Vibrant van conversion raises awareness about endangered bees (Video)

There seems to be a diversity of van conversions out there: boat-design-inspired family campers, frugal authors and itinerant mechanical engineers, and downsizing couples who rent out their home while they travel in a van home.

But rather than undertaking the huge task of converting one, people can also rent van conversions to try them out. One such company is UK-based Quirky Campers, a online van-sharing service which lets owners of one-a-kind camper conversions rent them out when they are not being used. We get a peek at The Honeybee, built by John and Cat, a delectable home-on-wheels that also has a mission to raise awareness about threatened bee populations, via Tiny House Giant Journey:

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

The solar-powered van is actually a former parcel delivery van, hence its bright yellow exterior, which prompted John and Cat to lean toward the honeybee theme. Coming inside from the side door, one sees a calm interior that’s warmed up by the use of high-quality plywood on the walls and cabinets, accentuated by hexagonal elements. Cat, who has her own upholstery company, created all the beautiful soft furnishings in the van.

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

The kitchen comes into view first, and it features a counter, a two-burner propane cooktop, a small round sink with a water-efficient hand pump and greywater and freshwater tanks, and cabinets with striking, hexagonal cut-outs that act as pulls (the lack of knobs saves space and makes it look more streamlined). The cabinet doors use magnets to hold them in place during driving. There’s a refrigerator with a freezer here too. In addition, there’s an emergency porta-potty stored underneath the sink, and a RV-style detachable dining table that is used in conjunction with the front seats when they are swivelled around.

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

The bed is at the rear of the van. There’s storage drawers underneath the bed. The van comes with a stereo system (you can plug in your smartphone or laptop and blast your music away), and is heated with propane, and powered with solar. At the rear of the van, you see a wall for privacy, but also hooks for hanging coats and two large storage drawers at the bottom, which slide in under the bed.

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

Quirky Campers© Quirky Campers

Besides the bee-themed design details, the van also comes with literature on bees, and native wildflower seed bombs that can planted in order to grow more bee-friendly plants. With bee populations declining worldwide, it’s great to see a tiny home with a fun and educational mission to help change that. To find out more or rent a van conversion, visit The Honeybee over at Quirky Campers.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/honeybee-van-conversion.html

‘Riverdale’ Random Plot Twist: Evil Catholics Run Gay Conversion Therapy

It is not unusual for the plots of episodes of CW’s Riverdale to take a turn into darkness, but in the March 28 episode titled “Chapter Thirty: The Noose Tightens,” the random inclusion of evil Catholics practicing gay conversion therapy was unexpected.

Penelope Blossom (Nathalie Boltt) is trying to gain control of the Blossom family fortune, now that she is widowed, but her daughter, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), and mother-in-law, Nana Rose, stand in the way. Cheryl has a preference for girls and currently has a crush on Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan). In order to dispose of Cheryl long enough to do whatever she is scheming for the money, she sends Cheryl off for gay conversion therapy at the Sisters of Quiet Mercy Home for Troubled Youth, which is portrayed as a dark, depressing place.

The therapy includes watching black and white cautionary films – remember Reefer Madness? – about homosexuality and Cheryl is made to do manual physical labor, like moving around heavy burlap sacks from one corner of the basement to another. Sister Livingston tells Cheryl she blames the simple act of dressing as a boy at the hands of her grandmother caused her to be confused and now gay. No, really.

 

 

Sister Livingston: I believe I’ve deduced what’s caused this imbalance in you, Cheryl.

Cheryl: And what would that be, Sister Livingston?

Sister Livingston: I’ve spoken to your mother about your brother Jason. And how close you were. So close, in fact, that your Nana would sometimes mix you up, isn’t that right? She would dress you in Jason’s clothes and he in yours?

Cheryl: Nana’s always been half-blind, Sister. Cataracts. But if there’s anything that’s affected my psyche, it’s the fire hose of abuse directed at me by my mother and my father.

Sister Livingston: You’ve suffered many traumas, it’s true. But that does not excuse your willful behavior. Now, you will report to the undercroft immediately, where you will undergo physical therapy until you’re ready to listen.

