Xem Campervan Conversion - From an Old Toyota Hiace Van to a Cozy Home! (Build + Tour)

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Campervan Conversion - From an Old Toyota Hiace Van to a Cozy Home! (Build + Tour)
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  • Hey there guys, my name is Jordan and this is my home!
  • She's a 1986 Toyota Hiace with a pop-top roof and as of two and a half weeks ago
  • it is now my full-time home and office on wheels.
  • So in this video I wanted to show you guys the process
  • I went through in converting it into a camper van and
  • then give you a detailed tour and a look of the inside and show you how I've got
  • everything set up. So let's get into it!
  • So after buying the van the first thing
  • I did was completely gut the inside. It was set up as a basic camper but it was
  • old, it smelt weird, and it just wasn't set up how I needed it.
  • Once I had a blank slate I started by laying down a timber frame for the floor.
  • Then I put down Earthwool insulation and covered it with a vapor barrier.
  • I then made the vapor barrier as airtight as possible by sticking down the edges
  • with aluminium tape.
  • Shout-out to Mum and Dad for helping throughout various stages of the build.
  • Next I put down the plywood floor and screwed it into the timber frame.
  • This was going to be my home so it was really important to
  • insulate it the best that I could I made a timber frame for the walls and
  • then covered them in a vapor barrier then I screwed pine lining boards into
  • that timber frame
  • then I framed up the shelves that would go beside the bed
  • after the shelves are built the frame for the bed 30 centimeters off the
  • ground so I could have storage underneath from once the bed was
  • completed it was on to building the kitchen because I was so focused on
  • finishing the van this is all the build footage I have so I spent two and a half
  • months converting the van probably spending about 6 hours a day on it I
  • paid 6 grand for the van and I think I spent around 4 on the conversion I think
  • that's pretty good for a home
  • so welcome to the kitchen I like to cook so I prioritize having a decent-sized
  • kitchen in the van and tried to make the most of the small amount of space that
  • I've got to work with so this is the sink I just reused it from the old camp
  • conversion and change the position of the tap that's why there's this black a
  • little bit of rubber here to cover up the hole it's a hand pump tap that is
  • connected to this 23 litre water container at the bottom here it's made
  • of glass it's a brewing demijohn I don't like to drink out of plastic if I can
  • avoid it so this was the best solution I could think of as a cheap solution in
  • the future I'd probably like to get a custom tank fitted for under the van but
  • for now this is working really well I've got a ratchet strap here that is screwed
  • into the wall and it's securing this really well so when I'm driving it's not
  • moving it's just staying put so it's a hand pump tap that the
  • drinking water hose just sits in the water in the demijohn and then I can
  • just go like this and I've got drinking water and so the sink drains into this
  • 20 litre jerrycan here that I can just take out an empty it's also secured to
  • the wall so it doesn't move around and I've plugged it into the sink and just
  • made this drain trap here just out of hose fittings and the old hose from the
  • original van and this stop smell from the jerrycan coming back up into the
  • sink that's what this shape here does I've also got these fancy magnetic
  • springy cupboard openers that I was pretty
  • pleased with and this is just a simple 2 burner
  • camping gas cooker that I've taken the lid off and screwed it into the bench so
  • it's secured and the gas line comes in through the bench and the gas bottle
  • sits in its own fiberglass housing under here that's vented to the outside you
  • can get fancier cooktops that are all stainless steel and they sink into the
  • bench but they're like 8 times the price of one of these
  • I just went with this and it's been working great so this is a draw here
  • that slides out and I keep my cutlery in there and other cooking utensils I was
  • gonna have three drawers along here but making one of these was enough of a pain
  • in the ass that I just decided to have another cupboard and in here I keep
  • saucepan frying pan bowls and stuff and below there I keep my compost bin
  • recycling and rubbish and just other bits and pieces and so I tried to use as
  • many recycled materials as I could in this fan and so these bench tops here
  • are just an old bed head that I found on the side of the road in Melbourne and I
  • just standed them back and stained it and they look amazing so I'm super happy
  • with those and so these are pine lining boards that I got from the tip for $20
  • there were probably like 300 bucks worth of timber that was being thrown away had
  • just been taken out of an old house and so I picked it up and used it everywhere
