- great if you are at a festival etc.
Out of interest, do you have any wind-down stabilisers (like those fitted to caravans) to stop the van rocking? With all the weight up top I suspect it will get a little rocky when the wind blows.
Anyhow, I've made my best effort and finished the roof now. I would have been happier to see it a bit more taut but the mechanics of the thing just don't give much possibility of that. But it's tidy enough and looks like a factory-finished item inside. In fact, because I've been using better materials and fixings than original, with stainless-steel screws and bolts and plusher vinyl and fabric, I think it's better than original.
Whilst the basic framework is as found, everything else is new, even down to the ball-bearings in the sliders, so the whole thing feels and smell likes new. I've got it all working properly now and this has stopped the sliders from being a bit wobbly. Now the sleeping baseboards are in it's all gone nicely rigid. I tested the fit of a full(ish) sized adult and it's not a huge bed but big enough. The fibreglass roof curve provides the headboard where your pillow probably ends up and that gives a bit more room.
I'm very pleased with it and with myself as this has been a huge undertaking; but it has been much more enjoyable than I expected and makes a change from welding and painting.
Next target is to finish the trim of the passenger compartment. I have some new, thicker vinyl and also need to varnish the back of the trim-boards and glue them in as an addition to the screws in order to stop them from warping as they did last winter. There's also the small matter of a sunroof to fit.
To answer an earlier question from Gary50, today I noticed the heater does have a tiddly little fan built in.