Our van part 2: interior – general info and first converting steps
We bought a car which had been carrying cucumbers and tomatos to the market. Really 😉 It had some isolation made from styrofoam (so vegetables could have a good temperature) and there were woody walls and floor put on it.
So at the beginning we had to throw away everything. When the car was empty we cleaned it well and protected from rust using some chemicals. Then it was ready to the next step.
Last photo shows also soundproofing which stops vibration, so it’s quiter inside. And a window which we had to install at the very beginning. It was very exciting and risky job! For a while we had a hole in a roof and didn’t know if evetything was fitting.
Do you remember how cold is in a car in a winter or how hot in a summer when you go into it after a few hours? That’s why isolation is a very important part of building a campervan. For the main flat surfaces (roof, walls, floor) we used 2 cm ‘pir-al’ which is a kind of condensed styrofoam (much more heat resistant than normal one) layed with the aluminium foil on the outside. Where we couldn’t put a “Pir-Al” we used ‘normal’ isolation foam and then put ‘Alufox’ (it’s a kind of aluminium and foam elastic mat) on it. After all we sealed everything together with the aluminium tape, so it not only protects us from cold or heat but also should stop vaporing moistures to go into the walls. It also, unfortunately, protects us from the cellphone reception.
We also have extra window covers with aluminium on outside for more isolation. So to be short, we made an aluminium cage. And it really works!
Walls & ceiling
After watching many photos on Instagram we knew how our new home should look like. At least we had some main idea which we tried to realize.
Walls are made from a plywood and painted white-grey. Ceiling is built from pine planks, also painted but with more transparent colour.
On the wall above the ‘couch’ there is a sticker showing the map of a world so we can plan general directions of our journeys* 🙂
*More photos you’ll find in a gallery at the end of this post.
We have three lamps as a main light. They’re connected to the leisure battery and located in the three sections of the car. As the lights are really bright we added also little lamps on a rope (battery powered) which give a nice warm light and we use them when we sit in a car in evenings and don’t need anything more.
There are also LED stripes under the bed so they give some light in our basement. There is one of them reachable from inside a car and one in the back.
Wardrobe and shelves
To keep all our things we need a lot of space. And it has to be very practical. That’s why we built a big wardrobe with three parts for clothes – each of us has one part with shelves plus there’s one part for hanging things. From the back of a car there’s access to a part in which we keep camping stuff. From inside car there’s a kitchen part (there will be more about kitchen later on).
We also built a shelve over the driver compartment where we keep many different things, eg. papers, cosmetics or electronics.
Under the bed there is a big area full of storage so we’ll come back to this topic another time.
Bed’s frame was built by ourselves and hopefully we did it well! On it there is a very comfortable matress. Perhaps it’s too thick but for sure we can sleep on it for a long time. Sometimes too long.
In the previous version of our car there were three seats but we didn’t need so many, so we changed them for only two. But more comfortable and swivel. Thanks to that we can make a little living room in the middle of a car.
Many people ask us about toilet or kitchen. Or a space where we keep 20 kg of dog food. We’ll tell about it in the next part of this series.
And now you can see a few photos of the interior after all changes 🙂
Next part soon! 🙂