Leave these in or take them out?

The van that I purchased was obviously used as a work van and they left these brackets and black wall covers. My question is whether I should keep everything as is or take them out? I know I’ll need space for insulation and there’s only about 2 inches at most in between the wooden planks and the wall covers. I have not seen any videos of vans that have this already installed.

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I think I would leave it all in. The long horizontal planks would be great for mounting upper and lower cabinets, paneling, basically a strong mount for anything on the wall without having to locate a vertical. The black paneling will give you sound dampening ,extra depth and room for insulation like you mentioned and AC outlets.
Drawback, added weight.
I would also measure the location and center of the planks and write it down so you know exactly where they are for mounting stuff once your interior walk is up.



My rules:

  1. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  2. Never strip anything that isn’t absolutely necessary and beyond repair.


"Life can be as wonderful or as miserable
as you choose to make it." ~ The Camper Van Man


Leave them there!

use these as a datum for fitting everything else and half the battle has been won!

All the best!

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