Cheryl’s friends are not buying Penelope’s story that she has sent Cheryl off to a Swiss boarding school so they confront her. Toni, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Josie (Ashleigh Murray) are then told by Penelope that she sent Cheryl away because she was afraid that Cheryl was obsessed with Josie and may even hurt her or herself. Then Penelope hands over a drawing Cheryl did of herself and Josie.

Not long after this meeting, Penelope leaves the house long enough for Nana Rose to get the idea of calling Cheryl’s friends to help get her out. She manages to fling herself from her wheelchair and pull herself across the room to the telephone to call Toni and let her know that Cheryl is nearby with the sisters. Cheryl’s Uncle Claudius, who is in cahoots with Penelope for the money, walks in and cuts the phone line so that Nana Rose can’t say anything more to Toni.

When they figure out that Cheryl is being kept at Sisters of Quiet Mercy, the sheriff’s son, Kevin (Casey Cott), who is gay, tells the girls about an underground tunnel that leads from the facility to the woods, which he knows about from gay boys sneaking out to hook up down there.

So they all go to rescue Cheryl from the evil nuns, culminating in a dramatic scene where Toni bursts into the film room to save a crying Cheryl and the girls kiss in front of the screen in front of everyone, then an angry group of priests and nuns chase them down the dark tunnel. Yes, it really was that ridiculous.

 

 

Toni: Cheryl!

Cheryl, are you in here?

Cheryl: Toni?

Toni: We came to rescue you.

Cheryl: You did?

Veronica: Cheryl, Toni, there are a bunch of nuns coming. We have to go, come on!

Of all the story plots that could have been used to get rid of Cheryl, I don’t really understand why this prime-time show had to go to gay conversion therapy run by evil nuns. Maybe it was just for shock value but mostly it came off as random and just silly. Usually, this show is better than that. I hope this is just a temporary lapse in judgment and not a preview of what is to come.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/karen-townsend/2018/03/29/riverdale-random-plot-twist-gay-conversion-therapy

Woman architect travels Europe in her self-built van conversion (Video)

We see and hear a lot about van conversions out here in North America, but over the ocean in Europe, there are apparently a good number of adventurous souls striking out in tricked-out vehicles too.

One of them is Viki, a recovering architect from Germany, who is travelling around Europe with her dog Cleo and her self-built van conversion that she’s named Illa (the pun of “van-illa” is intended). Viki says that she had previously been living a normal life, working long hours in her architecture job, sharing an apartment with friends, and had initially intended to buy a car in order to drive to Norway to find another job. But seeing that a van was about the same price, Viki ended up building out a van home instead, and has since been journeying around for the last six months, visiting fresh new destinations around Europe. We get a look inside via The Indie Projects:

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

Van-Illa is a Volkswagen T5 with a long wheel base. Viki has remade the interior to resemble a comfy, feminine bedroom that has all her possessions within reach (including quirky favourites like her collection of Disney movies). One of the interesting design elements here is how she has created a kind of L-shaped counter with shelving up front. The little bright red refrigerator sits here, keeping things cool when needed, though Viki says that over the last few months she has almost been eating only plant-based foods, so she hasn’t been using it much.

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

The interior is insulated with 4-centimetre-thick cork board. Viki has used salvaged materials wherever possible: cabinet doors her neighbour almost threw out, and linoleum for her counter. Yet another awesome feature is her adjustable bed. With a lift up on folding supports, it becomes a reclining lounge seat-and-bed that looks out through the the rear van doors.

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

At the back of the van when the doors are open, Viki can slide out this giant pull-out drawer that functions as her kitchen prep counter and storage. In addition to the small water tank inside, there is another small water tank here.

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

The Indie ProjectsThe Indie Projects/Video screen capture

Viki’s van conversion is simple design that features some very intriguing ideas for storage and layout. For now, Viki plans to carry on with her travels, while she can:

I really like my job still and I want to go back to working as an architect, but I felt I was missing out on travel. I’ve never travelled for longer than a month… so I wanted to change something. I will never be that young again, or that independent. I just couldn’t answer the question: ‘why not now’? So I left.

