Hi and good morning
thanks for the reply I have plans to add a door and (as per the DVLA reclassification parameters) about 4 windows.
The main thing I’m really concerned about as we all are is the dreaded condensation issues. When I joined this forum last year I spoke at length with Vandweller and he actually put me right on a number of different things.
These conversations actually opened my eyes and prevented me from going down routes that may have compromised my build both practically and financially.
The main thing was ventilation I see so many builds on youtube where they seal it all up doing everything wrong with reflectix and vapour barriers etc . . and I know from experience and doing research that a well-ventilated space will ultimately keep the condensation at bay.
One experiment I tried to test this theory was camping. I used to do the doors up to seal the tent and found the walls to be dripping wet in the morning. I now leave the tent doors open and just leave the flyscreen closed and guess what?
yeah, no more condensation! I’m assuming the same is true in a van.
Even on the issue of flooring, ventilation is a serious issue especially in a metal vehicle. I found lots of good advice on this guys channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE9t6igwaLab9Fo05hs0Nsg
I’m going to be adding ventilation channels in my flooring battens so that air will move between the door and the garage (whilst both are open) under the flooring.
I’m adding windows on both sides of the build plus one at the rear, plus a door with a window and adding a roof vent fan(maxi fan)
And whilst on the subject of ventilation, I have seen nobody adding an extractor over the cooking hob. To me, this is probably one of the main causes of condensation in an enclosed space as we all intend to cook right?
I’ve sourced a pretty good fan from amazon here . .https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PDLPTR8/?coliid=I2OPE72C2FYUIN&colid=VXURUYR6VLZ4&psc=1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0813VKFWC/?coliid=I1KM3AZ40WX3Z0&colid=VXURUYR6VLZ4&psc
and I’m adding some filters . . . . here they are https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0813VKFWC/?coliid=I1KM3AZ40WX3Z0&colid=VXURUYR6VLZ4&psc=1
We are waiting for those to arrive, once here I shall build the extractor around them. I shall post images of that build because it’s very simple and I do think that people should seriously consider adding an extractor over the cooking area.
In fact, I’m quite busy now its an exciting stage to be in. Doing all the research and drawing up plans and testing stuff. I’m no carpenter but after watching stuff on youtube I feel confident to tackle some cabinetry.
I’m also going to acquire some tools (battery operated Jigsaw & a Mitre saw) so that I may get started on learning how to use them and try to iron out all the possible hurdles I no doubt will encounter.
I’m getting all sorts done before I actually get the van so that I won’t be overwhelmed.
I’m actually going to build the extractor, the toilet and the electrical distribution board. and store them in my lock up all ready to go once the build is underway.
I’m doing a 12v system test today once my Wago connectors arrive I have to admit the bloody electrics took a while to get my head around, but I’ve found some helpful chaps over in Oxford who are brilliant
find them here https://www.12voltplanet.co.uk/
I’m adding solar but it’s a mobile unit by Renogy find that here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Renogy®-Foldable-Suitcase-Without-Controller/dp/B00LXG4AXS/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=renogy+solar+panels&qid=1601286536&s=industrial&sr=1-10
I’m adding a Victron controller but don’t know which one yet but it will be MPPT.
I shall be adding shore power and a Honda generator for back up whilst off-grid, for the days when Solar just isn’t an option.
Ive found some cheap (ish) Lithium batteries on EBay find them here https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/Rechargeable-Batteries/48619?Amp%20Hours=100%20Ah&Battery%20Size=12%20V&Chemical%20Composition=Lithium&LH_ItemCondition=1000&rt=nc&LH_PrefLoc=1
In fact, I spent loads of time dissecting battery issues. AGM was gonna be my final choice but I came across those Lithium items and decided to go with those.
One very useful chap who is proving to be worth his weight in gold is a guy called Greg Virgoe his channel is just packed with amazing content and I’m sure that most of you will learn a thing or two check him out here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Ewv0kp0Npz2JWtIdhdryw
Hope all that helps and my advice is; go get a box van forget about the sprinter type vans in my opinion they just ain’t worth the hassle despite what Instagram says.
A box van is made from wood so no metal to deal with and that’s gotta cut down on all this moisture that is the bane of all our lives.
As Vandweller says it’s all about ventilation that’s the key even in winter.
I’m gonna be using a Chinese diesel heater that is very cost-effective and like any household, the bills in winter are going to be a little higher, but that’s a small price to pay to keep the moisture down.
I’m also looking into adding cork as insulation under the floor, behind the walls and in the ceiling (along with Celotex) Yes, it’s expensive but I’m only gonna do it once and the benefits are worth it.
Hope that helps and I shall keep this topic posted with updates and If I find anything that I think might be beneficial to you guys I shall post it here
have a great weekend