As I (and many of you) suspected, a night or two of quality sleep and a little quiet contemplation thrown in for good measure has made all the difference, and with the calendar now totally clear for a while, it's full speed ahead with building my super-cool go-almost-anywhere adventure vehicle. It feels good to be back in this game.
With a few weeks to go before the Bostig kit arrives, I should have plenty of time to complete all necessary work to the van's body, get the windows tinted, and install all of the new window and door seals. I may even get the wheels and tires upgraded by then, which means the van will be sporting an entirely different look before too long.
Since I plan to have a DC-powered freezer (for loading up on copious amounts of the grass-fed goodness), I think I can avoid having a separate DC refrigerator by instead having a cooler and rotating in a new set of ice packs from the freezer every few days. Pictured above is the five-day cooler I recently purchased to test this idea, along with one set of ice packs and Q's handy remote temperature transmitter nestled in between.
And here it is on its way down to temperature...
Believe it or not, that's plenty of refrigerator space for my needs, so it should just be a matter of determining how many ice packs at a time will be necessary to maintain several days of solid 40 degree "weather." I'll be watching things closely over the next several days, so stay tuned for the thrilling results.