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"The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby XexorZ » Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:32 pm

About a year and 1/2 ago I started converting a Grumman Olson step van into a RV / Mobile deer camp / Fun-mobile.

It started out as an aluminum box and has progressed thus far into an aluminum box with some cool features and a partial interior.

I so far have done the following work:
Painted the roof with RV insulating / ceramic solar reflective paint
Insulated the entire interior of the truck
Partially completed interior wood-grain panels (walls)
Added a high capacity roof-mounted air conditioner
Added an externally accessible propane compartment / regulator / tank
Added a 3 burner propane stove and oven
Added a 50 Gallon fresh water storage tank
Added 2 kitchen counter tops / sink and started framing on the cabinets
Added a custom-designed drop-down queen size bed (drops down from the ceiling on a rail system. Spring loaded.
Added front bench seating (framing) which will convert into a second queen-size bed or two singles
Added continuous output water heater (propane / Bosch)
Removed one of the two back doors and expanded the second (one larger door).
Added Neo-Angle shower basin.
Built out and plumbed bathroom (custom FRP walls and door).
Added 25 Gallon black-water tank.
Replaced ceased alternator and belt
(more stuff... will update list as I go)

I will try to add pics / updates as I go for your viewing pleasure (anyone ever dream of doing something similar to this?)

(NOTE - SOME PICTURES WERE LOST DURING A RECENT FORUM UPGRADE - SORRY FOLKS I WILL TRY TO REPLACE THEM)
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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby kmtpr » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:20 pm

Cool idea, George. :thumbsup: When you're all done, you'll have a nice custom RV for much less than the dealer would charge for a conversion job. Anxious to see more pics as you update. Thanks for sharing them. :D
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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby XexorZ » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:24 pm

I hear ya as far as a custom conversion is concerned. A lot of people think I'm doing it to save money. The reality is for 10K I could have bought a used RV in decent shape but it wouldn't be JUST like I want it... so this is the direction I went :-)

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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby Dave2122 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:08 pm

Cool project! Cant wait to see it when it is finished!
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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby RED » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:07 pm

Very Kool George.... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby davet140 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:39 pm

At first I didn't get it but now I do, Bad ass Idea can't wait to see it finished. Where do you sleep?
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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby XexorZ » Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:05 am

Sleeping arrangements:

As small as it seems, there will be two queen sized beds in it. One drops down from the ceiling (already installed, bottom of which can be seen in the third image). It drops down on rails and is made neutral weight by large garage door torsion springs and pulleys. The second queen bed is under the first and is formed by the unfolding of the two bench seats (left and right).

Should be cool once its done 8-)

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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby Runumngunum » Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:56 pm

Very Cool :thumbsup: Ilike it build how you want it :thumbsup:
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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby pakman » Sat Jun 21, 2008 4:04 pm

I saw this with my own eyes, and its a masterpiece! Very nice job dude, I have to say I was very impressed!
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Re: "The Beast" - My Stepvan RV conversion project

Postby 35Whelan » Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:00 pm

George.... VERY NICE.... Can't wait to see it done....
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