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Old 01-04-2005, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Walls insulation in a cargo van

I finally spoted what I am looking for. I will need to "finish" the walls though. I want to insulate, put some kind of flexible but stiff enough sheet of something and finish it up with glued on carpet. I know about the Wise product but I find the price a little steep. I might use their wheel wells though.

It will be my everyday vehicule and I will have 2 captain seats for the kids.

For heating purpose, I was thinking about seperating the cargo space (starting behind the kids seat)with some kind of wall but with some kind of window to see at the back. Any recommended "glass" material ?

You guys have any experience you could share ?

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Old 01-05-2005, 10:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Walls insulation in a cargo van

Check out this stuff for the walls and floor. web page
I've seen guys build dividers out of plywood, with a plexiglass window, then cover them with carpet or some type of fabric. I'm gonna try it without a divider wall first, and put the gas cans on a hitch platform. Pingel removeable wheel chocks will go in beteen the seat mounts, so I can put the rear seats back in when I need to. I'm getting stoked. I spoke to Quadvan about a 4x4 conversion also, seems like a reasonable thing to do.
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hang onto your pocketbook when you check the price out for that interior kit - its about 800.00 US

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Re: Walls insulation in a cargo van

Ben,

<font color="red"> HERE</font> is my DIY interior thread and pics are in <font color="red"> THIS ALBUM </font>.


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You da man Larry M !

Thanks a lot !

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Re: Walls insulation in a cargo van

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You da man Larry M !

Thanks a lot !

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I guess one issue was my use of the standard fiberglass home type insulation in the walls and cavities. I had a 1978 Ford Conversion Van that appeared to use the same insulation so I did the "monkey see" "monkey do" routine. I think the two potential issues were little sound insulation value and the potential for moisture to get trapped in there. My walls are not really sealed at the top so moisture should be able to escape and the lack of sound insulation value is a valid one, but I tried to address some of that with the laun wood, batting and rubber backed carpeting and even bare walled I didn't have any significant sound issues inside the Van.

One thing you do want to be careful of is not to use anything that might "off gas" like some of the finishes on this standard wood paneling, and maybe even some of this hard or soft "foam" type insulation.

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Re: Walls insulation in a cargo van

What are the other options if I don't use home insulation ?

I might just skip the insulation and just cover the walls with louan and carpet. About the "off gas" product, is it regarding health or fire hazards ?

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Re: Walls insulation in a cargo van

I used 1.5 inch foam board from home depot. then covered that with 3/8 sanded plywood. you can cover that with fabric of your choice.

I tried to cut the foam as tight as possible between the braces.

and it might have been 3/4 or 1" foam on the roof.
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