Hi, I’m Dave. I own Dave in Action and
this is how we build adventure vans. step 1. Plan and plan and plan some more. You
want to have an overall vision before you start any work. You’re going to want
measurements and sketches and diagrams. Inspiration photos are great too.
Skipping this step may result in time-consuming and expensive lessons.
Step 2. Gut the van meaning remove everything. Anything removed from the
van should be saved for later. You may be able to reuse or resell any extra
parts. Remember kids safety first. If you’re dealing with
an older van you may run into rust. You’re going to want to fix that. Step 3.
Frame. Inexpensive two by fours and self-drilling screws, not self tapping,
are the way to go here. Step 4. Electrical. With the walls bare
now is the time to run your wires. You want to do this after framing to reduce
the chance of running a framing screw through a wire.
Step 5. Insulate. Installation provides sound dampening and temperature control
in your van. The best method is the one in your budget. Fiberglass and foam board
from your local home improvement store are the most cost effective. Other
options are available such as denim heat shield, film back adhesive foam, and
Reflectix. A little internet research will provide a lot more information on
the insulating properties of each. Step 6. Floors and walls. In this van the floor is
going in as one piece because we’re reusing the original floor as the
subfloor. If you don’t have an original floor use half inch plywood. Large
sheets of cardboard are great for making wall panel templates. Remember, measure
twice, cut once. Step 7. Finish electrical. If you’ve
planned properly you should be able to hook up your switches, lights, outlets, and
finally the battery. A voltmeter is a great tool to have in your kit if you
find yourself troubleshooting any issues. Step 8. Bed. Build your bed platform. The
height is dependent on what you plan to store underneath it and keep in mind
headroom for sitting comfortably on the bed. Our bed platforms are built out of
tube steel for strength and weight savings. Step 9.
Cabinets and kitchen. Cabinets are just boxes. The quality of your cabinets
depends on straight lines and square corners. 3/4 plywood is good for the
exterior structure and half-inch works well for shelves. Step 10. Enjoy. It’s time
to move in, go on an adventure, live the dream. I hope this helps all you do it
yourselfers out there and for those that are interested in having a van built you
can find us at daveinaction.com. As you can see by the status of my
breath, it’s cold out. If you enjoyed this episode like the video, subscribe to
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Patreon page and if not, I still love you, but until next time I’m going to
drive to New Mexico because at the point of filming this
I’m in basically Frisco, Colorado, but I’m headed to Taos. By the time this will be
posted, I’ll be in Taos, New Mexico. Peace!