Day van (sorry) your thoughts.
This has been a pipe dream for quite a while but is now shaping up to actually happening. We wanted a vivaro/trafic/primastar van for a minimalist stealth camper. Now seen a decentish van at a local business that specialises in ’em.Posted 3 years ago
It’s been ply-ed out in the back and we are planning on buying it and initially using it as is with a futon or an air bed in it. How horrendous is the condensation problem likely to be with 2 of us kipping in it overnight?
eventually we’ll get a window in side door, rock ‘n roll bed and a leisure battery with a lead into the back for 240 supply. Don’t need or want owt else really.
You’d be surprised how fast your breath can soak the inside of a van, especially when you’re asleep.
Mine was much worse than I expected so I insulated and carpeted it quick sharp. If nothing else it just makes it a much nicer place to be. It’s much quieter when driving and generally shuffling around in it.
On a cold night sleeping in a naked metal van is like sleeping in a meat locker.Posted 3 years agoMarinMember
If you’re on a site see if the door can be left open a crack and still locked. Insulated mine with cheapo loft lagging and plastic board lined not ply. Lined this with car carpet bought off eBay. Covered any left over metal bits with silver foil insulation. Had quite a few holes in internal bodywork on mine as ex AA van and didn’t want too much condensation inside. Box your wheels in as well and insulation in the boxes for a much quieter driving life. If you’re vagulely handy campers can be cheap and comfortable.Posted 3 years agosc-xcMember
Buy this, and make it fitPosted 3 years ago
what did you insulate it with?
Started with strips of flashbanding on the panels. Doesn’t have any thermal insulation properties but it stops the panels from wobbling and reduces on the road noise by loads.
Covered it in foil coated bubble wrap as it was massively reduced at BnQ. Stuff recycled plastic bottle insulation into all the nooks and crannys. Then bought a pre-cut set of 6mm ply panels from Ebay and covered them in carpet from Megavanmats.
There are loads of options but don’t skimp on the carpets. The stuff from Megavanmats is amazing and a joy to work with. I’m happy with the finish from my first attempt.
Ended up with this;
Then I built this which served us well on a Euro road-trip
Having a van is awesome. You’ll enjoy it!Posted 3 years ago
Buy this, and make it fit
Thanks for the plug 😉Posted 3 years agoPePPeRSubscriber
If you could get a 2006 onwards van with the Nissan 2.0lt diesel it would be a better bet with less gearbox issues and fewer engine problems.
You can also get these vans in Longwheel base format, they aren’t much longer but would be a much more comfortable space for sleeping in!Posted 3 years agojambourgieMember
Bit of a vague question, but what kind of cutoff point age/mileage wise would people suggest when converting your van? What I mean is; my van, originally a work van, but now just a ‘bike van’ is about 10 years old with 130K on the clock. Would love to kit it out properly but a bit worried it could start developing mechanicals too frequently to make it much fun. Touch wood though, it’s never missed a beat so far.
Sorry for the hijack.Posted 3 years ago
We bought the van!
Posted 3 years ago
Next job is remove all the ply and stick some insulation in and put plastic over as a vapour seal. Ply the roof too.
I’ve priced up a leisure battery, split relay and inverter so I should be ok to rig that up with all the gubbins mounted under passenger seat. I’ll run an extension lead into the back through the bulkhead so I can have 240v in the back.
I’m getting an opening side window put in next week.
Get some sort of matting on the floor in the back. Bung a futon bed in and we are pretty much ready to go.
Easy as that, eh.rsvktmSubscriber
Nice one on getting a van at last 😉 you won’t regret it. Insulate, ply and carpet the roof as well, second the comment re quality of carpet. Would give serious thought to losing the bulkhead, makes it feel a much bigger van and let’s loads more light in. It is easy enough to do. We had issues with condensation on the windscreen overnight using internal screens so got silverscreen externals that cured that issue, we always leave a window slightly open anyway.
May see you at some events this year. Good luck with the build.
PeterPosted 3 years ago
Cheers!Posted 3 years ago
Yeah, bulkhead should just unbolt but we’ll try without at first. If nowt else it gives us something to bungee the bikes to.
It’ll be an ongoing process. Oh, going to get an upgrade on the ICE too. CD/mp3 player from Halfrauds for £50 and hook up an ipod to it for some banging choons.
Been busy today doing the insulating.Posted 3 years ago
Took the floor out and placed it on top of closed cell foam.
Cut round it with my mate Stanley
Put the foam down in the van. Gaffer taped it together.
Plastic sheeting over the foam and beneath the ply as a token anti- condensation gesture.
Trial run with the futon. It fits perfectly between the wheel arches.
I’ll be round in the morning – do I knock on the house or the steamed up van ? 🙂
I’ll also talk to you about rock-roll beds and what not to buy (stick with the futon for now if you aren’t planning on rear passengers). Rock roll + passengers = death trap unless you’ve got a grand or two to spare…..Posted 3 years ago
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