Van Cleaning and Sound Proofing
Removing ply and flooring
You will need to remove any ply panels and flooring, this will allow you to clean the van, and if your van was an ex gardeners van as ours was, then you will find enough soil to pot up some tomato plants too.
It’s worth keeping the floor and ply if in good condition, as it can be reused in the van. Also should the van conversion not work out at least you have some wood for a very small house. If the ply panels on the doors are not in good condition keep them and use them as templates for new panels.
We had many discussions about the bulk head, Jac was all for taking it out but I wanted it leaving in. We compromised and cut the centre panel out so in the event of any emergency I could slip through the cut out and into the drivers seat and away we go. Thankfully there has been no need for this so far which is good as I have put on a few pounds and could well get stuck halfway through.
Leaving the bulk head in, for us has been the best idea as we benefit from the extra wall, which we attached the kitchen units too. By closing the gap off with a insulated fabric panel at night or during the day we can shut off the cab. The difference this makes in overall van temperature is massive, keeping the back cool in the heat and warm in the winter.
Pops however is properly not that impressed as she tends to get man handled through the gap if its raining.
Give the van a good clean
Clean, clean and clean again, it is amazing how mucky these vans can be, also this is a good way to check if that brown mark is really just dirt or something more sinister ... like poo, no I mean rust.
If it’s rust then get rid of it, by cleaning and treating and if things are bad, there is always welding.
Luckily for us under all the soil and dodgy marks our van was pretty mint.
Sound proofing your camper van
Sound proofing, this was the easiest job and all it involved was cutting squares of material and sticking them onto the van walls, doors and celling, this will absorb some of the noise from driving, as will keeping the bulkhead in. I managed to contribute here. Cutting and sticking what could go wrong. You don't need to fill each panel with sound proofing just add a section into the middle of each panel. It's amazing the difference it makes!
Now you have a clean and less noisy van to play with.