Keeping Your RV Cool With A Hidden Floor Vent

Temperature, ventilation and condensation are some of the issues that complicates RV living. But keeping the vehicle cool and free from humidity and condensation may be addressed by installing a floor vent.

A floor vent in combination with a standard roof vent, should produce enough natural convection, that the airflow could sustain itself. By placing one vent at the bottom and the other at the opposite end in the roof of the vehicle, some of the conditions are created for a sustained convection airflow. A basic example is when warm air rises. For convection to happen, distance between the vents, a height difference and a temperature difference all play a role. Continue reading Keeping Your RV Cool With A Hidden Floor Vent

Insulate Your RV Floor – Part Four

Gluing Insulation

Every RV should have Insulation and gluing it is the best way to keep it in place. As part of the Insulated Floor Project, I just finished gluing all the individual pieces of Poly-Iso insulation board between the floor ribs of the Ford Transit floor.

You can read about all the details, and view all the photos and videos on the project page. When the entire floor project has finished, the complete guide will be made available for download.

Your comments are appreciated. Tell us about your RV mods and how you did it, and we might publish your story.

Watch all my videos on YouTube!

Insulate Your RV Floor – Part Three

Cutting Poly-Iso

After having done the preparation by removing the tie-downs and by applying sound insulation to the wheel wells and preparing to cut the plywood by making paper templates. The next step is cutting the insulation boards.

cutting-poly-isoTypes and amounts of insulation have always been a controversial subject amongst us DIY’ers and in all probability there is not one right solution.

For me affordability, R-value and ease of installation are primary objectives, but as the interior height in my medium high roof van is limited, the amount of insulation material that I can put under the sub-floor is minimal. Continue reading Insulate Your RV Floor – Part Three

Murphy Bed Design

Adding a bed to the van is the second, larger interior project that I’m working on and probably the most important addition to the RV.

cargo-van-murphy-bedWhile the van conversion process should follow a specific order, so-far I’ve deviated from that, to create a (very) basic setup, that will sustain me on short trips, until the conversion has completed. Access to 12V, privacy, flooring, vents and a bed are all I need for the moment to be reasonably comfortable on short road trips.
The bed has a simple design, with many complicated requirements added to the construction. I decided a long time ago, that living space is crucial for a well-designed recreational vehicle. Continue reading Murphy Bed Design

Adding Amps To The CCP

Some time ago I ordered the CCP upgrade kit from my local Ford dealer and it was time to do the installation.

My Transit van is equipped with only one battery and therefore only one 12V terminal that has a maximum load of 60 Amps. Before my last trip, I installed a small inverter that worked flawlessly keeping my electronic gadgets continuously charged. Continue reading Adding Amps To The CCP

Insulate Your RV Floor – Part Two

Paper Plywood Templates

After having done the preparation by removing the tie-downs and by applying sound insulation to the wheel wells, I’m preparing to cut the plywood sheets to fit around the wheel wells and pillars.

You can read in greater detail about this part of the project at Insulated Floor – Paper Templates.

Making these paper templates is optional, but it makes life a little bit easier when working on these large plywood sheets in the workshop.

In my 2016 Ford Transit templates are only needed for the wheel wells and C pillars, but in other vehicles there could be a greater call for specific templates around the cargo area.

With the paper templates ready, the next steps in this project are to cut the insulation material to size and apply the plywood sheets to the floor.

This was the second step in preparation to lay the insulated floor in the van; each step will be documented in great detail and published as a complete project. As with my other projects, the Insulated Floor Project can be viewed at the project page and you can download the complete FREE guide, after the project is finalized.

Build the perfect conversion

Creative ideas & new skills. Free Van Conversion guides, hands-on projects and videos, delivered straight to your inbox.

Destination: Washington DC

Washington DC is the US capital and as such, home to many federal buildings and a great number of world class museums, that are all free to enter. Bring comfortable walking shoes, you’ll need them!

This was one of the cities, that I visited on my recent trip. You can read more about that trip and what I learned about the van in: For All Intents And Purposes.

I left Frederick MD early and was in a continuously slow moving traffic jam until I reached the city. Fortunately, my GPS guided me to my pre-located free parking spot in Potomac Park. From there, it is a five-minute walk to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin and the other attractions.

Continue reading Destination: Washington DC

Build a stealth camper out of a basic cargo van.