Indeed, for many of us, that’s a question that needs asking at some point in our lives: if not now, then when? To keep updated on Viki’s journey, visit her website.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/architects-van-conversion-viki-van-illa-ice-cream.html

Mechanical engineer’s $1,000 van conversion has a quick-folding bed (Video)

Like their tiny house cousins, van conversions come in all shapes and sizes. The stories behind them are often fascinating too, whether it’s mid-life professionals retiring to travel full-time, outdoor enthusiasts using their vehicular homes to find the perfect climbing or diving spot, or a family man building the most awesome family camper ever.

Looking to create a more comfortable place to inhabit while on his nine-month climbing trip across North America, British mechanical engineer Mark converted this nondescript white cargo van into an inexpensive home on wheels, using a combination of off-the-shelf and reclaimed materials and some engineering ingenuity. Watch the tour of his simple van home and how it was done, via fellow rock-climber, entrepreneur and YouTuber Nate Murphy:

Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture

Mark’s van has the kitchen to one side of the van’s middle. It features a propane-fuelled camping stove, a simple sink made with a metal bowl, faucet and water pump, and lots of storage. Since this is the most visible part of the van’s interior, Mark spent a little more money to buy cherry wood for the cabinet frame.

Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture

The bed is quite clever: it’s a three-part folding design that Mark came up with himself. One lifts up the panels using a looped handle in order to transform it into a sofa. Its sliding mechanism uses hinges, bolts, latches and plywood to create something that can serve as a bed, and as a comfy sofa when it’s locked in with the latch.

Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture
Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture
Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture
Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture

To keep costs down, Mark chose to forego installing solar power; instead, he uses battery-powered LED lights. Storage has been put into all the irregular spaces, and a refillable water tank has been placed at the back of the van, where there’s also more storage space and a drawer for outdoor gear.

Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture

To maintain privacy when parked in urban places, Mark has installed some thick curtains at the front of the van, which are hung on adjustable shower curtain rods.

Nate MurphyNate Murphy/Video screen capture

In total, Mark spent only USD $1,000 on materials and renovations for the van, taking about a week and using borrowed tools at his friend’s home in Utah to complete the build. It’s a good design that maintains a nice balance between functionality and space to stretch out your feet or sleep — no doubt helped by that clever folding bed concept. To see more smart van conversions, see our related links below.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/mechanical-engineer-converts-van-quick-folding-bed-video.html

This e-bike conversion kit uses friction drive to electrify any bike

The Rubbee X, which claims to add 30 miles of sweat-free riding to any bike, weighs under 9 pounds and can be added or detached to a bike “in just one second.”

While some companies are focusing on delivering a complete electric bike built from the ground up, which in many cases are being sold as a solution for older non-cyclists (or lapsed cyclists) to take some of the effort out of riding, others are looking to leverage the vast numbers of conventional bikes already in use by offering a drop-in conversion kit.

However, some of these drop-in e-bike conversion kits cost quite a bit of money, and can be more expensive than a complete e-bike, which keeps them out of reach of those on a tight budget. But in recent weeks, there have been a few affordable plug-and-play electric conversion kits hit the market, such as the Swytch, as well as a friction-drive option priced as low as $160. This looks to be a growing trend, as not everyone wants, or can afford, a brand new bicycle just to get an electric drivetrain.

Lithuania’s Rubbee, which brought a previous iteration of its friction drive system to life via crowdfunding in 2013, is launching its latest model, the Rubbee X, with a Kickstarter campaign. This all-in-one unit is installed with a locking mechanism onto the rear of the seat post, where its mounting system allows it to be attached or detached quickly. The X has room for three batteries, which when used together are said to allow for a 30-mile riding range per charge, but it can also be used with a single battery installed for a lighter weight and a shorter riding range.

The Rubbee X weighs just 8.8 pounds with three lithium-ion batteries installed, and can deliver a 350W electric boost to the rear wheel, but the bike can also be ridden conventionally (without the device touching the wheel) until the electric drive is needed. A wireless cadence sensor allows for the electric drive system to respond to the rider’s pedaling, a regenerative braking feature can add riding range, and a rear ‘smart’ brake light is intended to help with visibility. The charging time for the unit with all three batteries installed is said to be about 2.5 hours, and because the X is light and simple to detach, it’s easy to secure and to charge.

