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The thought of doing plumbing can be a scary thing. In a van build it is fairly easy to complete your own van plumbing. I am sure you can find plenty of youtube videos. We use pex pipe and parts for our Wicked Cool Vans water systems. We plan to have all water components on one side of the van.
In the photo above we are making our plan. We will have the sink and all plumbing on the right side of this van. The hot water heater, pipes and pump all need a place. In this build we will be placing the diesel heater in a compartment behind the water system.
The thing we dislike the most is to start a project and not have all the parts on hand. Missing one part holds up the entire production. It is good to have a drawing of your plan. Nothing fancy, just a drawing of how you plan to place everything.
We work as a team and it is easier to visualize this way. By the time we are done with the drawing we both have scribbled all over it. After we have a plan that will work we bring it to scale. One key to an entire build is proper planning.
Now build the cabinet. Here are a list of supplies we have on hand for plumbing.
https://amzn.to/3lKbmHU 2 PIECES XFITTING HOT (RED) AND COLD (BLUE) OF 1/2″ PEX BRASS FULL PORT SHUT OFF BALL VALVE – 1/4″ TURN. We have at least 4 sets of these on hand. It is a good idea to have shut offs if there is ever a leak you are able to keep it under control while you repair it.
https://amzn.to/3vY16Am 5 Plastic Poly Alloy 90 Degree Swivel Elbow Pex x FPT Barb Pipe Fitting, 1/2″ x 1/2″ 5 pack. You will need two packs at least
https://amzn.to/3f9Uidh 5 Plastic PEX Poly Alloy Tee Barb Pipe Fitting, 1/2”, White, 5 Pack you will need at least two 5 packs of these.
https://amzn.to/3f74PWB 5 Plastic PEX Poly Alloy 90 Degree Elbow Barb Pipe Fitting, 1/2”, White, 5 Pack, you will want a lot of these on hand. it helps you have a clean look to your plumbing. I would say have five or six 5 packs on hand.
https://amzn.to/3tNqRSc 5 Plastic Poly Alloy 90 Degree Elbow Pex x MPT Barb Pipe Fitting, 1/2” x 1/2”, White, 5 Pack
Pick the size of your tanks. We try to get the same size for both if it will fit into the plans of the build.
What tools do you absolutely need to build a van yourself?
We have a few suggestions that will make your life a lot easier.
Tools that we would not build a van without.
Makita SP6000J1 6-1/2 Inch Plunge Circular Saw Kit, with Stackable Tool Case and 55 Inch Guide Rail https://amzn.to/3caBf0e just click the link to find it on Amazon
The circular saw makes all the cuts square, fast and easy. Always follow the rule measure twice cut once. Most of the time we measure four times, write it down and always double check before we cut. No need to waste wood, time or money.
CRAFTSMAN Tape Measure, Self-Lock, 25-Foot https://amzn.to/3tJY40L click the link for our favorite one. This one not only is self locking it gives you the fraction numbers. We find that real helpful.
Kreg R3 Master System With Classic Clamp https://amzn.to/3f1JvBP click the link for the one we use. The Pocket hole jig system for do-it-yourselfers. This helps with cabinet making.
Corner Clamp,AFAKE 90 Degree Right Angle Clamp for Woodworking,Aluminum Alloy Body,Adjustable Swing Jaw,Carbon Steel Threaded Rod Wood Working Jigs for Metal Welding,Photo Frame,Cabinet,Drawer https://amzn.to/3sfOrGM click the link to check it out. Keeping your cabinets square while you put in your screws makes you feel like you have an extra set of hands.
Makita JV0600K Top Handle Jig Saw, with Tool Case,Teal https://amzn.to/2NMWf44 click the link to the left. You can get a cheap one of these but if you are considering putting in windows or making precise cuts you will want a quality jig saw.
Milwaukee 21 Piece Bi-Metal All Purpose Hole Saw Kit With Case https://amzn.to/398ldCp click the link for the set we use. Building a van you make lots of holes. This kit is good for both wood and metal hole cutting.
Ryobi 12-Volt Lithium-Ion 3/8 in. Cordless Drill/Driver Kit-HJP004L https://amzn.to/3lDzdsV click the link for the one we use. We have two always by our side. This will save time from changing from drilling bits to screwing bits.
BOSTITCH Nail Gun, Brad Nailer, Smart Point, 18GA https://amzn.to/3cYwK8d click the link to shop for it on amazon. A brad nail gun is a must have for the areas you don’t want a screw showing. You can build without one but you will be glad you have it.
BOSTITCH Air Compressor Kit, Oil-Free, 6 Gallon, 150 PSI https://amzn.to/3d35Nk6 link to purchase on amazon. You will need an air compressor to use the nail gun above. The compressor comes in handy to blow the saw dust off of your work. This we use everyday.
Bosch 1617EVSPK Wood Router Tool Combo Kit – 2.25 Horsepower Plunge Router & Fixed Base Router Kit with a Variable Speed 12 Amp Motor https://amzn.to/3d1egnA link to purchase on amazon. The router is used often in our Wicked Cool Vans build. You will find both the plunge and fixed base useful.
If you are interested in more tool suggestions send us and email. We will gladly help you set up your shop for a van build. If you do not want to spend money on all these tools that is fine. Just hire Wicked Cool Vans for your van build.