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I've done it now. Trigger has been pulled.
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I did it.  When my 2004 GMC Canyon finally kicked the bucket about two weeks ago I decided to buy a full size, high roof cargo van.  It's earlier than I'd have liked, but perhaps if I waited until I was totally ready I'd be dead before I went ahead with it.

I'm still working on getting my house sold, so money is tight but manageable right now.  It does mean that my conversion won't be going full tilt for a few months at least.  I'd like to at least clean and start insulating.  I removed the interior plastic panels and rolled up the rubber/insulation cargo mat tonight.  The mat was a bit stuck to the floor due to frozen moisture.  Definitely a good idea to get that out.  I had considered flooring over it, but figured I should at least take it up and clean.  I'll try to sell the stuff for whatever I can get.

So, for those of you who have gone through this, what would you tell me to calm that tiny little voice that's telling me I've gone completely batty?
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#2
what did you get? can you post pictures?

if the rubber floor mat is in good shape you might want to put it back in,good soft,waterproof flooring
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#3
Hey little voice !
Sorry to disappoint you but we'ze goin' campin' !
Cool Where do you think the bed should go ????

One step at a time , just one step at a time is all it takes. Wink .
Stay Tuned
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(12-07-2018, 07:04 PM)WanderingCanuck Wrote: So, for those of you who have gone through this, what would you tell me to calm that tiny little voice that's telling me I've gone completely batty?

Embrace the madness. 

Post lots of pictures.
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#5
I purchased a 2018 Ford Transit 148 High Roof, coming up on 20,000 km I don't have any glamour shots yet, but it looks pretty much like all the other white Transits out there.

For flooring I'm thinking I'd like something rigid that allows me to screw other things down to it. I may reconsider it's use if I don't get any bites trying to sell it.
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#6
He means pics of the build transformation..before/during/after kind of stuff , so others can follow in your footsteps Wink

Ask all the questions you like , lots of good experienced advice (and maybe some crazy off the edge suggestions too) calls this place home.

An inch or 2 of insulation ?? and 1/2" plywood should be strong enough to anchor things to if you don't like the sound of bolting through the van floor. You could add blocks under the ply at anchor points to increase hold with longer
screws without losing too much insulation and maybe cut back to 1/4 or 3/8 ply.

Vinyl over that all is the easiest to keep clean and liquid proof.
Click flooring is prettier.
Urethane on the plywood is easiest to do.

(Or maybe just insulation covered by the mat you didn't sell....)
Stay Tuned
rvpopeye



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ROOIRIA  
15 "Stinkin'Badges"  a "Full Monty Badge" 2 "Just Ignore Me" clusters  10 "Pine Cone" clusters  , one "Stinkin' Badger" and 7 of the coveted "Flying Manure Spreader"awards
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#7
Congrats !!! It could be worse. You got a good engine. I have a diesel with most likely a blown head gasket that I have to fix before and/or during my build on my bus. You want to see a tight engine compartment? Geez...I keep asking myself ..What idiot decided to cram a huge 7.3 liter diesel engine into the a van engine compartment that shouldn't take bigger than a V6? I love the engine. But wow..you would have thought they would have extended the front end or something so a person could even see 1/3 of the engine from under the hood. I got to take off a bunch of stuff just to change the freakin fuel filter on top of the engine. You're lucky my friend.  OH...And lets not forget to mention...the engine has 2 A/c compressors, plus a very large alternator that looks like it belongs on a big rig. SMH.  We shall overcome our builds my friend..We Shall. 
If you got the time to sell it great. I was thinking of the same thing with all my bus seats. Nope...I chunked them. Not worth the hassle dealing with ads, buyers, phone calls, etc. Better spending that time on gettin the heck out of dodge with some productive work on my rig...or at work. lol  And that comes from a me a prepper.
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