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hardboard-templateAfter a lot of measuring and making a template for the window frame behind the Murphy bed, the actual work started on the frame. I chose hard maple as the whitish color of the wood, complements the white Formica on the walls. The frame has no 90 degree corners and is hand-made according to the template. Ultimately, it will be firmly attached to the van’s metal wall and will support the large wall panel around it.

Plywood Sub-Floor Installation

It was time for the plywood to be added to the Poly-Iso insulation panels on the floor of the cargo van. I use the paper templates that I made previously to remove the cut-outs from the sheets of plywood and add dadoes to form an interlocking system.

Although I ended up sealing the plywood at a later stage, this is the time to get your Shellac, varnish or polyurethane and a couple of brushes and protect the plywood against moisture.

As always, I have detailed every step on the Project’s Page, and added lots of pictures and videos.

Mod: Insulated Floor – Plywood Sub-Floor

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Spray Foam Floor Insulation

Laying a sub-floor in an RV consists of many individual steps. After removing the tie-downs, insulating the wheel wells, creating plywood templates, cutting and gluing the strips of Poly-Iso to the floor, I’m now completing the insulation by filling the voids with a spray foam application.

Although it is a closed-cell, waterproof foam, after cutting off the excess, what remains is susceptible to moisture, but still adds insulation and some structural cohesion to the floor.

As always, I have detailed every step on the Project’s Page, and added lots of pictures and a video.

Mod: Insulated Floor – Spray Foam Application

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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.

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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

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