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Sunday, 5 July 2009

Camper Part 13: Dancing on the Ceiling

If you haven't been following from the beginning, this camper build starts with Camper Day 1: The adventure begins, or if you just want to see the previous post, have a look at Camper Part 12: Batten down the hatches.

Since the last update I have managed to panel the ceiling above the cab. This was done with 4mm Birch Ply which has been applied over the battens mentioned in the previous update.

I inserted some recycled plastic insulation between the roof and ceiling. I thought this would be a better bet than the fibreglass type as this is non-itchy but looks the same.

If you have a look at the pictures you will see that I have completed the paneling on the right hand side, but not on the left. This is deliberate as I needed to completed the left before I could commence with the shower/toilet room. The other side will be done when I figure out exactly how I will be mounting the seats.

For those of you who remember 'Camper Day 10: Raising the Roof', I have eventually re-installed the piece of fibreglass which was removed and trimmed down. If you look carefully in the photographs you may be able to see that the ply ceiling and this fibreglass section meet up evenly.

I used a piece of 4mm ply to panel the outside wall where the showerroom will be in order to create a flat surface on which to mount the plastic cladding that I will be fitting. The wall is not perfectly flat as the outer skin of the vehicle has some shape in this area and I needed to maximise internal room. The single sheet of ply however gives a continuous surface so the cladding should be relatively straightforward to fit. I sourced the cladding from on the internet, but wasn't contacted back by the supplier. In the end I managed to get something similar from B&Q.

You should also be able to see that I have started on the skeletal framework for the rear wall of the showerroom. This wall has a number of 'shelves/supports' as part of it which will support the plastic bathroom boots salvaged from the caravan. The plastic pieces are quite flimsy (I guess to keep them light) so need some form of support.

The race is on to get the kitchen and beds in so that I can take the Sprinter in for it's MOT, so my first goal is to get these bits in even it not in the final state of decoration else we can't use the vehicle.


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