Making Good Headway Now…

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I’m afraid I’ve not been keeping up with posts of my work on BFG. I’ve managed to get quite a bit done since my last post. In the post header you can see the roof vent/fan installed now. This is a trendy bendy MaxxFan with remote control and automatic temperature control, plus a rain sensor – woohoo! I’ve constructed and added the drawers/table between the setees/beds – The top two are drawers and at the bottom is a cupboard (they … Read More

Progress with Habitation Units

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It hasn’t really been convenient to work on the inside of the van whilst Gareth has been working on the bodywork repairs which are looking grand now – There is still al little bit more tarting up to do but Gareth is back on shift at work now so, although the weather remains pretty awful, I have taken the opportunity to progress the habitation area of the van The first job was to construct the seats/beds – The next bit … Read More

Bodywork Repairs

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One of the reasons that we got the van at a good price was due to a pretty serious ding on the nearside just behind the side loading door (see header and below). Gareth (our son) used to work in a body shop and is doing a grand job of repairing it for us – There’s a bit more to do but it is coming along very nicely.

Lining Pretty Much Completed

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Once all the insulation was added and the vapour barrier tape applied it was time to construct the rear wall – This is set approximately 200mm forward of the rear doors and will provide a modest amount of “boot” storage. Crucially (for us) it will give is room to carry our good quality picnic chairs/loungers that we never had room for in Forrest. The bottom of the wall, shown open here, steps forward slightly to provide deeper boot space to … Read More

Wall Insulation

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Slow progress but getting along with the van, bit by bit. I’ve been fitting wall battens to the offside of the van ready to install the insulation and wall board. Because of the shape of the van panels and the framework, there is quite a deep cavity between the panels and what will be the internal wall so first is a layer of loose fibre-based insulation – Just one little piece here, more to install! After all the cavities were … Read More

Chopping the Van!

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Well, it’s very wet and windy today, but that’s good it’s testing yesterday’s efforts… It was a cracking day yesterday and I had no excuse to put off chopping holes in the van for the window and toilet cassette access door. I had in mind to fit windows to both sides towards the rear of the van but SWMBO says she only wants one – so guess how many we’re having 😉. You can see the installed window from the … Read More

Laying the Floor

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I’ve managed to do a bit more work on BFG (Big Friendly Giant is the name of the new van). I glued floor battens down using Stixall and then left overnight to cure – The gap between battens at the left is for the charge cables that will run between the vehicle battery and the leisure battery bank. Here we have laid the insulation between the battens and taped over the joints to create a vapour barrier – You might … Read More

Progress at Last!

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A long run of poor weather has been stopping us making and significant progress with the van conversion but at last, we’ve had a couple of nice days, and we’ve made the best of them. The first job was to fit a decent reversing camera as the van will not have any rear windows. I bought a unit specifically for a Relay, Boxer, Ducato, van from eBay. The camera is integrated into a replacement high-level brake light so the camera … Read More

Desecration of a Hymer – Poor Forrest!

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I’ve not been able to make much progress on my van conversion as the weather has just been too bad with high winds and rain. Cancelled ferries have meant I’m still waiting for my sheet materials, insulation and plywood, to be delivered. I was at least able to make a start stripping things out of the inside of Forrest. I’ve removed all the key electrical components – mains consumer unit, solar panel controller, TV, mi-fi router, microwave, and other sundry … Read More

…Let the Fun Begin – It Starts Here

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I mentioned in my last post that we had bought a 2013 Citroen Relay as the base vehicle for our planned self conversion. I picked it up yesterday and am very happy with it. It needs a bit of tarting up here and there and there is a fairly major ding that our son and I need to tackle, but it’s doable. Driving it over Orkney Mainland to the ferry to Westray it was a dream! The power steering is … Read More

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