I will start putting on a few of the details, OK?
First of all, this is one of the ways to use the near side stretch of the van from 21' to 23'. As I described, my Wife wanted the maxi-sized lounge dining area, to seat four people for dinner or cards and such. On the other side, the near side, I had to utilize the 2 feet extra, and these were my two top priorities:
The French Yachts have this drop through into a full sized bin. The cutting board fits the top of the sink, OR the drainboard. So for cleaning and cutting and trimming food, the drop through is amazingly handy. This is not my original idea, I stole this from the French, and love it. Not only does a full sized kitchen bin with a plastic garbage bag liner work well to manage trash, but you are also not accessing it with dirty hands. The top is made to be a hot plate to sit a hot pot on as well. If I put the cutting board to the left on the drain side, I have use of the sink for washing, vegies, meat, what ever. This drop through bin was HIGH on my wish list OK?
The other foot I had to use, was put alongside the stove for one of my little joys in life... My coffee machine. I love the smell of the roast beans grinding, and even though I mix it 3/4 decaff, I really still enjoy that morning coffee. We made this tray and lock down system for it..
Here is another personal choice and selection. First of all I like the 9 hole style of cabinet doors in Tassie Oak.. They are still a little fresh, pink in colour, they turn the golden oak colour in a few months exposed to the UV (Ultra-Violet light). Anyway, the nine hole offers ventilation to the lockers.
Also note the height. These are BIIIG overheads. How and why? I raised the roof on the overall Bushtracker by 75 mm, so these overheads are that much larger.
I may end up putting shelves in them, or some. After this ten weeks in Tasmania I will decide. The raising of the roof, is not only a great feel, but it makes a looong Bushtracker seem shorter in perspective. Really, I do not find the 23' too long, nor think I will be handicapped off-road. It is far more about the tow vehicle than the size of the van.
Right Oh, here is another one: Our full aircraft style frames, full 75mm insulation, but on the inside a one piece fibreglass semi gloss ceiling. I love how it looks, but like many things on my own van it is a weight penalty. However, with the Dodge Ram, the tow vehicle will not know the difference and I like the look of the glossy easy to clean fibreglass ceiling.
Here is another choice of mine: This table leg, has a four way, five way adjust. The lever in the front left allows it to move in and out to lock, and side to side to lock, and the foot button on the floor allows it to drop to make a bed. I love it!
For the heavy pot drawers and silverware drawers, I have elected to use these solid heavy metal body lock sets. Pending my testing in the Bush, they may become standard for us in just those heavy drawer applications. Expensive, but nice. Further, only imported for Bushtracker....
The mirror in the dressing room of the full width ensuite, has now been adapted to be a medicine cabinet behind. You still have the lockers left and right, but this is a handy addition..
Since this Tasmanian trip is only a Holiday, but the real travel is in the Outback with a DVD trip in really rugged and remote country that looks a bit like the Kimberlies: I opted for the full Air Suspension. There are Topics on this, but it is the best in Australia, and on 4140 Tool Steel 60 tonne Tensile axles. I love playing with it in manual mode, leveling the van side to side and front to back. It also makes this heavy Bushtracker float along nicely..
Combined with this flexible hitch, it is quite a manageable ride. This hitch is an inexpensive alternative to the Air Safe, on rubber torsion bars. It tows well.. And it and the heavy duty (Tailgators bumper) will go on my Dually Dodge when it arrives.
This is our new E-Pro Battery Management System readout. It is a little more elaborate, updated, and manages my 600 AH Lithiums that will nicely power up one of my air conditioning units self sufficiently in full sunlight and 4-5 hours into the night. More on that in the future, with an additional twin charging system off the truck.
More to come, as I have time... Here is to hoping you find it interesting...
Kind regards, Steven Gibbs, in Tasmania