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夕日を受ける富士山のシルエットを眺めながら東名を走る。

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足柄スマートインターで高速を降りてぷらっとパーク足柄(上り)に到着後、まずはSA併設の温泉「時の栖」で入浴してから「いでぼく」のジャージーソフトクリームで身体を涼めたのちに、「こめらく 海鮮茶漬けとおむすびと」で夕食に「みょうが香るごま鯖とあじのたたきごはん」を食す。自炊はせず場所の恩恵をフルに被る。

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車内に戻りテレビを少し見ていたら睡魔に襲われ、早々に就寝。
毛布だけでは夜間はもう寒く、FFヒーターの有り難みを感じた一泊。

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起床時には顔を見せていた富士は10分後には傘を被って晴れのち雨の天気予報通りな姿を見せていた。

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IH/Microwave

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2022年秋時点で、車中泊時の調理はガスバーナーとガスコンロの火器を使っている。電気ケトルは持っているものの出番は少なく非常用の位置づけになっている。
せっかく1200W級(1600W/1260Wh)の携帯電源があるのだから、バーナーを使った車内での湯沸かしから一歩前進したいところで、バーナーとセットで使えるクッキングヒーターと調理器具を探してみる。

IHコンロとやサンドイッチメーカーであれば持っていても損はないが、電子レンジを搭載するとなるとそれなりの覚悟(とスペース確保)が必要になる。自炊派の道を突き進むのか、絶メシロードばりのご当地グルメ探訪の道を歩むのか。車中泊旅の方向性を問われている気が(勝手に)する。

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NV200には純正のクルーズコントロールが付かない。これは高速道路を長距離走る旅車にとって快適性の面で少々ツライ。何ともしがたいものかと諦めていたが、調べてみるとクルーズコントロールは後付けができることを知る。少しでもストレスフリーな旅をしたく、リーズナブルな後付け用クルーズコントロールを探してみた。

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PIVOT 3-drive AC2

安全にもかかわる装置なので信頼がおけるものを選びたいと考えていたところ、いくつかある選択肢の中でPIVOT社の3-drive AC2という日本製のスロットルコントローラ/クルーズコントロールが見つかった。日産NV200にも対応しているようだ。

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本体はステアリングコラムの上部に設置。

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本体の近撮。サイズは小さい。

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クルーズコントロール用のレバースイッチはコラムカバーに装着。

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取り付け作業(依頼)中。

基本的な動作確認は一般道で行い、念願のクルーズコントロールを確認することができた。平坦地ではスムーズであるが、NV200が馬力もトルクも貧弱なせいで上り坂ではキックダウンが頻発し走りがギクシャクしてしまう。(減速後の設定速度への)再加速はレベル調整ができるようなので、スロットルコントロールと合わせて今後少しずつ遊んでみたいと思う。

追伸:高速道路を約200Kmほど走行し、その大半でクルーズコントロールを使ってみた。疲労度は格段に軽減された印象があり効果絶大である。またスロットルコントロールをエコモードに設定してアクセルレスポンスを少し鈍くしてみたところ、加速時のピッチが和らいで乗り心地が快適になった気がする。(要は自分がアクセル踏み過ぎだったということ。)


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夜に出発し、久しぶりに常磐道を走り茨城方面に。友部サービスエリアで力尽き朝まで車中泊とする。
明朝起きて周りを見渡すとスーパーカー達に囲まれてて場違い感100%。(苦笑)

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現存する海軍航空隊司令部庁舎である筑波海軍航空隊記念館(https://p-ibaraki.com/)を見学。

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道の駅笠間は駐車場が満車で周辺道路は大渋滞。
栗の最盛期ということで「1mmモンブラン」を求める人でごった返していた。
当方は栗ソフトを食べて早々に退散し、近くの直売所で焼き栗をゲット。

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霞ヶ浦の湖畔で心地よい風を浴びながら遅い昼食を食す。

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NV200 Camper Upgrades, Summer 2022

