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Old 10-02-14, 22:04
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Hi all

My girlfriend and I bought ourselves a (n almost brand new) VW T4.



We didn't want an old and ragged builders van (cause we didn't want do deal with any rust-issues), a fully specced Caravelle or Multivan was out of the budget so we went for this one. It's an 8 seater window van but by now the back rows are out to make place for a bed.

So, first things first, out whit the seats!



First the rear seats, easy peasy, 4 bolts that went out very smooth.


Next we removed the middle row. Someone had really hurt these in the past and we had to give them a little knock to get them from the mushroom bolts.






Some of the seatbelts, I totally didn't take a pic before I removed those, nor did I put any labels on the bolts, so if the seats and belts are ever going back in, it will be a nice puzzle for me.


Then I lifted up the rubber mat.


Full of muck, rancidness and human slime.

Cleaned it all but didn't take an after-pic,

Then we started insulating. First thing to do, cut little circles to fill up the spaces where the mushroom bolts used to be.


And putting in 2cm reimo x-trem insulation.


Putting it all back together!

(in the meantime I've put in silver backed bubble wrap as well)

That's it for today, tomorrow I'll post some pics of the bed we've made!
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Old 10-02-14, 22:12
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Default Re: Kombi to Kamper conversion.

Looks to be a great base van to start, love the longnose and a nice colour
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Old 11-02-14, 22:22
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Looks to be a great base van to start, love the longnose and a nice colour
It really is! Thanks a lot, I really like the look of the long nose, I love that the bumpers and mirros are color coded, I love that it has factory tinted windows and that it has a tailgate (don't like the assymetrical look of the barndoors + you can stand under a tailgate )


This weekend we've built a bed. Looked for inspiration on this forum and found it here: suffolks Van to Basic Camper build

We made a frame:


We put on 2 of these.


Then 2 matrasses from Leen Bakker (very very very annoying commercials here in Belgium) and done is done!


We now have a bed of 200*140cm and enough storage room under the bed.

Things still on the to do list:
- make a little cabinet behind the sliding door (over the right wheelarch)
- carpet the metalwork
- make new panels in 3.6mm plywood
- carpet panels
- insulate roof
- new radio

That's it again for tonight!
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Old 12-02-14, 17:34
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It really is! Thanks a lot, I really like the look of the long nose, I love that the bumpers and mirros are color coded, I love that it has factory tinted windows and that it has a tailgate (don't like the assymetrical look of the barndoors + you can stand under a tailgate )


This weekend we've built a bed. Looked for inspiration on this forum and found it here: suffolks Van to Basic Camper build

We made a frame:


We put on 2 of these.


Then 2 matrasses from Leen Bakker (very very very annoying commercials here in Belgium) and done is done!


We now have a bed of 200*140cm and enough storage room under the bed.

Things still on the to do list:
- make a little cabinet behind the sliding door (over the right wheelarch)
- carpet the metalwork
- make new panels in 3.6mm plywood
- carpet panels
- insulate roof
- new radio

That's it again for tonight!

Looking good buddy.

Hope to see you at a show.
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Old 14-02-14, 09:18
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Looking good buddy.

Hope to see you at a show.
Thanks, mate.
I don't think you'll be seeing me at a show anytime soon as I live in Belgium. Next year we might go to Scotland so maybe we stop at a show in Britain somewhere.
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Old 06-05-14, 20:21
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Hello everybody!
It's been a while and we haven't done very much. We slept in our van a couple of times, realised our matresses are very hard (didn't feel that way in the store), made some new interior panels, bought some stuff and installed a new radio.

So first of all we turned a couple of these...


...in a couple of these.

I made some measurments, went to the Hubo (DIY stores in Belgium and Holland) and had some 3,6mm multiplex cut to roughly the right size. At home my girlfriend took a pencil and used the original panels as a template. Afterwards I used a jigsaw to cut the pannels and a drill to make new holes.


Last week I ordered a new radio for my Passat and put its old one in the T4.


It has a rear aux which sits now in the glovebox (the hole there had no screw in it so I widened it a little and put the aux-cable true).


We bought an Outwell ECOcool cool box on iBOOD. Haven't realy tested it yet.


My dad has some seats out of his LR Discovery he wants me to have. We're still thinking if we're gonna use them.


My dad also made us this:

I showed him some pics, gave him the keys of the van and a week later this was the result. Who can guess what it is?


I also took a look under the van and found this:

It's a piece of household paper and it's a little bit dirty. It's there for 5 months and it isn't soaked (but we haven't driven the van that much) so it can't be to bad I think. Any ideas on this?


Things still to do:
Carpet lining (carpet is waiting for us in England at a friend of my moms).
Little adjustment to the bed (I can't get the cool box between the drivers seat and the bed).
Doors under the bed so stored stuff stays at its place.
Fix bed to side.
Boxes under drivers and passengers seat.
Probably a lot more...

Thanks for reading,
Best regards,

Robbert

And special thanks to my wonderfull girlfriend, Lene. She truly is the best.
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Old 07-05-14, 16:40
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tail gate lock; keep-it-slightly-open-'er

previous owner didn't know how the middle row of seats came out then
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Old 07-05-14, 17:22
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great work!. keep updating us with pics!
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Old 08-05-14, 10:40
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tail gate lock; keep-it-slightly-open-'er

previous owner didn't know how the middle row of seats came out then
Spot-on! And it costed me nothing. I didn't want to pay 10 to 20 euros for a reimo one as I knew my dad is handy enough to make one. This is an eyebolt with the screw thread cut of and a few bends in it.


Or back in, I think the middle row of seats would've flew straight out in case of an accident!

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great work!. keep updating us with pics!
Thanks! I'll try, progress is going slow.
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Old 05-07-15, 18:25
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Thanks! I'll try, progress is going slow.
Very slow...
I made a little cabinet next to the bed:





Neck muscle training ...

And I have cut out a mat for the front, just needs to get binded.


I also took out the original sliding window, cleaned it up and put it back in. Leak gone.
Also carpeted the sliding door panel and tailgate panel. Didn't take pics.

That's it for now.
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