Vanagon – minor changes to old mods

A while back I made an aluminum grill to replace the stock grill on the rear side of the kitchen unit. I made it such that it would house an USB dual outlet and a voltmeter. Later I rotated it so the outlets were in top.

It was ok, never did paint it. What bugged me was no switch to turn off the voltmeter and outlet. So with more enthusiasm than design skills I made another and this time added switches and painted. Btw I used krylon espresso brown which I was told was a good match for the brown in my older westy cabinetry. The pics don’t really show the colour well but it’s darker than stock.

That thing in the aluminum block is a digital controller I’m using for the fridge fin fan(s). More on that when I post my findings about my fridge mods. Yeah you can see a bit of sloppily applied insulation on the fridge exhaust pipe, that’s much less than originally installed. Again, more on that later.

Now I can switch on the volt meter and USB outlet. The thermo controller has its own on/off function. Extra switch thrown in there just in case.

I did make the vertical slots as long as I could, but I didn’t mean to slightly overlap the cabinet. Doh…

Also refined, ha, the “new style westy table on old style arm” mod, link and link, slimming the aluminum adapter down a tad and adding a plastic spacer, ( the red thing, don’t know what kind of plastic, might be Delrin).

Surprisingly, the plastic spacer improves the tightening action.

And back to that espresso brown paint. I painted the little indicator panel on the kitchen unit front face. Maybe you can see the colour mis match in this pic. Nothing quite like taking a picture of something to make you realize just how beat up a thing is, man, look at those dents etc. Oh and another thing, trying this and that to bring back some life to the rest of the face plate. Paint was chalky and faded.

  1. #1 by Daniel G Beatty on July 23, 2017 - 12:04 am

    Regarding the fridge exhaust pipe insulation. In my casual testing I found it was also important to insulate the intake air tubing. The improved temperature differential appears to increase the efficiency of the burner.

    • #2 by albell on July 24, 2017 - 1:11 pm

      That’s interesting Daniel. I’ll say more amount it when I write the blog post, but I didn’t see much of an improvement in fridge cooling with exhaust insulated. The region felt cooler though, must have had an effect on the input line…

      I’ll vent my frustrations in the up coming post 🙂


  2. #3 by John B on July 23, 2017 - 11:20 pm

    See a well shaped critical instrument placed on RHS of unit in last pic. Very important to travel with and from Croatia too! Love Croatia!

    • #4 by albell on July 24, 2017 - 1:12 pm

      Simon gave me the opener. So bad it’s good 🙂


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