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Thread: Optimising living space in a small campervan conversion

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    There are small 12v microwaves which might broaden the potential menu choice. I have one called a "Wavebox" (could also run a small 240v one from an inverter ) Would need a good 12v power source to run either, however....big batteries or engine running.

    AW, your Transit sounds almost identical to one that I had...awesome piece of kit...sold it to a guy in Broadstairs.

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    Ah I see, I can understand you wanting as normal a travelling life as possible, but if mostly what you want to do with a grill is cheese on toast, maybe learn to live without it? No offence meant.
    The only other alternative to a grill I can think of might not suit you. I am thinking a cooking blowtorch, but I don't know if you can hold one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine85 View Post
    Cheers have you got a link to any please?
    First one that came up, dont take it as a recommendation. Gives you an idea what you are looking for though...

    http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/IGNITER-IGNI...605?nav=SEARCH

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    Here is a a vito campervan that has some similarities in the set up I'm looking for{http://www.convertyourvan.co.uk/merc...onversion.html
    One of the differences I'll have compared to the conversion I've posted here is where the refrigerator is. I will have a porta potti cubicle there with a pull around curtain or frosted perspex screen. This toilet will slide out on a roller board with a cooler box above on a unit/shelf where the toilet's stored. I understand that I've picked a small van to get all these necessities in but I believe it'll be manageable for me I hope. I do wish I'd got a SWB sprinter but these were quite a bit more pricey & going over my funds where as this Vito was a stock van so there was 4K knocked off even though the vehicle hadn't been registered. There are many factors why I got this vehicle. The van has 30 years Mercedes breakdown recovery in UK & Europe, reliable, 12 years anti corrosion, reduced emissions with bluetec (Adblue) technology, excellent fuel efficiency (I had it driving at 57 MPG on the motorway so far) & it fits on my drive so stored off road. I hope I do manage with what is needed & I don't regret the size of the vehicle but these are my wheels for the next 30 years I hope
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    Quote Originally Posted by roddew View Post
    There are small 12v microwaves which might broaden the potential menu choice. I have one called a "Wavebox" (could also run a small 240v one from an inverter ) Would need a good 12v power source to run either, however....big batteries or engine running.
    What size size & type leisure battery would be needed to power one of the those please? Keeping the size down is important the more low profile the battery the better if it's powerful enough. Eventually I would like to be total off grid with my van in due time I want to a solar panel on my roof
    Quote Originally Posted by vanwoman84 View Post
    Ah I see, I can understand you wanting as normal a travelling life as possible, but if mostly what you want to do with a grill is cheese on toast, maybe learn to live without it? No offence meant.
    The only other alternative to a grill I can think of might not suit you. I am thinking a cooking blowtorch, but I don't know if you can hold one.
    It's hard for anyone on here to gauge my abilities & inabilities in my day to day living tasks without meeting me but what I can do is very limited having being fully able bodied into my early adult life before suffering my serious spinal injury. I've never tried cooking before with my disability because I know I'll struggle to get anything prepared. I have carers with me every day who assist me to live my life. I've had a carer with me pretty much every day for the past 12 years now which isn't ideal but hey ho that's the way it goes thankfully I'm still alive
    My van is my escape from the matrix, away from all the stresses of the world & that will sometimes mean driving solo with just my dog & some special pre-rolls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick69 View Post
    First one that came up, dont take it as a recommendation. Gives you an idea what you are looking for though...

    http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/IGNITER-IGNITOR-IGNITION-SPARK-MODULE-GENERATOR-12V-DC-4-OUTLETS-/121787364605?nav=SEARCH
    Thank you so you put a HT lead out of this to a ceramic ignitor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine85 View Post
    Thank you so you put a HT lead out of this to a ceramic ignitor?
    I think you can buy the leads etc as well but id be tempted to get a scrap gas hob and rob the bits off that. If i see one about ill grab it and take the bits off.

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    Cheers Rick I'm currently searching for streamline & compact a twin hob, grill with a piezo ignition for starters to optimise counter space for a van with such a small living space as mine

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    This twin hob stove length is slightly shorter length than most
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Outwell-Go...3D112309804351

    The only thing is the height folded is 10.5cm where as there's ones more slender at 7cm but are wider than this one. All the suggestions have been greatly appreciated I am seeking to find out all the best possible solutions for my needs.
    Many thanks
    Iain

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    One important thing is the bed being big enough to sleep 2 comfortably but I can't get that built before the insulation. One thing I would love inside my vehicle is wood lined walls but I'm unsure how thin it can be done & how much space/width would be lost if done. Has any one got any advice on plying your camper walls with wood, whether it encourages damp, rotting the van inside out?
    Has anyone got any opinions on toaster type like these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ridgemonkey...V0QRG1YGPAF4XS
    Are they any good? How hot do the handles get? I could ditch the grill requirement if these are any good
    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by sunshine85; 23-03--2017 at 02:07 AM.

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