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'2022 Summer Road Trip

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短い夏休み、南信州、道の駅信州平谷にて車中泊。
標高が900mほどありとても涼しい。
温泉もフリーWiFiも完備していて快適な夜を過ごすことができた。
道の駅しなの、道の駅いくさかの郷でも車中泊。
黒姫山が姿を見せてくれなかったのが残念。

喰った喰った。

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CO/CO2 Sensor

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Bofypoo CO2センサー 二酸化炭素濃度計

コロナの第七波に完全突入。先週の新規感染者は世界で最多となったらしい。
感染対策を行っている飲食店では二酸化炭素(CO2)センサーを設置して換気をモニタリングしている店舗が多くなってきた。宅内の換気レベルに興味があり、安いC02センサーを購入してみた。測定値の正確性はわからないが、相対的な指標と意識づけの効果に期待。

センサー購入の目的はもうひとつ。
CO2の測定とともに一酸化炭素(CO)も測定できるセンサーを探して入手した。車中泊の際に調理の為に火器を室内で使うことがある為、一酸化炭素中毒による事故を防止すべくCOセンサーが欲しかったのだ。

COもCO2も測れる安価なセンサーなど都合のいいものはないだろうとダメ元で探したところ、幸い辿り着いたのが上記のものだ。

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とりあえずそこそこ換気できている模様。

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時折強い雨が降る週末土曜日、夕方に富士五湖に到着してまずは日帰り温泉「紅富士の湯」で湯を浴びる。
ここは晴天時には富士山を眺めることができる絶景湯らしいが、当日はシトシトと雨が降る中での入浴だった。
夕食と翌朝食を入手して、かろうじて明るいうちに道の駅 富士吉田に到着。
ここで入手できて美味しいと噂の富士吉田の湧き水を汲んで車中泊の準備後、レトルト中心の夕食を済ませたのちにまったりとテレビ鑑賞やメールチェックして過ごした。

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就寝後、明け方トイレに起きると雨は止んでいて、幻想的な月あかりと富士山に出迎えられた。
二度寝して起きるとすっかり日が昇っていた。

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扉を半開きにして車内から富士山を眺めながら朝食。

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朝食後は特段予定もなく、周辺を散歩しながら時間をつぶす。

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富士山レーダードーム館や道の駅併設のモンベル富士吉田店を冷やかす。時間を潰していた理由は軽食コーナーの開店待ちの為。名物の「吉田のうどん」を朝食のデザート(?)に食す。

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北口本宮冨士浅間神社にお参り。参道が厳かで気分が落ち着く。

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Roof Deck (overlander style)

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Thinking about a overlander styled roof deck for my NV200 Camper while keeping the car height low. The ones by Rhinorack and YAKIMA look really cool, but are way too expensive by my standards. Looking for other options, I came across a nice looking one by CarMate INNO.

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カーメイト inno イノー 【 ルーフデッキ 100 】オーバーランダースタイル 【 エアロ/スクエアベース 対応モデル 】 INA510 黒
カーメイト inno イノー 【 ルーフデッキ 120 】オーバーランダースタイル 【 エアロ/スクエアベース 対応モデル 】 INA515 黒

Photo simultion, and it looks like the 110cm rack looks better balanced.

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THULE was my only choice for the base carrier. Using the fix points on the roof to attach the base carrier was also the choice, having bad experiences in the past clamping the base attachments to the door sill. THULE is the only manufacturer that has a fix point adapter for the NV200. I chose the Wingbar EVO with an aerodynamic cross section looked cool, and will help with wind noise reduction.
I plan to set up the roof rack towards the rear end of the roof, so I used the two fix points of the rear side out of the three. The typical choice would be to use the front two so the carrier would sit on the middle of the roof, but I'm going for something different.


THULE(スーリー) NV200 バネット(バン・ワゴン H21/5~ M20)ベースキャリアセット フット753+ウイングバー EVO7113B+キット3085


2022/06/05:
First things first, the base carrier system attached.

