Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Max the Road Warrior version 2.0. Beyond Thunderhome
I'm not going to go into all the pain in the ass details of tearing apart everything and redoing it except to say that that is what I had to do. The counter had to come out an inch to accomodate the fridge depth and the cabinetry beneath had to be completely redone as well. You'll notice if you look in the old pictures that the drawer moved front and center over the fridge, food storage moved to the left, and pots and pans remained under the sink, though the door had to be cut back to 13 inches wide. I also added a slide out dining table for the booth, which we will see momentarily, and a small table between the two front seats. Let's give er a walk through and check the specs on:
Mad Max the Road Warrior version 2.0 Beyond Thunderhome!!!!
One thing I learned in college is that sorority girls love pillow fights in panties. I cannot stress enough the importance of always having an ample supply on hand. This is the view of the back of the van with the doors open. Water tank is on the left with a hose that runs into it, through a PVC fitting that keeps the intake near the bottom. The pump is mounted near the wheelwell and it feeds the sink with 12v electric power. Simple. Propane is on the right. Two things I added to version 2.0: The tank used to be a bear to get in and out because it was taller than the framework. I cut the crossbeam and added a kickstand support on a hinge. It's secured with a wingnut on the bottom and holds the tank in place. It folds up for tank removal. Click the picture for detail. I also cut a hole as big as my hand in the bed platform. Now if a fire starts inside or we smell propane or simply want to cut it off at night for safety reasons, I can pull the mattress corner up and twist it off without having to remove the tank like I used to.
This is looking into the rig through the sliding door. Note the curtains. Another new addition. We have curtains on the slider, the back windows and a two piece curtain that closes behind the front seats. Good privacy for Walmart parking lots. You can see the fridge in the middle now. Also note the bench that comes out a bit further than it used to. The bed is six feet, 1 inch long now. It is cut in an L-shape that is hard to see in this picture. An extension cord is stashed in the foot step. I can pull it out, run it through a cracked window and plug in. The cord runs to a power strip that powers a battery charger (mounted over the wheel well under the bed) and another power strip that is accessible from inside for 110 power. No hardwiring! Simple and effective. The wires from the alternator run to a single 100 ah battery beneath the passenger seat then along the edge of the floor above the step in a wire hider (hard to see in this pic) to the other two batteries that are mounted just in front of the wheel well inside that box. That box has a space heater as well which we will see.
Looking toward the back of the van you can see our seating arrangement. The back rest is made up of the bedding rolled up in the back and the additional bed cushion on the left.
The cushions pop in place.