We’ve fitted the fabric and bamboo walls into the van. They are held in place with flanged l-track. The van is starting to look more civilized.
We had the foam and fabric glued on to the wall panels by the end of November, but had to put everything on hold while I did some “real” (paid) work instead of spending time on the van.
Our neighbor Ken helped out by taking several hours to spray the cabinet pieces and bamboo wall panel with a clear acrylic polyurethane finish for us. That meant all the wall panels were ready to go.
Just before Christmas, we finally had time to put the panels in place.
This also means we’ve finally hidden all the wiring, and flush-mounted the switches and control panels.
The wall plates we used to recess the outlets are normally used for flight cases. Some of them required some custom holes in order to work for our switches. For instance, the tri-color LED strips have a control box with separate Red, Green and Blue controls. That box is hidden behind the panel, with just the knobs poking through.
You have to be careful drilling holes through the panels with the fabric glued on. The drill bit can catch and pull the fabric. It’s best to first melt the fabric and foam with a soldering iron (or just a hot nail) before drilling, or to drill before you add the fabric and foam.
The effect on the fabric surfaces is really pleasant – the wall plate flanges compress the foam behind them, so the whole plate sits almost level with the fabric.
In some of these pictures you can see how the l-track flanges hold the panels against the wall. The large central panels are currently not following the wall contour, but that will change when the rails that hold the bed panels in place are attached about half way up those panels.