In my last post, Van to Camper Conversion, I talked about and showed what I did in the early stages of the camper prep work. Today, I want to show you the final steps I took to complete the prep work before starting the camper van build.
Ladder Rack Removal
One of the big challenges I faced was removing the ladder rack and determining if the holes left in the roof could be reused or would I need to seal them up. Here is what the ladder rack looked like:
Here is the video of me removing the ladder rack:
The ladder rack turned out to be a fairly easy removal. I actually thought it would be a bit heavier. 🙂 Unfortunately, the ladder left behind some nasty holes:
I initially covered the holes with blue painters tape:
Later, we cleaned the ladder rack holes, filled them with a white silicone caulk which matched the paint, was waterproof and blended in with the van.
Flooring and Rivet Removal
The exciting but also frustrating thing about starting a project like this is the unknowns. After removing the ladder rack, I decided I should go ahead and also remove the floor mat. To my surprise, the floor mat was glued down to multiple pieces of sheet metal which were riveted to the van. Hmmmm…..rivet removal. Time to learn something new.
Below is the video of my FUN (LOL!!) with rivet removal:
Final Steps of Prep Work Before Camper Van Build
Before getting started with the build, we needed to prepare the walls, ceiling and floors for insulation and flooring or siding. One wall had an old security tube used to lock up a spare set of keys. We needed to cut that out, so we pulled out the Dremel Tool to do the job. Here is my Dad hard at work:
Since this van was an ex-phone company van, it had 6 antennas of some sort on the roof and miles of cabling in the van (maybe a bit of an exaggeration). 🙂 We needed to pull down the antennas, trace the cabling and remove any excess cabling/wiring that had nothing to do with the van operation. This was quite a task. In the process, we found this little gadget:
We checked their website and the device is worth about $150 and was used to track the driver’s driving habits. It was hooked up to the van’s computer input and stored data on the following: vehicle/engine speed; odometer/distance traveled; instant fuel rate and total fuel; diagnostic trouble codes; emissions; and ignition, brake switch and seatbelt status. Pretty cool!
Check out more on this device here:
Check out the video below for a look at all the final prep work we completed as we get closer to the start of the build:
Well, that raps up the prep work on the van…..Finally!! Now, we can start building the interior. Woot!!!