Prep | Framing | Insulation | Sub Floor | Products Used
Important factors to keep in mind when prepping your metal floor:
-Are all holes sealed? The point of insulation is to keep your van at your desired temperature with as little energy expenditure as possible. If there isn’t a proper barrier (i.e. holes in the body), your insulation will not perform to its fullest potential. You can use screws or metal sealant to fill up any holes.
-Are all paint chips/scratches repainted? If not, this could lead to rust issues down the road and we all know that would not be cheap to fix.
-Have you properly cleaned your surface? You don’t want to start your build with something icky like mold spores that could grow, or spilled liquids that could stink if left unattended. I used alcohol and water and it worked great.
Why build a frame?
It will provide support, and will disperse the weight of whatever you put or build on top of it. A shower, a bed, or a fridge, for example, are all pretty heavy. Having a floor frame will help to even out some of that weight.
So you don’t have to screw into the metal body of the van. Insulation, insulation , insulation!
... and prevention of damaging the van’s undercarriage.
It will level the surface. As you can see in the upper left photo, my van’s floor had high and low points. It would have been extremely frustrating to try to work with that surface, had we not put a frame down.
We used scrap 2 x 6 pieces of wood and cut them into 2 x 1 pieces, then placed them ON TOP of the high points of the metal to ensure that it would be level.
The majority of the frame was built outside so that we’d have room to screw it together, making it extra sturdy.
To create the frame, we followed the outline of the van and used marking points (shown below) to match up the pieces when assembling/moving into or out of the van.