Ok, so, some simple googling answered my question about the drawer brackets (for anyone interested in them for their own build you can find them here: https://www.amazon.com/Dovewill-Replacement-Marine-Accessories-Non-Locking/dp/B071JN6J1W/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1505172392&sr=8-4&keywords=marine+drawer+latch )-Where did you get the hinge that is used to switch the bottom section of your bed from sleeping platform to futon? I find this design SO ingenious! So much so that I feel compelled to copy it in my own build.
-Through what means do your drawers lock? Are those black latches somehow connected on the inside?
-What sort of solenoid are you using to connect your batteries into the charging circuit? It must not be a simple 60A isolator...
Right now the propane is only used for the stove, which means it lasts for ever!! Since the water system was designed later in the build, and we were getting tight on time, we didn’t add hot water at all. This might be a really great addition eventually, but hasn’t felt like a big omission so far.Really cool build!
What all are you using the propane for? Outdoor shower?
Only ones I've seen so far, and they're not very big ;- Our kitchen severely lacks counter space – the water/sink and stove are on opposite sides, which is great for weight distribution, but isn't ideal for cooking. Additionally, while our fridge is AWESOME and we love the drop-in for its space efficiency, its door is a countertop, which makes it frustrating to use while cooking, since you need to move everything off to access the fridge. We have several good size cutting boards, and tend to do any prep work on those (so the whole thing can be moved as needed). This actually works quite well, but if anyone made drawer-based fridges with the correct dimensions (they don't, btw... we spend hours and hours going through every manufacturer's current and past catalogs) that would probably give you the best of both worlds.
Mike, those brackets are an absolute work of art! Are you an engineer? No way I could have come up with that on my own! My hope was that it was some sort of generic bracket that I would have been able to purchase and recreate a version of your bed. Instead I've moved on to a different design-but I remain envious of that design. It's simply fantastic!Hey epinfRN!
SO sorry to keep you googling for a week (we were back off the grid, except for some very weak service).
These were quite a project, actually! I designed them in Fusion 360 by Autodesk, which is absolutely spectacular software, and is free for enthusiasts (just like students)!
The biggest challenge was making sure the geometry worked at all positions:
- seat back needed to be at the correct angle when the gas springs were fully extended
- bringing it into bed position obviously couldn't compress the springs past fully-closed
- the springs had to be at their most compressed before the bracket was in its bed position, so that they would help press the extension down, rather than pull it up
- the extension length, seat height, and seat depth all had to be within range for comfortable sitting and sleeping
- the bracket and hardware couldn't completely block or interfere with any of the other storage compartments or panels
Also, I wanted the arm/spring units to be as narrow as possible to minimize the gap between cushions, and be rounded everywhere to reduce snagging and pinching.
Finally, I needed the construction to be simple enough for me (a total novice fabricator) to TIG weld. All the parts were sourced from McMaster-Carr, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, or onlinemetals.com. The fact that McMaster has CAD files for many of their products was absolutely key.
It was a ton of work, but turned out perfect :wings:
You can check out and download the CAD project here if you'd like. If you download it, make sure to move the components, which all stop where they're supposed to.
I opted for the diode-based battery isolator as opposed to the solenoid type, and picked up a 240A rated one by Sure Power online. To put it in the battery box, I had to run a 0/3 AWG marine wire from the alternators to the isolator, but took advantage of the 0/2 AWG that Leader had used to run it back to the starter battery. So far it has worked exactly as we had hoped!
Hope that helped! Let me know if you have any more questions, and thanks for all your kind words!!