Friday, November 30, 2018

Solid As A Rock

7:22 am:
Last nite I completed the installation of Box Van's raised subfloor. The subfloor is now solid as a rock!

1. The frame for the subfloor is made from 3/4 x 3 common board.
2. 3M VHB RP25 Tape was used to secure the frame to Box Van's aluminum deck.
3. To prepare for the 3M VHB tape, the aluminum deck and the frame board were cleaned with isopropyl alcohol. The frame was positioned on 16" centers.
4. The top of the subfloor frame was cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and 3M VHB tape was applied to the frame.
5. The areas where the 3/4" plywood and the frame make contact was cleaned with isopropyl alcohol.
6. The plywood subfloor was carefully positioned over the frame and then dropped on to the frame.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Vinyl Flooring Arrived

6:36 am:
Yesterday afternoon, a phone call came in from Eric of La Mesa Flooring. My order of Armstrong vinyl has arrived and is available for me to pick up!

Perfect timing! The installation of my living quarters raised floor is almost complete. All that remains is securing the 3/4" plywood top plate to the raised floor's frame. I will do that this morning!

Raised floor before the 3/4" plywood top plate.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Readers Convince Me

5:46 am:
I was intending to have the raised floor of my living quarters lie on Box Van's floor without securing it. My thinking was, the weight of the living quarters structure would be sufficient. And mechanically securing the raised floor framing would be unnecessary.

However, the persistence of two Readers has convinced me to change my mind!

Reader W3JDR [Joe]:
"I suspect you'll be hearing a "clunk" "clunk" noise as the floor joists bounce in the center when you're walking on them".

Reader Jim Burnett:
"Your assumption (unless you have put a straightedge on the van floor) is that it is perfectly flat. If it is not, then you will have a hard time getting your sleepers to press down without rocking".

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


9:28 am:
In this construction process, almost every day one of my main chores is putting all of this stuff inside Box Van in some kind of order. This repetitive almost daily quest for order may not seem like a mission-critical item. But it is!

For example, there is a switch on a line from the house battery that has tiny Philips head screws in the wire clamps. I have 2-sets of jeweler's tools which could easily handle these tiny screws. If these jeweler's tools could be found!

So, I am constantly going thru all of this stuff to make decisions where things may be stored. And easily found.

Monday, November 26, 2018


7:43 am:
Yesterday I had expected to return from shopping at Home Depot with the flooring for my living quarters. However, I was unable to find flooring that I liked. Home Depot appears to offer only very inexpensive [Cheap] vinyl flooring.

This means that I will be able to install my living quarter's raised floor with the insulation and underlayment. But I will not be able to proceed with framing the walls and ceiling until the vinyl flooring is installed.

I'll be searching online today for local flooring shops that may have what I am looking to buy.

PS: I am thinking of shopping at:
La Mesa Flooring Company, La Mesa, California

Sunday, November 25, 2018

My Living Quarters

7:14 am:
Now comes the construction of my living quarters.

The floor is to be made up of 1 x 3 common board. The framing for the walls and ceiling is to be the same size board.

My living quarters is to be insulated using 1" R-Tech R-3.85 sheathing. A plywood wallboard will be secured to the R-Tech to create a finished surface.

The floor will be covered with peel and stick vinyl.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Box Van Plumbing

4:26 pm:
I've just finished ordering all of the plumbing items for the Box Van project. And all from Amazon [They make it sooooo easy!].

The plumbing is the SharkBite brand. The tubing is blue for cold water and red for hot water. That's how it was with Scampy [I like that!].

I may have mentioned in a Blog post several weeks ago, that I am going to try the Box Van plumbing system without a water pump.

Just gravity feed.

SharkBite ball valve.

Note: Isn't it crazy for me to be up at 4:26 am ordering plumbing? I do my best thinking in the morning while I'm still in bed. 

