Saturday, October 05, 2013

Van Remodel - Part 1

As some of you may know, last month when the 老公 went to look for a space in the van for a second battery, it quickly snowballed into a full-out gutting of the van and complete remodel. Here are some before pics:

And then this is what I saw after the 老公 went out to the garage and didn't come back in over an hour.

Before any of this started, the 老公 had built a bed that fit inside the van with the back seats out. Yes, that is a queen-sized bed =) He put it in so that we could sleep in the van along our road trip move from the Sierras to the Rockies.
He had designed the bed to fold up so we could still fit the middle passenger seats in.

But after many road trips over the summer, he started thinking that we could do better in terms of insulating for better temperature regulation & more functionality of the space.
This is what our completely-gutted van looked like:

And of course he ended up finding space for the second battery underneath the van! 

The irony was not lost on him. He welded a base for the battery to sit in to be strapped to that is attached to the metal supports for the door step. So now he knows where any future batteries can go since the metal supports are along all the door steps.

The main things we wanted to put in were the following:
- ceiling vent fan
- second battery
- solar panel
- insulation in floors, walls, & ceiling
- bed that split-folds along the length
- sink

And then when the 老公 wouldn't stop saying "there's no reason why we couldn't...", the following were added to the list:
- new door panels
- re-cover the dash
- fridge
- new lights
- new amp & speakers

Needless to say, there's a lot to do! Our goal is to have it in a usable state by Thanksgiving, so at least floor, wall panels, insulation, & bed would be installed.

We are currently at the point of insulating the ceiling, installing vapor barrier throughout, and cutting the paneling for the ceiling & walls. I feel like we're at the hardest part in the process because it's the point right before we start installing the "furniture" & the flooring, which is just too exciting to wait for! But alas, the more work we put in now will pay off when everything gets installed in the end.