Pairoducks

Pairoducks

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Yoda The Hutt


Meet YODA THE HUTT, our faithful steed.  I really love this little van and most vans to be truthful.  She is a commuter as well as a shaker.  I have been contemplating vans lately because I see so many cool vans that people are building these days, and all of the days really.  What is especially good about working on a vehicle, or a vessel, is that it's not that big of a space.  So with some good design you can do so much without having to put in too much effort.  Let's just say it's an achievable project to start with.  That's why I wanted to write about converting vans and vehicles in general, it's a fun project and it empowers people to design and build for their own needs.  I also love living on the move so Viva La Van ! and I hope that Yoda The Hutt will inspire other creative concoctions of conceptual construction!


She is a 1999 Toyota Sienna, and on the outside she is stock...


But on the inside, that grocery getter is a hippy hut!


There is a layer of reflectix insulation  below a 1/2" plywood subfloor.  I replaced a water damaged laminate floor for some friends @ South Sound Solar and there were several boards that were still in perfect condition.  I added the laminate boards recently which was a good idea because the plywood did not repel water as well as the laminate.  It makes me smile knowing I have Kirk Hafner's old floor because Kirk is a very dedicated patron of re-use.  Kirk's wife Ceu also set me up on her sewing machine to make the custom pillows.  Special thanks to them for being like family.  


With the pillows stretched out, Py and I have a comfy bed in even the most sterile suburbia that America has to offer. We do peak our heads out of the woods from time to time...



And some live edge western red cedar boards for the interior paneling and cabinetry. The sill is removable and I store camping gear, dog food, wrenches, tarps, ropes and straps in the simple built-ins.  The sills are tentioned in by the old seat belts.  


Py enjoying his portable cabin...


 On our way to work...