Tedious is the word of the week.
We’ve had the van for a week. This includes many nights of Paps hardly sleeping, working his tail off while I coughed. I am currently resting my lungs in bed while he is slaving away outside.
We had wonderful weather when beginning this project. We had a few sunny days in a row. We also had one glorious night in the van on the streets of Portland outside of the climbing gym.
This is just the beginning…
A smile on our face at the beginning of every morning… right.
We insulated the floor, walls and roof of the van. The base insulation is really a noise/vibration management layer with self adhesive Stinger Road Kill Pro (car audio Dynamat equivalent). Then, we filled the large openings and window holes with 2″ hard foam insulation, held in place with spray glue. Lastly, we covered it with Reflectix (the silver roll you see in the far right corner of the the picture above). We also filled in all the nooks with an expandable spray foam to help keep moisture out of some spaces when it condenses in the roof. Daniel is very nervous about the van rusting…very…nervous.
In between this, we made many trips to Home Depot. I have personally been there more in the last week than I have my entire life. Good news is that we managed to score a couple of really great cabinets instead of building our own! ( Cabinet on bottom right of pic above). We bought hard oak bathroom cabinets, on sale and “damaged”…YES PLEASE!
I’m impressed with the amount of effort my husband has put into this van. There is so much that I didn’t understand. Especially the amount of detail that goes into turning a van into an “advanture.” I’m really proud of him.
Since then we did stay one night in Portland. We climbed for the evening . The next morning I ended up at the urgent care while Paps stayed outside in the van and worked on it. It’s working out well. 😉