DIY van

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Re: DIY van

Post by robali » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:32 pm

Well it's finally finished and rego was done today so we can go away over school hoildays, lets hope it can withstand the abuse from the kiddies...

Cheers Robert.

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Re: DIY van

Post by froglet » Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:02 pm

Hi Robali,
Congratulations on completion of your great project. Your dedication, planning and workmanship are a credit to you. I have no doubt that the support of your family throughout the project, played a big part in its successful completion.

I wish you many years of happy and safe caravaning with your family.


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Re: DIY van

Post by nsgnomad » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:13 pm

Robali, congratulations on a great project. I have only just found your thread and have enjoyed reading and watching it progress. You should have had a chance to try it out by now and I hope it proves to be a s good as it looks.
If you don't mind a few questions.

You don't have many windows. Do you find it a bit dark inside, if you don't have the door open?

With the monopan for the poptop, how have you framed it on the edges to give support/mounting for the gas struts etc. I didn't notice in the photos any means of lowering it from the inside (handles or whatever).

Is the toilet/shower a comercially available cubicle or did you make it all yourself - what materials?

I am just starting on a renovation project of my own so I found your posts very interesting and food for thought in the design of mine.

As I said, great effort and also thanks for sharing your experience with us all. 8-)


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Re: DIY van

Post by robali » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:49 am

Hi nsgnomad,

Yes it is a bit dark, but with the openings in the poptop opened it lets in a lot of light. The roof was built in one piece the edges where folded over 100mm after they were routed out in a V shape then heated and glue, it has 4 gas struts due to the expert i got out to do the job of installing the struts, stuffed it so i have 4 instead of 2, at this stage there is no handles inside to lower it as i have to engineer one from scratch, but is very easy to push down from outside, toilet/shower is just aqua panel with 900 by 900 base and a c402 toilet.

The next van is going to be ALL monopan and plastic welded.

Cheers Robert.

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Re: DIY van

Post by Titch » Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:58 pm

Fantastic job.
How has it stood up to the footy team?
Did you post the chassis /wall build at all.
Was it insulated enough?

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