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Sticker Tuning

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Adding a Hawaii sticker in addition to the map of Japan sticker I already have...both favorite places.


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Looking to also tune up my van with outdoor gear stickers, starting off with brands I'm actually using.

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Happened to find a overseas site that makes custom sized brand logo stickers
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2022/06/08:
The arrived stickers in place.

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Weekend Vanlife - by the Sea

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On a free weekend, I wander seeking relaxation and end up watching the ocean.

One day :

#sunday #morning #coffee by the #beach
#海 を見ながら #日曜日 の#朝 #コーヒー

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Another day :

Overlooking the #coast on a #Saturday
#湾を見ながら #土曜日
#surugabay
視線の先には #駿河湾
#冨久家
#冨久家のイタリアンロール
#NEOPASA駿河湾沼津 下り

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#campervan
#nv200
#nv200van
#nissannv200
#nissanevalia
#nv200camper
#focsluz
#campingcar
#travelvan
#vanweekend
#vanweekend_original
#vanlife
#traveljapan
#japancamping
#旅ぐるま
#旅ぐるまライフ
#キャンピングカー
#バンコン
#車中泊
#cleavewheels

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収納を考える

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車中泊で懸案となった収納を色々考える。

マルチバーを設置して天井収納を考えてみるが、まともなものを設けると頭上が圧迫される。ワゴンタイプのNV200では内装内張がネジ穴を隠してしまっている上に、アシストグリップもないので固定が難しい。窓に固定するマルチバー用吸盤も存在するが、その場合設置位置が低くなり頭上が圧迫されてよろしくない。

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そこで頭上のの圧迫感を軽減しつつ天井内張りがあることを活かしてマジックテープ付のラゲッジネットを貼ることを考える。
天井から吊り下げる為に幅方向にマジックテープの補強を行ったうえで取り付け強度を増してみたところ、案外いい感じに収まった。

左右の家具に配置する物入れとしてスパイスラックを探してみる。ウッディなものを探してみたがイマイチしっくりこない。

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白基調な金属製のものに範囲を広げてみたがピンとくるものがない。ところが別件で立ち寄ったニトリに程よいモノが見つかったので試してみることにした。リアル買い物の威力凄し。

ゆっくり時間を過ごせる空間が出来上がると雑誌や本を持ち込むことも増えてきた。マガジンラック的なものが欲しいところであるが、雑誌を収める空間が見つからない。

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リアシェルフにハンギングボックスというのはどうだろう?とりあえず展示会でもらった布製のバッグをリアゲートに貼り付けて、簡易的な雑誌入れを設置してみた。

そしてにシートバックにかけているブランケットの滑り止めにテーブルクロス止めはどうだろう?

さらに、殺風景なリアハッチに装飾を考えてみる。

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Just DIY work and setting up equipment (portable sink, bed board/shelf) is like like putting the cart before the horse, so I decided to go out auto camping with the NV200. I wanted to check out the added stuff in real usage to see if it works. I departed Tokyo late afternoon and headed south towards Mt. Fuji without a specific destination in mind. I ended up heading towards Fujikawa Service Area (SA) on the Tomei Expressway which I read as having a nice view of Mt.Fuji and nice facilities. I ended up arriving in the dark at night unable to check whether my read was correct, but I decided to trust it.

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Before arriving at my destination, I exited the expressway at Fuji interchange and headed to a public bath place for a dip. As the name Fuji-city says, Mt Fuji can be seen from just about anywhere in the city.

After getting dinner and dessert, I headed to Shimizu interchange to get on the expressway and headed towards Fujikawa SA.I later learned that I could have accessed this SA via local roads. Lesson learned.

