New Additions to the Van – A Bulkhead Door & Signs

The New Bulkhead Door
First of all, please excuse the poor camera angle.  The door is square but the camera angle is a little funky and makes the door appear narrow at the bottom.
Yesterday I added this door to the existing opening on the bulkhead wall.  The doorway was 19.5″ x 48″, built that way in case I wanted to add a door.  I was shooting for 20″ but nobody is perfect.  I bought a 1″ x 20″ x 48″  board at Menards and cut a little off the side.  It was the intention to leave just a small gap to allow for a minimum of air intake.  That goal was achieved.  I painted the door at 35 degrees F, the minimum temp recommended for Pittsburgh Paints.  The four or so coats of Camel colored paint dried very quickly.  A window sized lock was added to secure the door, but only from the inside of the passenger compartment.  With the door closed, I can decorate the space and it looks more “room like”.
At the top of the door is a brass-colored coat and hat hook for the beloved old zippered “hoodie”.  The double hook is helpful because I now hang a hat.  I use a ball cap with an attached 5 LED light.  The light is invaluable in and under the van but without a home, the hat was was always misplaced.  Now the coat and cap can be stowed neatly.
The garland and snowman cost $2.14 including tax at the dollar store.  With the red and green chili pepper and cactus lights above the bed, Christmas is covered.
One last little acquisition today… I added two magnet signs to the side door that houses the TV antenna when not in use.  Each sign was $1.99 at K-Mart.  Alone they are cute but together they tell a story – look below “My Way”…  The arrow going the same direction points to “Cocktails”… That much is true…
Yes, there are cocktails in the van most of the time. I carry a few wine coolers, some Mike’s hard fruit punch, and a bit of Tequila Rose. The favorite is the Hpnotic. (prounced “hypnotic”, an ocean blue colored mixture of tropical juices, vodka, and Cognac). For all the Star Trekkers, Hpnotic looks like a light adaptation of Romulan Ale.    Unlike Romulan Ale, Hpnotic is legal in the Federation.  It likely has about the same kick when consumed to excess…

Have a good one and thanks for reading!


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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"

2 Responses to New Additions to the Van – A Bulkhead Door & Signs

  1. Wanderoke says:

    Good job on the door!
    The snowman looks happy, hanging around waiting for your magic hat to light the way.

    At least that’s how I would see it after a few Romulan Ales 🙂

  2. Bradford says:

    Thanks. I had a little rattle today on the door and decided to put a strip on the inside of the door frame to prevent the vibration. With the door secured between the lock on one side and the strip on the inside, it will limit movement.

    The new door quieted the front and had a huge impact on the energy needed to warm and maintain comfort.

    The “Romulan Ale” also helped with maintaining comfort, too. LOL