THE BLUE MAXX PROJECT The Plan and the Name I figure on 28 months to get this all done and ready. June of ’22. That will be when I retire from the ranks of the working man and roll on out for a years-long road trip. So, no real hurry, and certainly nothing to consider an imminent deadline. If I get ahead of that pace and find myself road-ready six months (or a year?) early … well, we’ll worry about that then. I had wanted to spend under $20K, partly so I could just pay it off and avoid monthly payments, and largely because I had an overall figure of $30K in my head for the completed roadhome. That leaves up to $10K to do it up right. Or, what I hoped would be right. I want to do it all myself. I have almost no experience at any of the carpentry and electrical aspects of the project, but with YouTube providing a team of mentors, and plenty of time to “try again”, I figure that I can figure it out. I won’t be shy about asking advice, but I want to be hands-on so if something breaks a couple of years from now, I’ll know how to fix it. In the last 11+ years at my job, I’ve learned the CorelDRAW graphic design program pretty well. I promptly put it to work for me creating accurate-scale diagrams of Maxx’s interior – overhead view (left), driver’s side, passenger’s side, cross-section-looking-back, cross- section-looking-front (see above), ceiling, floor, cabinets, wiring, bed on port side, bed on starboard side, bed across the back, and on and on. If you ever want to fill some idle hours during a pandemic lockdown, I highly recommend designing a van build-out.