Electrical System in our DIY RV Camper Van

Electrical diagram schematic for the camper van power system

The electrical system in our van required the most planning and thought of any aspect of the camper van project. The electrical system is unique to each van, since everyone uses their van differently and has different goals and preferences. We had some previous RV experience, so that was helpful as we planned our van …

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Plumbing System in our DIY RV Camper Van

Camper van RV plumbing and water system design

We spent quite a bit of time designing our Promaster camper van layout, and considerations for plumbing, including water and waste tanks were very important. Our floorplan ended up with a full size raised bed platform across the rear of the van. On the driver side, we designed the RV van to have a wet …

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Tour of Wisconsin in our DIY RV Camper Van

Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River

4000 miles, 25 days, 7 states… 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 on a DIY RV Promaster Camper Van

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 for a Camper Van

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 in a DIY RV Promaster Camper Van

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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Colorado Trip in our RV Camper Van

Our trip to Colorado began on a Sunday afternoon. WanderVan is now to the point of having all systems operational – electrical, water, heating, cooling, sleeping – so this 6 day trip would be a good chance to try out each of these systems to see that everything works while out away from home. Shawn …

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Diesel Air Heater Installation in a DIY RV Camper 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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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 Camper 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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