The Van is here! And it’s definitely not building itself…

Great Shot by our neighbors

Great Shot by our neighbors

Tedious is the word of the week.

The sexy front side.

The sexy front side.

 

The bare bones

The bare bones

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....

A smile on our face at the beginning of every morning… right.

Getting down to business.

Getting down to business.  Cutting, and shaving, the foam sheets with a regularly sharpened steak knife worked the best.

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.

Expandable Foam

Expandable foam…ugh.

Working away.

Working away.  “Don’t break that, it’s $150 to replace…”

Late nights.

Late nights.  This night ended with me curled up at the fireplace and Daniel going to bed at 6am.

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!

Applying the white (and last) part of the roof which is no longer there.

Installing the last part of the ceiling…short lived, quickly removed.  Waste of almost an entire 24 hour period.

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.

Paps working alone.

Paps working alone.  Good picture of the Roadkill covering the entire floor and wheel wells.  Not visible is the Roadkill behind the wall panels.

The bed frame.

The bed frame.  (Later in the blog, you’ll see this long 2×4 is pretty important to our modifications)

The privacy curtain which allows no creepers to be peeping while be are sleeping (This is looking into the windshield

The privacy curtain which allows no creepers to be peeping while be are sleeping (This is looking in through the windshield).

Cute..I know.

Cute..I know.

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. 😉

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5 thoughts on “The Van is here! And it’s definitely not building itself…

  1. Years ago when Ed and I first moved to Colorado we had a conversion van to aid in our extended outdoor adventures with pups in tow. We then “upgraded” to small vintage campers which he now renovates for a living. We are nomadic by nature. No matter where we “settle”, we will ALAWYS need a home on wheels. It’s motivation to get out there and, as Ed says, do something with our lives. As I write this, he is on an extended Southern surf/paddle trip in our current conversion van. He just scoped out a place to “park” across from the beach. I love that you’re embracing the lifestyle. Have fun you two!!

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  2. Years ago when Ed and I first moved to Colorado, we had a conversion van to aid in our extended outdoor adventures with pups in tow. We then “upgraded” to small vintage campers which he now renovates for a living. We are nomadic by nature. No matter where we settle, we will always have a home on wheels. It’s motivation to get out there and, as Ed says, do something with our lives. As I write this, he is on an extended Southern surf/paddle trip. He just scoped out a spot to “park” across from the beach. I love that you’re embracing this lifestyle. Have fun you two!!

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  3. Oops! I wrote a whole comment and it didn’t post. Let’s try this again…

    Years ago when we first moved to Colorado, Ed and I had a conversion van we called “The Beast”. It was perfect for our extended outdoor adventures with our pups. We eventually upgraded to vintage campers, which he now renovates for a living. Ed always says, “Let’s get out there and do something with our lives!” As I write this, he’s on an extended surf/paddle trip down South in our current van. We are nomads by nature. No matter where we settle, we’ll always have a roaming home on wheels. Have fun out there!!

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