Of course, because it’s 2017, there’s an app for the Rubbee X, which allows for selecting the level of pedal-assist, tracking rides, and collecting data about power output and regenerative braking statistics with its “advanced ride analytics.”

Rubbee is currently running a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch the X, with backers at the £269 (US$355) level claiming the first units when they ship in June of 2018. More information is available at the Rubbee website.

Remember, crowdfunding projects can be risky, so buyer beware.

h/t New Atlas

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/bikes/e-bike-conversion-kit-uses-friction-drive-electrify-any-bike.html

Lightweight e-bike conversion kit promises an affordable "instant" Swytch to electric

With a top speed of 25 mph, and a range of up to 50 miles, this drop-in e-bike conversion kit aims to make it easy to add an electric boost to any bike.

For those who already own a bike they love, and yet want to get a little extra boost now and again (or all the time), from an electric drive system, the options just keep getting cheaper. Although many of the lower-cost units haven’t seen much real-world action yet, which means data on their reliability and actual performance isn’t available (and some of them haven’t even been delivered to customers), that hasn’t stopped people from being drawn to “instant” e-bike kits. This next product is attracting a fair bit of attention for not only its performance claims, but also its incredibly affordable price.

UK e-bike startup Swytch is trying to lay claim to the “world’s lightest, most affordable” electric bike conversion kit, by connecting a front wheel with an integrated electric hub motor to a removable battery pack that hangs from the handlebars, for a total weight of less than 8 pounds, and priced at just $300. For that pre-order pricing, a 250W unit and a 36V 5Ah battery pack said to cover 25 miles will be delivered to customers in the spring of 2018, after which the expected MSRP will be roughly double that amount.

The Swytch e-bike kit is also available as a 350W (non-EU) version, and a larger 10Ah battery pack option will give riders 50 miles per charge, with a variety of standard wheel sizes available to fit “any bike.” Seems like a bit of a bold claim, but because the Swytch is meant to power the non-drive wheel (the front, in this case, or the rear, in the case of the penny farthing), it doesn’t have to be integrated into the gear train, which makes it much simpler than rear-wheel conversions.

The bike’s battery pack is attached to the front of the handlebars with a quick-connect bracket, which allows for it to be easily removed when parking it, and the battery bag also serves as the dashboard for the Swytch wheel. The control dashboard is so much simpler than even the most basic e-bike LCD display, as it uses LED lights to show battery charge level and power assist mode (which is actually quite refreshing, as most of us only want to select the power mode and keep an eye on the battery level), and the pack includes an LED headlight for additional visibility.

Swytch e-bike penny farthing© Swytch
Those who don’t actually own a bike to put the Swytch on, a complete e-bike package, or an electric kickbike, is available to backers at the $599 level. And for the well-heeled electric bike enthusiast, Swytch is also offering 4 versions of custom-built e-bikes incorporating its technology — a bamboo road bike, a carbon fiber road bike, a street cruiser, and a penny farthing — to backers at the $1999 level.

Get more information about the Swytch e-bike kit at the Indiegogo campaign page, and remember that crowdfunding projects can be risky, so buyer beware.

via Cycling Weekly

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/bikes/lightweight-e-bike-conversion-kit-promises-instant-swytch-electric.html

NBC’s ‘Will & Grace’ Features Vice President Mike Pence’s Picture at Gay Conversion Camp

I watch NBC’s Will & Grace so you don’t have to, and be grateful I did. In the October 19 episode, “Grandpa Jack,” Jack (Sean Hayes) is surprised to find out that his son Elliot is now a father himself. So, Jack is now grandfather to Skip who, his parents suspect, is gay (like Jack). Why didn’t Jack know about his grandson? Because Elliot moved to Texas and became a conservative, so they no longer have a relationship. The entire episode used that as an excuse to bash conservatives, including Vice President Mike Pence. 

