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 Post subject: Insulating a van
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:49 pm 
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I am getting a van soon. It's one I've driven at work for the last 2 years, they are getting a new one. It is completely standard. I intend using it for carrying the bike and occasionally sleeping in it.
It has had nothing done to it so want to insulate it and ply line it. What do you use to insulate it :?: Do I insulate the roof and floor :?: It is a low roof van so can't stand up in it (not sure if this makes a difference).

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 Post subject: Re: Insulating a van
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:30 pm 
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I would insulate the roof and walls with 50mm rockwool cavity batts. Use spray adhesive to hold it in place while you fix your ply lining (6mm ply will be fine). Cover the ply lining with velourtrim. Line the floor with 18mm ply and cover that with Altro flooring or similar vinyl. Make sure you provide loads of lashing points.

A roof vent helps make things more comfortable in the summer. I have this one http://www.fiammastore.com/Fiamma-Roofl ... -Roof-Vent

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 Post subject: Re: Insulating a van
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:20 am 
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25 mm foil lined celotex panels cut to shape between the strenghtening bars
builders plastic membrane on top to stop condensation.
plyline (buy a kit of the bay for £130)
Carpet cover the ply panels- again kit off the bay incl spray adhesive

Don't forget to wire for lights (approx £30 - kt of the bay)


I am looking into some professionals who will do the lot for around £500.

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 Post subject: Re: Insulating a van
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:52 am 
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As Mario says, Celotex is the best.
More insulation for thickness but correspondingly dearer. That is relative as it's hardly a large area so worth the extra expense if you are going to do it properly.
My next door neighbour's son has been converting a LWB van into a camper and has done the same thing.
You may be able to get some secondhand stuff from salvage yards.

Unless it's wells sealed, I wouldn't want glass fibre insulation as it's not nice stuff. Even Rockwool is a bit fibrey if you breathe it in.

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 Post subject: Re: Insulating a van
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:00 am 
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What van are you getting then Peter?

I have mine ply lined, and lino tiles on the floor. The only extra that I have added is the led strip lights which have been brilliant.


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 Post subject: Re: Insulating a van
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Toyota Hiace LWB with 2.5 Diesel engine. What length is your loading ramp. Never loaded a bike in a van before, is there anything obvious you need to besides strapping it down. Any tips on unloading.
Going to add a reverse camera and LED lights. The camera will be first then the rest.

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 Post subject: Re: Insulating a van
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/351657664389

Probably going to purchase one of these soon.

You need a step if only one ramp, currently I have food in half one which is probably only 6ft long. The less steep it is the better. Just push it in, some keep engine on and walk it in.

I push mine into the right hand corner, put the stand down. Ratchet it front and back. All sorted. Does your van have fixings for straps.

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Paul13 wrote:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/351657664389

Probably going to purchase one of these soon.



Is that for your mobility scooter :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Insulating a van
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:10 pm 
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As you say it's a low roof van, before you insulate the roof too much, take some measurements to make sure you can get the bike in without leaving too much of your knuckles on the roof!

Some low roof vans can be very tight for headroom with a green lane bike - Merc Vito and ex RAC RWD Tranny's for example.

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You should be fine for height with the hiace unless you have a front windscreen and certainly with the CRF230.

Surprised you need the reverse camera unless you have a very tricky reverse into a drive

The Hi ace mirrors should be more than up to the job.

I can loan you a spare aluminium ramp to get you going. In my view better (quicker & lighter) than the flight case

My loading technique allows me to load without a 2nd ramp or need for a step, although this isn't a bad idea. A strong toolbox would do fine.

Reverse up to a high kerb to start with if you are nervous but again should be a problem with a CRF230 - but can be with a 1200GS.

As Paul says into RH corner and 1 strap to the opposite lock handlebar will hold the bike fine although i put a 2nd tail strap on if not a 3rd along the pegs.

8 or 10mm eyelets is also a good idea

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