THE HIACE CHRONICLES: FINISHING TOUCHES

For the past week my head has been buried in the desert sands of Southern California and Arizona...while I've worked I've thought of nothing else but heading to the desert.  I'd say it's getting pretty close to that departure date.  Now with the van 98% finished it's even harder to resist the pull of warm weather and sunshine.  

A lot has happened in the past week (two weeks? I can't keep track) since we returned from our family Christmas in Alberta.  The electrical is 100% done, thank heavens.  I managed to wire all my lights backwards and thus had to fix that problem.  I thought that I had somehow managed to wreck my fantastic fan while installing it and after pulling all the wiring out and testing everything I found out that I had to crank up the hatch for the fan to start.  DOH!!!  The interior lights are the perfect temperature and really give us a ton of light.  The fridge was installed and I built a new shelf above one of the windows for a little extra storage.  The van is getting closer and closer to that home status that I'm so excited about.

 Roof storage is something I needed more of, so I repurposed a tool box and created more roof top storage.

Roof storage is something I needed more of, so I repurposed a tool box and created more roof top storage.

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 Axe mount in place.

Axe mount in place.

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 This plug connects to my battery tender which will safely charge my batteries to 100% when charging off shore power.

This plug connects to my battery tender which will safely charge my batteries to 100% when charging off shore power.

 The little shelf above our window.

The little shelf above our window.

 We're now able to enjoy meals inside the van, it's glorious.  Also, note the little hide-away desk/ table that Alison's bowl is on.  That's something I haven't shown in this blog yet.

We're now able to enjoy meals inside the van, it's glorious.  Also, note the little hide-away desk/ table that Alison's bowl is on.  That's something I haven't shown in this blog yet.

 Fridge is in!

Fridge is in!

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In addition to all the fun interior work I did, I also got some exterior stuff out of the way.  A job a serious avoiding was my exterior lights.  I've learned the hard way in the past that venturing into the desert at without good lighting can be a frustrating endeavor.  This is why I kept all the auxiliary lighting off my truck and have now installed it on my vans roof rack.  The wiring wasn't too bad, although getting my body under the dash so that I could see where I was running the wire was definitely a challenge.

 Rocker switches from truck.

Rocker switches from truck.

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 20" single row light bar.

20" single row light bar.

 Side lights.

Side lights.

 Reverse light!

Reverse light!

 More of the random Japanese tech that I pulled out of the dash.  It's looking a lot cleaner under there now.

More of the random Japanese tech that I pulled out of the dash.  It's looking a lot cleaner under there now.

 My brass divider curtain rail.

My brass divider curtain rail.

 I put cedar lath inside the cubbies to keep everything in.

I put cedar lath inside the cubbies to keep everything in.

 Finishing trim touches.

Finishing trim touches.

 Last, but not least, I have a deck on the top of the van now!  Huzzah!

Last, but not least, I have a deck on the top of the van now!  Huzzah!