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Project by jamesf posted 10-24-2010 10:00 AM 1561 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi this is a job i did at weekends with the help of the owner. We coverted a vw transporter van to a camper van. First we put sound insulation then insulation on top then put carpet over that and then a new floor. I did the cabinets in ash vaneered mdf with solid ash door frames, the tall 3 door unit was the trickiest because of the curve of the van the curve was top to bottom and front to back but it turned out really well. The owner really loved it. I put ball catches on all the doors and brass catches at the back of the draws and alot of door buffers to stop any knocking while in transit. The owner has had no problem with any door or draw opening while in transit so im happy. I enjoyed working on this project.

-- james.foster50@ntlworld.com





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 12:04 PM

Great unit,
it takes a lot of planning to fit a van.
jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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jamesf

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 02:24 PM

ye it does lol the unit is angled so the driver seat could still be tilted back, all the units had to be a set depth so the bed could still be unfolded. It was a good project to work on

-- james.foster50@ntlworld.com

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 03:12 PM

Nice job! Great use of space.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 04:45 PM

A mini van camper! How fun! Now off to the Grand Canyon!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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JJohnston

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 05:35 PM

Great work, but MDF? Has the owner complained about his gas mileage going down the drain? ;)

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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Sonny

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 02:58 AM

nice work looks good…........!

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RexMcKinnon

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 08:26 PM

Very cool. Does that back row seat fold flat to a bed? Would love to see more pictures.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 02:30 PM

Great work! Looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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jamesf

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#9 posted 10-31-2010 10:15 PM

hi cheers for the comments. the owner has not said anything about his fuel consumption so i think i got away with that 1 ;). the seat does fold flat ill see if i can get some pics the owner said its called a ‘rock n roll bed’ RexMcKinnon you could google it to get a better idea of the bed ;)

-- james.foster50@ntlworld.com

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 10:24 PM

I just sold my camper “Big Red” , he was getting old (13yrs).
Not so bad though as one of my Jolly Rogues wanted to buy it, so it is still in the family so to speak.
My new one is 7yrs old and 22’ long. It still has to be fitted out. I’m hoping that what I learned from “Big Red” can be used for “Tigger.”
I’m already using it as it was a patient transport vehicle and is fully insulated. I want to fit a shower and toilet in this one.
It has a 2.5lt turbo diesel engine which flies. :)
I dont think the added weight affects the fuel consumption much as they are designed to work under load and the extra weight holds the road better in crosswinds.
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 10-31-2010 10:29 PM

looks like fun wish I had one.I used to have a 30 foot yacht and we would go sailing as my house overlooks the sea here in the holy loch Dunoon and the only downside when the kids were on the boat I couldn’t enjoy myself for worrying so I sold it but a camper van is a great idea.Have fun Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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