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Motorhome self-build and optimisation Hardcover – Box set, 2017
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The 489 pages of my book, “Motorhome, self-build and optimisation”, give you a detailed account of how I turned my dream of building a motorhome into a reality. The project is broken down into 39 chronological chapters and more than 1,200 photographs. But this isn't just a book listing components I used and how I installed them, it also makes you privy as to why I chose them. This way you have the reasoning which may indeed encourage you to decide otherwise if something is better suited to your own needs. I also cover a host of improvements I made over the years since its completion and explaining the reasoning behind each one. The current edition also gives you a thorough overview of just about every heating and warm water system on the market, explains all the different toilet systems, as well as covering the various types of batteries and their charging/discharging characteristics. In many cases, you'll even find alternatives to the products I chose. I should point out that the products covered are largely of German or European origin from internationally reputed manufacturers and can be found in most countries around the world. Finally, I list all my sources, how much I paid for each item and summarise the total cost and overall time it took to complete the build. The book also contains an access code to my website where you can download a design tool for the interior layout and a planning tool for the electrical circuit. I address not only the person looking to build an expedition truck, but anyone owning a motorhome willing to get their hands dirty, or just wanting to learn more about how each component plays in relation to everything else. It doesn't matter if we're talking about a panel van, a bus, an RV, a 4x4 or a full blown expedition truck. Even though this is the first English edition, it is in fact a translation of the fifth German edition which has since established itself as a bible for all German speaking motorhome self-builders and optimisers.
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He chronicles his individual build-out of a military shelter and several modifications he has made as he lived in / explored with the vehicle. Along the way, he shares a lot of objective wisdom about truck choice, materials, size, weight, etc. The only shortcoming is that almost all of his sources and suppliers are in Europe. He does address North American topics at times (like the viability of using a US military surplus LMTVs), but there is only so much someone building in Germany and traveling in Africa can know about North American resoucres.
You can find similar materials here in the US and *some* european parts (like windows, Webasto Diesel heaters, etc), but in general, we in the US either have to fabricate things ourselves, explore yacht suppliers or settle for the rinky-dink, plastic hardware you'd find a camping world.
All in all, a great primer on building your own monster expedition RV.
I had the pleasure of helping proof the English edition and can tell you this is a great book that will save you the price of it many times over in your travels and adventures of building your own overlanding vehicle.