In this video (the first of two parts) I journey to the Brecon Beacons in Wales where, along with a hardy navigator, we visit sheep, lakes, waterfalls and some spectacular scenery.
This is the video of my first proper trip out in the van, sleeping in it overnight and actually using it as a campervan. I went to visit Nick Twinney (aka “Shevanigans” on YouTube) who lives near Swansea, and he took me for a tour around the Gower which is where my father grew up and that side of my family is from. We visited Rhossili, Langland, Rotherslade and the Mumbles and I saw where my grandmother used to have a small chandlery which we visited many times when I was a child.
Having tested the Propex HS2000 propane heater in my DIY campervan, I decided the exhaust was still rather hot despite having wrapped it in a heatproof material, so I added another layer of a different kind of exhaust wrap as well. This has made it very cool indeed where the exhaust pipe exits the van, which is a good thing because that’s quite near where the filler pipe is for the LPG tank.
In this excruciatingly detailed chat to camera, I go through my spreadsheet of costs for the DIY conversion of my Toyota Proace van into a self built campervan.
After several months of building (and quite a lot of procrastination), I have declared my DIY camper van complete and ready for use. True there are still some small things I will update, change or fix but basically it’s done so here is the tour of the finished van.
There’s not a huge amount being going on in the van since the last vlog but a smattering of finishing touches to make it nicer and these are what I show and describe in this vlog.
This is an update vlog of many things rather than one specific project. I show the solar panels, some electrical tweaks I’ve made, the new van cushions, the fridge now in situ. Plus I go over some of the seemingly endless list of things that still need to be done.
An overview of the internal gas pipework I fitted to the campervan to run the Smev 9722 dual-burner hob and the Propex HS2000 heater, plus details of the 12V electrical system.
For the gas supply in the van I wanted something that was refillable and could be used abroad but didn’t cost the earth for refills so I ended up buying a Gaslow R67 6kg LPG cylinder with filling kit. In this video, I show how much pondering I had to do in order to install the filler section.
In this video I show how I screwed the sink into place on the worktop, using the supplied fixings, demonstrate a silly design flaw in my inverter, and go into further detail about the Propex heater installation, looking at the exhaust and air inlet pipe routing through the floor of the van. This involved drilling holes in the van floor – a nervewracking experience!