Can't find what I want so the build begins.

boxcar1

boxcar1
Getting ready to install the ceiling in the cabin. Thought it would be a good time to add some light.
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The distribution panel and charging system came from an old Conestoga 12 footer that we wrecked out.
I like it because it is so old that it has no printed circuit panels to fail . It is a 30 amp system ( fine for my needs ).
I may convert it at a later date to Blue Sea panels and charging systems. I use them on my boat and have had good service from them.
For now though I like the simple approach.
 
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boxcar1

boxcar1
I took a few pics of the panel .
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Started on the last overhead cab.
Then on to the propane locker and the battery bay.

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boxcar1

boxcar1
Well, the wiring is about 80% completed.
Once all of the runs that cross over through the rafters was completed I decided that it was time to add a ceiling.
At this point all I can claim is that I am really good at building boxes......Lots of boxes........

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I added provisions for a solar panel or to while wiring the overhead.
To be honest , I haven't even thought about that aspect yet.
As I have no experience with them , any advice would be appreciated....
The lighting will be converted to all LED bulbs once the box is in service.
I have decided to either run a blue flame or catalytic heating system.
By doing this I save the room designed for the big Duotherm . It will be converted into a storage locker for my Yamaha 1000 watt geny.
I have a 1000 watt cin wave inverter that will go into the system just to charge my lap top.
The total amp draw should be minimal enough to only need 1 12 volt deep cycle battery on board.
 

48wagon

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48wagon

Looks like your doing a great job. I'd like to come by and see the camper before your done if that is possible. I live in Rainier just up river from you.
Send me an e-mail if you want at johnstun55@msn.com and let me know, again the camper looks great.
 

boxcar1

boxcar1
Thanks John. You are welcome any time. Just call first... I email'd the phone #
Started enclosing the bedroom today.
We shall be calling it the Knotty room.

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boxcar1

boxcar1
Well, the battery bay is now ready for final fit out as well . I have just enough room for 2 gel cell battery's.
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I then finalized the removable rear panel that encloses the right rear corner of the cabin.
This panel has to be removable in the event that I ever have to remove the fridge for service.

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boxcar1

boxcar1
Got the last of the interior panels and doors built and installed today ....
The water tank, blue flame heater and tankless water heater should arrive next week .
Once they arrive and are installed I'll be able to finish up the plumbing.
Until then I will be sanding and trimming out the interior . I am excited to see all of the wood work under a nice coat of shellac.
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My buddy fallowed me to work today , I think he claimed the upper bunk.

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boxcar1

boxcar1
Managed to get a bit done over the past few days .
Finished re finishing the appliances ( copper and black Hammerite) the wife's idea.
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Installed the new water tank, plumbed the LPG locker and finished all of the wiring.

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Then sealed the outside of the panels and frame with polyurethane clear. This should make for a nice vapor barrier .
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A few more days and I'll be adding the insulation, draft tape and skin to the mix.
That is once I am through mapping all of the design changes that have been done to the original design.
 
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boxcar1

boxcar1
Am now handing over the interior to the wife. She's a wiz at sanding, staining, and trim work.
This will allow me to start buttoning up the outside.

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