Got it Painted!

Today was another day with a lot of progress.  There is still trim to put up and paint over but the van is 95% painted.  What a feeling of accomplishment!

I tried using a small paint roller but was unhappy with the results.  Since the roof is low, a person can sit on his or her ass and reach the roof easily to paint.  A brush seemed better equipped to contend with the work of coating plywood.  It was not a bad job to do.  Definitely use primer if you have Lauan plywood.  The wood drank three coats of paint because I was too friggin’ lazy to prime.

Hopefully, I will get the electrical system hooked up by Monday or Tuesday.  I returned the pure-sine inverter and purchased a 2500 modified sine Cobra model.  The 1000 watt model would not safely power the microwave oven (600 watts of microwave = about 950 watts of power drain).  The new inverter is much less expensive due to not being pure sine.  It should work just fine for my needs.  I have decided to power the medical equipment (CPAP) directly from the battery.  The only time the inverter will be used is for microwave cooking and watching TV.

Each day is more and more fun as I see the dream materializing like a signal-locked transporter beam.  I forget to mention in previous posts that I plan to do a Flash video for the van with, of course, a Star Trek theme…  It will require some video editing but will be a lot of fun to accomplish!

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

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