The answer came in the form of floor-mounted, tray-style racks from 1Up USA. ''They are made in the United States, and in my opinion they make some of the coolest hitch-racks on the market today. I met the owner of the company, Robbie Lange, a few years ago, and when I built this van, I was out looking at my trailer hitch and wondered if I used half of my trailer hitch-rack and mounted them in here if they would hold my bike?'' Lange was into the project, and the result is what you see here: a clean, easy to use system where you slide the bike into place without hassle. The bikes go in and come out at a moment's notice, but are also secure enough that they won't move around while the van is on the go or comes to a hard stop.
The van's electronics include a 6-volt AGM dual battery system that separates starting and engine duties from running the amenities, which is very helpful to anyone who wants to spend a lot of time on the road. Young told us that they're connected through an automatic charging system that allows the vehicle alternator to be charging the auxiliary batteries when the engine is running, but then automatically disconnect or isolate the starting battery from the auxiliary batteries when the engine is off. A 110-volt A/C power inverter converts the 12-volt D/C current stored in the auxiliary batteries into 110-volt A/C power for using household powered items.
Young also said that they only use 12-volt LED lighting and nearly always go with 12-volt appliances. ''We currently use Scandvik Marine Lighting as a standard for our interior lighting,'' he said of the van's 3'' recessed puck lights that put out 64 lumens. The van has dual-color lights that have both white and red LEDs and are controlled via two separate switches or a three-way switch that will operate the different colors. ''It’s nice to have the red lights for night operations since the white lights can be pretty bright and definitely distracting to a driver at night. Mounted to the rear door frame header are two Vision X LED Utility Flood Lights. These work great for loading lights and their small 3.4” x 1.9” x .091” size makes mounting locations almost limitless."