June 6, 2016
Today, we finally took possession of the van.
Of course we’re very excited!
…but at the same time, we feel like it’s the van that took possession of us. Summer has just started and we already live on the adrenaline rush that mountain biking fuel us with. Every day count, every ride count. Happiness is outside, in the trails.
We took advantage of the 2016 rainy winter to plan everything well in advance. We documented our “long term” conversion planning here. That’s our first steps into the camper-van conversion world: components selection, decisions justification, reading notes and so on. To help us with the van layout, we produced a 3D CAD model that can be visualized and manipulated here.
According to our Cost and Labor analysis, we need 325 man-hours to get done with the conversion. That’s probably optimistic, so let’s say 400 man-hours (still optimistic but what the heck) over 6 months (before winter) that gives us 67 hours per month. With work and mountain biking, it’s unlikely that we can spend that much time on the van… so the project might extend up to early 2017.
There is a logical sequence for the conversion: for example the awning must be installed before the insulation (for access); electrical wires after the insulation; and so on. We set up a plan to ensure we do everything in the right order and also to make sure we have all the products in hand when it’s time to do a specific task. We don’t want any delay.