The last piece to our van build series…
We know we have been dragging our feet and its been a long time getting here.
As you can probably guess we’ve been playing too hard.
So we are finally bringing you the deets on our van bathroom and cab area.
Is it funny that the smallest and least used area in the van gave us the most trouble when redoing it?
It’s true, the bathroom was a real pain in the ass. And not because the toilet seat was uncomfortable. The shower head leaked constantly, the vinyl wall paper seemed impossible to cover and the toilet would not lose that slightly off tint.
After a few youtube videos replacing the plumbing fixtures was a breeze but the vinyl wall paper kept giving us hell. Finally we stumbled upon a latex based primer called Killz. This primer was able to stick to the vinyl wall paper so that the walls could get a fresh layer of paint on them without pealing off. After three different paint colors the bathroom finally dawned light grey walls and some very fun cactus decals on the back wall. Add a few wall hooks for wet towels and the dirty laundry bag and the inside of the bathroom is complete.
With the other modifications made to the van the old bathroom door no longer fit so a custom one had to be made. Even though we classify ourselves as dirtbags we hung a full length mirror on the outside of the door to make sure all the dirt stains on our clothes match.
Open the bathroom door and you will see it swings all the way open lining up perfectly with the kitchen sink. On the inside of the door we had enough space to build a small vanity for our toiletry storage. The top has a small vanity mirror with a shelf right below. And because the last thing you want to find on the ground after a bumpy ride is your toothbrush, we even drilled holes in the shelf to hold them in place. Below that is the medicine cabinet with sliding doors to hold all of Clarks beauty products.
Lastly is the fold down cabinet that serves as both storage and when its opened is a small counter to use while we are brushing our teeth or applying makeup.
The little touches are what makes living in a van that much easier at the end of the day.
Last but not least, the cab area!
In the beginning we mentioned the van being completely covered in purple shag. The cab was by far the worst. Headliner, sun visors, steering wheel, arm rests, right down to the dice swinging from the rear view mirror. ALL PURPLE! Be sure to check out our Meet Thelma page if you haven’t seen it for yourself
Now the dash is covered with black leather vinyl, we attached with spray adhesive. We also added trim pieces that are attached with black and copper fasteners. We wanted the headliner to be unique and eye catching so after some thought we found a tapestry of North America on Society6.com and knew it was just the thing we were looking for to complete the custom look. The seats are now covered with a Baja style seat covers to add some summer beach fun to the cab and sit on top of a diamond plated laminate floor.
The diamond plated laminate floor was easy to install and cleans up really easily as opposed to the carpet that was there originally. The only downfall of the laminate flooring is that it gets really really hot on the feet. If we ever cross paths on the road you’ll know why there are feet hanging out the passenger side window.
And that’s the full tour!
Now you have seen the entire process of building a custom camper van. We hope to have inspired, motivated or made you think about building out your own van! If not, hopefully you got a few laughs and will stay tuned for more awesome content on the way!
Hit us up if you have any questions about our buildout. We’d be stoked to help future van lifers into their dream ride as soon as possible!