Updated: Apr 12
Welcome back to our Combe Valley Campers blog section. This day van conversion guide will provide you with the steps and many helpful videos which will be walking through the process as we turn an empty panel van like this...
to a comfortable and professional day van conversion like this...
With the growth of our Youtube channel, we are finding more and more people are converting their vans. We often get asked what order should I watch the videos or convert my van? This blog will explain at what stage you should do the various conversion tasks.
Day van conversions are a great way of making dramatic changes to your van. When you bought your panel van whether new or used it probably arrived with a few factory ply panels, it may have had a floor but apart from that, it is usually it. Now for most trades and couriers, this is great and all that is needed.
If circumstances mean you require a more presentable area the van will require upgrades. This blog will give you a basic description of each of the steps as well as some links to our youtube channel. There you will find an in-depth guide to the process.
Step One-Ply Removal
To start your day van conversion you must first strip all the interior out. Remove any ply panels and flooring that are already in the van. Make sure any wiring is safely insulated and then using some tape or cable ties ensure the cables are safely out of the way. If you haven't bought a new ply panel kit then carefully remove the old and store then to the side.
Here we also removed the bulkhead, depending on the make and model this is often very different. On this transit, we were able to remove most by taking out the bolts and then used a grinding tool to remove any remaining metal.
Step Two- Cleaning
If you've just driven your van out of the dealership then this will not take too long. If you've just bought your van from a builder or gardener then be prepared to be at this stage for a little longer.
This van wasn't too bad, a few muddy footprints and the usual dust took no more than half an hour to get perfect. we recommend spending a bit of time with this stage, hoovering up dust, using brake cleaner for any grease and we always give all the metalwork the once over with some hot soapy water.
Please note that if the van isn't cleaned thoroughly the sound deadening, insulation and carpet will struggle to stick efficiently
Step Three- Sound Deadening And Insulation
Once you're happy that the van is clean we can start applying the sound deadening. All the products we use can be found on our products page.
It is important to sound deaden and insulate the interior ceiling, floors and walls of the van including the doors. In this build, we worked the sound deadening into the grooves of the floor and then covered them with a foam insulator. This meant we were able to minimize how proud the floor sat. This was our client's specification and you might want to cover the floor entirely. The sound deadenin