Now You See It… Now You Don’t

Another redneck camper… I wish mine was this nice!

It’s interesting to see the variety of homebuilt van dwellings out there.  There are folks on the Internet currently building out machines that are practically museum pieces – masterful workmanship.  Some opt to buy breathtaking factory crafted mobile palaces.  And then there is the Trekker Van, a fine example of “midwest redneck” styled construction… But this environment works and is comfortable.  I’ve been pretty happy with it…for the most part.
Still, there was one nagging thing that needed to be addressed. 

The wires dangling next to the headboard looked hideous.  I was not worried about pinches or shorts – everything is very well protected by plentiful fuses.  I had figured that once I decided to continue with camping and living in the van, the walls could be finished up.  It never did happen.

Looking at these wires drove me nuts.  It was one of those projects that kept getting tabled in favor of more fun ideas.  I’d always figured that when an easy way was found to address the issue, it would be dealt with.  Today was the day!

The project for the afternoon was to add a little door to cover the ugly area and still provide access to wiring.

This is Douglas, the onboard mascot.

First I cut a little D-shaped board.  To make the curved side, I measured and marked the width every one inch and then connected the dots.  The board was cut to size with a scroll saw and then sanded with a disc and belt sander.  It was painted, the knob added, and hinges installed. 

Voila… It looks a bit nicer now.  On the back of the door I added a couple of hooks for keys or jewelry.

As long as the paint can was open, it was a great time to touch up some dirty or unpainted spots.  The van looks a little less “redneck now”.

After cleaning and sprucing things up, I’m planning to take off for a few days to meet up with a van camping/ dwelling enthusiast.  It should be fun.  Pictures will be posted here and on the Cheap RV living forum.

If you’re ever in Iowa – even just passing through on Interstate 80 – give a shout.  I’d be happy to meet up with other van dwelling enthusiasts and exchange ideas, stories, etc.  Take care and thank you for visiting. 


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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"

4 Responses to Now You See It… Now You Don’t

  1. Michelle says:

    Which I was as capable as you…..thats looks so nice. Have to ask does white make the place look bigger or cleaner? Douglas is sweet and he is easy to care for …right?

  2. Brad says:

    Douglas is pretty well behaved… My sister gave him to me. He doesn’t eat much.

    The white does help make things bigger and cleaner. In the second picture the camera’s flash kicked in. That helps make things much brighter, too. 🙂

  3. Ash Nichols says:

    Good call, it looks great

    The Tuckerbag

  4. Theresa says:

    Looks like a nice fit on the sides. I like the hinged doors you put on the cupboard.