Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Bomoseen Vermont
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The Blue Boxer Build!
Ok so here we are! Just brought her home off a lot in CT! I had ordered a van earlier this year that wasn’t built, they told me they didn’t have all the parts required and just didn’t make it. Got upset but ended up searching around, made some compromises (which saved me some money) and came home happy! Blue Jean color, Medium roof, 148” WB, EcoBoost engine, Sync radio, Vinyl seats, rear and sliding door windows and heated side mirrors with turn signals. Ironically I wanted the 130WB but I really think I’m going to be happy with those extra 18 inches!
She is totally naked inside but tons of fun to drive already! Under 100 miles on her when I got home! I do have to say I love the “carbon fiber” looking panels inside the back that came with it and may utilize them in my build after insulating and wiring takes place. The vinyl floor though seems really “wobbly” with the ridges in the floor underneath. I may end up with a thin ply floor or may go with a cool heavy duty flooring I found that is cut to size for the vehicle with foam laminated on the bottom to fill the gaps in the flooring. Vanrug I think was the company name.
I am considering getting three things added to the vehicle by ford: A Tow Package, A drivers door keyless entry code panel, running boards. I also plan on making it a dual battery system, but I’m just going to order a matching battery to the stock one for now and parallel them myself. I’ll talk more about this below.
I’m hesitant to start, it’s so clean and pretty and I’m definitely going to make it messy before it’s done! so this is my first thought... start with electrical. I’d like a vent fan in ASAP. So I’m thinking my first shopping cart is:
*Fantastic Vent Fan (I am getting a thermostat but no automatic elevation)
*AC inverter 1500w
*3 100w solar panels (mounting with heavy duty earth magnets) and connectors
*solar charge controller
I know it’s really frowned upon in general in builds, but my plan is to double the van batteries and use them directly as my power source, no separate house battery. solar wired to batteries and powering house lights and light power loads, fuse panel to batteries for ventilation and heavier draws. Inverter will Be Set up for a possible television eventually, however I don’t think I’ll have much use for it until then, I’d like to get it installed in the first wave.
I’m still thinking on lights, uncertain if I want to completely remove the cargo lights or keep them and still add my own interior lights. I’m also considering installing a matching louvered window behind the drivers side but I’m unsure if it’s necessary.
Happy to take any suggestions or input. Going to take my time and live with a blow up mattress for a while, but I thought ventilation was key to making her livable!