Arriving at the SA, there were very few cars around, and the (annoying) trucks which keep their engines running all night were parked in their spots a distance away. A few camping cars ready to spend the night here were already parked. In the darkness not knowing which direction and where Mt.Fuji can be seen, I randomly picked a parking place away seeking silence from other cars. Though I ended up having to move the car to a different place early morning in order to enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji from the window, the initial place was also good since I was unexpectedly able to shoot a nice night view.

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As I spent the night eating bento dinner in the car watching TV (no cooking, just boiling water for my instant miso soup and tea) and having dessert while checking my emails, I quickly became sleepy. (I guess that tennis in the afternoon followed by a hot relaxing bath did it.)
Using the sink unit which I filled water with before departure to wash my face and brush my teeth (fulfilled it's role perfectly) , I converted the space to bedroom mode by changing the rear shelf to the bed board. The switch was very easy being able to leave the sink as is. The legs attached to the bed board is a bit weak resulting in the board moving when I turned over, but that's nothing compared to the extended bed width achieved. It was still a chilly night but the FF heater made the van warm and comfortable to sleep in.

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Getting out of the van midnight for restroom business, I was welcomed by a beautiful night view looking down at the lights of Fuji-city. Was able to catch a nice Instagram pic.

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However on my second wake up as the sky was beginning to brighten, I discovered that the view of Mt. Fuji was blocked by a building and unseen from where I was parked. No wonder no one was parked around the area. After thinking about the burden of moving the car to another lot, I decided to do it out of strong desire to wake up to a view of Mt.Fuji though the van window. I went back to sleep for another couple of hours, and happily woke up to see what I had wanted to see.

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Dripped coffee, roll sandwich and yogurt from the portable refrigerator powered throughout the night by the EFDELTA power brick (another equipment check item) was breakfast. Spent some lazy time in the van slowly packing up and tearing down my sleeping quarters until realizing that all the SA facilities and shops had been already open for a while, and visitors were already coming in waves. I went window shopping teasing the gift shops, enjoyed the full view of Mt.Fuji from the observation deck, and casually strolled around the area till the clock was telling me it was about lunch time. After purchasing a small cactus as my new traveling buddy at a local market booth, it was time to start the engine and leave the SA searching for lunch.

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I ended up visiting a local seafood bowl eatery called "Sunzoku" near Tagonoura fishing port. The raw fish bowl included maguro tuna, raw and boiled whitebait, and sakura shrimp. Eating the bowl as recommended, I discovered that sesame oil (with a sprinkle of salt) goes well with whitebait.

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I stopped by the river side of Fuji River for an after-meal cup of coffee, before heading home.

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The "L" mode sidew bench layout has been something that has been on my mind since I got this camper, or maybe even at the point of choosing this model. The portable sink galley was actually designed with this layout in mind. In actually setting up this layout, it's much more spacious than the standard dinette mode. I like it so much that it's been the fixed layout this couple of weeks, and looks like it's going to stay that way as the standard setting, especially for solo traveling.

The down side with this layout is that though it's comfy spending the day, it's not an one-touch conversion to the standard sleeping layout. Dismantling the galley is especially something that needs avoiding. The width of just the side bench seat is also too narrow to act as a bed.

Being a lazy person, I needed to find a way to configure this layout into a sleeping setting without a drastic change. After a while of staring at the interior, the idea of an additional bed board came to mind. Placing a bed board next to the side bench will add width to the seating surface and turn it into at least a single bed. The galley will keep it's place since the bed board will be designed to fit right in between the bench and galley.

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I measured the length of the bed board to be 120cm, which is achievable by pushing forward the second seat. This 120cm becomes key, which will be explained later. The gap between the bench seat and the galley is about 35cm, and I decided the board width to be 30cm to keep allowance. I chose a set of folding table legs that would give the board a height of 33cm when in use. the height would be just about the same height as the bench seat.

I found a stock table board of 120cm x 30cm size on Amazon, and I picked up a no-brand one over the Iris Ohyama one which was said to be lighter but had quality and packaging issues by the reviews.

