After receiving many requests I have finally put together a post with some of the details from my camper conversion build. Thank you, everyone, for your interest! Here are a few specs regarding the dimensions of the build, the curtains that I added as well as the electronics. As usual please feel free to comment with your questions and I will do my best to get back to you!
Below I have placed a quick sketch of the dimensions. Keep in mind that when building this I had to build a piece then modify it to fit a number of times, especially the curved areas around the paneling.
My first version of curtains was simply just a bunch of cut up sun visors that I would attach to the windows with little velcro dots. This was frustrating so often I would just neglect to do it because it took time then eventually the dots wore off. Version 2.0 took a modest amount more time to build and is working great!
I acquired blackout curtain material at my local fabric store. This was a little pricey but I managed to get it on a 50% off sale. Expect $20-40/m. I cut the material a couple inches larger than I needed, then simply hemmed the edges to keep it tidy. Here is a quick little schematic of them, keep in mind these are the final dimensions and do not include your seam allowances.
Because I don’t like to modify the Pilot more than I have to I use paper clips to hold them up. The paper clips stay in place when I am not using them and make putting them up a breeze.
For the front of the car between the drivers’ seats and the rear I again sewed a large curtain to cover the opening and use an old fashion spring loaded curtain rod to keep it in place. When I am not using it, it just drops to the floor between the seats and the box.
Finally, the rear curtain covers most of the opening but certainly isn’t perfect. I used paper clips suspended by elastics attached to the various tie points on the car.
As many of you know I opted to charge a secondary battery from the car instead of using solar. Two main reasons behind this. First, solar is expensive and finicky to operate. Second, I am always driving, therefore, the battery would always be charged. If I was staying in one place longer I might consider solar. Essentially all you need is a battery, a battery isolator, and some outlets. A change I made was adding an additional fuse box instead of the inline fuses that came with the wires attached to the outlets. This makes them more accessible and the replacement fuses are easier to come across.
If there are other components you are interested in seeing let me know! In the mean time I am actually working on building a truck camper with my partner Gerald so stay tuned for news on that!