Due to trips and work obligations (ha! maybe the first time I've said that), we had a very small window of time to build the van. We were able to get the van mostly done in 10 days of hard work. Thankfully, we had my brother on board to help. He is an engineer, owns every tool ever made, and is good at everything. He was indispensable on this project. The only major project we didn't complete was installing our wood stove, which will have to wait until this winter. Hopefully it won't be too cold in between now and then! When I built out Silas, I did it as quickly and cheaply as possible. We put a lot more money and effort into Pedro. I thought the Sprinter was tricky because of the curved walls, but boy the Promaster is SO HARD to work in. There is not one straight line in there, no square walls, and no flat spots that don't have random bumps. We tried to pre-plan how we built everything, but ended up just making everything up as we went along to accommodate all the weird shapes and things that we had to work around. Here is the basic process:
Day 1: Windows. You can check out my previous blog for more details on installing the windows.
Day 2: Planning and bed frame.
Day 4: Frame up of tall cabinet
Day 5: Over-bed cabinet which is a bookshelf and slider cabinet
Day 6: Kitchen cabinets
Day 7: Doors and latches on cabinets, initial kitchen frame, begin siding, air-tight propane cabinet
Day 8: Drawers installed under bed and faced with steel, more siding installed, kitchen drawers built
Day 9: Install the rest of the siding, all electrical, kitchen counter, backsplash
Day 10: Finish up odds and ends and hit the road!
Completed van pictures in the next post!