Van Build

I bought my 2018 Dodge Promaster in December of 2019. I dropped off the van with a friend to work on the build for me while I was away working in Mexico. I got back in February and at the time the ceiling, solar panels, partial-wall, bed and flooring were installed. He began running out of time, so I decided to take the van back in my possession and drop it off with a family friend while I left again for work in Mexico. Then Covid happened. Within a few weeks of the Pandemic, I was out of work until further notice. What better time to become a carpenter, plumber and electrician?

I must admit, driving that first nail is so nerve racking, but I am very happy with the overall outcome and I feel like I reached that cabin vibe which is what I was going for.

Below is the list of supplies I used for my build.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional builder, so some of the things I have done may not be the right way, but it was the best way for me.

The Walls & Ceiling

Products used on the walls and ceiling:

Storage Bench

I started with the bench because I thought that would be easiest place to start. I used 3/4 inch plywood to build the bench. It houses both my Dometic Fridge and my toilet.

Items to build my bench and the items inside!

  • 3/4 inch Birch plywood
  • 2×2 boards
  • 2×4 boards
  • 2 sets of hinges to open the tops
  • Lagun Table
  • River epoxy table made by woodchucksc
  • Dometic CFX345 12V fridge
  • Portable 5 Gallon Toilet.

Kitchen & Closet

I purchased my kitchen cabinet at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. It fit perfectly to the measurements for both my sink and my stove. On the driver side of the van I then started in on the closet, kitchen and shower.

Items to build my closet and my kitchen!

  • 3/4 inch plywood for my closet
  • Kitchen cabinet purchased from the Habitat Re-Store
  • Countertop was made by a family friend – Ash live-edge
  • Faucet – only have my sink running on cold water
  • 6-Gallon Grey water tank under the sink
  • Stainless Steel Sink
  • Propane 2-burner stove
  • I used outdoor, mold resistant paint throughout my van

My Shower!

Wow – this one took a long time for me to decide on. At first, I wanted a full-size shower in my van because I do work on the road, and I do not like to rely on others or gyms to keep me clean. After thinking and researching, I finally decided to do a pop-up shower. I am so glad I decided to go this route, because the extra countertop space is so important for my life. I brought the idea up to a family friend and he was able to help me bring my idea to life.

Items used for my shower build!

My Garage

The garage was very important to me because of my adventurous soul. I didn’t want to be crowded when it came to packing, and I wanted to be able to bring all my adventure gear. Mission accomplished!

Items used to build my garage and the items inside.

  • Slide-out drawer for my climbing gear – 3/4 inch plywood and 1/2 inch plywood
  • Birch doors
  • Mesh storage nets for doors
  • Leftover pine from the walls – stained
  • Electrical system – Renogy system with 200ah Battery, MPPT Charge Controller, 2 – 100 Watt Solar Panels, DC to DC Charger and Inverter / Charger
  • Vented Propane Locker
  • Pikavo Fan System
  • Garage rinse station

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