Now, an issue that had to be solved was where to store a 120cm board in the daytime when not in use as a bed. Once choice was to look for a place to hide it, but it would be better to make use of it rather than put it away. As I was searching, I found out that other owners of the same model camper were adding rear shelves that span across the width of the car, and can be used as a table in addition to the storage shelf.
Guess what...the length (width) of the shelve/table that's bingo for the NV200 happens to be....120cm !
The 120cm that was just the right size for the bed board is also the just fit size for the rear shelf, making it possible to kill two birds with one stone, a bed board and rear shelf.

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The table board that came is sturdy and looks strong enough to hold my body weight as a bed board, but needing a bit of strength moving it around.. Looks nice too being a melanin board with a gloss surface. After pre-fitting the board in the car, the table legs were screwed on. It turns out folding table legs are flexible to weight, but luckily wasn't a show stopper. I added rubber edge guards that act as stoppers to keep the rear shelf fixed while the car is moving, and also to gain a little height to avoid the seat back of the bench seat.
With the DIY finished, the bed board/rear shelf is complete.

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Since I had pre-fitted the board, the completed bed board went in with a snug fit as planned, with the board legs avoiding the dining table stem base as calculated. The height is slightly lower tan the bench seat which will be compensated by the thickness of the blanket laid down as a mat.

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The board as the rear shelf is also a perfect fit, and the just right width of 120cm feels so good. The height gain to avoid the seat back of the bench seat needs tuning, but hoping to keep it minimal.

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My living quarter for the solo auto camp is about complete. Eager to head out adventuring.

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The completed portable water sink & table galley is ready for fitting in the car.

First, the lower frame. The portable galley was made so the upper and lower frames can be detached, and the backside of the lower frame kept open. The purpose of this design is to utilize the lower frame on it's side as a storage box when the galley is not in use. The reason for keeping the depth of the galley to 29cm was to fit the lower frame underneath the bed. To make this happen, I was lucky to find a sink with a width of 28cm. The felt on the front side makes it easy to slide like a drawer on the floor.

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I intended this galley to be used in a sideways seat configuration. This seat layout mode was not one that was lectured when I got the car, so I assume it's not a layout intended by the manufacturer. However, the width of the bed floor board (which is designed to fit in the width direction of the car) happens to be the same dimension as the length between the second seat to the rear hatch door...what a coincidence ! This makes the "L" type seating configuration possible. I personally like this configuration since it feels more relaxing than the face to face "dinette" position. The galley was made with this layout in mind, and it can be used sitting on the side seat.

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It was relieving to confirm that the galley size was just right, not interfering with the side door even with the table in place.

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The galley is tied down using a belt and tie down suction cups. The test drive proved that it was firmly fixed tight without any moving around, more than expected. The part added to the rear of the galley to press the galley to the interior wall seems to be doing it's job well. Let's hope the strength of the suction cups last.

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The "living room", from a different angle.

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2022.09.04追記

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A water sink and cooking table... a galley was something I wanted to equip my camping car with.
Some camper models equipped with a galley were candidates in my search, but were filtered out due to not only budget reasons but lack of sleeping space due to the permanent galley unit. I actually consulted my dealer about adding a simple water sink in my NV200 Camper FOCS Luz but gave up on it since it just didn't work.
As result, I decided I'd DIY a portable water sink system that can be carried on and off the car.
Starting off with collection of parts and materials.
The wood parts of choice was 1x4 and 2x4 lumber so I can make adjustments to height as the frame built up. One piece boards may have looked prettier, but 1x's and 2x's have it's tastes too. The sink, supply and waste water tanks, and a USB charged electrical water pump were other parts that were collected.

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The design sketch. (Click to enlarge)It ended up close, but not exactly since some tweaking was done as the build was in progress.

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Putting together the upper and lower frame independently. Making the upper frame detachable is for efficient use of the lower frame for other purposes, as well as for easy access to the water tanks.

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The main frame structure completed. The front side is covered whereas the rear side is left open not only for easy maintenance but for another purpose.