Suddenly I had it all figured out! That was when I went online to Amazon and ordered all my plumbing! 😎

Friday, November 23, 2018

Fresh Water Tank

6:55 am:
Installing my 26-gallon water tank into Box Van's overhead area is next. This tank needs installation before beginning to frame my living quarters.

Filling this tank will be done using a water hose coming thru Box Van's big roll-up door.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Holes In Roof

8:08 am:
When I was attempting to screw down my Yingli solar panel, I punched many holes in Box Van's roof. I had thought that I had sealed those holes. But this morning's rain proved that those holes are not sealed. It will be necessary to for me to attend to those holes promptly.

The interesting thing about attaching the Yingli to Box Van's roof is that the very best way to do that is to use 3M VHB tape.

No drilling. No screws. Perfect! [Link]

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tall Cabinet

8:40 am:
Next comes the installation of the tall cabinet which goes against the wall opposite to the 9-drawer cabinet.

When I took the measurements for the tall cabinet, I failed to see that part of Box Van [A metal box] extended into the lower right of the tall cabinet's space!

I will have to remove that part of the tall cabinet before assembly.

In the pic above, I've placed the rear wall of the tall cabinet [A pegboard]
in front of the metal box so that may see what is going on.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Completing Workshop

7:59 am:
As I approach the completion of Box Van's workshop, I am better able to make a final decision on the optimal space division between my living quarters and the workshop.

My original estimate was 98" front to back for my living quarters. Now, however, I see that I may be able to increase that 98" to perhaps 110" with no impact on the usefulness of my workshop!

Monday, November 19, 2018

DMV and Beyond

1:08 pm:
I spent about 3-hours today at the DMV. I usually deal with the DMV online and have an account with the department just so that I don't have to go there.

When I used that account several weeks ago for the purpose of changing my address, the system balked! It told me that my information was not correct. Also, that I would have to appear in person to update my address info.

So, I made an appointment, and the system booked one for me. Only thing is, DMV is good a making an appointment. They are not good at keeping them.

Anyway, after hours of waiting beyond my appointment time, a clerk handed me a  form informing me, fill out this change form and I'll send it to Sacramento. Next time, just mail in this form when you have any changes.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Where Is It Written?

2:57 am:
Yesterday was a very long workday for me. I was enjoying my cabinet building project sooooo much, that the time just slipped by.

Because the weather was kinda chilly, Box Van's big door was closed. Working inside Box Van with that big door closed keeps me out-of-touch with the passage of time. The thing that got me to stop working on the cabinet drawers was being tired! Not the time-of-day.

Anyway, I turned in to bed around 9 pm [Kinda early for me]. And now it is early morning and I am just about to head over to 24-Hour Fitness - Balboa!

Where is it written that we must do things like sleeping or exercising at a certain time?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Get Yourself To Denny's!

6:46 am:
I had begun to assemble the first of the remaining four drawers. When I went to fire a brad nail, it would not fire out of the Ryobi! The battery was not charged! My backup battery needed charging too!

There I was waiting for a battery! It was cold [52 ℉].

My inner voice said to me:
"George! Get yourself to Denny's!"

Friday, November 16, 2018

Assemble Drawer Cabinet

7:10 am:
Now is the time that my drawer cabinet must be assembled because that will bring order to Box Van.

When the two Señor Tránsito steel cabinets were taken down yesterday, there was no place to put the contents. Things are a bit chaotic now. Sometimes it is just by accident that I locate something that I really need within a few minutes of beginning my search!

An example of this is the role of plastic bags that line my wastebasket. As I was looking for those bags, I spotted them lying on top of a box of drill bits! A roll of plastic bags may not seem like a big deal. But imagine multiplying one missing thing by dozens of missing things.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cabinet Information

7:32 am:
On Thursday, November 8th I Blogged to you an engineering drawing showing the details of my first workshop cabinet. I made this drawing to give myself a starting size for the drawers.

However, there is really no way to know in advance how much drawer space I will need to hold all of my stuff.

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?