Month: July 2014

Van Furnishings – Nature’s Head Composting Toilet Install

The first piece of permanent furnishings to be installed is a toilet.  It’s probably a little strange to start with the toilet, but since the build-out of Blanche is a fairly slow process and we wanted to move in ASAP, we had to choose which parts were most important for us to be comfortable, and the toilet was one of them.  We chose to go with a composting toilet because, well, there’s really no reason NOT to go with a composting toilet.  There are a few options for compost toilets, including just using a bucket, but we decided to go with a more “traditional looking” manufactured unit, the Nature’s Head.

Composting Toilet installed

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Revisiting the MaxxFan

A couple months ago, one of the first things Blanche received was the MaxxAir MaxxFan.  We installed it using Eternabond tape to seal the exterior instead of caulking or lap sealant.  After some research (okay, only like 10 minutes) and consulting the great and powerful interwebs, it seemed that this Eternabond tape is worth the extra money since it was supposed to never leak and never need maintenance.  Sadly, it doesn’t come in short lengths, so we had to buy a 50 foot roll for about $50, even though we only used about 6 feet of it.  Still, if we never had to worry about leaks, it was worth it.

Flange and Eternabond

Flange and Eternabond

Admittedly, the tape on the roof doesn’t look so great, but there were no leaks and all was well…

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Insulating The Van Part 3 – Cargo Area Floor

The van floor is corrugated for strength and rigidity, like truck beds.  I’ve seen a lot of people cut a bunch of little strips of foam or carpet padding to fill in the gaps and create a level surface, but I didn’t want to do that much work.  The foam is rigid enough that it didn’t really compress much over the peaks and valleys of the floor, even with a persons weight on it.  Plus, 3/4 inch plywood is going over the foam, further dispersing the weight.

Sliding door foot well area

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