Van Conversion…..first things first!

So after considerable research, deliberation and discussion we came up with a pretty good idea of what we wanted to get from our campervan.
Essentially we need it to fit a family of 4 ( 2 adults and 2 growing boys) and we wanted the least amount of ‘set up’ when we arrive at a campsite. Other ‘essentials’ include a loo, a small cooking area and plenty of storage. We don’t ever plan to wild camp so we’re not particularly worried about generating our own power etc.
With our wish list in place we set about planning the lay out. We realise at this stage that it will be a plan that continues to evolve as the build goes along but the basic layout will be:
Fixed bed at the rear with a double fixed bed above for the boys.
2 fixed seats with belts behind the drivers seat with a view to fitting swivel bases on the drivers seat and replacing the twin cab seat with a single and a swivel. This will the create then ‘dining area’.
Behind the boys seat will be a small bathroom and immediately behind that will be a floor to ceiling cupboard depending on space between the loo and the bed.
On the nearside of the van will be the kitchen area. Appliance essentials are a small fridge (for the beers) an oven and 2 hob gas burner.
We plan to fit as many overhead lockers as possible but these will come at a later stage in the build.

With the wish list and plan in place we set about stripping the van back to it’s bare metal. This was no quick job in itself as it was already fitted out with a high double bed, some electrics and carpet lining. At this stage it was very tempting to keep some parts thinking they would come in useful but in the end we decided to just go from scratch.

 

As you can see, there was quite a lot to strip out, but it was worth it, as we now have a blank canvas to work with.

Next step….insulation and windows!