Here is a run down of the equipment I will be installing. This just covers the major cost items so far. I have not settled on a final layout for the van yet as I don’t know the full size of the vehicle until it is actually bought.
I will be using copious amounts of chalk on the floor trying out different layouts rather than using a CAD program to try and design it virtually. Anyway on with the component selections.
As per my previous post the heating and hot water system are as follows
- Propex Heatsource 2800 for blown warm air
- Malaga MkIII GE for the hot water
I did think about the cheaper Heatsource 2000, but decided it would be better to be over specced than under specced. I like the Malaga as it has Gas and Electric heating capabilities and can be used independently or in combination.
For the Charger/Battery/Invertor I will be using
- Victron Multiplus 12/3000/120 inverter/charger/powermanager along with 4 x 200AH Batteries.
I already have this in my current vehicle and will be transferring it across. It is a fantastic system that has served me well over the years. It allows me to use all my normal domestic equipment such as a full size PC, Domestic electric iron, vacuum cleaner etc when off hookup. It also has power management facilities whereby I can set the input current limiter. For example in france and uk CL’s I have this set to 4Amps to prevent me tripping breakers.
The water/waste tanks will be from Cak tanks as follows
- 2 x Tank type 180 440 Litre for fresh water and Grey water waste.
- 1 x Tank type 156 156 litre for Black waste.
The 156 Black tank is made like a step so that it can be mounted internally in the van with a step up to the toilet. I didn’t want to mount this underneath the van as defrosting a black waste tank would be my worst nightmare.
Unfortunately I cannot see any way to mount the Grey water tank internally as the internal height of the van doesn’t allow me enough head room to put in a false floor for the shower. The only way I can think of achieving an internal waste tank is to have a small intermediate tank for the shower with a pump that allows me to pump it into the main (180) tank after each shower. It is something I am considering.
The black tank will be connected via a mascerator to an internally mounted hose real for emptying. I am looking at ways to use this to empty the waste water tank also with a fresh water flush system to clean the hose.
For the Gas supply I did look at an underslung LPG tank but budget constraints mean I am now going for
- Twin Gaslow system, with internal switch and meter.
The Gaslow system although not my perfect solution is about half the price of an underslung tank.
For insulation I am going to be using a spray foam system and will be ripping out all the panels to do this. This is my perfect solution but may change depending on the construction of the vehicle which I won’t know until it is in my hands. If the spray foam solution is not practical or the vehicle is already well insulation I will drop down to using kingspan for the windows that I will be blocking off.
The floor I will be using kingspan on along with a decent Marine ply top covering. I am not looking forward to that job to be honest.