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There have been so many upgrades and simple removal of appliances from our house. Like that there is no technical heater. We did use some small $5 ceramic heaters from Walmart that two of them worked wonderfully during some of the build. Others; the fridge, water heater, tank were all replaced. Still to replace are the circuit breaker and update our in cabin fuse box. There were no fans or AC units just vents. The water pump was actually kept in great shape so, it is relatively the only kept appliance.
AC Unit and Vent Fan
Dometic Brisk II Rooftop Air Conditioner this is going to be a game changer! With having worked on all of our electric, this will be one of our major upgrades! Replacing our currently just two fan design. (Neither working as of 07/25/2020) If you think you can handle simply two fans or just one fan. It’s not a good life.
Just our simple existing the summer for a few weeks now has been rough! Finding places where we can hide in AC or have the literal ocean breeze directly to the van have been our best conditions. Even Colorado low humidity and in the mid 90’s in the van turns to a total oven.
Friendly reminder to everyone with pets to have something to regulate the temperature outside for your little friends as well. Juliette is my service dog so she goes everywhere with me anyways but, for those who can’t have it that way. Please keep their health and safety as a HIGH priority.
We are only 19.5 feet from bumper to bumper so we don’t need two big AC units for our tiny home. We did decide that we love the splurge for the rain shielded Maxx-Air 00-05100K Maxxfan Ventilation Fan we did save by having the manual one just cause at any given point we are no more than 5 feet from it while in the house. With that rain shield though, we can have it on while driving and in the rain, without having to worry about it ever leaking or being ripped off.
All of our plumbing was out of date and the connections we had are now illegal, that was weird to find out. Kind of cool though to learn about all of these “used-to-be” residential engineering technology. To think in just two generation worth of people it would be phased in and out!
Anyways the newer worth the little bit extra is to use Pex Pipe! It will out last copper, can be made “malleable”, I use quotes only because it is only slightly malleable. There is some give to the material however it isn’t without work and probably easier to just add a few more connections for any turns or acute angle changes in however you have to lay your piping. Color coding is also exceptionally easy with this because it can be purchased in white, blue, and red. We only used the white and red because they were available in the larger sizes.
Then there are connection by a company called SharkBite! These will make your life so easy and they are supremely smooth and sealed connections. There are any and all possibilities from this single company as well; tee fitting, threaded to click-to-connect male and female, push-to-connect to push-to-connect, one way fittings, The pex pipe comes in at a half inch and the only part we had trouble with was that our water pump is metric, this piece is original to the RV. AT that we used a bit extra of our thread seal tape and with the SharkBite pipe fitting it is a perfect seal. Get imperial products ( a product that uses inches for the fittings) and you’ll be set though!
Now to the fun new toys of our home! The ECOTOUCH Electric Tankless Water Heater is so compact and fit under the sink with everything else like it was meant to be. We put a simple 1″x2″ board be hind it where we would be securing it and it was so simple to connect into our system. Can’t wait to utilize it for a nice warm shower after a cold hike or swimming through a lake in autumn. Anyone else a total day dreamer?
This has the 1/2″ threaded fittings that made it easy to simple put some thread tape on and screw on the SharkBite Fitting.
The new tank we got is a 45 Gallon tank, it was the biggest we could fit for the space we have. This is our RV 45 Gallon Fresh Water Holding Tank for Campers. I would recommend anything by RecPro, the manufacturer. Their products are simple, easy to work with and very well made. If you want to know how we fit that inside, more than happy to make a post dedicated to plumbing or how to make the most of your space.
The only things I would recommend is before measure how much water you use in three days minimum. If you clean, cook, drink or do any bathing in your van/RV it will go faster than you could possibly imagine. The only connection that are needed for a tank are a small vent tube that allows for your tank to breath based on elevation and temperatures. Another tube that is your gravity feed line, fancy word for how you get water to drain down to your tank. Lastly two connects for getting water out a quick release should be gravity fed as well, on the bottom of the tank, that is for emergencies or if you are going on a long trip and know you can fill when you get there. The other exit tube is to actually use the water in your tank! This should aim to be a 1/2″ connection to your water pump.
First off the only real upgrade we did here was to switch our fridge. A sink is a sink and can be made out of anything as long as it has holes in the right places for draining and a faucet. The stove/oven we kept as well it is extremely cute and still a fresh kind of vintage for our tiny home. Other than that we do cook a TON and have plenty of gadgets, bowls and spoons for serving a hotel but that’s not the point of this section.
The key things you need to think about before purchasing a fridge would be;
- How often do you cook?
- How much of your food needs refrigeration?
- How much food do you cook?
- How long does that last in your fridge?
- How often do you want to go to the store?
- What power sources do you have at your disposal?
After you have answered those questions you can figure out what your looking for. Always go for the most energy efficient you can weather it be from a single power source like a 15 amp basic outlet, a direct wiring in to your breaker box, if propane is something you can use, and how much power you will have to go to a fridge. DO NOT SKIMP on any of these steps. If you don’t have enough power you will be in a mess. If you are always going to the store and want to be able to go a few days it’ll be a hassle to move everything all the time. If you have a larger family needing more total volume, just because you have to cook for so many; you don’t want to have to go to the store all the time just because you can’t hold the basic amount for your family. Assure you’re thinking of these things.
Anyways back to what we decided would be a great choice for the two of us. We cook a lot of fresh food, and really don’t put anything besides damp rags in a freezer for cooling ourselves. We are also uncertain of our incoming power at all times. We didn’t have a slot for a direct connection to a breaker so our fridge has to be on an outlet. These all lead to our selection of a low amp, highly efficient 5.5 cubic feet electric, plug-in fridge that has a terrible freezer. I do recommend it in the regard that is 100% gets the job done, keeps cool even when the RV is approaching 100°F or about 37°C. If you want the freezer to freeze anything at that point though it starts freezing anything that’s within an inch or two below the freezer drip pan.
Whatever you do, it won’t be perfect. It will be made possible by your decisions and the world can be changed for the better by any number of decisions you make today. Always try to brighten someone else’s day.
Take charge of your life and make your dreams into a plan with action behind it. See anything you want to through, stumble, fall down and get back up. If doors are closing and it’s to redirect you to what the universe sees possible of you and at the end of the day be happy and grateful for something or someone in your life.
This looks so nutritious and delicious!