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We always wondered about the office in the new van after having the “Old girl” transformed in to a great working space.

We’d decided to keep the cafe seating in the van because of the hot water system under the seat, the draw for the Tupperware (very important and easy to get at) and another for our shoes.
It probable sounds trivial but the easier it is to get at something the easier living in the van is.

So when it came to both of us working at the dining table, especially when we needed double PC monitors for a large job like Melbourne, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. That’s why we had the full annex made as well as the sun shades.

Caravan and Annex at the Dumaresq Dam.

Caravan and Annex at the Dumaresq Dam.

Dumaresq Dam was the first time we’ve erected the full annex. It was everything we’d hoped for. Light and easy to erect, with plenty of light and ventilation. It has a full door and window at both ends giving ease of access. Then it has two large windows that take up most of the side wall. Everything is screened. We can roll up the windows or peg them out if it’s raining or to block the sun without losing the breeze. Any flies or bug’s that are stupid enough to come in leave horizontally.

Plenty of light and air as well as room in the annex.

Plenty of light and air as well as room in the annex.

Another great asset we purchased is the CGear Multimat. Sand goes through but does not come back up. When it rains, (and we’ve had some great storms), the floor may get wet but no mud comes up and it dries  very quickly. It also hasn’t killed off the grass underneath and we’ve been here for 3 weeks now.

Office with a view.

Office with a view.

Chris has set up his table to capture the best view of the dam as well as the local community.

Hard at work.

Hard at work.

Now another thing we have learned from Barry is that instead of using our normal 240 plug for our laptop, which we need to connect to an inverter, we can use a straight 12volt adapter. It saves power and is cheap. They usually have a variety of different wattage switch’s. Now Chris can use this out in the annex or in the van without turning on the inverter. We needed to ensure we got at least a 150watt one so it stays cool when it’s running.

So here we are using power from the sun to run laptops, lights, TV, media player, radio. Our biggest cost is LPG gas. We go through a 9kg container every 3-4 weeks, cost $24-$30. This runs our hot water (showers & washing up), fridge, cook top and oven.

Now for water.

Here at the dam they have a rainwater tank. Some are boiling the water and using this but we only use it for washing clothes and dishes. When we get to Melbourne we’re thinking of getting a smaller tank just for drinking so then we can put untreated water in the tanks from dams or rivers. But in the mean time we have purchased collapsible water containers that fit  in the back of the ute. When we go into town we fill these with town water and siphon it in to the tanks. So we have plenty of water here but can now go for quite a while without going into town.

Our water containers 105lt

Our water containers 105lt

 

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