Insulating the Crafter
Insulating and soundproofing the van. This is a highly debated topic online with many varying ways and techniques to do so. This is arguably one of the most important steps as this is the foundation layer that the rest of the equipment, fixings and furniture attaches to and once all laid in place it can be very tricky to get to if things need changing.
I want to share with you the way that I have chosen to do things in my van conversion. I have spent a lot of time researching the varying methods and have come up with what I believe is the best way to do this as cheap as possible, yet still highly effective. I plan to take this van to the Alps and need it to be able to cope easily with -20 degree temperatures.
There are several steps to this process to ensure perfect insulation. I have started by using a great product called Silent Coat 2mm Damping Mat. It absorbs sound from the vans bodywork panels and then converts it into low level heat. One side is lined with a thermal reflector helping to keep the warm heat inside the van and the other side is lined with a sticky black mastic which adheres to the surface of the van to dampen the noise vibrations. This is highly effective stuff and really lowers the noise from outside. Another important factor if you want a good nights sleep inside.
I have uploaded a video of me tapping the side of the van where I have half insulated it. The difference between and insulated and normal panel is tremendous.
The next step is to add a thermal and insulating barrier on top of the first sound damping pads. This will help keep the cold heat out and the warm heat in. I want this insulation to look professional and work well in extreme temperatures. A lot of the conversion guides online and youtube videos out there show messy and pointless steps that are just not needed to get effective insulation.
More to follow soon! - Dodo Thermo Van Liner