Born and put into action as a telephone utility vehicle in 1998, “The Beast” as I like to call my rig, was well taken care of with regular fleet service/maintenance. I purchased this 1998 Chevy Astro Cargo Van with 104,000 miles on February 6th, 2015 for the purpose of converting it into a mini-camper van.
Day After Purchase
Demo Work and Clean Up
I removed the Shelving, Partition and Ladder Rack to be sold later:
I then went on to remove the floor mat and rivets, cleaned up the wiring mess and prepared the van for the start of the build.
Camper Van Conversion Build
First, we installed a Fantastic Fan:
Then, we moved on to insulation for the floor, walls and ceiling:
Next, I added ceiling and wall planks to give it a nice wood finish:
We then began installing a vinyl flooring with a wood look:
Now that the flooring was complete, it was time to build and install the Sofa/Pullout Bed:
The most AWESOME addition to the build was the Power Center Box which controls the Shore Power, Batteries, Battery Charger and the Solar Panels. We put all the electrical equipment in this small area to make it easy to manage and to use the space wisely.
The power center was cool, but nothing beats getting FREE electricity! We next built an aluminum roof rack and installed three 100-watt solar panels.
Hidden by the roof rack frame are three 100-watt solar panels.
Upcoming Build Plans for My Rig: “The Beast”
Up next on the Astro van camper build will be:
- Build Storage above Power Center
- Build a work area/kitchen in the back of the van
This has been updated as of Dec 11th 2016. As you can see, I still have a little more work to do to on the van build.