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    I like the roof, much brighter than wood all round
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    very nice
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    Thanks for the encouragement guys, it's getting there little by little.

    I'm also pleased with the roof vanwoman, it was a lot of work joining the sheets with routered out batons but it's finished it nicely.

    You can't see the floor clearly for rubbish but I drew lines across the ply with with a marker, used some wood dye on it and then a coat of varnish and it looks just like floorboards. Will just want a good rub down and and a couple more coats of varnish when I've finished everything else.

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    So the seating is almost finished. The bench will function as extra seating when needed, a table when raised up on a pole, or a cover for the hob/sink when not in use.

    I brought a memory foam mattress and underestimated just how heavy foam can be... It's rather thick (need a ladder to climb on top it, 10 inches thick!).
    I may need to find a way to slice it horizontally. An electric bread knife just about did it the other way but to slice it thinner may prove trickier.







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    Blimey! 10" is a bit OTT... I've got 3" foam for my bench seats, and 4" for my mattress!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by realnutter View Post
    Blimey! 10" is a bit OTT... I've got 3" foam for my bench seats, and 4" for my mattress!!!
    I think the lady I bought it from nearly shed a tear when I told her my intentions for her prized kingsize sleepshaper mattress! It was local and cheap but yes far more OTT than expected. I wondered if I could separate the top memory layers from the bottom foam, the memory foam seems heavier and denser and I suppose there would be little support with no regular foam underneath it.

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    Bet it's well comfy though!
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    A bit more on the seating area. A hatch to slide the water tank in/out if necessary.






    Work commences on the kitchen:



    After shaving the foam down a tad Christina has done wonders with the cushions. (Old quilt cover from a charity shop put to good use until we can get some decent fabric, but I quite like it!)



    When we bought our oven and hob from a local caravan breakers the bloke said they don't disconnect the pipe work neatly but break the pipe to prevent DIY attempts at an install going badly. I asked whether the pipe would be joined with a new length and he said 'No the casing needs to be opened, old pipe removed and a new length of pipe connected professionally', does that sound right?

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    That's just mean! Imagine if breakers did that with car parts.
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    Project van begins - NomadicMissionary

    I can see their point, after all a gas leak in a van is basically a bomb...ever seen the damage a gas explosion can do?
    After all a pipe is cheap to replace and it is best to have gas appliances fitted properly or at least by a peep who knows what they are doing.. just my 2p worth
    Those Mountains that you're carrying, you were only supposed to climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sootyfoot View Post
    I can see their point, after all a gas leak in a van is basically a bomb...ever seen the damage a gas explosion can do?
    After all a pipe is cheap to replace and it is best to have gas appliances fitted properly or at least by a peep who knows what they are doing.. just my 2p worth
    and welcome back to the forums mate
    "The best way to get something done , is to begin "
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    Quote Originally Posted by patchypete View Post
    and welcome back to the forums mate
    Cheers Pete..


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    Kitchen's coming along now.
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    No real updates yet. We now have the hob and oven up and running, just want to get the gas checked over by someone with more experience than myself before we are using it regularly. I trimmed the bottom of the door off and fitted a proper threshold which has resulted in a much smoother closing, and hopefully more watertight, door.
    We are excitedly awaiting a stove to be made and fitted by a somewhat notorious stove maker!
    I may make the most of the heat after work this evening and paint some of the back wall with some Teamac enamel to see how it takes.

    We are off to a Christian music festival next weekend, in the van! It will be the first time we've slept in it, exciting times

    Next big job is to start on the shower area/toilet (I'd been putting it off but everything else is almost done now).
    I have a fiamma water tank and a want to attach a submersible pump and exterior fill cap. Do I attach hose from it using jubilee clips like I would with gas hose?
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    Ahem. The steel has arrived!
    Yawn I'm so tired with this big bag of coal on my head...
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    All ready for our first night in the van!



    Gas all completed minus a door. There are 2 floor vents, one underneath the bottle and one behind with cutouts in the ply to let any escaped gas down to them.



    Started work on the shower area/toilet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathanh1989 View Post
    All ready for our first night in the van!



    Gas all completed minus a door. There are 2 floor vents, one underneath the bottle and one behind with cutouts in the ply to let any escaped gas down to them.



    Started work on the shower area/toilet.

    I have exactly the same porthole mirror! Except needs new mirror as it broke.. if you want a second one I have one


    Those Mountains that you're carrying, you were only supposed to climb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sootyfoot View Post
    I have exactly the same porthole mirror! Except needs new mirror as it broke.. if you want a second one I have one
    It's actually not mirrored, it's a glass opening one. I paid a fortune for it only to discover it opens the wrong way to be of any use where I wanted it, so I've used it here to draw some light in from the shower room. My wife has mentioned the need for a mirror on numerous occasions so may be interested in yours, have you got a pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathanh1989 View Post
    It's actually not mirrored, it's a glass opening one. I paid a fortune for it only to discover it opens the wrong way to be of any use where I wanted it, so I've used it here to draw some light in from the shower room. My wife has mentioned the need for a mirror on numerous occasions so may be interested in yours, have you got a pic?
    It's at home in Durham, pm me your email and when I'm back home I will take pics n email you, you can have it for postage..


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