2017-10-12: Insulation woes

Fortunately, the fine particulates in this insulation board are all organic and GM-free

The last time I wrote about fitting insulation was back in May, and it feels like the job has been dragging on since then. When you look at the YouTube videos, you see time-lapses of people fitting insulation over the course of a weekend. Maybe we could have achieved that if we’d known exactly what we were doing before we started, but we didn’t, so … tough luck, I guess.

To be fair, we haven’t spent all the intervening time fitting insulation, but every weekend, pretty much, we’ve been doing part of the job, just enough to progress some other part of the job: fitting the bench bed, or the shelf above the cab.

But the main source of frustration has been the endless trips to Screwfix to buy more materials – and in particular, expanding foam. This van eats the stuff.  A quick check of my van expenditure spreadsheet reveals we have bought this many cans of expanding foam:

That’s 14 cans.

They’re 750ml each, and the packaging states the contents will expand to 35 times the original capacity. So – ignoring wastage, of which there has been a fair amount – I calculate we’ve sprayed over 26 litres of foam into the cracks and crevices of this van.

Anyway, we’re almost done.

Insulation is one of the most controversial topics on the van conversion forums, with many a certainty bandied around. Our original plan was to use rigid board for the bulk of the insulation, with expanding foam to fill the gaps. I still think that was a pretty solid plan, but I wish I’d known at the time we’d by spraying this much of the stuff.

2 responses to “2017-10-12: Insulation woes”

  1. I’m still gutting the thing (Ex-police riot mwb Sprinter. Yeah, I thought about leaving the custom insulation and fittings in and building on it, but sadly, it did not live up to the quality I have in mind.

    But! Stumbling across you guys has blown me away. Talk about timing. The fact you’re UK van people is very refreshing, because at the moment all my inspiration comes from the US.

    I’ve been Go Pro-ing amateurishly up to my current stage of the build and I’m thinking about blogging, YouTube etc. But man it ain’t easy when it’s just you that’s into this stuff, and everyone else things you’re weird. So this is where I’m at

    Please follow my insta: @sherkhanmn.

    1. Hey, I know the feeling. It’s daunting, and seems to get more complicated the deeper you go. But so rewarding too! Good luck.

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