I'm wondering if there are any formal guidelines I ought to follow in terms of how the conversion should be done, maybe some sort of codes to follow? Similar to electrical and plumbing and construction code for homes. I'd imagine there are safety and durability guidelines.
I've come across the NFPA 1192, which seems to have some suggestions for heating, cooking, plumbing, electrical, etc. Are there other guidelines to follow? Or is it a safe general rule of thumb to go by residential structural, electrical, plumbing, etc codes when possible?
For example, i've gotten some indication that the exterior faucet/hose adapter needs to be somewhere on the driver's side and not the passenger's side. Are there some things that need to be on the passenger's side? Is there anything that says where the propane tank needs to be positioned relative to the stove? I'd imagine it shouldn't be inside the vehicle and it may not even be safe to have it under the bus in the proximity of the stove - that it may need to be much further away, though I'm not sure. And are there guidelines about fire safety in the proximity of the stove?
I'm not using a wastewater tank at first, so there's got to be something somewhere saying that a 'portable waste receptacle' (ie a 5 gallon bucket connected via plumbing waste pipe/hose) is good enough for the sink grey water.
On a side note, I have all this polystyrene 1 1/2 inch foam insulation panels (R-6.5), it's blue on one side and silver on the other. I've read that they are flammable and toxic when burned, and they they need drywall put over them to resist any heat/fire/etc. However, I've only seem conversions that put panel board over the insulation, not drywall. I'd imagine drywall would add a bunch of weight to the vehicle. Is the panel board safe? Maybe it's nothing to really worry about? Would I avoid insulation near my propane stove? I'd imagine there are some extra regulations to consider in the proximity of the oven/stove/heat source.
I'm going to the Motor Vehicles in a bit to see what guidelines they know of. I'd imagine both them and insurance companies might be picky and I don't want to do a bunch of work only for both of them to say I did it wrong and then have to redo a bunch of work.
I'm not sure if an RV dealer/repair shop might know much in terms of formal guidelines since they may be used to things already being pre-made and to whatever guidelines there are - and they may just replace like-for-like, which is a different story than starting from scratch.