Installing the van roof – Build 2

For my second van build I decided to remove the carpeted plywood roof and replace it with a plain wooden one. The reasons for this were two: I like wood. I hate carpet. Don't get me wrong, carpeting is great for insulation but If you are traveling with a very hairy dog it's just a … Continue reading Installing the van roof – Build 2

Laying the vinyl floor

Once the van floor has been fully insulated and ply lined, you are ready to lay the vinyl floor. I've chose vinyl instead of carpet/wooden flooring as it's super easy to lay, to clean and as it doesn't easily get damaged by water. Take the measurements from your van floor and cut the vinyl. Leave … Continue reading Laying the vinyl floor

Carpeting the Sides and the Drivers cabin

To carpet the rest of the Kangoo you will need to carpet the pillars (where the seat belt lives) the sides below the windows and the roof above the driving cabin. CARPETING THE PILLARS Remove the screws holding the upper part of the seat belt. Make sure you take notice of which screws fit were. … Continue reading Carpeting the Sides and the Drivers cabin

Carpeting sliding doors

The first bit I decided to carpet was also the most fiddly: the sliding doors. To carpet properly the doors, you will want to remove the handle used to open the door and ultimately the window itself to get the rubber edging out. You could probably get away without removing the window but i believe … Continue reading Carpeting sliding doors

Carpet Lining: Introduction and Technique

Now that you are done with your insulation, it is time to start carpeting your van. The carpet is also an insulator and sound dampener, but it looks much much nicer than foil bubble wrap! If done properly, the carpet will give your van a finished and homely feel. In an ideal world, I would … Continue reading Carpet Lining: Introduction and Technique

Roof insulation and Lining (build 1)

The last part of Pam to be insulated was the roof. Again I have used the combo camping mats + foil bubble wrap and I'm very happy with the results. INSULATION 1.First thing you'll need to do is to cut and fit some batons to the roof as you will need somewhere to attach your … Continue reading Roof insulation and Lining (build 1)

Walls and Doors insulation and lining

The second part to be insulated in Pam the van was the walls and the two sliding doors. The sides are not ply lined (due to awkward angles and shapes) while the doors are. WALLS The sides of the Kangoo are full of little holes that need to be filled in in order to have … Continue reading Walls and Doors insulation and lining

Flooring insulation and lining

The first part of Pam I decided to insulate was the floor and the wheel arches. The Kangoo (like most vans) has ridges on the floor which can make it fiddly to insulate. After nights and days spent on forums to gather as much advice as I could, this is what I have come up to: … Continue reading Flooring insulation and lining

Introduction to Van Insulation

So, before I dive into how Pamthevan's insulation was done, I would like to give you a very quick introduction to why you might want to insulate your van and which options are available out there. I had absolutely no clue when I started. WHY INSULATE? Condensation: To make you understand why insulation is important, … Continue reading Introduction to Van Insulation