  • I could I just sanded it back and stained it and used it for the cupboard
  • doors here and for the lining of the entire van and under here is the
  • electrical system
  • so I've got three 160 watt solar panels on the roof and that is fed down into
  • the van into this breaker box here and then into this 60 amp charge controller
  • and I've got a hundred and thirty amp power deep-cycle AGM battery here and
  • then 375 watt inverter I did have 230 amp hour batteries in
  • parallel but when I was wiring this all up I was rushing and accidentally fried
  • the other battery it was pretty devastating but I plan to buy another
  • one in a couple months time and then just pop it back in here and join the
  • backup in parallel and for the 12-volt stuff the connection goes from the
  • charge controller up into the fuses here and then I've got this switch panel on
  • the front here for the lights as you can see I've just got these little fairy
  • lights I love how they look just pinned up around the whole edge of the van I've
  • got a switch for the fridge and one for the pump which is underneath the van and
  • that powers my gas shower and here I've got a little USB port here for charging
  • my phone and other things that are connected by USB so this is my fridge
  • that is connected to the solar setup it's a Waco CF 40 and it's been great so
  • far it doesn't use much power and it's big enough for what I need for
  • ventilation have also got a 12-volt exhaust fan in the roof so here's my bed
  • it's a futon mattress under here and I've built it 30 centimeters off the
  • ground so I could have storage underneath here so there's hinges in the
  • middle and the slats fold up from each end and the storage can be accessed from
  • either inside here or from outside at the back of the van so the bed isn't
  • long enough for me to sleep on in its state like this so I've got an extension
  • that sits under the mattress here that I can pull out and it slots in at the end
  • and I can have two meters of bed space which
  • is how tall I am so if I had two meters of bed it would just take up too much
  • room so I've made this little extendable part and the bed extension doubles as my
  • desk so I can take the extension out and put it into these bits of timber here
  • and then put the legs down and then I've got a little surface so I can put my
  • computer mouse keyboard and I've got my little office here so you can kind of
  • think of this as version one of the van it's probably going to be an ever
  • evolving design but now that I'm living in it there are small tweaks that I
  • would like to make that I've become aware of since actually using the space
  • and living here full-time so one of those things I'd like to tweak is the
  • desk setup because I have to sit on the bed cross-legged I can only do that for
  • about 40 minutes or an hour before my legs start to hurt and I need to go for
  • a walk which is fine but if I need to work for longer periods of time it's
  • just a bit uncomfortable and yeah there's just little finishing touches
  • I'd like to make one day because I was so keen to get on the road I just did
  • kind of what I had to do to make it livable and functional and there are
  • some bits and pieces that are still unfinished like the edge of the door
  • here where you can see the insulation I'm kind of excited about that that I
  • can continually just work on it and refine it and tweak it as I go and over
  • here I've got my shelves so I've got food stored up here and down here
  • and then on this side I've got computer stuff and camera gear and other
  • electronics and then I've got clothing underneath just down here and this is my
  • hot water bottle Whaley like Whaley keeps me warm
  • and over here is my little bookshelf that I can fit a small amount of books
  • in I've just made it out of plywood and some brackets that are screwed into the
  • shelving so this is my shower setup I've got a gas camping shower here that I've
  • just mounted some brackets on to the van that I can just hang it on this is
  • connected to the gas bottle which lives in here and I've got a water container
  • that is plumbed into the pump that's underneath the van and then the pump
  • goes into the unit and then out the showerhead and I've got hot water and
  • I've got a shower tent that I can just set up in front of the unit and I've got
  • a shower so I hope you all enjoyed this little look at my home if you've got any
  • questions please leave them in the comments below and I'll make a video
  • just dedicated to answering a bunch of questions so thanks for watching and
  • I'll see you all in the next video

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I converted an old 1986 Toyota Hiace into a campervan to live in as a full-time home! See the build process and take a tour of the final conversion. The van is off-grid and features 480W solar panels and 260ah of battery storage, a fully functional kitchen with sink, comfy futon bed, a fold down desk, Waeco fridge, and a gas shower.

Follow along with the adventures: https://instagram.com/jordosmond and https://twitter.com/jordosmond