It's now 2014, wishing all a safe healthy and prosperous year ahead.
Christmas was a quiet family affair with both my son and daughter being home, my son brought his lovely girlfriend home for Christmas lunch. New years eve is also my wife's birthday which we celebrated with a wonderful meal at the new restaurant in Sringwood.
The van sits looking at me each day and I have only little to report. I have now welded the last two intermediate joists into place that will be under the front queen bed. In total, I have four intermediate joists which are 50mm deep ' top hat' sections in high tensile steel, a bit of a trick to weld to mild steel. With practice i found mid settings on the MIG and almost burning thru the thin top hat then burning into the mild steel as normal.
If in the very unlikely event of me building a second 'van, I would probably use the high tensile top hat sections for most joists as I have a strong back support running down the centre of the van. They are very rigid when supported at 850mm centres and best of all, strong and a fraction the weight of mlld steel.
Other than that I have spent a few hours in Bunnings looking for the fittings I need for connecting up all five tanks. I would still consider using a regular low flush household WC pan but I have some problems to solve first. I have not as yet seen a ceramic bowl 'van WC, only images on the net. At around a $650 wounding they had better have gold in the fittings. Still I'll give them a good look over. The issue of what WC I'll use is the biggest obstacle to date.
I have to purchase two more tanks, corner steadies and possibly some pull down steps. While the chassis is inverted I'll design some kind of drop down storage. Having the joists running across the top of the main chassis rails has many benefits, storage space tucked up high being only one.
I hope to have the van chassis on it's wheels by the end of January. This will give me a floor as a big full size work bench. Bending low is giving my back curry and more. Let's see what developes but I'm not taking bets.
Good health safe travels