A. Beds: Since the twin beds will not be used as the traditional dinette seating with uncomfortable back cushions common to Class Bs I decided to raise the bed as high as possible. That height turned out to be 29" to the top of the mattress. Then we notched in so it would be easy to get in bed and still maintain shoulder width. The placement of the side table as it related to the sitting position also determined the notch which turned out to be about halfway back. So you step all the way in, turn your back to the bed, sit and swing in at the right position. Also, my head misses the upper cabinet by about 2" when I do that. We went out to ARV in September when they got the bed mechanism in and did a mockup in another partially completed B to verify the dimensions. It turned out what I originally drew was fairly accurate within an inch.Hello, David,
Congratulations on your finished RV Alvar. Thanks for sending along these photos. Hopefully more to come. A handsome vehicle indeed.
You’ve incorporated lots of nice features. In particular:
A. The beds (height, layout, multiple positions) are a great idea. Do they also make into something akin to a sofa, so that guests could ride along for a day-trip? ?Seatbelts there?
B. Nice lighting, and steam bent curves in the cabinetry. Cup holders in the lounges; mini headboard for the bed. Wall cubbies in the back for cell phone, remote, eyeglasses.
C. Love the pass-through under the rear beds.
From your posts, I know you are a real detail guy, so I feel I can ask you some real detail questions, as you’ve probably thought through every aspect of the design in Alvar.
A. I notice you’ve chosen fabric traditional curtains as opposed to the dual-density accordion shades. Why your preference for fabric?
B. The countertop(s) appear to flush with the cabinetry, with no overhang or lip. Intentional?
C. Curious as to why you didn’t make the computer desk from countertop material.
D. Why no chrome/aluminum wheels? Into the stealth look? Will that black paint chip?
E. Are your “nerf bars” standard at Advanced, or on your order? I love the idea of external storage, but worry about scuffing at curbside when parked on city streets. I like how the doors fold down, on fabric hinges. Did you consider mud flaps?
F. Did you incorporate a security system, like Viper? Or do you think the MB computer chip key is enough?
G. Where did you put the subwoofer?
H. Thought you might paint the shore power socket black to go with the stealth look.
Looking forward to your comments, first impressions from the drive back home (handling, heating,etc.), and the continuing development of this great RV.
The bed operator is from Leggett & Platt and didn't exist on the market until after I made my proposal. The bed is highly modified to fit the van. It operates at 120VAC of the inverter.Nice demonstration of the beds!
Did you use the mechanism from Mantua Mfg.? (just down the road a bit from ARV).
Did they have to rework the motors for 12v, or does it run from 120VAC off the inverter?
Also like how your computer desk lines up nicely with the bigger table.
Oh right. That was a dumb question. I forgot about the modular-cell batteries which you have described before. I assume that each cell has its own shunt or hall-effect sensor, or some such.ARV has a true battery monitoring system controlling every single cell in voltage and temperature and there appears to be some very sophisticated charge controlling.
Hmm. But doesn't the Silverleaf do things like read temperature sensors and directly control the Espar heat; and control the lighting in a centralized way? These are the kinds of things that scare me a little. Are there manual overrides for these and other essential systems?As I said, if Silverleaf failed only the reporting fails and even that is redundant.
Close enough.I'm not on top of the world right now, I'm I Sedona.
I agree. Our GWV's Espar is ducted under the fridge, which is similar. I was worried that this would not be effective back in the bed area, but in practice it works great. Really comfortable heat, and I'm sure yours is even better with the extreme insulation you have.The heat is ducted and comes out of the baseboard from under the kitchen galley. They can also upgrade the Espar and duct back to the beds. We didn't opt for that and after camping down to 0 degrees I don't think it is necessary.