The Murphy Bed is the single most needed component of this conversion. The installation begins with creating some attachment points to the van.
The plywood floor is an ideal base for the bed and cabinets, yet the metal ceiling and upper wall need some additional bracing. I prepared a 1-1/2in x 3/4in x 9′-6” board (3.75cm x 2cm x 290cm) on my tablesaw, jointer and planer, but the same is also available at the local home improvement store. Continue reading Murphy Bed Frame→
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.
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.
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→
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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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.