The design for the van conversion keeps evolving, while it is under construction. The Murphy Bed/Desk is slowly taking shape, but many of its intricate details face constant scrutiny. When work on the bed frame started, I had to make sure, that the adjoining closet would fit well in the overall design. Two issues reappeared:… Continue reading Design Changes
Watch all my videos on YouTube! The Murphy Bed frame is made out of ½ inch plywood to adhere to weight limitations of the van. The lower part of the side boards, where most of the weight of the bed is located, will be tripled up. I start with a board ~70in high and ~13in… Continue reading Murphy Bed Frame II
Watch all my videos on YouTube! The Murphy Bed is the single most needed component of this conversion. The installation begins with creating some attachment points to the van. The plywood floor is an ideal base for the bed and cabinets, yet the metal ceiling and upper wall need some additional bracing. I prepared a… Continue reading Murphy Bed Frame
Watch all my videos on YouTube! The wall panel on the driver’s side is partially hidden by the Murphy Bed, a closet and part of the kitchen. The main rear side window will be permanently hidden, while the front side window will be available when the bed is in use. The smaller rear side window… Continue reading Wall Panel – Part One
After a lot of measuring and making a template for the window frame behind the Murphy bed, the actual work started on the frame. I chose hard maple as the whitish color of the wood, complements the white Formica on the walls. The frame has no 90 degree corners and is hand-made according to the… Continue reading Today’s Snapshot
It was time for the plywood to be added to the Poly-Iso insulation panels on the floor of the cargo van. I use the paper templates that I made previously to remove the cut-outs from the sheets of plywood and add dadoes to form an interlocking system. Although I ended up sealing the plywood at… Continue reading Plywood Sub-Floor Installation
Creating a (sub)floor as part of the conversion of a cargo van is a fairly straightforward process. Yet many construction types and materials have to be chosen in advance, to head off any unexpected complications that can influence the integrity of the entire project. The first line of attack in a van conversion is often… Continue reading The Ultimate Guide To Flooring
Most pet owners won’t leave home without their beloved animal and van owners are not different. A converted van may be limited in space, but that doesn’t bother Fido. As long as his boss is nearby, nobody is complaining. Yet there are some restrictions to having a pet on board. The 600 mile daily stretch,… Continue reading Ready To Travel? Bring Your Pet!