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I bought my van November of 2015 up in Port Orchard, Washington. I intended to do a step by step documentation of the build and post it here but I am a poor writer and worse typist. In any case, here I go.
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Well, that's some woodwork... nice. And, that reminds me of a Captain's bed, as I had, as a kid. They always have storage underneath. The under-bed space on either side of the drawers must be accessible from the rear doors, and/or have water storage, or something? What I don't get, is, I was not aware that refrigerators would be available, that are as shallow as that cabinet appears to be...?
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Thanks, I was going for a 50s look with the cabinets. Yes, water tank and electrical on the sides of the under-bed cabinet open from the rear. I will post more pictures tomorrow. I put the refrigerator in the window bump out. The cabinet is 18 1/2" deep at the floor and 22" at the bump, the picture makes it look shallower than it is. The fridge is a Dometic 3-way.

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Well, that's some woodwork... nice. And, that reminds me of a Captain's bed, as I had, as a kid. They always have storage underneath. The under-bed space on either side of the drawers must be accessible from the rear doors, and/or have water storage, or something? What I don't get, is, I was not aware that refrigerators would be available, that are as shallow as that cabinet appears to be...?
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The cabinet is 18 1/2" deep at the floor and 22" at the bump, the picture makes it look shallower than it is. The fridge is a Dometic 3-way.
18-1/2 in. at the floor, wow. Yeah, the pics make it look like 10 or 12 inches.

You keep a step stool near the bed, at night?

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[QUOTE=EddieZ;You keep a step stool near the bed, at night?[/QUOTE]

I have thought a lot about the best way to get in and out of the bed but still have not come up with a solution that I like. Will probably end up with a step stool that I can fold up and maybe a grab bar.

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Decided not to insulate the walls and ceiling?
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[QUOTE=tvharwood;479145]I bought my van November of 2015 up in Port Orchard, Washington. I intended to do a step by step documentation of the build and post it here but I am a poor writer and worse typist. In any case, here I go.
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Well done! Nothing says "I fly solo" like a self-constructed camper with one bed.

Instead of a ladder or stool howbout using the bottom drawer pulled out slightly?

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Decided not to insulate the walls and ceiling?
I'm waiting until I am done with the electrical and propane work first.
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"Well done! Nothing says "I fly solo" like a self-constructed camper with one bed."

"Instead of a ladder or stool howbout using the bottom drawer pulled out slightly?[/QUOTE]"

Its a double mattress so it fits a co-pilot.

I thought about using the drawers as steps but would have had to make them a lot stronger, too much hassle.
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Oops, after looking again I suspected I stepped in it.

Only a little stronger I'd bet. Attach a piece of angle iron (aluminum) as a brace down the inside of each corner. Of course I haven't seen what the co-pilot looks like but you should be able to nimbly ascend.

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