Kitchen light project 2020

I wanted to add lighting to the kitchen. Since you may customize your van differently I’ve only included materials to get the lights working.

The light is a kit of 6 lights. In this project I am only showing two (2) of them. If your interested in the wiring see the wiring diagram blog.


  • 1/4 inch plywood with a 2 7/8 circular cut
  • LED Light Kit (6) lights.

Cabinet design & installation

I had a very difficult time finding a good way to store dishes, dry food, cleaning supplies, clothes. The problem wasn’t storage, I had plenty of that. The problem I needed to solve was to make it easy to access without shifting things around.

Because things were stored in the stowaway compartment or under the bed getting to them, in this small space, was a frustrating process. I wanted a build where I’d never have to open the doors to get to things and avoid shifting things around to access other areas.

For temporary storage I purchased this from Walmart.

On April 17th It was 71 degrees and I decided I wouldn’t wait until my vacation in May to start the work.

I ordered a new mini refrigerator which will be delivered this weekend. I plan to mount and enclose the fridge inside the storage area near the kitchen.

Then I have to design the shelves for storing dishes, food, clothes, etc.

April 21, 2020 Amazon Delivery

My Amazon shipment arrived with my variable resistor (potentiometers) arrived and my reading lights.

The reading lights will be in the tiny office and the other mounted in bedroom on the newly created storage cabinet.

I choose the reading lights for several reasons.

  • The soft light won’t keep me up at night
  • On and Off is controlled by touch
  • Dimming is controlled by touch
  • It’s good for reading
  • It’s 12V DC
  • Night light
  • Rotates

Fans installation

These are potentiometers, most commonly used in homes and businesses as a dimmer switch.

My plan

The potentiometers will be controlling fan (air flow) variance. The fans are planned to arrive tomorrow. I will photograph them and provide you with some plans.

April 25th, 2020 Amazon Delivery

My larger refrigerator arrived today. It was taller than I had measured and had a difficult time fitting without dismantling my spice rack. So I cut and cut and finally got it to work. Now the door opens smoothly.

What’s next. Well, I need to cut a panel that would fit on the front.


The van’s kitchen has been completely redesigned from its original.

Original design
A more recent design as of 10/2019


Notice the baking sheet and the bolts and screws.

I drilled holes in the top and put 1/8 screw and bolts to raise the burner off the wood cabinet.

Between the wood and the burner is a baking sheet to act as a heat sink and preventing the wood from heating up and catching fire.

The fan distributes the heat so that it does not build.

I also layered foil underneath the carpet. I use Velcro to hold stuff in place.

Food Storage

Food is stored in two places. Under the bed and in these storage bins. The kitchen also includes it’s own light.

Some food storage.
Carbon Monoxide detector
Oops, gotta clean the paint spots.
The original idea was to have a way to cook and to have running water.

Items you can get on Amazon

Ozark Trail Single Burner Propane Stove
Ozark Trail Single Burner Propane Stove