Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Why So Slow?

3:02 am:
I am definitely not in a rush to complete my Box Van construction. However, even I am beginning to wonder: "Why is it going sooooo slowly?"

I believe the answer is in all the other things that are going on at the same time!

For example, a few days ago I received a credit card charge for something that I did not buy. In discussing the matter with my credit card company, they suggested canceling the card number and issuing a new number, which was done.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Comfort At Nite

7:23 am:
My little Olympian Wave-3 Catalytic heater is the smallest heater in the Wave series. Even so, it kept me comfortably warm. I did not have to keep my nose inside the sleeping bag when the outside temperature descended to 52℉ early this morning.

When the Wave-3 is only warming my living quarters, it will be fine warming the smaller area. Also, Wave-3 will be aided by insulation!

Monday, November 12, 2018


6:25 am:
This morning I am driving to AmeriGas to have my new Manchester propane tank hooked up and filled.

I've encountered a question concerning the tank's output valve [You may look of an image of that valve in my blog published yesterday].

From that image, you may see a "left-pointing" arrow which indicates a left-hand pipe thread. That thread is a good idea because that allows the piping to be joined without a union.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


6:15 am:
As Box Van headed out from our Nite Camp, a lovely sunrise came into view!

The sunrise surprised me because I had not realized that our Nite Camp had been at such a high elevation.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fill Propane Tank

4:55 am:
Today I'm filling Box Van's propane tank. It's about time!!

Right now Box Van is parked in front of 24 Hour Fitness Navajo. Gotta love it! Working out is one of my favorite things! 😍


Friday, November 09, 2018

Engineering Change

5:15 am:
The bottom drawer of the cabinet that I am building is going to be 12" deep to accommodate dispenser bottles [ie: Formula 409].

Making a change such as this is easy to make at this point in construction. All that I have to do is to buy the wood! Assembly of the cabinet has not yet begun!

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Box Van's Cabinets

5:57 am:
This is the drawing that I have prepared for Box Van's first cabinet. I have not made the list of materials yet. I'll do that later today and update the drawing.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Propane Regulator

7:11 am:
I had to educate myself about propane regulators in order to buy the one that I should use for Box Van's propane system. The regulator that I chose is a 2-stage device [Link].

This propane regulator will not arrive until tomorrow. So, I will not be able to run the propane line until then.

When the line is installed, it will begin with black pipe coming from the propane tank. Then comes the regulator. Next black pipe comes from the regulator up thru Box Van's floor.

Two-stage regulator.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Need Sunny Sky

7:24 am:
The Box Van team has been without solar power since it began. As a result, the voltage of the deep cycle battery has been very low. In the 10 to 11 volts range.

In order to commence Box Van's construction, we must have the use of the Arrow Brad Nailer. But the brad nailer needs adequate electric power in order to fire a brad.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Lots of Stuff Happening

8:28 am:
Installing the propane may happen today.

Also, the Arrow brad nailer will arrive which would allow me to begin the installation of my living room's raised floor.

Hooking up the Renogy battery charge controller will keep our deep cycle battery charged.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

I Changed My Mind!

8:02 am:
I have been convinced not to use sheet metal screws to secure Yingli our solar panel to Box Van's roof.

Instead, I'm using 3M Scotch Permanent Double Sided Extreme Mounting Tape

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Changing Yingli Mounting

4:51 am:
I do not like the way that I mounted the Yingli solar panel on Box Van's roof. So, I am having the Yingli taken down.

When it's down, I'll attach [4] flat steel plates [1/8" thick x 1/2" wide x 3" long] to the bottom of the panel's aluminum frame. Then have the Yingli put back up on Box Van's roof and remounted.

The thing that I did not like about the first mounting, was that I used 1/4"  threaded rod to secure the panel. These threaded rods went thru the roof. Then thru Box Van's interior aluminum roof braces and had a hex nut on the bottom to hold the Yingli down. Wrong!

The new mounting will secure the solar panel with sheet metal screws thru the [4] flat steel plates and into Box Van's interior aluminum roof braces.

Friday, November 02, 2018

The Death of the Dump Station

7:37 am:
I, Tioga George, the greatest vagabonder-supreme in the history of the World hereby, on this the 2nd of November in the year of 2018 predict:

The explosion of Nature's Head Self-Contained Composting Toilet over the RVing community and the resultant Death of the Dump Station.

Box Van's Nature's Head

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Box Van's Mileage

12:03 am:
A few Readers have commented on the low mileage that Box Van gets. Our first mileage calculation was 8.28 miles/gallon. That means that it costs .43 cents to drive Box Van one mile.

Not cheap!

So, if I trade Box Van for a higher mileage truck, what does that get me? More money for my old age and retirement? Hmm?