Tour of Wisconsin

Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River

— UPDATED Thursday September 17 — Monday, August 31, 2020:  Day 1 Wisconsin Trip We began our trip in Bartlesville, having spent the night in the WanderVan in Shawn’s parents’ driveway.  After breakfast and a 2 mile walk around the neighborhood, we showered in their house and visited for a few minutes before hitting the …

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Rooftop Air Conditioner Install

Many people build out an RV van on the Promaster platform without installing any air conditioning. Others build and try to put in a household AC unit. We prefer the robustness of an RV air conditioner, designed for that environment, and installed on the roof to save precious inside space. We chose the Coleman Mach …

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DIY RV Insulated Window Covers

One issue with most RVs, included DIY camper vans, is that the single pane windows can be quite cold in the winter and can allow a lot of heat to enter the living space in the summer. In previous motorhomes and trailers, we have custom cut Reflectix material and covered the inside of our windows. …

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TruckFridge Refrigerator Installation

There are many opinions and preferences on what the best refrigerator might be for a DIY RV van. Some people like the chest style refrigerators, while others prefer an upright fridge with a standard door. For us, the more standard RV fridge with a door on the front seemed to work best with our van …

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Diesel Air Heater Installation in a DIY RV Van

Diesel Parking Air Heater Install in our Promaster Van: There are three major energy users in most RVs. These are cooking, heating water, and heating the interior air. Our DIY RV Promaster van needs to do all three of these tasks. We have already tackled our water heater solution. This blog post will cover how …

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Hot Roof Solution for our Promaster RV Van

Our DIY RV build continues on our Dodge Ram 2500 Promaster cargo van. As winter fades, spring has brought some occasional hot days to Oklahoma. The van is still mostly un-insulated. The ceiling has no insulation, and the bare metal roof gets quite hot in the sun. I decided that a detour in my build …

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Maiden Voyage in an Unfinished Camper Van

We had been planning our maiden voyage in our VERY UNFINISHED Ram Promaster High Top 2500 van for a month or so. Our plan was to travel via I-40 out as far as Santa Rosa, NM, then jog southwest to Carrizozo, NM, and pick up US 380 and then US 60 to travel along the …

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Water Heater Installation in a DIY RV Van

Marine Style IsoTemp Spa Van Water Heater Install in our Promaster: Hot water was a non-negotiable in our DIY RV Van design. You can see from our floor plan that we had designed a wet bath with a shower, and this definitely required a hot water heater installation in the DIY RV. We considered on …

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Promaster Flooring Install

Insulation, Plywood, and Vinyl Floor Install in a DIY RV Van: One of the first construction projects on our RV Promaster van was the flooring installation. We chose to install a floor consisting of one inch polyisocyanurate rigid foam insulation board (R-6), followed by 3/4 inch tongue and groove plywood, and then finished with a …

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