One wonderful feature of the b190 is its gas stove/oven. In the few days that we slept in the van last summer, we used it to make spaghetti.
But in a small van upholstered in fabric, I dread the greasy stinky aftermath of frying fish and chips. So bring on our miltary-issue style camping stove we found on Craigslist:
Edd wanted to be able to hook her up to the propane tank the van. That would mean we wouldn’t have to buy separate propane cylinders to attach to our grill.
So the first thing he found was a external propane outlet. He had to buy this online from the UK. The brand is Bullfinch. Apparently these types of hookups are also popular in Australia.
Edd drilled a very large hole in the van using an auge and attached the outlet. Here’s a picture of it closed:
He did all of that last summer, and he just finished connecting it to the existing propane line using several T-joints. Here he is testing his work:
Our initial plan was to store the grill in the old generator compartment. But then Edd bought a blow-up kayak. Well whose size was best-suited to fit there. We had to create a new home for the outdoor stove, one that would allow us to access it from the outside.
There was a small box the previous owners which was accessed from the back doors and occupied some of the closet. It was too small for the camping stove, so I measured and we made a bigger one. Take a look:
So now the stove goes there, the kayak goes in the old generator compartment. We even made a secret compartment for a safe! It feels like we are using every available inch of this van in order to maximize our storage capacity. And our fun capacity! 😉