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 Living on the Road :: Wothahellizat Mk1 :: Construction Diary :: #31

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,

Plumbing
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 accumulator

Shower
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.

Waste
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.

Solar
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).

Dunny
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.

Gas
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.

Hot water
An Atwood storage HWS has been installed and works well.


Fig 7. Atwood HWS.

Kitchen bench
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 out".



Fig 10. Adrian and Carrol camp outside the workshop.




Fig 11. We both set up camp near the lake.

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