Converting a Refrigerated Transit LWB HR Panel Van to a Campervan/Motorhome

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  1. just wandering

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    This first set of photos were taken by the seller on fleabay as I viewed them online.

    Before I bought the van I researched the refrigerated units, fridge and freezer and the insulated wall, floor and ceiling panels. I should be able to re-sell the lot for a few hundred. Also, I should be able to re-sell the bulkhead.

    Of course, that means nothing if the van itself is useless. The van is a good runner with a few repair jobs needing done. I don't have a deadline or a prefered time to complete the conversion, but I reckon a good few months at best.

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    please dont think i am belittling your choice of donor vehicle to convert. however I know from experience that its going to be a lot of hard work and expense to convert. it will be made harder with the condition of the van shown in the pictures and the alterations already done to it like the fridge box and lining

    a friend of mine bought a fridge van second hand to use for his business. what was shocking was the rot in the floor caused by the van being constantly damp. no doubt why the van was sold off at 3 years old
     
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    My present van was bought already converted, with very high mileage. I've refitted the van with smart light oak Vehringer board, and added more high lockers. I've fitted 190 watts of solar panels, side awning, and reconditioned the gearbox.
    I do not know the history of my van, but it looks like it was possibly a refregerated van, it has an inner skin of aluminium, and hence has a high value of insulation. The body is great, very good condition, especially now as I've just polished it!
    I've owned it for nearly 4 years, it's done 8 or 9 tours in Europe, countless more in the UK, we've spent upwards of 3 months a year sleeping in it. All for much less than £10k! If you get the pleasure from it, it doesn't matter how old or many miles it has done. It's doing it that counts.
    Last year I met a couple who had spent over £100k on a huge 6-wheeler, so big it had to be parked on the campsite road. And they had never tried camping before. It takes all sorts.
     
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  4. just wandering

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    All comments are welcome! I hadn't considered the problem that may arise with the condition of the floor being constantly damp. I will need to double check that before I advertise the fridge/freezer unit for sale.

    I'm prepared for the hard work that it will require, and the expenses to convert the van will be handled on an item to item bases. I'm the kind of person that would buy 3 items at a good price, sell 2 of them, get my money back and have the third item and profit for my time in doing so.

    Granted, the van does look tatty in the pictures. A few rust spots and dents to deal with and a wash will brighten it up. :)
     
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  5. just wandering

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    If there's a will, there's a way! (y)
     
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  6. Wildbill

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    so are you going to rip the insulation out or use levee it in ?
     
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  7. just wandering

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    'Use levee it in?' Does that mean, sell it?
     
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    Are you going to use existing insulation in the build I would probably be a very warm van in winter
    bill
     
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  9. just wandering

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    Sorry, I read it as levy. Unfortuanetly the way it's been altered for the fridge/freezer unit, it has drastically reduced the space available. When I stand in the van, my hair is just about touching the roof and i'm only 5ft 8" so it has to come out.
     
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    just take roof insulation out and put thinner stuff in
     
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    When I take photos of the interior unit i'll post them here and you'll see what I mean. I do understand where you're coming from.
     
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    As you can see by the images, once removed there will be lots of space reclaimed, too much space too loose in my opinion.

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    That's the rear compartment pictured, the front compartment is only accesible through the side sliding door, which isn't sliding at the moment as it's stuck shut. All the fixes i've found mentioned online deal with fixing from the inside, so brut force may be required.
     
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    Cant you leave the refrigeration unit in and use it as a quick blast of air con in our hot summer days, or will you get a small fortune if you sell it
     
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  14. Wildbill

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    I would start with the floor and se what horrors lay below
    bill
     
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    Looks like you'll have a nice void between the real floor (if anys left) and the false floor to put all the hidden wiring water tanks and pumps etc in already. That's if you can get the false floor you're stood on out in one piece
     
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    More chance of getting a small fortune than hot summer days. :) Yeh, should get a few hundred for the whole unit.
     
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    Not sure where to start yet, wherever seems the easiest I suppose.
     
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    I havn't calculated the sq footage, but it's got to be quite a bit. I've had a look at the underside of the vehicle and it's sound enough, if that's anything to go by.
     
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    Keep notes and plenty of photos of your conversion. Change of use/insurance may be a problem. (y)
     
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  20. Wildbill

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    how much insulation on the floor? in inches
     
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