Consulting Services by 1der

from $ 50.00 USD
  1. The Sportsmobile Forum (aka SMB forum) is a fantastic "home" for camper van / rig owners, enthusiasts and learners. It's an awesome community of passionate souls who graciously share so much valuable information about their rigs, systems, trips, etc. I have made many great friends through the forum, and I treasure the respectful, polite and giving nature of the forum. Check it out!
  2. Yeah, my FIL was a super cool dude. You'll definitely be moved reading about him here. Be sure to grab your tissues (guys included)...
  3. This does not include my many years of experience in ocean crossings and extensive long-range off-shore cruising. Additionally, I've spent decades  tinkering with and fixing all kinds of cars and all things related to homes. This collectively provides a great background to diagnosis and fix all kinds of problems in a myriad of rigs and trailers.
  4. References available upon request.
  5. If the link doesn't work, go to the Forum, and in the nav bar, find "search" and search by member (1der).

Providing Expertise in Solar, Electrical, Batteries, Plumbing, Home Builds, 4x4 Conversions, PopTops, Installations, etc.


Vans ∙ Cutaways ∙ Trailers


Fees are by the hour or project


I am 1der, the co-owner of this website and a very active member on the Sportsmobile Forum.

Our first rig was a gift many years ago from my father-in-law: his 1976 Chevy C-30 cargo van with a 4x4 Pathfinder conversion that he used for skiing and adventures while living in Tahoe. He was certainly waaay before his time in so many aspects...

That van was the beginning of this awesome journey that 1derGirl and I are on, and over the years, we've continually worked on, improved and upgraded our vehicles.

I have more than 30 years of experience (am I that old??? 😱) in the camper van world, and I have dedicated a lot of hours researching and building out ours and others' rigs. We've also taken trips in several other rigs and spent a lot of time in ours in different environments for extended periods (like spending months living in and traveling around in Beastie during the winters on our ski bumming adventures).

These experiences have given me / us a lot of perspective on what it takes to be comfortable, compatible and thrive in environments that are often not climatically comfortable (or plush) and don't come with quick-fixes or services when things can and do go wrong.

I have also helped many people and forum members with their needs. In addition to consulting by phone and video, I am also honored by the trust people have placed in me to work on their rigs and trailers to make improvements and installations ranging from PopTops to solar / electrical / heating / plumbing systems, etc.

As anyone who knows me personally or has read the thousands of posts I have made on the forum (1derGirl calls it my other home), vans / rigs are my passion.

If you are interested in my consulting services, my rate is $50 per 30-minute increments. We'll start with an initial 30-minute consultation, which will then determine the approximate amount of time needed to discuss your project in detail.

To make our initial meeting more efficient, please complete the form below. Once this initial "purchase" is made, I'll contact you to set up our first discussion and get you on your way to creating your ultimate rig.

I look forward to connecting with you!


Bill rate is $50 per 30-minute increments.

For our initial meeting, select a quantity of 1. For subsequent meetings / more time, as an example, a 1.5 hour consultation will require a quantity of 3.

Important note: If you are using gmail or yahoo mail, there is a high probability our response will be in your SPAM folder. Please be sure to check that folder, and then add us to your approved senders list. Thank you.

$ 50.00 USD

** MUST READ For ALL International Shipments **

You will be charged exorbitant brokerage fees unless you… (click for more info).

Please, please be sure to consult the UPS or USPS website to understand how you can minimize paying exorbitant broker fees (for which we have no control). Each country has different rules, so research accordingly.

Some customers are being charged a whopping 50%😱 of the purchase price in brokerage fees, which are automatically charged by UPS or USPS unless other action is taken by the recipient before the goods are sent by us.

Be advised your package(s) will not be delivered by the carrier until the fees are paid, in total, at the time of delivery. In case you're wondering, we cannot lower the value of the goods.

Before we ship, you will need to inform us of your brokerage firm so we can input that information on the shipping label. If no brokerage information is provided, UPS or USPS will act as the broker, and they charge significantly higher fees than other brokers or if you clear it yourself.

Some excellent information for how to self-clear UPS shipments to Canada can be found here.


Purchase Considerations
Interior Builds and / or PopTops
Electrical Systems (Batteries and Solar, etc.)
Plumbing and / or Heating
Usage and Function
Best Practices
Installation Services (Actual Hands-On)


HI or AK

Welcome to Bling My Rig!

We are so excited to share with you our stories, tutorials, tips and products. We launched this site in March 2021, and we so appreciate all the support and positive feedback on the site.

We are adding more products and writing about our rig modifications and adventures, so please sign up to be notified of anything new. Rest assured we never sell your information. Ever.

Thank you for visiting!

1derGirl and 1der