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I am an industrial designer, an interaction design researcher, a painter, a jeweller, a skier, a camping enthusiast, and I just love to make stuff!

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  • How to insulate a camper van

    Hi JPCB,Thanks for the great comments! Well... there are no real plans, in the design sense of things. But there is a tutorial with dimensions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Storage-platform-for-the-back-of-your-Sprinter-van/ Have you seen this one already?It also depends quite a bit on the exact size of your van. Do you also have a sprinter?Cheers,Audrey

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  • How to sew cushions for a camper van

    Hi, thanks so much for the comment :) We have still been using a shelving unit we bought at Canadian Tire for our kitchen! It turns out that it works out much better than we thought. Below is a photo of the unit for now. We have also installed a small boat sink with a hand pump to have 'running' water !

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  • Cedar paneling for van interior

    Hi alexveenbaas,Thanks! I think that 5 inches wide panels would be fine, you just have to figure out where it will really bend (if it does) on the wall. For windows, I think maybe you just need to consider what people would see from the outside, so think about the first material you put in the window before the insulation. For the floor, we just put one layer of the foil bubble wrap. There wasn't a lot of room for anything else, so if you want to add more, you would need to elevate the floor a bit. And last: the panels are tongue and groove, so they are right next (into) each other.Hope your project is going well!

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  • How to insulate a camper van

    Hi SachaP2,On the floor, beneath the wood flooring that was already there, we just put the insulating bubble wrap. I don't think there was much space for foam, unless you would elevate the floor a few inches. I hope this helps!

    Hi MJM11235,Did you find out anything about insulating the walls and whether a vapor barrier is a good plan or not? I think the best way to prevent rust or mould would be to use spray insulation that adheres right onto the walls. This way, there is no room for air or moisture. We didn't go with this option because we felt it was too 'permanent' for our use of the van. We wanted to keep the possibility of removing everything we had done and that was more possible with the strategy we ended up using. Hope your project is going well!

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  • How to sew cushions for a camper van

    Awesome!!! Thanks so much for the comment :) I hope your inspiration is materializing!

    Oh, I see! Yes, then the skis would not fit at all under! We have used similar ski racks in the past on a car and they are pretty easy to use. If you use them vertically, I would be careful that the skis don't slide downwards as you are driving. Or make sure that one of the racks is high enough to hold everything high enough so it doesn't touch the road. Probably just needs a bit of testing. Also, we often have our mountain bikes on a rack in the back, and our skis inside on the same trips (when they are longer trips), so I think that having both skis and bikes out might be a bit too much! Maybe a rack like this would also work for you: http://ep.yimg.com/ay/orsracksdirect/thule-tram-hitch-ski-rack-9033-32.png (but not sure how much you can open the back door in that case). Hope you fi...see more »Oh, I see! Yes, then the skis would not fit at all under! We have used similar ski racks in the past on a car and they are pretty easy to use. If you use them vertically, I would be careful that the skis don't slide downwards as you are driving. Or make sure that one of the racks is high enough to hold everything high enough so it doesn't touch the road. Probably just needs a bit of testing. Also, we often have our mountain bikes on a rack in the back, and our skis inside on the same trips (when they are longer trips), so I think that having both skis and bikes out might be a bit too much! Maybe a rack like this would also work for you: http://ep.yimg.com/ay/orsracksdirect/thule-tram-hitch-ski-rack-9033-32.png (but not sure how much you can open the back door in that case). Hope you find something that works soon!

    Hi, sorry for the slow reply! We went to Vancouver Foam Store: http://vancouverfoam.com/ . 4 inches thick is pretty standard, but they had 2 options: one that would be more durable if you sleep and sit on the cushions everyday and one that is for uses that are a bit more casual. You can talk with the people there, they know a lot of stuff! (Also, I wouldn't really go below 4 inches thick, even if you are worried about head space... at 4 inches we sometimes still feel the board under the cushion when we sleep). Cheers!

    Hi! Thanks for the comment! Yes, we are skiers and snowboarders. On a normal trip, we end up bringing with us around 2 pairs of skis (for me) and 2 or 3 snowboards (for my partner). We know it is a bit much... but we can't really make rational decisions about that haha! We put all of them under the storage platform. http://www.instructables.com/id/Storage-platform-for-the-back-of-your-Sprinter-van/ We keep them on one side of the platform, and we can put other gear on the other side (we put the other stuff in milk crates and other plastic boxes usually). For the snowboards, some of them are usually in a transport bag (this keeps together the bindings so it makes it easier to slide another snowboard on top). For the skis, we use straps to keep pairs together. I hope this gives you an id...see more »Hi! Thanks for the comment! Yes, we are skiers and snowboarders. On a normal trip, we end up bringing with us around 2 pairs of skis (for me) and 2 or 3 snowboards (for my partner). We know it is a bit much... but we can't really make rational decisions about that haha! We put all of them under the storage platform. http://www.instructables.com/id/Storage-platform-for-the-back-of-your-Sprinter-van/ We keep them on one side of the platform, and we can put other gear on the other side (we put the other stuff in milk crates and other plastic boxes usually). For the snowboards, some of them are usually in a transport bag (this keeps together the bindings so it makes it easier to slide another snowboard on top). For the skis, we use straps to keep pairs together. I hope this gives you an idea of how we do it!

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  • Cedar paneling for van interior

    Hi! I guess it depends on the big board you would choose for this! It for sure added some weight, but cedar is a pretty light wood and the panels were only 0.25 inches thick, so it wasn't that bad. Hope your project is going well!

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  • Bed, Table, and Benches for camper van - All in one!

    Hi! Sorry for the slow reply! Our bed platform is 72 inches long by 69 inches wide. I guess this would be just short for you. You can adapt it to your own size though for sure! Good luck!

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  • Custom Sprinter Van RV Conversion

    Hi there! This is an awesome set up you have there! My partner and I are continuing the conversion of our own van (see our instructables if you are curious!) and we are ready to start with building the kitchen. I was wondering where you found your kitchen sink. Thanks!

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  • Cedar paneling for van interior

    Hi! Sorry for the slow reply!We have attached a few hooks, but no serious shelves yet. For the hooks, we screwed into the studs (1 x 2 inches pine studs) that hold the cedar. These are pretty solid since they were screwed straight into the metal frames. We know where these are based on where we can still see the nails holding the cedars. Hope this helps!

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