On a rare and random nice day I installed the first of the bonded side windows into the campervan. It went pretty well, especially given how big the window is. A fellow boater stood next to me as I popped the window in place in case it slipped but all was fine. Then I did some beginning work on the ceiling and screwed down the 12mm plywood floor.
After the efforts shown in the last vlog, I was not happy about the panel gaps in my new campervan floor – so I bought a load more plywood and re-cut them, using the “almost right” ones as a starting point. In this video, I describe this process in probably excruciating detail.
A vlog in which I cover myself liberally in cobwebby spray adhesive as I try to stick foil-wrapped bubblewrap onto the walls of my Toyota Proace van in order to form a moisture barrier. I also cut up some wooden battens for the floor and begin to map out where to put them.
Despite the wind, which wobbled the camera on the tripod quite a lot and caused it to go bananas at the end, I had a nice mild day at the end of January when I seized the chance to install rear windows into the campervan. This involves cutting the metal from the rear doors, preparing the windows and door surrounds, then glueing the windows on with extremely sticky adhesive.
I took a day off van building to visit the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome show at Birmingham’s NEC. There I not only saw lots of lovely campervans but also met up with loads of YouTubers.
In this video I use Insta Stik low-expansion foam adhesive to install the cut Celotex insulation panels into my Toyota Proace campervan conversion. I also install a Fiamma Turbo 28 roof vent by jigsawing a hole in the roof then using a mastic sealing strip and cartridge sealant to stop any rain getting in.
In this vlog I continue putting the soft loft insulation into the van’s nooks and crannies plus I begin cutting the Celotex insulation boards to shape.
The time has come to start putting some insulation into the van so in this video I explain my process and thinking and I go off on a bit of a rant about the uselessness of covering up foil “insulation” products.
In this video I take advantage of the brief spell of milder weather to make a start on the campervan conversion, installing sound-deadening self-adhesive mats onto the side walls, to dampen down the “clangyness” of the walls.
An episode in which not a lot happens but I have a look at the first lot of products to have arrived for my campervan conversion (being tinted side windows, a can of WD40 degreaser and some self-adhesive sound-deadening mats). I then ponder what it takes to re-register a panel van as a camper van with the DVLA and consider the issue of insurance.