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Test fitting the sink and water tank went well as designed.
A cardboard mock up was made beforehand to get an idea of the size, but it's role ends at this point.

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After securing the sink to the frame, an extra feature added on while waiting for the USB charged water pump.
A foldable table is added on to the side using leftover material. The table size was designed to keep the unit easy to carry, but luckily resulted in enough size to place a cassette burner.

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The water pump arrived dead on arrival, and needed a disassembly to get it working.
Once it was sucking up water, the water system was checked for leaks and to see if the pump had enough power.
It succeeded, and the unit is complete.

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The whole picture of the portable galley (water sink). The size was designed to fit my Nissan NV200 camper which is a rather small camping car, as well as with the mind for easy loading/unloading. On the other hand, the size of the sink needed to be practical at the same time. Water capacity is 10L each for supply and waste which is a bit over spec. I might get a smaller supply tank of 5L instead.
Time for fitting the unit in to the NV200 after adding few parts to help a snug fit with the interior.
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continued to PART2...

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初・車中泊(と気づき)

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NV200で初めての車中泊を試すべく南房総に向かい、三密を避けつつ道の駅とみうら枇杷倶楽部https://www.biwakurabu.jp/)で一泊した。千葉県の道の駅は数、内容共に充実していて廃校になった小学校をそのまま再利用している道の駅・保田小学校をはじめ、工夫を凝らした各所は訪問の価値がある。ちなみに道の駅とみうら枇杷倶楽部は「全国道の駅グランプリ2000」で最優秀賞を受賞した道の駅である。

車内での就寝は概ね(いや予想以上に)快適であったが、いくつか改善すべき気づきもあった。

  • 湿気(結露)対策
      冬場の車中泊は窓を閉め切って車内で暖を取るため結露が発生する。今回は何も対策をしなかったため翌朝には窓がびっしょりと濡れてしまった。換気扇の装着など対策は色々あるようだが、調べてみると、結露防止パックや無電源タイプの除湿機なるものが存在するようだ。面白そう。

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  • 荷物の固定
      冷蔵庫やポータブル電源などそれなりに重量がある積載物を固定する手段が必要と感じた。作成中のギャレーも車内で固定させる手段が必要だ。まずは荷物をバンドで固定するためのアンカー設置を思案中。新車の内装を加工するのはまだ気が引ける為、まずは吸盤が機能を果たすかどうか試してみたいところ。

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  • 車両の傾斜防止
      一見平坦に見える駐車場も微妙に傾斜していることが多々あり、車内で横になるとそれを敏感に感じてしまい就寝時の不快感につながることを実感した。立ったり座ったりしている分には気にならなくてもいざ横になってみると体は思いの外傾斜に敏感になるようで、今回最初に停めた場所では就寝前に傾斜が我慢できず、より平らな場所に移動した次第。レベラーを用意するか停車場所に気を使う必要があることを認識した。

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I can easily imagine that knowing the outside temperature when staying overnight in a camping car would be useful in determining heating/cooling options.
I found out about an inexpensive monitoring unit Inkbird IBS-TH1 that can monitor temperature and humidity and send the data via Bluetooth to your smartphone app. The dedicated app can display the current values as well as log and graph the monitored data. The unit comes with an external sensor probe that can be placed away from the main unit where the measurement is desired.

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I placed the main unit in the back engine room wall and extended the probe cable up to the front of the car just outside the upper front grill, just beneath the hood. Getting it to communicate with the smartphone app took a few resets to succeed coping with the whimsy nature of cheap Chinese products, but succeeded to display measurements on the app once it got going. (I had to open up a sticky battery cover to take out the battery each time to power cycle. Troublesome Chinese gadget should all have reset buttons. lol)
All went well though I was wondering if the placement of the probe was sufficient to get accurate external temperatures.
A search on the internet (and asking for advice) revealed that the sensor is typically placed near the license plate where there is minimum effect from the engine heat. Next day, rewiring is done and I change the probe location to the lower grill near the license plate.

