During February and March 18, Woelcke worked on the completion of the vehicle. Some technical features:
Based on the floorplan, Woelcke made a first furniture prototype in December 17. With this prototype
we were able to shift the sidewalls a bit left or right, until we reached a final position. This final layout set the frame for the furniture production.
Furniture production started at the beginning of 2018 with the kitchen block. All fronts have an oak laminate.
We decided for a KILDWICK composting toilet to avoid the search for dumping stations and to save water. The solid waste goes into a composting bucket and the urine
goes into a separate 40 litres tank. The shower is separated from the bathroom.
In the kitchen we use quality devices from CAN (3-burner gas cooker) and KISSMANN (compressor fridge)
Power supply comes from 300 watts solar on the roof. Battery storage is 2 x 160 Ah in Lithium-ion technology. Furthermore we have a 24kg LP gas tank only for cooking. Heating is done with a TRUMA diesel heater.
Tanks are all self-made by Woelcke. Photos show the fresh water tank, the grey water tank, the urine tank and the additional diesel tank. Together with the standard diesel tank, the diesel capacity will allow us to go for more than 1000 km.
We decided for KCT windows, which are very heavy and expensive, but have highest quality also in high altitudes. Window frames are painted in the same colour as used for the body. There is also a KCT roof hatch in the alcove.
Our Benny has 4 storage boxes under the chassis, all self-made by Woelcke.
We use a BATLINK travel connector with a 74cm mobile antenna and a reach of 3km.
To improve the light power of the Mercedes Vario, our Benny has 2 additional HELLA LED headlights with a Ref value of 40 each. The headlight carrier is powder-coated.
Some finishing details, like chequer plates for the wheel arches, the garage and the front protection.
End of March 18 our Benny is 99% done. Some minor things still to do like the mirror in the bathroom, entrance steps and fenders.
During April 18 and before putting our Benny on the road, we provide for some further technical improvements. For example, stronger shock absorbers from MARQUART
are mounted (to avoid swing movements of the body while driving) as well as an oil drain plug from RÖLEX (to protect the thread). Furthermore a diesel filter from SEPAR is installed to protect
the engine from bad fuel. Finally a mobile tire inflation device is stowed in the storage compartment.