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The Camper Caper.

Awol

LE
Following on from this thread....


..... a couple of posters have suggested that I let you reprobates follow my progress as I attempt to convert my van into a mobile palace.

Disclaimer.... the van is 22 years old so has some rough edges, however it has only 86,000 miles (MOT history shows this is accurate) and has no structural rust at all.

Inside, it shows it has been used for some pretty rough work and the 9mm ply is soaked in oil, so my first job yesterday was to it rip out. What was underneath was even worse.....

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... and took a lot of elbow grease and chemicals to clean up. I started off with Mr Muscle kitchen degreaser, but that didn’t touch it, so I ended up with white spirit. That worked, but because I was dealing with about quarter of an inch of greasy solids, I soon used it all.

Today, I’ve called in the big guns and bought a gallon of unleaded. That’ll be the most cost effective solvent to use and I’m confident the smell will soon disappear if I leave the windows open.

The good news is that once clean the floor is perfect; obviously the ply was fitted from new and the masses of oil has helped keep the paint rust-free.

Yesterday I cleaned half the floor, today is the other half...
 

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Did you know the efficacy of the unleaded can be improved with the use of a box of swan vestas. Seriously, that looks quite a challenge , would steam cleaning be a better and safer option ?
 

4(T)

LE
Following on from this thread....


..... a couple of posters have suggested that I let you reprobates follow my progress as I attempt to convert my van into a mobile palace.

Disclaimer.... the van is 22 years old so has some rough edges, however it has only 86,000 miles (MOT history shows this is accurate) and has no structural rust at all.

Inside, it shows it has been used for some pretty rough work and the 9mm ply is soaked in oil, so my first job yesterday was to it rip out. What was underneath was even worse.....

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... and took slot of elbow grease and chemicals to clean up. I started off with Mr Muscle kitchen degreaser, but that didn’t touch it, so I ended up with white spirit. That worked, but because I was dealing with about quarter of an inch of greasy solids, I soon used it all.

Today, I’ve called in the big guns and bought a gallon of unleaded. That’ll be the most cost effective solvent to use and I’m confident the smell will soon disappear if I leave the windows open.

The good news is that once clean the floor is perfect; obviously the ply was fitted from new and the masses of oil has helped keep the paint rust-free.

Yesterday I cleaned half the floor, today is the other half...


Mine was like that - an ex-Jarvis crew van/workshop, LWB Mk6 Transit.

I must have removed half a ton of workshop units, ply, gunge, tools, nuts & bolts. The bulkhead and reinforcing steel bar between workshop and crew area was about the same again. I later used the steel bar to support a load of floating joists in an old house - waste not, want not, etc.

The crew area was seven seats, so I removed four seats and moved the others and the fixed table forward. Now I have a four-seat camper van with a load area still big enough to get a double bed or motorbike in.

About six years later, I found someone's film-wrapped sandwiches behind the ply lining the crew area. Next door's dog didn't seem to mind the vintage, though...
 

sunny james

War Hero
What's the van and what's the plan? Any particular use in mind? Lots of forums and Facebook groups to help.
I converted a lwb sprinter 10 years back and changed the layout a couple of times so try to get it right from the get go. Bear in mind that the DoT won't register converts as motor caravans at the mo. especially if they are over 3.5 tonnes. The best you can hope for is a "van with side windows" on the v5. The insurers don't seem to mind though.
 
jetwash it front front to back, on sunny day

ensure the floor its wiped down with old rags if the heat does'nt finish it off
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
are you insulating the floor and putting cable/pipe lays in?
 
Bear in mind that the DoT won't register converts as motor caravans at the mo, especially if they are over 3.5 tonnes.
Why is that, Covid or another reason? You said at the moment, do they make a habit of shifting the goalposts?

My motorhome was over 3.5 tonne, pain in the Arrse getting it MOT’d as it was classed as Class 7, specialist MOT bod required to MOT it and also a higher weight ramp required with higher headroom, nightmare.
I now have a twin axle caravan
 
Can't you pressure wash it out ?
Exactly what I was thinking. 30 minutes, and you'll get rid of all the crap, rust and bubbling paint to see what's really there.
 
Soak the floor with diesel and leave it for 1/2 an hour or so, then get some soapy water and a paint bush to loosen all the crap, then wash it it. Then just scrape off the rust - and paint with some hammerite paint, that will stop it rusting and no need to prime it first.
 
Tail down on a slope or the front run up on bricks, then pressure washer out with heavy duty traffic film remover (try screwfix)
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
soak with diesel over night then remove with a scraper and a blowlamp.
 
Cover the floor in chocolate and give she who must not be mentioned a bell.
It'll be licked cleaner than a barrack room floor before an RSM's inspection.
 

Awol

LE
Using petrol as a cleaner in a confined space with 12 v wiring running through it might not be the best idea Mr Von Hindenburg.
It’s not confined, ‘cos I’m not a numpty. Five doors are open and I’m using the unleaded to just dampen a rag after scraping the worst of the gunge out with an old credit card.

It’s actually coming up a treat... more photos later.
 
Drive to Merseyside and leave it at a long-stay car park at John Lennon International. Come back a week later and you won't recognise it.
 

Awol

LE
Soak the floor with diesel and leave it for 1/2 an hour or so, then get some soapy water and a paint bush to loosen all the crap, then wash it it. Then just scrape off the rust - and paint with some hammerite paint, that will stop it rusting and no need to prime it first.
I didn’t use diesel because I thought it would leave an oily (ie smelly) residue.
 

neil82

Old-Salt
Why is that, Covid or another reason? You said at the moment, do they make a habit of shifting the goalposts?

My motorhome was over 3.5 tonne, pain in the Arrse getting it MOT’d as it was classed as Class 7, specialist MOT bod required to MOT it and also a higher weight ramp required with higher headroom, nightmare.
I now have a twin axle caravan
if it was a camper it should have come under class 4, only way I can see it going up to class seven is if it`s a living van
 
I didn’t use diesel because I thought it would leave an oily (ie smelly) residue.
It washes off - detergent (soapy water), will clean it away no problem.
 

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