now the .. woulda.. coulda…shoulda part …
-> when i did the first work on the box truck, I would have stripped it to the wood as I did and clean it as I did, now the part I should have done.
1.a. Put down tar paper to help seal it
b. put down Durofoam all over the floor, shiny side up towards feet
c. cover with 1/2 inch plywood, marine grade
-> I would have lost 1.5 inches in height, but the floor would have been so much better.
d. I did cover it with underlay and then put 3 layers of wool throw rugs down, and screw them into place as they shifted a lot without the screws. I used the Throw rugs as they are more dense and better fibers than the regular carpets. Now for the sweet part, picked all of them up for only $10 each at a flea market! Make sure you clean them for mouse smells first though 😦
2. Roll up door
-> a. in the future look for a box truck with swing/barn doors
b. put in a new door inside or outside bypassing the roll door fully. This way the wind would not blow into the vehicle/home like it does and possibly allow the temps to not drop the 10-20 degs like it does when the wind blows over 25 km per hour in the winter!
3. I did create a way to remove or lift up the top and bottom of the wall to allow air flow in the summertime, Do that again! make sure though it is more bug proof! Dealing with the rails is a PITA.. so in the spring…
4. This spring, remove the roll up door completely, most probably and get rid of the rails as well. They are too hard to work around. Right now, I do just cut to fit the Durofoam wall, then push it against the rails and allow it to form around the rails so it is not too bad that way, but bugs still get through in the summer time.
5. In the spring or maybe even before I will be upgrading my size by creating an outside vestibule area off the back. I will be running poles out from the vehicle to create a larger enclosed working, living area with a wood stove in there. This will be a canvas-covered room with removable poles for transporting and setup. Similar to what the US and CDN Militaries do with their command vehicles to create a covered space for working/maps etc.
6. better solar setup, much better solar setup, on the roof! Go see a body shop that specializes in roof top racking, platforms and have one made up that will not damage the integrity of the fiberglass roof and its waterproofing. The have the solar up there, flat when moving, sloped when on site and non stealth modes though. Sloped also when winter time so the snow does not damage the panels and getting better solar gain.