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Fort Collins
, Colorado
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Fort Collins
, Colorado
23,200 Miles
Last Modified April 21, 2022

This van build was inspired by a van trip across Scandinavia, and is a culmination of my experience as a professional carpenter including tiny houses, cabins and barns. It was very important for this build to have a comfortable cabin Hygge feel to hang out, prepare meals and sleep regardless of the weather. The interior of the van is primarily pine, with custom knotty alder cabinetry with a butcher block counter and table.
I chose the Ram Promaster because it is front wheel drive and snow capability here in Colorado. It turns on a dime and easily fits in standard parking spaces. It has the widest body design and the lowest exterior height van.
Van features:
full size mattress allowing over six feet of sleeping space perpendicular to vehicle
all finishes are non-toxic, the ebonizing of the butcher block is a mild chemical reaction using the tannin in the wood.
seating and pullout table built for two
kitchen has a two burner propane stove with 11lb propane tank, large sink, 10 gallon water tank, (also supplemental 6 gallon jug) electric water pump, and faucet, and a Dometic CFX3 55 cooler
CRLawerence operable windows on both sides of the van
Vanmade insulated window blinds for both side and rear windows.
sink faucet placed so it can be directed out slider door for showering.
Propex propane heater with its own 11lb propane tank (both stove and heater tanks are interchangeable)
Lighting includes recessed dimmable puck lights, four reading lights and an overhead fan light for the kitchen.
Max Air roof vent fan and light
DC to DC battery charger, charging battery while driving
180 watt Grape solar panel on roof (rack will easily accommodate another 200w panel)
2000 watt Renogy inverter
200 AH Renogy AGM battery
120 AC outlets as well as USB outlets near bed
large garage under bed storage area.
Bedding includes, mattress, duvet and cover, two pillows and covers, wool blanket and 2 throw pillows
Built to last, threaded rivet nuts for strength and screws used exclusively
Nokian Finnish tires made for snow and mud
Remote charge controller battery display

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