Category: Equipment

Installing a gas heater

After 2 years of use we decided that having just an electric heater was not working for us. We found too many times we didn’t have shore power hookups but needed a bit of heat. After reviewing the options I decided on the Espar B4L M2 heater. Features included: Runs on Petrol (regular Gas for

Bike Rack

I wanted to add a bike rack to the rear hitch receiver so that I can take my e-mtb bike along with us when we go out camping. I decided on the 1-up super duty rack which is very nicely made in Wisconsin. I also needed a swing arm to move the bikes out of

New Inverter

One of the things I did during the initial build was to use a fairly cheap MSW (Modified Sine Wave) inverter. At the time I didn’t really know what type of devices I would end up wanting to power. I picked up an induction cooktop for times when we don’t want to light up the

Noco Gen 1 mini charger

I decided to add a trickle charger to the Van starter battery. This ensures that the battery stays topped up during periods of storage between trips. I was finding that if the van sat longer than a couple of weeks it was draining the battery down. The charger simply hooks up directly to the battery

Awning Lights

So I wanted to hang some lights off the awning to light up the evening. First stop was to figure out a way to hang them. There are number of commercial solutions to the problem, but I figured why not build something for now and see how it works. I took some 12″ lengths of

Sun Awning

I installed a Fiamma F65s Awning. It mounts to the existing roof pins with a bracket kit for the promaster vans. It’s nicely fit to the top and fairly low profile. Of course now the top of the van is lopsided 🙂 I also picked up a 3d printed mount that uses 3M VHB tape


I added a Lagun swivel table mount. There are 2 locations to mount the table, one in the rear where it can function as a side table while sitting on the beds, or up front where it can be extra storage while working in the kitchen etc.

Swivel Seat

I installed a swivel seat base for the passenger seat. This will give us some extra seating when in camping mode. The swivel is from Swivels-r-us and turns very easy. It’s a nice high quality part that fit the bolts and seat rails perfectly. The swivel raised the seat by 1.5″ so then I got


I am installing windows from Motion Windows into the sides & rear of the van. The plan is to put two in the rear doors, 1 large one in the passenger slider door, and finally one small window on the driver side wall in the kitchen area. It will mean a bunch of cutting to

Hoop Steps

With a 20 inch step up into the front cab it was not going to work out too well over time. I decided to add some Carr hoop steps to the front of the van. As installed these steps are at about 10 inches to the top of the step effectively splitting the distance in