THE HIACE CHRONICLES: HOME STRETCH

It's been almost about 22 days straight of van build and I'm proud to say, I'm almost done.  This weekend I have finalized the wood build portion of the van build, which means I am no longer building anything structural, I am no longer designing anything new, I have more or less driven my last screw and cut my last piece of wood.  Guaranteed I will be eating my words in a few days, but I have my hopes that that won't be the case.  This past week has been filled with rainfall so pretty much every day I was pulling out the tarp, setting it up, working for the day then pulling it all down.  The days that had a little less rain I made sure to get as much work done as possible outside the confines of my tent building area.  I've wired all my lights, fantastic fan, plugins, fuse panels, inverter etc, all I have yet to wire is my solar which I'm waiting for a sunny day to drill holes through the roof.  So, really, all I have left to do is sand and make minor adjustments. I'm left with a few weeks to mull through all the things I could do better instead of leaving and thinking about it all on the road where my ability to do anything about those things is limited.  I'm expecting that when it's time to leave I will be 100% (or at least 90%) ready to leave.  The excitement is definitely building...

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In my last blog I left with the kitchen just being started.  In the time between then and now I finished the basic shell of the kitchen, built the electrical panel & water storage cabinet and began framing the back wall.

 I went a little cubby-crazy, but at least I've utilized all the space available!

I went a little cubby-crazy, but at least I've utilized all the space available!

 Rear boot/ shoe storage.

Rear boot/ shoe storage.

 You can see in the picture the left wall has been built.

You can see in the picture the left wall has been built.

 Bed frame being built.

Bed frame being built.

 Sometimes I get help, it's nice when the help is so pretty.

Sometimes I get help, it's nice when the help is so pretty.

 The bed platform being cut out.

The bed platform being cut out.

 You can begin to see my design coming together here.

You can begin to see my design coming together here.

 The first person to lie down on the new bed!  Boy, was I every tired of cutting and sanding all those holes, that was a whole days worth of boredom.

The first person to lie down on the new bed!  Boy, was I every tired of cutting and sanding all those holes, that was a whole days worth of boredom.

 The bed folded up into the bench configuration.

The bed folded up into the bench configuration.

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 I had initially planned to make the drawers able to slide to the back and to the front; however after some decision making I decided against it, but then realized that simply by lifting up the bed we could access our clothing from inside the van...win win.

I had initially planned to make the drawers able to slide to the back and to the front; however after some decision making I decided against it, but then realized that simply by lifting up the bed we could access our clothing from inside the van...win win.

 Simple bed supports keep the end of the bed up.

Simple bed supports keep the end of the bed up.

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 Rear drawers.

Rear drawers.

 My electrical cabinet being fitted with our inverter.

My electrical cabinet being fitted with our inverter.

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 Did some trim work on the kitchen, turned out pretty rad.  I'm really liking how the whole interior is being pulled together with cedar trim.

Did some trim work on the kitchen, turned out pretty rad.  I'm really liking how the whole interior is being pulled together with cedar trim.

 More cedar trim.

More cedar trim.

 And so begins the wiring phase of the build and then a tool and wire explosion went off in the van.  You'll also notice that face on the kitchen, that whole thing pulls out to reveal our cooking area...which oddly enough I totally forgot to photograph.

And so begins the wiring phase of the build and then a tool and wire explosion went off in the van.  You'll also notice that face on the kitchen, that whole thing pulls out to reveal our cooking area...which oddly enough I totally forgot to photograph.

 Wiring in the fan-tastic roof vent.

Wiring in the fan-tastic roof vent.

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There was a lot of exposed metal still in the van so I decided I'd cover it up.

 How I work when it's raining...

How I work when it's raining...

 Found premium cedar plank at Home Depot.

Found premium cedar plank at Home Depot.

 Ta-Da!  All the exposed metal faces are now covered with cedar plant AND I've installed the divider piece to hang our new curtains off.

Ta-Da!  All the exposed metal faces are now covered with cedar plant AND I've installed the divider piece to hang our new curtains off.

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When I write my next blog the van should be lit, have solar, dual batteries and a working refrigerator!