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:
- Tiger Spray Foam
- Havelock Wool – for the cavities and doors
- 1 Inch Pine Tongue & Groove
- Varathane Gel Stain the ceiling
- One Coat Polyurethane
- 12V Puck Lights
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
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!
- 3/4 inch plywood walls
- Redgard membrane
- 1/16 inch – 4×8 foot waterproof wall panel
- Leftover Pine Tongue & Groove for my wall divider into my bedroom.
- Ash countertop
- 24×24 inch Shower Pan
- HepvO Sanitary Waste Valve
- Dura Faucet RV shower handles
- Camco Shower Head
- Excel Vent Free Propane Water Heater
- 30-Gallon Fresh Water Tank
- 14-Gallon Grey Water Tank
- Sharkbites for all my fittings
- Pex Tubing
- Cedar floor (handmade)
- Climbing bolts for my shower curtain
- Pine trim leftover from my walls
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