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RE: Good morning - crofter - 06-06-2020

Much cooler today, 94 degrees in the shade in southern AZ. I spent the morning sifting my van build notes. Writing a build thread is a little odd, I hope it turns out to be useful to someone.
-crofter


RE: Good morning - crofter - 06-06-2020

(06-06-2020, 12:07 AM)travelaround Wrote:   ... how to attach the wood to the side of the van.. and the roof, so I can nail or screw paneling to it....
You can screw the paneling into the steel ribs with these screws  "Buildex Teks lath screws, #8 X 1 inch" available at Home Depot. I only added wood shaped 2x2's in spots I needed to anchor something. Be careful with screw length on the thinner metal ribs. But most of my build is built up off the floor, no overhead cabinets, etc needing support from the van walls. "No weight on the walls" is my motto.
-crofter


RE: Good morning - travelaround - 06-06-2020

Thanks @Crofter - I will look for those. One of these days I will be able to drive back to Medford, for the wood.


RE: Good morning - Qxxx - 06-07-2020

(06-04-2020, 11:50 PM)desert_sailing Wrote:   Amazing how a couple beverage cans and twinkie wrappers add up.
... I can not see how eating food from cans will be at all practical.
... I am not interested in driving around with bags of trash inside or strapped to the roof. Moldering cans of spaghettios..eww
... spaghettios..eww. Cans and twinkie wrappers, double ewww. backpacker food stuffs, triple eww.

I've had a van for 3 years now, and went with a totally minimalist build, as I wanted to get out on the road and not spend a lot of time and money on an a priori if-fy endeavor, of which I had no idea how it would pan out in actual practice.

In 3 years now, I've spent almost a full year of time living and traveling in the van. So I can tell you that cans and twinkie wrappers are no comparison whatsoever to bottles of pee and buckets full of poop. Trust me. Pooping in a bucket in a van that you cannot stand up in is possibly the low point of human civilization in america in the past 50 years.


RE: Good morning - Qxxx - 06-07-2020

Oh yeah, not to mention going without a shower or greasy hair shampoo for weeks at a time.


RE: Good morning - GypsyJan - 06-07-2020

"Pooping in a bucket in a van that you cannot stand up in is possibly the low point of human civilization in america in the past 50 years."

Better than adult diapers, though....and if no alternative, that bucket would look pretty good! It's a small price to pay for freedom on the road. That said, I fare better with a camping potty than a bucket.


RE: Good morning - Qxxx - 06-07-2020

(06-07-2020, 10:31 AM)GypsyJan Wrote:  Better than adult diapers, though....
When I get to that stage, I'll probably sell the van in any case. Until then .... see below.

But just for the FYI of the uninitiated, you do have to carry that potty around for a week or more, and then find a convenient place to dump it, and where it is actually legal to do so, as opposed to whatever offhand dump place you can find.


RE: Good morning - desert_sailing - 06-07-2020

(06-07-2020, 09:24 AM)Qxxx Wrote:  Oh yeah, not to mention going without a shower or greasy hair shampoo for weeks at a time.

Thanks for the heads up.Smile

As I will be keeping my job and considering I interact with the public frequently I know the hygiene  needs have to be a priority. I do have a "wet bath" so to speak. I do plan to have a compost toilet..whether I buy a c-head, or build one. Driving around with bags of waste is not at all acceptable to me.. I will dig  a cat hole long before that...or heaven forbid use a public toilet.

I have a "shower pan" a large animal feeder type pan  which the toilet will sit in. This area is half walled and adjacent the "kitchen" sink. I am going to purchase a portable hot water heater/shower >> https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-BOSS-XW18-Basecamp-Operated/dp/B011TRLUS8

It will sit under the sink and the hose can serve at the sink to wash my face, hands, hair, dishes... or can be used to take a full shower at the wet bath. I know people say those propane showers are for outdoor use etc etc.. just like the warnings on the buddy heaters... I wont be running it longer than 5ish minutes. and of course will have windows open to provide venting of moisture and propane exhaust. I will get a little pop up tent as well and a solar shower so I can luxuriate when in good weather.

The personal hygiene component is a requirement. I MUST be able to stay properly cleansed.

I will get rid of everything to have a "bathroom" and sleep on the floor on an air mattress with no cabinets long before I haul pails of poop and not shower for a week.


RE: Good morning - crofter - 06-07-2020

@desert sailing
"The personal hygiene component is a requirement. I MUST be able to stay properly cleansed."

Most convenient is to join a gym, and do a lite workout and shower every day before you travel to your job. 
-crofter


RE: Good morning - maki2 - 06-07-2020

I am not sure that the quantity of hot water in a solar bag will be long enough to be luxuriant. But then again compared to a cold water shower or a wet wipe bath it might feel like a real luxury. It is all relevant to circumstance.