There are currently five adults sleeping in my parents’ three bedroom house. While it is a little crowded, it has spurred a decent test run of some of the stuff that we’ll be using in the van. Since Jef is sleeping in my cramped childhood bedroom (what a trooper—pink furniture, a Minnie Mouse comforter, and a closet full of stuffed animals), I’m sleeping in the living room on the shikibuton that will eventually be Gypsy’s bed and couch. One of Gypsy’s Edgestar refrigerators is plugged in about six feet away. So far, so good. Amazingly, the shikibuton is one of the most comfortable mattresses I’ve ever slept on, and the Edgestar isn’t nearly as noisy as I thought it would be. Nice.
Since I plan to be a high maintenance van dweller, I also tested out the hot water setup. With a bucket heater, an insulated soup carrier, and an el cheapo 12v camp shower and pump, Jef and I should be able to take piping hot showers. It works great! The 3 3/8 gallon capacity of the soup carrier is more than enough for two showers, and it’ll keep water hot for several hours. The camp shower isn’t nearly as luxurious as a real shower, but still, I would call it luxury van dwelling at its finest.
Jef and I finished installing the grey water tank today. Tomorrow I hope to finish laying down the vinyl floor liner, and figure out where the plumbing lines will run. I should be able to start cutting supports for the cabinet that will house the sink. Exciting stuff.