What's in the Boxes on the Back of My Van? How are They Mounted?
- One box has a 50' black rubber hose connected to the in house plumbing I use to wash the vehicle, wash the dog or take a shower. If the hose is left in the sun, there will be a few minutes of hot/warm water. The hose is on an aluminum, permanently mounted reel.
- The long box at the bottom stores vehicle levels that get dirty I don't want inside.
- The other boxes are for misc. storage of low value, light weight items.
- The boxes help the air conditioner blend in for better stealth; air conditioner painted to match.
- One box has a cellular antennae mounted to the corner as to not pick up its amplified signal inside.
- All boxes and contents help provide some added sound insulation and collision protection.
- All boxes are bolted to the back doors.
- At first, only one box was mounted to house a small generator to power the former roof air conditioner, etc. Then it was used to hold up the door mounted air conditioner. Now it's not used for either purpose. I have rearranged the boxes many times to experiment with different configurations.
Shelves & Storage
in a Sprinter Van / Small Motorhome / Campervan
- 1/2" Plywood, 2x3
- L brackets / shelf braces
- DC LED lights, wiring
- Screws: Exact size to barely reach other side of plywood
- The rear-most vertical wood piece with shower mounted is mounted in center; due to chair and ladder slide storage on left and narrower shelves on left vs right, an optical illusion is created to make it look off center.
- The storage partitions and beams strengthens the bed platform, although not the main intended purpose.
- I looked at sliding drawers systems of many types and found them to be either too heavy, clunky operating or taking up too much space for the frame. I thought about making my own sliding trays, but decided not to because the wheels, slides, etc. would decrease storage space and add weight.
- The back wall is about 3/4 deep. The other 1/4 is accessible from the front. This allows not having to use sliding shelves/drawers or having to remove too much stuff to get to the back.
- I donated by far most of my stuff to thrift stores and sold some stuff to such a large degree all I have left is what fits in this 144" WB van. I no longer deal with storage units. That is a big savings of money, time and stress (stress of worrying about theft, confiscations due to payment logistics, etc.). Donating stuff feels good. Dealing with storage units is stressful. The only other place I have anything physical is a small (4" x 24") safety box in a Chase bank they offer to vets for free.
- I have several safes bolted to the floor.