JUNE TO JULY 2016
First things first. We’re not off road enthusiasts, but we’re not roadies either. We need tires that can handle highway, off-road and snow as well. And we don’t mind the badass look too, because we’re such badass people.
Do you have what it takes to convert a brand new van? This is the test right here. You just brought home a new shiny van and the first thing you do is make a big hole through the roof! There is no turning back now…
Installing the panels was quite easy and fast to do. At this point, we were on target, time-wise, and still believed we would complete the conversion during the summer. Note to our future self: no you won’t.
Snow is awesome. Winter is awesome. We want to get some, but we don’t want to freeze to death. The Webasto Gasoline air heater provides a very nice source of heat. As opposed to a propane heater, the heat is dry and will help keep moisture low in the van.
The Webasto/Espar air heaters are great, but they sound a bit like a jet is taking off beside your van. Here are a few tips/products to reduce the noise to an acceptable level.
The Webasto/Espar heaters are somewhat sensitive to oxygen level. An incomplete combustion resulting of a lack of oxygen will produce carbon deposit and could completely block the combustion chamber. Some adjustments are to be made if spending extended stays at above 5000 feet altitude.
AUGUST 2016 TO MARCH 2017
Welcome to the most controversial topic on van conversion! Thermal Insulation. There is no consensus here; choose your side!
(Hint: we’re on the Thinsulate side)
There are a lot of creative way to make a bed layout. We just went functional and installed a raised, permanent, platform bed; this creates a lot of “garage” room and we need that a lot!
Designing a 12V electrical system from scratch is not an easy task, we learnt that the hard way. We are not specialists, but we gained a good knowledge through the design & installation process. In this post, we share everything we know and we explain how we went from nothing to a fully functional electrical system.