Designing the Van Part 21 – Fitting the Kitchen Unit

My gas plumbing had been a great success and I was relieved that all the appliances worked. This would make it easier to live off-grid as and when we wanted/needed to. With everything more or less in place, including the wiring for electrical appliances, it was time to fit the kitchen frame.

As described in a previous article I had built a frame out of 25mm x 25mm timber that would accommodate the kitchen sink, taps, drawers, the fridge and the various water bits and bobs (clean water tank, waste tank and pump).

The van is a right hand drive and directly behind the seats is a solid bulkhead with a window in it. The kitchen frame would fix into that bulkhead and the van wall, behind the driver’s seat, making it sturdy and secure.

Fitting it was a relatively simple job; place it as required, drill holes for 30mm screws, counter sink the drill holes, screw them into the walls and bulkhead, make sure the plumbing wasn’t trapped, pinched or compromised and sit back with yet more pride flushing through the body.

And that was how it went. Making the frame in the first place was a great idea as it took all the difficulty out of putting it all together.

It was however just a frame and it needed fleshing out if it was to become a usable, working kitchen. The work surface needed to be put in place, the drawers underneath needed fitting and the sink needed plumbing in.

Before I added those things which I’ll cover in another article, I connected the fridge to the electric supply and slid it into its nook. There was a little metal loop on the base at the front which I used to secure it in place with a 25mm screw. That would stop it sliding out.

Not all jobs are difficult jobs and this part was simple, thankfully.

Would fitting the drawers and the kitchen surface be as easy?

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