For the kitchen, we wanted an open feel with a farmhouse sink. Here are just a few details and the exact things we used:
- We used a bathroom sink (yep) because it was the only thing that we could find with the right dimensions. It works great and no one knows ;)
- if you buy the sink we have, use some kind of sealer on it!! It's super porous and we put over 4 coats of a tile sealer on it to keep it nice and white.
- VIGO Matte Stone Vessel Sink
We both agreed we wanted a private bathroom with a door so we could have some privacy. We absolutely love this self-cleaning shower door by Nautilus. A little pricey but worth it!
- Chrome 24 Function Ultra-Luxury 3-way 2 in 1 Shower-Head
- Bathroom Single Handle Mixing Valve, Polished Chrome
- As a couple we had to have a real conversation about what we did and didn't want to do in the van... and one of those things was #2. We made it a rule that you find a bathroom if you gotta go since we didn't want to deal with cleaning shit (literally). The payoff isn't worth the reward when there are bathrooms literally everywhere. We bought a urine diverting toilet (see below for link) and a toilet seat that fit it.
We are so happy with our decision, but it's not for everyone.
- Urine Diverting Seat – Separett Privy 500
- We have three 100 watt solar panels by Renogy. They are great and we've never had any issues!
- We mounted them to the roof with a combination of 3M tape and bolts through the roof.
- RENOGY 100 Watt Monocrystalline Photovoltaic PV Solar Panel
- We have 3 12V 155 amp AGM batteries for a total of 465 ah
- VMAX AGM 12v 155ah Deep Cycle SLA Rechargeable Battery
SOlar Charge Controller
For the shower we have a 20 gallon water tank that is stored underneath one of the benches in the back.
For the sink we have a 10 gallon water tank that is stored under the sink
- We use the same water pump for the shower and the sink
- SHURFLO (255-313) 1/2" Twist-On Pipe Strainer
- This should be installed between the tank and the water pump.
- We used 1/2" Interior Diameter (ID) Nylon Braided Hose for all cold water lines. You can make the connections using 1/2" ID Barbed fittings with whatever size threaded fitting you need on the other end. Then simply put a clamp over the hose where the barb inserts into the hose.
- For the hot water lines we used 1/2" ID PEX hot water lines. You will need to use PEX fittings to make your joints. It is not very flexible so I found the elbow joints very helpful when making the connection from my hot water heater to the shower.
- I found it helpful to diagram out the entire plumbing system and listing off every fitting, hose, valve, t-joint etc... that I would need. Once you have this list completed you are ready to order your fittings off amazon or make a trip to your local Home Depot.
Since our van is a live/work situation we wanted the flexibility to have a table/desk area to sit at during the way while we work.
- 4" Memory Foam Mattress Topper
- We cut this ourselves with an electric bread knife and then paid someone to make the cushion covers.
- Marine 12V Switch & Charge Panel - We used a 4 toggle switch panel. 2 toggles control our recessed LED Rope Lighting and 2 toggle control our water pumps. It comes with 2 built-in USB ports and a 12v port.
- Dimmable 12V LED Recessed Lighting - We love the fact that these are dimmable. They are very bright otherwise. We had to go to another site to find a 12V Dimmable switch but it was well worth it.
- 12V LED Rope Lights - We used this under the valance that runs along our windows. They are connected to the Marine Toggle Switch Panel.
- 3 speed, reversible with thermostat. You can get a higher end model with a remote but we decided it wasn't worth the extra $.