If you have a Crew or Passenger van, it’s likely that you have the rear door panels installed. These have handy storage compartments in them.
If you want to insulate behind them or install a rear view camera in the license plate area, you’ll have to remove the panels.
Just recently we realized that we never described how to do this on the site. We’ve had several people ask how to take the trim off the door handle area, so here’s the missing information. Continue reading “Removing the rear door panels on Crew and Passenger vans”
It’s tempting to add hatches, sockets, ladders and racks on the outside of the van to provide better access to utilities and to provide places to strap stuff on.
The problem is, every hole and every screw or bolt is another place where you’ve breached the protective paint layer, so it’s an opportunity for the van to rust.
Continue reading “Why we tried not to make holes in the outside of our van”
If you’ve removed the van headliner, you’ll be left with a gap where the cab area headliner stops.
We filled this gap with a fabric-covered piece of plywood. Several people asked us for a template for this piece, so here it is.
Continue reading “Template for filler piece at rear of cab headliner”
Here’s a quick how-to video on adding grab handles in the rear door area. There are already some threaded holes, but you might need to use one of the holes that doesn’t have threads. The video shows how to install a rivet nut to bolt the handle in place.
Continue reading “Rear door grab handle how-to”
We chose to insulate our van with Thinsulate and Low-E reflective foam/foil
. We could have chosen foam, fiberglass, wool, or even recycled jeans instead. Here’s the pros and cons comparison we created so you can choose the material that’s best for you.
Continue reading “Comparing van insulation options”
There are no bedside cabinets in our van. We wanted somewhere to hold water bottles, flashlights, our phones while they charge, and so on. Adding grommets to cheap car trunk organizers solved the problem.
Continue reading “Bed area storage solutions”
We’d like to get more ventilation into the van. One way to do it is to add T-vent windows on the sliding door and crew window area. Unfortunately, it’s hard to remove the factory glass without breaking it.
Continue reading “Contemplating breaking completely good windows”
LED spot lights, LED light strips and “party lights” all contained in corner-mounted coving panels.
Continue reading “Ceiling coving and lights”
It’s a big step up in to the van. The one place you’d want a grab handle in the sliding door area is covered with flimsy plastic, so it took some extra work to add something strong. Continue reading “Adding a sliding door grab handle”
We wanted to recess the outlets in the van so we didn’t catch things on them, and also because it creates an interesting look. A side benefit that we found out later is that the plates we used make it much easier to access the wiring without removing wall panels. Continue reading “Switch and outlet plates – it’s the little things…”