Starlit Rambler - Adventure Travel Our Way
Progress has been a word thrown around a whole bunch in preparation for our epic van conversion and life altering trip. We are about 30 days out from the adventure and you know what we need a lot of??? PROGRESS!
You would not believe how many things need to be done in order to make this trip happen. While the conversion of the Sprinter Van is a significant item, there are a multitude of other events one must prepare for. Personally the thing that continues to be the hardest is to leave a career I am passionate about and have worked so hard to build. Usually people make life changing decisions when they hate their job, dislike where they live, lack close personal connections, have a broken relationship, or other negative things in their life. My life seems to be the opposite; I love selling real estate, Park City, Utah is one of the greatest towns in the country, I am sometimes referred to as "The Mayor" because of how many people I know, my relationship with Rachelle is stronger than ever, and overall my life is in balance. So you might ask "You have it made, why leave at all?" For me the scariest part about not leaving is waking up 20 years from now and realizing how I let time slip away without experiencing all life has to offer. Being in a professional career for the last 5 years I have realized something about my life...it has sped up dramatically. It seems as though only a few hours pass between the time when my eyes open in the morning and when they retire on another dark night. Now how might this be possible since time is a constant measure? I don't have all the answers but that Einstein guy was onto something.
So Progress is the name of the game right now. Below is a quick overview on what has gone on recently.
1. Bed rails and panels are in place. Thanks to Jake Smith at "A Rusted Development" for welding angle iron into the van. The bed panels are office desk tops I stole from my old man, Ron Wilstein. These are quite heavy but rather sturdy and cost effective so we decided to go with them. Each panel will be bolted to the angle iron to prevent bouncing up and down while moving from one awesome place to the next.
2. Installed roof vent. We also recently exchanged and received the correct size window for behind the drivers seat, which will be installed this week. This last minute window addition will allow for even more light and ventilation on those hot humid nights.
3. Built a bench for additional storage and seating. Rachelle is going to face the bench frame I built with some pallet wood from the local recycling center. Originally the storage space was going to be for H2O but we may use the space for shoes? It's ever changing, but is going to be sweet.
4. Installed solar panels. Nothing says commitment like drilling holes in the roof of your van. Marine sealant was very important to discourage water from entering through the drilled holes in the roof, even if a shower may be necessary at some point. Otherwise, this install was pretty straight forward. We ordered two 100 watt solar panels from www.Renogy.com, which is a great company out of California. Other necessary items to order for the install included 30 amp MPPT charge controller, mounting brackets, adapters to link two panels together in parallel, and wiring for connecting charge controller to the 200 amp/hr AGM Deep Cycle battery. The battery weights about 120 lbs so it better pack some serious power.
5. Upcoming Projects: Jason Ledyard is going to help install all the electrical this week along with the insulation. Followed by installation of the cabinets, new stereo system so we can bump the tunes, vented window, and tons of other small detailed projects to relatively large installations.
On a separate note, don't forget to get your tickets to the 2015 Park City Follies! The best production in Park City and my last hoorah. Click here for tickets!
Author: Jeremy Wilstein
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