Van Build

  • I saw lots of O riellys but don't remember seeing an autozone.. Its all moot now because I have batteries off the internet with probobly no more than a 30 day real warentee from amazon.. I was thinking autozone because their warentees are so good. With an autozone battery if anything went wrong just roll in and they give you a new one on the spot. Don't know much about O Rileys other than their rewadrs program is weak compared ton Autozone. Th batteries I have are made specifically for soler so I am stoked to have them but I do wonder if the 99 buck Autozone marine battery with the 3year warentee would have worked just as well?????

  • Commitment is cutting ahuge hole in the side of your van @ 7pm.... Kind of like launching into an R rated pitch...โ€ฆ


  • @NickG Indubitably. X Rated, even. Rock on! ๐ŸŽธ

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    NickG 2 days ago

    I was just going to go with Auto Zone deep cycle marine battery for 100ish bucks a pop.. might even have been $99.00 on sale Russ and the Duck informed me that I would die a horrible death of wilted lettuce and warm seltzer. they all suggested golf cart batteries for big bucks or top of the line AGM also for big bucks.

    Actually that is not at all what I said Nick:

    Two Costco golf cart batteries made for the job, 86.00 each, boom, done. $172.00. More aH, longer life, less cost, Costco warranty

    At least try to be factual while patting yourself on the back

  • True 'dat. But I am confused now. You spent $360 total on batteries? That would be $180 each? I get that the Optimas are expensive. What did you get again? Why was not the golf cart battery set up selected? But you bought off Amazon so warranty is?? I'm so confused.... ๐Ÿ˜• ๐Ÿ˜–

    I mean, it's all good. It's your project. ๐Ÿ˜œ

  • all the golf cart batteries I found on amazon were stupid expensive or only 35 amp hrs. or had bad reviews. Possible my search was skewed?? I see more options now that I have bought the mighty max batteries than when i was looking earlier? Certainly If I found them for 89 bucks with 100 amphrs I would have jumped on it. most of the AGM batteries I found that people had recommended were 279 a piece or more. Amazon warranty is realisticly 30 days.. and you have to ship it back etc. Autozone you just walk in the door and they give you free stuff. I think the batteries that I bought were 167 ea + tax..

  • @NickG Ah. So you don't have Costco out there? Hmm... I believe Costco does even do "mail" order now online. Not sure about batteries though. The golf carters are 6v so would be wired in series. Got to account for that when comparativating, eh?

  • never seen one in my life..

  • @NickG Ah, I see. Huge warehouse sized membership stores. Noted for excellent pricing and moving lots of volume. Costco does their own warranty thing, wh/is basically make sure you're happy.

    $100, but in store only, Interstate 6v Golf Cart Battery:

    I am sure the batteries you got will earn every penny invested. But, that said, the thing about batteries, is... the nasty lil' secret about batteries is... even the best must be replaced. So when the day arrives, maybe consider the Costco gulf cart set up,eh? Then next time around, something else. Until you've arrived at a "best solution" via empirical testing. Otherwise yer' just guessin', takin' best shots in the dark, so to speak. Alrighty then! Something to look forward to in future reports. The big green frog was birthed here at Redpoint University so we will expect ongoing updates as to its adventures.

    Cheers! ๐Ÿป

  • Not finished but had to taker her for a spin


    She opff roads about as well as the Westy but with better clearance...



    Isa being an enabelerโ€ฆ.


  • Huge day today. had to completely reconfigure the electrical panel.


    I have a general Idea of how I want things but each step of the process reveals a new challenge in how things need to be for everything to function properly. Got the kitchen roughed in with a stove that works and the fridge on a slider.


    pretty stoked to be at this point of the build. I can see the finish line ๐Ÿ™‚
    Its a ways away but I can see it now..

  • still chugging along. trying to get ready for a short 5 day trip w/ Isa first week of Oct. probably have to stop urathaneing tomorrow or so to give it a chance to cure and stop stinking before our trip. I will still be a long way from finished but at least we will have a functioning kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚


  • @NickG It looks wonderful. I do not have the skills or the desire to do something like your "Van Build." I commend you on the the project.

  • its takeing a lot longer than expected... Good thing I didn't bid this job I would have lost my shirt,, Wait, ooopps, I think I did lose my shirt.....

  • Sure does look nice though. ๐Ÿ‘

    I was thinking about the pros/cons of builtins vs portables. For e.g. a coleman 2/3 burner stove on a more modest and certainly much less aesthetic platform.... Easy to clean, just take stove outside and wash, rinse, repeat as necessary. Moreover, when not meal prepping and cooking, you've got nice flat "work bench" like counter space for other activities such as ... resole climbing shoes during the wee hours whilst it's raining cats and dogs outside the past two days. Just mind those barge cement fumes, eh?

    Regardless, you've certainly done beautiful work to take pride in there! Good job, mon!

    P.S.; Of course, this is one of those situations where a second roof vent is nice but you've got lots of windows as well so... well.. be sure to get outside for some fresh air if you start getting too dizzy, eh?

    I joke. Once you've done the basic work, leave the shoes themselves outdoors whilst the glue "cures". Duh?!! But I had to further the case for that second roof vent, eh?! ๐Ÿ˜œ

  • Looks great! I too like the idea of a removable stove(I have the Camp Chef Everest - 20K BTU, cooks nearly like a household range), with a vent in case of indoor cooking.

    I just don't like the idea of cooking inside a small space unless it's inclimate weather; even a camper seems tight to me. And as an artist, to have the tabletop workspace as the default would be my choice.

    But that's the nice thing about building it - one can have it their way!

  • I have so much room in the garage that I will most likely travel with the coleman 2 burner and use it when picnic tables are handy. Wanted to be able to cook inside when its buggy or raining. etc. there will be another table... possibly even 2 tables.... one on a slider and the other a fold down.

  • come to think of it though when we traveled in Isa's westy we always cooked inside with no problems. I always cooked inside in my vanagon Syncro !


    we don't cook meat though. I would bring the spare stove to cook outside if we thought we might cook lobsters or steamers or something like that...

  • that was a cold trip. Seneca in april.


    That was 20 years ago.. I was not a carpenter then but occasionally painted houses. snagged the wood for that very basic but functional kitchen out of a jobsite dumpster...

  • Was peeking at someone's van innards today and it LOOKED like the bed platform was set atop cabinetry on the wall sides, plus what appeared to be a slide-durable slab of wood in the center. Think the breadboard that comes out of kitchen cabinetry.... I asked and he said no, that it was stationary.

    But that got me thinking..... A slide out like that could be a nice stand-around table out the back(though the height is a problem in need of solution). Or, the slat could be removable so one could take the bed out and use the space to haul things.

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