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Old 06-26-2019, 02:52 PM   #11
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I would accelerate the replacement of the yellow connector pipe. Our local propane inspector told me they are only meant for one-time setup.... meaning bending and retightening ect WILL lead to a leak or a failure, I was using it in a semi-mobile application also. (work hardening? or fatigue)

I am looking into adding a flexible QD option to add a stove/water heater line to my propane tank.
Yes, this is a temporary solution. I am looking at my propane ends and going to decide. I have been looking at quickconnects. The way i have it currently set up I have a T that goes to 2 valves. I plan on either cooking inside or having a longer hose to cook under awning. I kind of like the idea of having only one hose and less chance of an errant open valve.
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Old 06-26-2019, 03:54 PM   #12
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Looking good. What is your post conversion weight? Its hard to tell, but did you balance your battery wiring? It might be, but I can't see for sure.
I roughed in my build weight but havenít put it on a scale yet.
The batteries are balanced
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:35 AM   #13
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Looking good. What is your post conversion weight? Its hard to tell, but did you balance your battery wiring? It might be, but I can't see for sure.
Finally got it weighed: 7340. This is with our full water system, full propane, all of our tables, chairs, etc. This is without our clothes, food, and us. I know max is 8550.

Mostly will be my wife and I, though our first trip will also be with our son.
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Old 07-16-2019, 02:06 PM   #14
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I plan on doing the same with QD hose to add to my on-demand heater for showers or maybe an outside propane grill. be sure to update on the final setup and great job so far. everything looks well thought out.
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:49 AM   #15
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I plan on doing the same with QD hose to add to my on-demand heater for showers or maybe an outside propane grill. be sure to update on the final setup and great job so far. everything looks well thought out.
We just got back from our first real trip. We did 9 days from Seattle through Big Sur and back. Everything worked remarkably well. Had to do a quick fix on an overhead cabinet hinge that split the wood. Grabbed some epoxy and some c-clamps in some Coos bay and we were back in business!

The propane set up is awesome! I would recommend both the high pressure solenoid(with switch) as well as the pressure guage. I had some intermittent vapor lock issues that i think are with my quick connect, and i was able to quickly look at the guage to tell if the system was operating correctly. The solenoid is a game changer. You can turn your tank on and off from the front(or wherever you install your switch) and as long as your 2 connections before it are tight you will have zero propane loss. My locker worked great-I have 2 vents, out and intake.

Electrical system was great. I have 4 AGM batteries i got really cheap, so i have a little extra weight there, but i have 350AH and it looks to be more than enough with most anything i will run into. The lowest i got was about 88%, and that mainly came from using a kettle in the morning. I have 320W of solar on the roof, as well as the ML-ACR. I am still fine tuning the system and gaining understanding of how best to utilize it, but i was able to get the battery almost fully charged every day between the two. I would put the ACR on auto until the battery got around 95% and then switch it off, letting solar do the rest. I had a few times where my victron MPPT would go to float too soon, but i think this is something that i can tweak to what i need it to be. It sounds like there is a new update that deals with some of these issues.

Our bed was amazing! It's actually more comfortable than our mattress at home. I put in 2 maxxair fans, which worked great in tandem. It was nice and cool most nights, but even on the hot nights, with both running, we were able to stay cool. My wife put together DIY window shades. We used blackout material on the outside, thinsulate and reflectix, with nice fabric on the inside. The reflectix wasn't necessary, but i used that to make my templates, and we put it in. It's amazing how well they work. It literally looks like the van is totally dark. It also keeps out any light. I guess our next task is figuring out how to use the fans without letting in light.

I have to keep working on my drain from my water system. I am using quick connects on my clean water, which are awesome, but not usable for the drain system. Right now i have some hose that goes to a 7 gallon container. It tends to kink up a little. Need to refine that.

We were able to find a mosquito net that fits the screen door perfectly for $30. Put some magnets on the top and some velcro along the sides. We ended up leaving it up the whole time

Overall though I am really happy with the design and functionality of the build. Doing it all DIY, with some great help from the forums, and some great products from folks like Impact Design, I feel like I was able to create something that caters to our needs and aesthetics really well
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:02 AM   #16
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That turned out really well. Congratulations.
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:48 PM   #17
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That turned out really well. Congratulations.
Thanks! It's been a fun process. Fits our needs well, and really excited to be breathing in new life to a vehicle that has served me so well
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