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Yes you have to lay on your side to service a bottom mounted propane take. I bring a blanket and tip $5 when it's needed, maybe once a year, maybe longer. Go to an rv show, the ones with propane have them closer to the edge but still way down low. I added electric heat and haven't used propane much at all.

Propane and shower are things I'd do different if I build another van.
Since I'm shadowing you in one thread...and quoting you in your own thread..... What would you do different?

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Since I'm shadowing you in one thread...and quoting you in your own thread..... What would you do different?

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Not install a shower. Possibly not propane either.

Skip propane heat and go straight with electric heat strips in roof ac unit. They work much better if shore power is available, usually is.

Make upper bunk 3" longer

Sink counter depth and workspace is great, but it needs to be narrower for people movement.
 

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Very nice build. I am quite impressed with how much power you are set up to draw from the alternator and run the A/C. along with the idle rpm implementation.

It is interesting to read your comment about propane as I am quite impressed by your manchester tank implementation. I was at our local propane re-seller last weekend for the grill tank and we were discussing propane re-fill procedures for RVs.
 

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Not install a shower. Possibly not propane either.

Skip propane heat and go straight with electric heat strips in roof ac unit. They work much better if shore power is available, usually is.

Make upper bunk 3" longer

Sink counter depth and workspace is great, but it needs to be narrower for people movement.
Will you have the same size inverter? How has the 2000W Samlex been working for you? What was the maximum power you drew through it and for how long? Will your electrical system in your new van be much different? Mine will be similar to your current one, so I am wondering how it has performed for you.
 

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Can't stop doing things to the Transit. Today I added variable SEIC (stationary elevated idle control). I can now set idle from 950-1800 with a turn of the knob for when running the rooftop air conditioner.

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Do you have the info or a hyperlink for the variable resistor that you used to control seic ?
Do you have a soft start device installed in your A/C?
Thanks.
 

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Do you have the info or a hyperlink for the variable resistor that you used to control seic ?
Do you have a soft start device installed in your A/C?
Thanks.
I used this 20k, 10 turn potentiometer to allow me to chose the idle rpm I wanted up to 1800 max. Didn't use the knob it came with, used a regular knob from my junk bin.


I did install a soft start in my A/C. That allows me to run the 13.5k btu A/C off a small 2k generator or 2k inverter. I purchased an EasyStart 364 direct from Microair.
 

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I used this 20k, 10 turn potentiometer to allow me to chose the idle rpm I wanted up to 1800 max. Didn't use the knob it came with, used a regular knob from my junk bin.


I did install a soft start in my A/C. That allows me to run the 13.5k btu A/C off a small 2k generator or 2k inverter. I purchased an EasyStart 364 direct from Microair.
Thanks, this is helpful. If you don't mind, I have a couple more questions.
Did you have any issues running the A/C while drivein when the engine would drop to normal idle?
Is your portable generator a Honda?
 

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Thanks, this is helpful. If you don't mind, I have a couple more questions.
Did you have any issues running the A/C while drivein when the engine would drop to normal idle?
Is your portable generator a Honda?
I have never run the rooftop A/C while driving. The van's A/C is always been enough. You could though if need be. The short time idling would just draw slightly from the van's battery if the roof A/C compressor was running at the time. It does cycle.

I have a portable Honda clone 2000 watt generator (harbor freight) I have if home power goes out. I tested the rooftop A/C with it after installing soft start. Generator doesn't come on trips with me.
 

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Dang, Nice build! I need to read this whole thread. Better make myself a good Whiskey-coke tonight and put on the reading glasses.
 

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Not install a shower. Possibly not propane either.

Skip propane heat and go straight with electric heat strips in roof ac unit. They work much better if shore power is available, usually is.

Make upper bunk 3" longer

Sink counter depth and workspace is great, but it needs to be narrower for people movement.
Couple questions before you forget all about this build:
1) what was source of, or design concept behind, your shower curtain “rod?” (360 degree)
2) why would you remove shower from “next build?” Just never used?, or problems after problems?

AND, congrats on sale, you did many great things!
 

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Couple questions before you forget all about this build:
1) what was source of, or design concept behind, your shower curtain “rod?” (360 degree)
2) why would you remove shower from “next build?” Just never used?, or problems after problems?

AND, congrats on sale, you did many great things!
1) so the space could be used as a toilet and changing room also, not just a shower
2) only used shower a few times, I could take longer showers in the campground bathhouse

It's not sold yet, waiting...

It was "sold" two weeks ago, handshake and everything. The day before we were to meet at bank, he texts me sorry man, I can't buy van.
 

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Sorry to hear it fell through. I still think you have a nice van, and I bet the right buyer will come along.

However, I am still curious where you got that shower curtain rod thingy, and if I could buy or build one something like it for my plans. It looks less bulky than some cobbled up PVC pipe contraption, and I want 360 degree coverage too.

Last year, amidst all the Covid scare...which still might be with us much of this year, a private shower was as much necessity as luxury given restricted access to public showers & I still want an “inside” shower option: more for colder days than for privacy.


2015 Tall, Medium Length, Cargo, 3.5EB, pretty generic-looking, DIY camper
 

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really great build, SC! Picked up a number of little things over the whole thread. Nice attention to detail, and lots of creative solutions. Thanks for sharing it.
 
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