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Old 01-07-2010, 10:54 PM   #21
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Re: Hal The Van

Very nice job ! Have you considered pulling and painting your grill and headlight surrounds ?
I have done this for the last 25 plus years and always received very positive comments . Keep up the great work and don't freeze to death .
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:02 AM   #22
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Have you considered pulling and painting your grill and headlight surrounds ?
No but that's an excellent idea. What did you use to paint the plastic parts? Can't say I'm overly impressed with the way the Krylon paint looks.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:30 AM   #23
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I always used an automotive Back Satin or Flat Black paint that was made by DuPont , and would touch up small nicks with standard Krylon . Dupli Color also has some viable options for
plastic trim items .
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:48 PM   #24
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Installation of the first layer of insulation in the van's cargo section.

Van encrusted with snow and ice?
Check.


Inside temperature 24 degrees?
Check. (58 is the humidity)


Lets get to work.


Supplies:
Reflectix foil bubble insulation 2' x 25' - $28.93 - Lowe's
EZ Cool Insulation - 4' x 10' - $40 including shipping - 2 rolls - online
ShurTape dual sided carpet tape 1-1/2 x 75' - $4.98 - Lowe's
Duct tape and some pink fiberglass insulation - on hand
The upside down Tidy Cat bucket makes a nice stool.

The EZ Cool and Reflectix are similar products. The EZ Cool was easier to work with but at nearly twice the cost I'm not sure it was worth it.

Add a kerosene heater to make it habitable


Don't worry, I'm not crazy. I've got the doors open with the "Airlock".


Along the inside roof line is a trim strip from the Penthouse Top install. The strip is held on by a series of screws. I used the strip to attach the top edge of the foil bubble insulation to the van wall.


Dry fit the insulation to get it to mold to the van contours. Once it's a good fit move it away from the wall and start applying pieces of the two sided tape. The tape has blue backing you peel off.


Push the foil against the tape. Work down the wall.


Add the next panel.


Use duct tape for seams and around the wheel well.


Above the wheel wells are some large gaps between the inner and outer wall.


These gaps I filled with pink fiberglass insulation. Don't pack it in too tight. It's the air spaces that provide the insulation.


Continue until finished.






The foil on the back doors is temporary. The doors will have rigid foam when done.
One advantage to doing this job in this weather is you really feel the difference the foil makes. The bare metal walls seem to just radiate cold. You can find any places you missed by just moving your hand around.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:50 AM   #25
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Nice job,thanks for the report gives ideas.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:01 AM   #26
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WVvan,

While I'm not the kind of guy to do a project like this, I really like the documentation on this work. I'm seen manuals that are less instructive.

Great job.

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Old 01-09-2010, 10:46 AM   #27
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Manuals? We ain't got no manuals. We don't need no manuals. I don't have to show you any STINKING MANUALS!

Thanks guys. I appreciate that.
It's a welcome change to what I usually hear from "Tiger" the project foreman.
He NEVER has anything nice to say.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:32 AM   #28
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Wow wicked insulation you got there!
I think your thread will sure get some visits...
I know all the homebuilder are already hooked LOL
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:38 PM   #29
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This is a superb build with, as Saab says, "Wicked Insulation."

(Actually, it raises the bar... now I'm kicking myself for not improving the insulation in my passenger van before adding "furniture." Hmmm. I could unbolt everything, pull the interior trim, and invest in reflectix, two sided tape, duct tape, and a supervisory cat...)
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:05 PM   #30
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I'll lend you the cat but be warned. At 22 pounds his word is LAW!
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