Forgot to mention my fridge on here! I’ve got a 3-way (Gas, 12V, 230V) Dometic RM212 fridge that I managed to pick up second hand from ebay for about £50 delivered! It needed a really good clean including the gas jet nozzle and I replaced the mains power lead… but it works really well. I didn’t realise how quickly the efficiency of these fridges drops when they are at an angle so you need to park on level ground or use chocks to level you off.

I’ve also ripped the front panel off and added a logo…. this is only attempt 1 but its an improvement. It will be really easy to replace or cover the front door and control panel so it looks a little less 1980s!

Now for a motto to go around the logo!

The motto I like and am stealing is from The Addams Family and is “Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc” or “We Gladly Feast on Those Who Would Subdue Us.”

The problem is that’s not what it says… its a bad translation! A closer translation into Latin would be as below (according to

Laeti vescimur nos subacturis

…and google translate gives me the following:

Non in die festo Parvam piamque dum lubenter eorum non proderunt animos iramque Nobis

Which to me seems to be too long for that translation! So I think I’m going to go for the campvs translation.

Laeti Vescimur Nos Subacturis

Now to find a font… as this isn’t a commercial project and just for me there are thousands of free fonts to choose from, I usually start at

I think this is my one!

I’m becoming a ninja with a scalpel! Although this was a slightly ridiculous way of doing it. Next time I use a projector and trace that way!

Inside the box mounted above should be enough room for the two new ventilation vents. Cold air in, hot air out!

Cutting the vent holes

OK… so I may not have fitted the fridge correctly! I added the Flue and cut the hole for that and the gas drop out underneath but I should really have vented to the outside! Time to go back… pull it out and do it again!!

When trying to mark out where to cut, drilling pilot holes from the inside helps work out where everything is. You can also scribble on the outside of a white van with white board marker and wash off with water once done. Once marked out where you are cutting, cover the bits you want to keep with masking tape so the feet of the jigsaw doesn’t scratch the paintwork. Final tip is if you are an idiot and pick up a sharpie instead of a whiteboard marker (doh!) you should be able to remove the marker using ethanol!

Sealing off the Fridge

I need to attach a box to the wall of the van that the sideboard links up to. The box will be open at the front to be level with the fridge and sealed at the back to the van wall.

This was a massive pain in the arse! Make sure you plan it out fully before you start. I wasted hours making three different versions of a cowl/box that mounted to the wall of the van, the sideboard then fitted over the box and then the fridge slid into both… I still think this is the best way to do it but I could have save hours with a bit more planning.