered and received
    • Hot water expansion tank
    • Small grab handle
    • Fire extinguishers
    • CO/Smoke detector
    • Indoor/outdoor thermal weather station
  • Started designing calorifier cabinet and refrigerator support
  • Started designing shower area divider
  • Applied first 2 coats of urethane to passenger side table
  • Paint stripped and cleaned candidate donor entry ladder
  • Reviewed geometry of entry ladder options
  • Started fabrication of candidate entry ladder
  • Fit checked candidate entry ladder
  • Fabricated candidate entry ladder
  • Final assembled candidate entry later
  • Test fit candidate entry ladder
  • Final coated urethane on passenger side table
  • Purchased material for shower area divider
  • Ordered
    • Caframo Sirocco II gimbal fan
    • Ground shore power electrical components
  • Laid out shower area divider on 3/4″ plywood
  • Rough cut shower area divider
  • Test fit shower area divider with passenger side table
  • Trimmed shower area divider
  • Rough cut FRP panel for shower area divider
  • Prepped and bonded FRP panel to shower area divider
  • Designed and ordered switch panel from Front Panel Express

Truck Update 12/9/18

  • Test fit kitchen pantry
  • Masked, prepped, bonded, and screwed kitchen pantry
  • Made RTV gaskets for awning mount
  • Welded square nuts to stainless 6M all-thread for awning t-bolts
  • Machined and welded phillips drive extension
  • Sealed, bolted, and installed ARB awning
  • Fit checked, masked, prepped, bonded, and screwed headboard/cubby assembly
  • Routed square edges on oak plank for passenger side table
  • Bonded oak together for passenger side table
  • Received SurCal calorifier
  • Started water system layout
  • Started laying out alternate entry ladder
  • Tested samples of bathroom floor material
  • Started selecting plumbing components for hot water system
  • Cut passenger side oak table to size
  • Drilled wire passthrough hole in passenger side table top
  • Cut clearance for refrigerator in passenger side table top
  • Clearanced passenger side table top for wall structure
  • Final sanded surface of passenger side oak table top
  • Fit checked table in habitat
  • Took detail measurements for alternate ladder
  • Received and fit checked entry grab handle
  • Fit checked, prepped, and bonded bathroom cabinets

Truck Update 12/5/18

  • Received GPS backup speedometer
  • Received brake bleeder
  • Received shower fixture
  • Installed passenger side exterior wall table mount rail
  • Painted passenger side exterior wall table mount rail
  • Sealed bed rail support seams with paintable silicone
  • Located awning on exterior of habitat
  • Drilled awning mount holes
  • Fit checked, prepped, bonded, and screwed passenger overhead cabinet
  • Prepped and bonded awning mount plates
  • Received awning hardware from McMaster-Carr
  • Removed water tank from habitat to start designing tank mount
  • Test fit brake bleeder
  • Filled screw holes in bedroom wall
  • Made hair dryer plastic bubble heater for curing awning mount bond
  • Painted all exposed wood in bed area
  • Applied first coat of paint to rear passenger and driver side bed walls
  • Measured rear roof access ladder to ground clearance
  • Measured alternate habitat entry ladder height
  • Prepped, bonded, and screwed over bed cabinets on rear bed walls

Truck Update 12/2/18

  • Laid out passenger side countertop
  • Received self-adhesive carpet
  • Sanded and painted passenger side cabinet doors
  • Fabricated passenger side bed wall table mount
  • Sanded passenger cabinet/switch box assembly and headboard/cubby assembly in preparation for second coat of paint
  • Installed passenger side bed wall table mount
  • Applied first coat of paint to forward passenger side bed wall
  • Filled screw holes on back side of bed wall
  • Reinstalled engine access cover in cab
  • Applied final coat of paint on upper forward passenger side bed wall
  • Applied final coat of paint to
    • Passenger cabinet/switch box assembly
    • Headboard/cubby assembly
  • Prepped, bonded, and screwed rear over bed cabinet into habitat
  • Drilled hole for wire passthrough into breaker panel
  • Designed awning mount
  • Started evaluating door entry handle position
  • Ordered
    • Padded liners for pantry storage
    • Hardware for awning mount
  • Machines spacers for cabinet door latches
  • Machined mounting plates for awning
  • Milled down combination lock strike plates
  • Installed
    • Doors in passenger side overhead cabinet
    • Latches on passenger side overhead cabinet
  • Removed and epoxy installed all hardware on passenger side overhead cabinet
  • Applied self-adhesive carpet to inside of kitchen pantry
  • Installed strike plates on pantry combination locks with lock nuts
  • Fabricated
    • Passenger side exterior wall table mount rail
    • Drill guide for awning install
  • Rough cut oak for passenger side table top