When Jack is explaining to Will (Eric McCormack) why he lost touch with his son, he explained it by saying, “Because he moved to Texas, married someone super conservative, and he didn’t even invite me to his wedding.” Maybe that’s not because they’re bigots, but because you are, Jack. He hates his own son just for being a conservative.

When Will tells Jack to spend time with Skip and connect with him, Jack replies, “How am I supposed to connect with a kid from Texas? I can’t fish or hunt or tell a woman what to do with her fetus.” As if we didn’t know liberals were obsessed with abortion, that’s what he thought of when he met his grandson? That Texas protects the unborn, and it’s a bad thing? Of course, Texas hasn’t outlawed abortion, but they just want abortion clinics to be held to the same health standards as ambulatory surgical centers. For Jack, I guess that’s a bad thing.

When Elliot (Michael Angarano) makes his appearance, he is a conservative caricature. He’s wearing a cowboy hat (which Jack refers to as a “costume”) and, when Will says, “Look at you, you’re a real Texan now,” he replies,  “I am. I drank the kool-aid and can no longer separate church and state.” It’s not conservatives who have a problem with that separation. We are fighting nonstop for separation of church and state, even taking it to the Supreme Court, but the left is constantly trying to impose the state upon the church. A separation sounds pretty ideal to conservatives. 

If your eyes weren’t rolling yet, it turns out they’re on the east coast for a very specific reason – to send Skip to a “pray away the gay” camp. While conversion therapy is something that the media has often tried to tie Vice President Mike Pence to, the accusations have just never stuck, except in liberals’ minds.

The whole camp is, of course, ridiculous. Here’s our introduction.

He’s got boys being boys in his hand 
He’s got girls being girls in his hand 
He’s got boys-only-marryin’-girls in his hand 
He’s got the whole-natural-order-of-things where-people-act- like-the-lord-intended in his hands. 
He’s got suits and dresses on the right person 
He’s got boys chasing girls appropriately
He’s got boys… 

The camp is run by an ex-lesbian woman and ex-gay man – who are married to each other – and the giant picture of Vice President Pence on the wall was also an interesting touch. Anything to keep pushing an oft-debunked myth, I suppose, right?

Debunked myths, conservative stereotypes, and overwrought situations?

It looks like Will & Grace knows they’re not going to win anybody over by being honest.

Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/amelia-hamilton/2017/10/20/will-grace-features-vice-president-pence-picture

Drop-in electric bike conversion kit employs a friction drive & has a 30-mile range

EAZY Bike aims to make it simple and affordable to convert a bicycle to an e-bike with its $160 system.

Another day, another electric bike project.

It has been a wild ride these last few years, watching a host of different approaches to electrifying bicycles — and personal transportation in general — from both startups and established companies alike. The magic of crowdfunding has enabled the successful launch of more than a few products in the electric mobility scene, and those tend to get a lot of press, but the far bigger share of the projects (and the ones you rarely hear about) either don’t succeed or find it challenging to parlay that success into staying in business beyond the first few years.

That tendency is a concern when considering purchasing an e-bike from a new company, not only in terms of customer service and support after delivery, but also a few years down the road, when the battery pack on that electric bike starts to reach its end of life. Assuming that the size and shape of the battery and the mounting method for securing it was specific to that bicycle or model, it’s not so easy to get a replacement if the company’s not around anymore. Although this is an issue that will affect every electric bike owner eventually, established companies are more likely to have the required replacement parts, such as batteries, than those ‘one and done’ e-bike projects with no business infrastructure in place. Granted, if the cells inside the battery pack were standard, such as the 18650 lithium ion cells, and replacing them was simple to do, it’s not that big of a concern for a DIY or tinkerer type, but it might be for others. All of that is not to say that people should avoid these new products, but rather to consider the potential financial risks along with the potential benefits before purchasing them.

But speaking of crowdfunded electric bike projects… There’s a very tempting offer on Indiegogo right now from EAZY Bike, in the form of an electric bike conversion kit that costs just $160 and attaches to most bikes (“99%”)in minutes. It is said to have a 30-mile range per charge, a 3-hour charge time, a top speed of 20 mph (US), and to weigh in at just 5 pounds, which means that riders will have the advantages of electric drive on a bike that’s much lighter than an e-bike (unless you’re talking about a 50-pound cruiser bike).

