Now that we have the electrics and plumbing roughed in, it’s time to get the walls up. First off, we’re going with Ultratouch Cotton insulation instead of fiberglass in the walls. We think this is a better choice environmentally as well as for it’s sound deadening and insulation properties. In the ceiling, we’re using 2″ closed cell foam with a layer of reflective bubble insulation below. This should keep the heat out when the sun is baking the top of the van, and it very light weight, keeping our center of gravity lower than if we were to heavier fiberglass or cotton insulation on the ceiling. And finally, we like to cover the walls with fabric – it gives the interior of the van a softer, more comfortable feel.
And now that the walls are up, we’re installing the bed platform in the rear of the van. The bed platform is 6′ long and the full width of the van. We’ve placed the bed platform just high enough to fit bikes underneath, in the cargo compartment. The wall under the bed platform has been crafted to have two cabinets. We’re also using the bed platform wall to house the electrical components like the solar charge controller, water tank gauge, on/off switch for the water pump, radio amplifier and subwoofer and the inverter remote control unit.
In front of the bed platform wall goes the two person sofa. This sofa folds down into a bed. Because the sofa isn’t as wide as the van, we’ve created a cubby hole at the same level as the sofa. When the sofa folds down into a bed, it is even with the cubby top and can sleep another person.
And finally, we’re installing cabinetry for the galley. The cabinetry gives us four drawers for ample storage in the galley. We’re also using a sink which is plenty large for rinsing fry pans – try that in the standard itty bitty sinks found in most conversions! And next to the four drawers, we’re going with a four cubic foot Norcold refrigerator. We don’t mess around with the smaller fridges – with our battery bank and solar system, we’ve got plenty of juice to run it. And with 3 or 4 people road tripping in this van, it’s definitely good to have space for fresh food.
And the finished product…