The day happens to be a cold one with a cold front setting in, and I couldn't help smiling to myself watching the app display showing 4-6 degC in the coziness of 26 degC air conditioning.

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By the way, there is a version with a display on the main unit, that can be used for internal temperature monitoring. The app can be used to log and display both sensor units and play around with. Geeky.

Thanks to @wakuwakuturtle for introducing this to me.


p.s. Something to get rid of the "commercial van" look. Still haven't decided.

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January 15th, I became an owner of a camping van trading in my Mercedes Benz SLK.

I started my search (and study) back in the latter half of 2020, filtered the search down to several candidates around June 2021 and was asking for information and quotes from the manufacturers. I boiled my choice down to one and placed my order around the beginning of fall. With camping currently being a big trend in Japan, delivery typically takes 1-2 years. However with luck and fortune on my side, delivery came earlier than expected.

The solar panel, the portable power unit...a lot of stuff I bought at Black Friday last year was for the camping van I was waiting for.

Considering the in road and parking situation in Japan, I had my thoughts on a van type from the beginning instead of the truck/bus type "motor home" that can accommodate 4-5 people which people would typically imagine as a "camping car".

I did have the desire to get one with many built-in features though, and my search was initially focused on a larger van, the Toyota HiAce with a variety of standard equipment. However, the HiAce was rather large in size to casually use not just for traveling but for daily use. In addition, I learned from research that fixtures such as refrigerators, sinks, and microwave ovens take up sleeping space and not worth the burden in contrast to their low usage. I also found out that many people DIY them afterwards (and find it fun too.) Change of mind.

I ended up choosing a model called the FOCS Luz based on the smaller Nissan NV200, not the HiAce. The camper is equipped with only the basic features such as the sub power supply and FF heater (both necessary when spending time in the car with the engine shut down), and obviously the bed unit. It accommodates only 2 people, fine with me. The minimalist camper. My mind is already thinking about where to put stuff inside like the portable refrigerator, and even have a few sketches already for my DIY sink unit.

The NV200 base car is a commercial van. The 1600cc engine has no positive specs to note, and the interior full of plastic is by no means luxurious. It's not the most exciting car to drive, but I have no issues with it. I do have some worries about how it'll run on the highway since it is low geared and the engine being not so powerful. I opted for off-road looking wheels and tires since the standard ones which are very small and narrow added to the "commercial van look" which I wanted to avoid. The macho looks of the mud tires are nice, but but the massive road noise has me thinking I made a wrong choice.

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Two weeks have past, and I've only started playing with it.
Added blankets and pillows to make the interior "American" looking, making coffee and eating inside, relaxing with my MacBook (and napping), and trying out my solar panel charging of the sub battery. Even paid a visit to a nearby roadside station for a "park and nap"
Can't wait to take it traveling.

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Van Weekender

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Childhood memories living in the US.

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The scenes of camping cars gracefully and happily coasting along US highways.

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The Tonka Winnebago parents bought for my brother, and I was secretly jealous of.

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My buddy Nissan Terrano (Pathfinder) which was my second car and traced (the majority of) the whole coastline of Japan together camping in the car.

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The LEGO VW Camper Bus I instantly bought and built just ten years ago.


My longing for camping cars and car camping has been in my blood since my youth, initially sinking in without me noticing, but coming out and taking shape once in a while. The fact that I've owned three station wagons and one SUV (utility cars) despite my love of sports cars is probably a sign too.

Then, my detailed daydream (comparison )about my dream traveler last summer.

Traveling around Japan in my own camper.
Another one of my to-do's in life which I've decided to put to action. The events that occurred this past couple of years has made me decide that now is the right timing to make it real at last. While I can.

Van Weekender....Gonna spend my weekends and vacations traveling all over Japan with my new partner, a NV200.
(and there's a sticker for it !)

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