Laying The Floor And Vinyl
It is now time to lay the flooring. I was very excited at this point as this was my first stage of actually building anything for the van conversion.
Stage 1: Glue down wooden slats
I put wooden slats between the grooves of my van floor so the ply boards would lay nice and flat, also I did this to raise the ply boards off the cold metal flooring. The wooden slats were glued down (not screwed), this is because I did not want to be drilling holes in the floor as you could drill into something important underneath the van or cause future rust.
Stage 2: First layer of insulation
I used thermal insulation foil roll covering the whole floor. Just cut to shape and glued down with adhesive spray glue. I also covered the wheel arches with insulation foil.
It’s finally starting to look like a spaceship…oh wait this is supposed to be a campervan.
Stage 3: Laying the floor boards
I had to throw the orignal floor boards away as they were damp and rotted so I had to purchase some new ones and cut to shape.
When lining up each board together I needed to make sure they sit flush with each other as the floor vinyl I put on top will show any lips or defects, so I spent a lot of time making sure they were a perfect fit.
Stage 4: Second layer of insulation
Before screwing the boards down I put insulation underneath and placed the boards on top.
When I screwed down each floor board, I pushed more insulation under to make sure I filled it as much as I could.
Once all the boards were down I put filler in the screw holes and joints. Once dry i sanded it to a smooth finish so when the vinyl goes on top the floor will be smooth and won’t feel any imperfections on your feet.
Stage 5: Floor Vinyl
I went for a wooded floor style as I thought that would look great in the campervan, but it doesn’t matter what design you go for, It’s all personal choice.
This was my first time ever laying floor vinyl and it really is not that hard, just some patience was required round the edges.
To Finnish it off I added two wood trims at the edges near the doors to protect it from walking in and out of the van.
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