Some of you might remember my attempt to move into my van last year, which failed miserably due to a design that didn't utilise the tiny space effectively, so I'm hoping to be able to have another go this Spring with a better layout. Since the 2 weeks I spent in Scotland last Summer I've been scrimping and saving with a view to getting a bigger van, but unfortunately it hasn't worked out. No matter how much I save there is always another bill to pay or another mechanical doo-dah to fix on the van. Currently at my parents but don't want to outstay my welcome here so I'm hoping to get going as soon as the temperature rises.
My current bed setup is a piece of MDF that runs from the back of the van to the folded down front seat, resting on top of some storage boxes. It's super basic but works really well space wise and I can sit up on it unlike my last bed. However, it's a right pain in the arse to move it out of the way in order to open up the space in the back. My first project is to find some way of hinging up the bed platform to the side of the van so that I can quickly and easily turn the back of my van into a wide open space again for cooking etc. I know nothing about DIY so this will be an interesting learning experience for me. My Dad helped me with the last bed but I'll be doing this one on my own.
The problem I've found with screwing things to the plywood sides is that it's too thin to hold a screw in, so the screws come out quite easily over time. I'm wondering how to get around that? One idea I saw online (but no idea if it's a good idea) is to use super-strong adhesive to stick thicker wood to the plywood where I need to put the bed hinges, and then screw into both that and the plywood so that it has more grip. Some kind of "sticks like shit" adhesive perhaps? I've read on here that self-taping, self-driving screws are worth paying for so I'm going to get some of them. There's a million types of hinge so no idea which will be the best kind either.
The van was insulated last year so I don't need to worry about that and I'm probably going to use my camping stove for cooking. Should be a very basic build but I don't want anything too complicated because I wouldn't know how to fix it if it broke!