27 Dec 2000
Boy have we been busy bees lately. In an effort
to get the truck ready for it's first shakedown trip we've been trying
to get the fundamentals working. I haven't watched any TV for
a week or more.
Some of the things we
now have working are,
We now have a fully functioning shower and kitchen sinks. In the
photo below you can see hoses and pipes behind the control valves.
The hole we are looking though is where the hot water system sits.
Fig 1. Detail of the plumbing
behind the control valves.
Fig 2. Detail of one pump and
The shower is installed and working and I have to say that it produces
a great shower with plenty of room to move. The whole lot folds
away to increase the kitchen size.
The grey water tank is connected and functional with a manual release
valve which requires me to get under the truck and turn the valve
then retreat as fast as possible to avoid being drenched.
Fig 3. Waste pipe passes through
the body to the grey water tank.
The solar panels are connected to the regulator which in turn is
connected to the batteries. This all seems to work well.
The shunts and DC circuit breakers have been installed
and connected. Almost all of the DC wiring is complete, just a number
of gauges to be fitted.
Fig 4. Main DC wiring to the
inverter (upper right).
I have constructed and installed a black water tank and installed
a Sealand dunny on top of it. We use a 3" hose to decant the
contents into a "wheely bin" which is then dumped into
a public toilet.
Fig 5. Dunny and black water tank
with outlet valve.
The gas lines have been installed and appliances connected. A temporary
location has been set up for a 9kg bottle.
Fig 6. Temporary installation
of one gas bottle.
An Atwood storage HWS has been installed and works well.
Fig 7. Atwood HWS.
After much ado the kitchen bench has been finished and installed.
This is not as straight forward as most (so what else is new?)
as part of the bench lifts up to reveal the cook top, and another
part lifts to become the shower wall.
Fig 8. The kitchen bench, over
4m long when all sections closed.
Fig 9. The two sinks, mixer and
drinking water taps.
28 Dec 2000
Friends of ours, Adrian and Carrol, turned
up today. They camped outside the workshop, then on the following
day we took both trucks down to the lake for our first "camp
Fig 10. Adrian and Carrol camp
outside the workshop.
Fig 11. We both set up camp near