Wall Panels And Floor Plate

26 06 2012

Last year I got all plywood side panels into the van. In June 2012 I now finally got the nitty gritty bits done which I generously skipped last year. All holes drilled for the screws which hold the panels have now been rust protected (painted with rust converter, then primer and white paint).

Big opening is for clips keeping the original wall panels in place. Smaller hole is for my plywood panel, now rust protected.

The side panels left and right of the back bench got two layers of Reimo Xtreme insulation mats behind them and a layer of plastic foil as moisture barrier.

Naked side wall, left of back bench.

Now with Reimo Xtreme insulation mat in place.

With plastic foil sticky-taped on top as moisture barrier.

And closed with plywood panel. Already started to develop some patina where the sunlight hit it.

Underneath the floor panel is a central ventilation outlet of the auxiliary heating Taiga Lily came with. The heater did not work anymore and is difficult/expensive to fix, so I got it taken out and will perhaps install a more modern campervan heater at some point in the future. For the time being I closed this airvent opening by stuffing it with pieces of Xtreme insulation material and sealing the surface with acid-free silicon, to prevent moisture from coming in under the floor panel. Another set of air ventilation openings, in the floor between the front seats, probably also belongs to the non-functional heating system and was blocked with insulation mat as well, sealed with acid-free silicon and then closed with the original metal cover. I painted this in shiny black before just so that everything is rust protected and in its place, but most of it will later be covered by the floor panel itself.

Ventilation outlet in center of floor panel, closed with insulation material.

Ventilation outlet at back end of walk way between the front seats, covered with freshly painted metal cover frame and closed with insultation material and plastic foil.

The floor panel, last year just placed on a layer of Xtreme mat, was now bolted with four 8mm stainless steel machine bolts and large 4-cm-diameter stainless steel washers in each corner through the floor panel to the car. The bolts were sealed from underneath with Sikaflex sealing paste. Before fixing the floor panel to the car, I drilled holes into it for the attachment points of the back bench, a wooden box which will hold the Porta Potti and for a kitchenblock and hammered drive-in nuts (German: Einschlagmuttern) from underneath into the floor plate: The four clamps for the back bench are now attached to the floor panel with eight 6mm machine bolts, the future kitchenblock has attachment points for five 8mm bolts, and the toilet box will be bolted to two wooden bars which are each fixed with two 6mm bolts to the floor plate. In the end all this effort is for the hopefully never to happen event that we roll the car in an accident. All the furniture should then hopefully stay in its place and not hammer into us. Finally, all edges of the floor plate were sealed to the car and to the side wall panels with acid-free silicon to make sure no moisture will get under the floor plate if water is spilled in the car. Better safe than sorry.

Floor plate in: Edge to side panels and wheel housings sealed with silicone and plate bolted through floor panel of the van with 8mm bolt (large washer). Clamps are to fix original back bench to the floor panel, now bolted to it with four 6mm bolts.

Floor plate bolt from underneath the car, behind left front wheel housing: 8mm bolt, 4 cm washer, sealed with black Sikaflex. The complete undercarriage needs a work over – will happen later this year.



3 responses

8 07 2015

Hi! I loved this article!
I just bought a VW Kombi T2, brazilian made in 1986. I am Argentian and bought her in Peru. We are now in Lima becasue she needs some mechanichal work on the engine and in general….
On the meantime, we need to buidl the interior in order to live inside…. for the moment, we are just thinking on a bed and a simple kitchen stove. But before that, we need to work around intalling a floor, and here I found the answe to how to do that.

just a few quick clarification question:
1- how thick is the floor wooden panel?
2- which kind of screws did you use to fix thing to this panel?

and on a different note, have you ever seen a becnh/bed installed on the side wall? in front of the rear door? (like, sideways)

Thanks a lot! I hope you can find the time to answer me!
(in case my custom address en.treboltravelers.com.ar doesn’t work)

24 07 2015

Dear Martin, thanks for coming by! Sorry I did not answer earlier. Great you like the blog! We will start on a two week camping trip this weekend, but I will try to measure the base plate and answer you in more detail some time during our trip. Wil get back to you soon. Best wishes, Roman

13 07 2018
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