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First Minivan Build

HOWA’s First Birthday!!

Bob’s LIVE FEED 

Join us as we celebrate Homes On Wheels Alliance’s (HOWA) very FIRST birthday!!

 

 

Wednesday, August 28

3 pm Pacific

Additionally, HOWA will be awarding the very first minivan to the deserving recipient LIVE!!

See you there on Bob’s CheapRVLiving YouTube Channel

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Minivan Build Manual

There have been requests for more details on the prototype minivan build just completed by HOWA. The attached manual covers the basics of the materials and tools used, with photos and descriptions of how it all went together.

The manual covers the build on this Ford Windstar minivan. Dimensions will vary depending on the make and model of the van you are building as well as the next van that HOWA builds out. But the basic design, materials and tools used and listed in the manual will provide a good foundation for what is needed to accomplish a build like this one. 

Many thanks should be given to the volunteers that came together for three weeks in June to work together as a team to create this minivan home. Nomads brought their skills, experience, energy and tools to build together with compassion and thoughts of the person that will travel in this home on wheels.

Additionally, there were generous donors that purchased items from the Amazon Wishlist that was set up to outfit the interior of the minivan with living essentials such as the mattress, stove, totes and so on. 

There were MANY people that put their kindness and compassion to work to bring the minivan home into fruition.

Together We Are Changing Lives and Building Community!

Minivan Build Manual June 2019

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Bob’s Minivan Build Vlog #5

Here is Bob’s latest Video Log (vlog) of our Minivan Build to give someone in need.

Click here for the Application for Assistance.

Whether you are someone who is asking for help, or someone providing help: Thank you!

Together we are changing lives, preventing homelessness, and building community.

 

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Day Four — Minivan Build

Shelves begun under the hatch for a galley kitchen.

 

A view inside from the passenger-side sliding door.

 

Due to the generous contributions of our donors, HOWA purchased the build’s lumber, building supplies, solar power system components and related electronic parts.  Yet, to make this minivan a home, we need additional items to create a livable, safe and secure space.  So, we’ve put together an Amazon Wishlist for anyone else who would like to contribute to this inaugural build.  Consider taking part by purchasing something from the Minivan Build Wishlist — https://amzn.to/2JZ4J3C  Thank you for joining with us us to make this minivan a home-sweet-home for someone in need.  

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Day Three — Minivan Build

Floor vinyl was installed with precision (John).

 

Bed built and secured to the floor.  The back shelving was begun.  And, the first draft of the Safety Manual was submitted.  Bob is video taping the build.  

 

The day ended around the campfire with roasted marshmallows and friendship (Lois, Bonnie, Paulette, Mario).

 

Our location for the minivan build is truly beautiful.

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Days One & Two — Minivan Build

After a hot dog BBQ, planning session during Day One, volunteers Tony and Karen made a run into town for lumber and supplies on Day Two.   The Model Minivan Build is off to a very productive start.

In the morning of Day One, the floor was put in.  (Cliff, James, and Kenny)

 

By evening, the bed was framed.  (Joni and Cliff, with Bob video taping at the side door)

 

We really have a very beautiful location for the minivan build.  (Phyllis’ place)

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