The cabinets were manufactured and fitted by Mirko @ Premium Camper. The design chopped and changed several times until we finally decided on the layout and even then Mirko and I designed them as he manufactured and installed with daily iMessage discussions. The equipment, materials and finishes had already been decided upon and purchased before we took the van to Mirko.
Previously we had done without a tall wardrobe cupboard with the intention of giving greater width to the bed but we found that we didn’t use the extra width. After our Scandinavia trip we realised that storage was more useful and we didn’t mind being cosy at night. So now the tall cupboard isn’t about wardrobe space ( whoever takes hanging clothes camping? ) but it is for provisions storage with 3 levels accessed from a tambour at the front and a door at the rear. We also have a large storage space below the equipment which is generally for utensils, crockery, cutlery and other such equipment with just a few easy to reach, i.e. coffee, provisions.
The first and most important piece of equipment is the hob and after a lot of research, demonstrations and cogitation we opted for a Wallas XC Duo diesel item. These are a Finish made item originally for the marine market but adapted for camper vans with a built in heater facility. The hob is a single constant temperature ceramic plate that is hotter at one end than the other but when the lid is closed on to it a fan blows hot air across it and it becomes heater. It has the big advantage of not requiring gas so no bottle to store or replace and uses very little diesel that we always have. It draws air in from and exhausts to outside so no smell or condensation. Its only minor draw back is that it takes a few minutes to warm up and cool down ( but hey we are supposed to be chilling ) and cuts off if the battery goes low.
The next piece of equipment we decided upon was a top loader rather than front loader fridge. The model we are using is a Vitrifrigo C40L that comes with a separate compressor for building in. With a tiny fridge with a door every time you open the door the cold falls out and it is difficult to load and get everything to stay in but with a top loader you can simply fill it up. We all have a separate 25L 12V cool box for water and wine storage which plugs into one of our 12V outlets on longer trips.
Our sink is a small stainless steel marine item that has ben underslung with a simple drop in lid. We punched a hole in the back of the sink for the disc tap that folds down into the sink. Water is supplied from a 49L Reimo tank by a Surflo pump. The tank can be filled in situ with a hose by withdrawing it from under the tall cupboard or taking it right out and wheeling it to the tap. Adjacent to the tank is an outlet for a shower hose so that we wash Fred or our shower ourselves.
The units themselves are manufactured from lightweight ply finished both sides with a linen effect ply and edged with PVC. The worktop is a Staron solid surface. The tambour doors are Rehau. Working with Mirko it was possible to set everything up on his CNC, something he is very good at and which would have been impossible using hand tools.
The table tops are courtesy of Chippy’s Workshop I sent Keith the designs and he prints them on to ply and then adds a melamine like finish and PVC table edge. The round top fits to a simple L shape bracket from the B post and stores on the cabinet side behind the drivers seat. The rectangular to is a bit of a feature using the graphic from this site and our Facebook page. It is stored in the top part of the left hand rear quarter and can have the top / show side facing out or the bottom with a simpler graphic facing out. It fits on to a Reimo swing out table leg that is mounted with a similar bracket to the L shaped leg on the front of the seat bed. Both legs store behind the drivers seat. All of which allows plenty of flexibility and interchangeability.
I mentioned the hob provides heating using but this is only necessary off grid. Previously we had a Proper gas / 230V heater and we found that we only really used that on 230V hook up as it ate gas. So now when we are likely to need heating and will have MHC we are have a compact 1200W 230V electric van heater that will be more than toasty if it is ever required.