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Motorhome Built Out Of Cargo Van
Old cargo vans can be converted into low-cost motorhomes, says Ross Turner, Branbon, Manitoba, who converted a 1978 van into a sleek-looking motorhome.
Turner paid $1,000 for the 19-ft. long van. He laid out a floor plan inside the van, using chalk and tape to draw on a floor where the bathroom, kitchen, refrigerator, etc., would be and then drew the windows on the walls. He recorded all the measurements and then used an air chisel to remove the sheet metal from the van's steel frame. To make room for bunk beds above the cab, he cut off the cab roof as well as the front part of the box, then welded a new frame- made from sq. steel tubing - to the existing box frame.
He then covered the outside of the entire truck with sheets of 3/8-in. thick plywood, screwing the sheets to the metal framework, then stapled aluminum siding designed for a motor home onto the plywood. He also in-stalled motorhome windows and doors.
Inside, he fastened 1 1/2-in. thick fiberglass insulation to the walls and screwed 3/4-in. thick, 2-in. wide plywood strips to the studs so he could nail on wood paneling. He used 2 by 2 wood boards to build a sub floor, which he also insulated. Then he covered it with particle board and linoleum. He built his own kitchen cupboards.
"I saved a lot of money and it looks like it was factory built," says Turner. "It sleeps four people. A ęchesterfield' could be pulled out to sleep two and a bunk above the driver slept two. It has a shower and toilet, propane-powered hot water tank, 30-gal. fresh water tank and 40-gal. grey water tank, gas stove with three burners, an oven, and refrigerator."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ross Turner, 51 Balmoral Bay, Branbon, Manitoba, Canada R7A 6C4 (ph 204 726-5587).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5