Monthly Archives: June 2016


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Well, been away for 3 nights in the van, so thought we’d detail what we have learned just in case people want to copy us Van / Driving Well, this is actually superb.  The extra weight makes the van feel better, the insulation makes it quieter, and the runners on the […]

NV200 campervan – usage report :)


Todays job was boxing in some pipework and wiring that goes from the kitchen area, across behind the seats to the diesel heater then under the passenger seat to the waste water tank.  The pipework and cabling is neat in tubes, just needs cosmetic covering up. Under the passenger seat […]

NV200: Boxing in, and Toilet roll cupboard



Keep your fingers crossed! Paperwork submitted to DVLA to request conversion from “van” to “motor caravan”…. Should find out in a few weeks if they agree or not as they can be quite pedantic over a few things, and not sure how well the stealthy look will go down…. Pics […]

NV200: DVLA paperwork submitted


The wardrobe is the main storage area in the van so space needs to be used wisely. The LHS of the wardrobe contains all of the electronics, wiring,  and fuse panels, but these have been boxed in with 3 removable panels.  The middle panel has a hinged access door to […]

NV200: Wardrobe internals



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Wohoo!  Within 3 months, the van is now fully functional and fully usable.  The only outstanding bits are some cupboard doors, another drawer, some shelving, boxing and final trimming.  But, pretty much 3 months to the day……! So the bed frame was made by Rusty Lee (see http://www.doyourdream.co.uk/2016/05/nv200-seat-and-bed-rusty-lee-rock-roll/ ) – […]

NV200: Bed upholstery is complete!


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We always planned a solar panel, mainly due to the compressor fridge.  We have 2x 100AH leisure batteries and a ctek d250s charger that connects engine battery, leisure battery, and solar panels via an MPPT controller to whatever needs the power. For a panel we went for the biggest we […]

NV200: Fitting Solar Panels



The drawer above the fridge is a full extension soft-close drawer which is as tight as it can be – if things fit then they won’t get in the way of the hob bits above.  Of course, we need to be careful putting in plastic.  As per our last van we’ll […]

NV200: Kitchen drawer and internal water tank filler


Most feared job #2 for the same reason as the wardrobes!  I won’t bore you again.  Bit more router practice, and loads of time spent making templates.  A few cock ups, but think I’ve covered them over. The kitchen starts at a front bulkhead – this has to be back […]

NV200: Kitchen & furniture #2



Today I finished one of my most feared jobs.  Whilst I can blag and bodge most things, and cover over most cock ups, doing the furniture is a bit final.  They are on view, and need to be good.  The problem is, I’m crap at woodwork, don’t have the patience […]

NV200: Wardrobe and furniture #1