Having owned my early bay for 3 years now which I use throughout the year, and as Autumn is fast approaching, yes I know it's only August but this is the U.K. I have purchased a propex heater so I can have real hot air heating in my bus. There will be no more travelling to shows and club meets throughout the colder months whilst shivering and getting numb toes and fingers from the cold. I got to thinking about the location of the propex heater and most people put their heater either under the rock and roll bed, or under the buddy seat. As I tend to keep a lot of spares under the bed, I didn't really want to loose storage space and put the heater under there, so under the buddy seat seemed the ideal location, as I only keep my toolbox in there, which I can relocate quite easily.
|As you can see from this photo, when the bed|
is down there isn't a lot of room with my home
made cooker unit and the original Westfalia
|Off to the local D.I.Y. store where I purchased|
a sheet of 6mm ply and a pack of 1" x 1.5"
baton. I already had some wood glue and
|Not having a garage or workshop all my work|
is done outdoors, this of course means I'm at
the mercy of the elements. This is August in
the U.K. and we get frequent showers, normally
just after I have got all set up and ready to start.
|The width and depth of the new seat would be |
as the original, only it will have a recessed bit
to allow the blown hot air to be blown down
the side of the seat and directed towards the
|My buddy seat doesn't get used that much, so|
I think 6mm ply that has been glued and
screwed should be plenty strong enough once
fixed into position and it has the base of the
upholstery on it.
|The original buddy seat has a handy storage|
space in the back, but it does mean that the
seat sits a further 6" into the living area, which
doesn't sound a lot, but when the bed is down
it just takes up precious space.
|I made a box up and mounted it directly to the|
bulkhead, then attached my upholstery using
poppers, just in case I need to remove it.
Already the space saved in amazing.
|This photo shows the original buddy seat and |
my new seat. You can see by the chequered
flooring how much space not having the storage
space on the back of the seat has saved me,
and I still retained my lovely colour coded
|This before and after photo shows the space|
I have gained by making a new seat. The black
directional hot air vent on the new seat can be
directed so I get maximum hot air into the living
area and thus into the cab area.