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    Suzuki Carry Self Build

    Hi,

    I'm new to the site. I'm half way through converting a Suzuki Carry Van into a micro camper.

    Here is the story so far if anyone is interested.

    http://www.steamydave.co.uk/index.php?chapter=3

    Dave
    SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
    "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

    #2
    A few photos


    The basic van with windows and sunroof added


    The false floor removed, and the new floor added and carpeted


    Frame for the sink/hob unit added. (proper faces are being cut by a professional cabinet maker). Seat/bed with foam ready to be covered with matching material for the curtains.


    Doors marked out on the temporary face to make a template.


    Seats hinge to make the bed a bit wider.


    Lights installed from a 12v battery pack
    Last edited by steamydave; 15-02-2011, 22:21.
    SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
    "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

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      #3
      Hi Dave

      Welcome to the forum, looks like you've done a good job on your van. It must give you an immense amount of pleasure to start with a van and end up with a motorhome to your own specification.
      Graham
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        #4
        Thanks Graham,

        Family and friends do think I'm a bit mad though! They have no idea!

        Can't wait for the cupboard doors and faces to be completed.

        Dave
        SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
        "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

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          #5
          hello from me

          It's looking good and we like to watch a conversion. It must be giving you a lot of pleasure as it progresses, you will get even more when when you have finished
          Jessie

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            #6
            Looking good. Well played.
            Happiness is a palace on two wheels.

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              #7
              I'm very impressed by your work and your informative website.

              I'm about to embark upon a very basic van adaptation myself (re-adapting my Kangoo van as a multi-purpose vehicle...) and I wondered whether you have insulated your van at all and where you sourced your wall carpeting from. Is it Veltrim?

              Good luck with your work.

              Karen
              www.vagavalley.co.uk/ikangoocamping
              Last edited by karenw; 16-02-2011, 15:03. Reason: correcting link

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                #8
                Hi Karen,

                The lining carpet was from Ebay - something similar to this...
                http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VW-CARPET-TRIM...item1c18b69632
                or this in fact...
                http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Spray-glue-x-2...item27aeb210ee

                I bought loads of it as I may well end up lining the roof as well, as the van was originally a maintenance van and the roof lining has a few scrapes and marks on it. I also bought the what I call "double-sided" glue - in that it is contact adhesive and you coat both surfaces to be glued. The carpet is very flexible - almost like a thick felt, so is easy to form around items, with the occasional pleat here and there.

                Insulation was the foil-coated bubble-wrap stuff I found in the DIY store. Its for loft insulation - supposed to be stapled onto the rafters. I'm not sure how well it will work. It is only installed where there is space - ie not on the pillars or metalwork under the carpet. Just in the roof and side panels.

                Unless you have exactly the same vehicles without insulation, its hard to tell if it is doing any good. The main thin I found was that the windows were cold, so I have made some silver things out of this material for the windows.

                The great thing about the lining carpet material, is that it works like the fluffy side of velcro, so things like the silver covers, or the curtains can be "stuck" in place by having the hook-side of the velcro on them. Handy for the curtains as the van tilts upwards, so the curtains naturally hang a few inches from the wall. Once the door frame is covered with the grey lining, the curtains can simply be brushed up against it, and they will hold in place!

                Hope that helps,

                Dave
                SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
                "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

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                  #9
                  Hi Dave

                  Great minds think alike!

                  I was planning to do exactly as you've done. I'll also be using the bubble foil - 2 layers beneath a layer of the car carpet. I think it probably does make a difference - if you have a bare tin roof you may find, as I did, that it attracts a lot of condensation overnight and by morning it's like sleeping beneath a raincloud which drips all over you! As a test, I added 3 sheets of bubble-foil to my Kangoo's tin roof and it prevented it.

                  I've never used the carpet before so am pleased to read this is very flexible - it will need to be in my van! I have this in my Roo and, as you've discovered, it's excellent for holding curtains in position and it gives a warm touch to the walls and posts which would otherwise radiate cold like a fridge.

                  My job won't be as smart as yours because my Kangoo has to remain a van rather than become a motorhome but it should be much warmer and more snug than it is at present.

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                    #10
                    Hi Karen,

                    If you PM me your address, or email it to me at [email protected] , I can post you a small off-cut of the carpet so you can test the flexibility for yourself. Wouldn’t want you to advise you to get stuff that isn’t suitable. After all, I’ve got tonnes of the stuff kicking around at the mo.

                    The Suzuki has a roof lining already – sort of a moulded cardboard fluffy thing, so I’m mot exposed directly to the metal. That’s why it has taken a few scrapes, as the builders were obviously not that careful when using during the van’s working life.

                    I looked at your site, very nice. One problem though, you caught the bracket from your (!) so the hyperlink didn’t work on your message on the forum.

                    Dave
                    SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
                    "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

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                      #11
                      Thanks, Dave.

                      I'll forward my address via email because I'd love to see and fiddle with some of the fabric before ordering a large quantity. If this van adaptation is successful then I'll be repeating it in a newer vehicle as soon as funds allow working to the same very-basic idea but using a side sliding door as the main access and the sink unit will be on the nearside like yours.

                      Thanks for spotting the link error - I've corrected it now. The website was just a quickie to illustrate what I'm hoping to achieve and the reasons why I'm restricting to adapting a very small vehicle to become multi-purpose without producing anything resembling a conventional 'motorhome'.

                      Karen

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                        #12
                        Wow - how time flies!

                        Hi,

                        I decided it was time to give my website a bit of a face-lift and update it regarding Tin Tent 2. I don't seem to be able to edit the old post with the address on, although it doesn't actually matter as the link will still work.

                        The better link for it is now http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan as the conversion has its own section now. The new site is still a "work in progress" so please let me know if you find anything wrong or missing.

                        It has been great to be able to jump in the van and go off for day-trips. I've not had the cash recently to spend many nights at camp sites unfortunately, but will try and get out a bit more now the summer is here ! :so happy:

                        Dave
                        SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
                        "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by steamydave View Post
                          Hi,

                          I decided it was time to give my website a bit of a face-lift and update it regarding Tin Tent 2. I don't seem to be able to edit the old post with the address on, although it doesn't actually matter as the link will still work.

                          The better link for it is now http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan as the conversion has its own section now. The new site is still a "work in progress" so please let me know if you find anything wrong or missing.

                          It has been great to be able to jump in the van and go off for day-trips. I've not had the cash recently to spend many nights at camp sites unfortunately, but will try and get out a bit more now the summer is here ! :so happy:

                          Dave
                          Hi Dave

                          That's a lovely looking website and thanks for the links to the forum but when I click on them they don't work, neither do the other links. Thought I'd let you know.
                          Graham
                          Did you know you can follow us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter or you can visit us at our Website

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                            #14
                            Website

                            A very impressive website you've produced Dave.
                            Great looking little Suzuki camper you've made.

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                              #15
                              Hi Graham,

                              How odd! Thanks for letting me know.

                              As I have had so much inspiration from this site, I thought it only right that more people should know about it - if I ever get the link working!

                              Dave
                              SteamyDave http://www.steamydave.co.uk/campervan
                              "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

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