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RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

We put a 3/4 inch plywood floor down for our base. We are curious how you have attached your cabinet and bed into the van. At first I worried about stuff like the frig and cabinets shifting around. I found only stuff on top of the counter would slide and the drawers in the cabinet. The only heavy item is the microwave which is screwed down with an L. The drawers are secured with swinging tabs and the bins etc with bungee cords. Then my bed (my recliner) would shift forward, but it too wasnt really a problem as I would just shove it back a couple inches when I stopped. I have learned to take corners slowly, drive so there are no sudden stops or starts and everything stays put. The cabinets are wedged so tightly they arent going anywhere.
drsolo 03/05/21 09:30am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

The small heater only has one setting whereas the little floor model does have a high and a low setting. We cover all the windows and windshield with custom cut Reflectix Al insulation to fit each window. That not only insulates it keeps the light out, so we can sleep in til noon if we wanted. I looked at but never bought a 12 volt heated blanket. Toss a quilt over that and it would be snuggly warm. And I too cut Reflectix insulation for the windows. It helped enormously.
drsolo 03/05/21 09:20am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

HI Mike! good timing on the new post, I was just going to ask you what you used to heat your van with when you are winter camping. Is that little heater AC or DC ? We camp at State Parks in the winter and they all have electric and we have a real nice 750 to 1500 watt elect heater with a fan and thermostat and it does a good job keeping the van warm. We also carry a Buddy Heater for backup if the electric went down. The heating strip in my roof mount AC doesnt heat enough when temp gets near freezing so I carry a quartz 400/800 heater. I am somewhat obsessive about being warm but havent needed it in the van, but, at our campground my husband uses one to heat the trailer since we arent charged for electricity but have to fill our own propane tanks for the furnace. The furnace is noisy as it cycles on and off, the quartz heater is silent.
drsolo 02/25/21 08:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Checked out your van link and your van looks good and it's 29 years old, I see a few of the same type of GM vans around here and they are used all the time. It's nice that you can remove things to go get things that you need to do projects around the home. I can take one cabinet out with just removing 4 screws and that give me extra room to put bigger things into the van. I have a 4'x8' utility trailer for bigger and heaver things for home projects. We sold our rarely used 4x8 when there really wasnt anyplace we could stash it without it getting stolen. Only the 3 drawer over the frig is screwed to the wood molding at the top of the wall/ceiling. The microwave is screwed to the counter, but the counter cabinets are not screwed down. They pack pretty tightly to each other. The drawers have metal tabs that dangle and stop the drawers shooting out when rounding a corner. We dont make sharp corners or sudden stops tho.. LOL. The van is rusting and I have gouged it, it has dents and dings. Dan has promised to work on the rust while we are down here. We are planning on getting a newer little bit bigger van, we gotta watch cause they got tight rules what can be parked on the street.
drsolo 02/12/21 08:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

My RVan link here is link to my RVan
drsolo 02/08/21 03:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I started with a conversion van fitted with an overhead Coleman AC + heat strip and rigged for AC current plug to the outside. I stripped everything behind the front seats out put down ply and vinyl and installed a counter with equipment underneath like dog cages, 3 drawer plastic cabinets and big plastic bins and a microwave, coffee pot and toaster on top. A Home Depot refrigerator. For sleeping (me only) I got a narrow recliner. Made a box to hold the porta potty behind the recliner. We use the RVan to haul building supplies now and then, so everything is made to slide in and out easily. When we upgrade the van we can just slide the equipment into the new one. What I really like about the RVan is no overhead bulky bins that close the overhead space in claustrophobia ... and I have the entire front window to see thru from the recliner.
drsolo 02/07/21 07:28am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I've been searching craigslist for a couple of weeks now and see many cargo vans but they're either high mileage, rough condition or priced too high.. there seems to be a run on vans for camper van conversion right now. on my RV FB site they are taking bets on when the first of the trailers and motorhomes bought during the epidemic will be hitting the used market.
drsolo 12/14/20 07:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

In the 60's I converted a cargo van for camping that served my three kids, wife and I well.. I'm thinking of buying a cargo van and converting it with a bed, carpet, wall insulation and packing cooking gears for those multi-days of solo fishing trips. It sounds like you been there, done that and have the memories. Time to do it. I wouldnt give up my RVan. I just hooked a TD onto it for my husband.
drsolo 12/13/20 09:15am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

.....Not sure what I will do next Christmas. The old barn is starting to fall apart at my parents old farm so I may try to make some lamps out of old barn wood. I collect ideas all year long so I have many to choose from. This snowbird would really like an ornament display box out of that old barn wood. All my beautiful ornaments packed away and dont see the light of day.. ever.
drsolo 12/06/20 10:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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