However, there’s a crucial difference between the EAZY Bike and most other e-bike conversions, which is that instead of an electric motor driving the wheel from the hub or through the chain, it relies on an old-school technology to deliver the power to the tire itself. EAZY Bike states that friction engines “have better power to weight ratio” and avoid the need for additional weight on the wheels. Using a roller to propel the rear bike tire makes the installation and integration much simpler than other electric bike conversions, while also allowing it to be installed or removed quickly — and it most likely accounts for the low price of the EAZY Bike.

According to the campaign page, “the increase in tire wear [due to contact with the motor] is minimum” because a coating on the roller “is optimized to minimize” tire wear. One other difference to the EAZY BIke is its mounting place just under the bottom bracket, where it applies downward force to the tire, rather than the ‘conventional’ method of placing the motor and battery on the rear rack, which seems to be a better placement in terms of the weight of the bike.

Here’s the promo video:

The EAZY Bike comes in two basic configurations, the 350W version for the US (top speed 20 mph), and the 250W version for the EU and other regions (top speed 16 mph). The US configuration also comes with a throttle for the handlebar, while the EU version is pedal-assist only (rider must be pedaling to get the motor to engage). The two models appear to have the same battery pack, a 36V 6Ah unit, which is both removable and lockable. More information is available on the Indiegogo page and website.

As always, when it comes to ‘pre-ordering’ through a crowdfunding campaign, buyer beware.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/bikes/drop-electric-bike-conversion-kit-employs-friction-drive-has-30-mile-range.html

New Zealand: Family of Four Living in Bus Conversion






New Zealand: Family of Four Living in Bus Conversion


September 25th, 2017

Wow, that’s a much nicer bus (we call them Choochoo buses because of the chimneys) than the ones we see around Kaitaia.

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Fold-away bed enlarges this well-crafted van conversion (Video)

Van conversions are intriguing studies in small-space design. But even with the most careful of configurations, one often finds that the bed is the item that takes up the most space. Some may loft it up to make some storage space underneath, but this still gobbles up valuable floor space.

Seattle, Washington woodworker Ryan Dawell of Rydawell Woodworks converted this high-roofed Dodge Promaster into a portable home that he can take with him on work-related trips, building things for clients. Dawell takes a familiar but fresh approach to the problem of the space-hogging bed: he makes a fold-away Murphy out of it. Watch this tour via Alternative Homes Today (seen here previously and offering a van conversion course that Dawell took a couple of years ago):

Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks

This is one of the most meticulously crafted van conversions we’ve seen thus far, utilizing some mad skills and high-quality wood materials (some of it offcuts salvaged from Dawell’s woodshop).

Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks
Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks

The van has two zones situated on either side. To one side sits the fold-down bed, held in place with pins, and when deployed, uses a couple of feet that screw in to support it. The kitchen with its distinctive, striped butcher block counter, made with offcuts, and curly maple cabinets, is also situated on this side. There’s a small propane stove here and sink connected to a 5-gallon water tank underneath. No space is wasted: there is a toe-kick drawer and more foot-level storage on this side.

Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks
Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks

On the other side sits the big storage wall that hides a fold-up table and two seats, plus a lot of cubbies for holding personal belongings. Behind this wall of storage cubbies is where the wiring for the solar system runs, leading to a hidden battery and control panel that’s conveniently located on the side.

Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks
Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks
Rydawell Woodworks© Rydawell Woodworks

The van (financed as Dawell’s business vehicle for his company) plus renovation costs brings the cost of this project to around USD $40,000. Thanks to its hidden bed, the van’s interior feels extremely spacious, leaving a lot more room for Dawell to carry equipment, materials or what-have-you. Very well done. To see more, or find out more about Ryan Dawell’s woodworking or vehicle conversion services, visit his website.

Source Article from https://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/van-conversion-fold-away-murphy-bed-rydawell-woodworks.html