The slider serves three purposes:
- Makes the van look more like a builder's van from looking into the cab
- It isolates the heat (or cold) of the cab from the living space
- It enables you to access the cab without going outside – open it up for ventilation, natural light in bad weather or, if in winter to capitalise on the warmth the front of the cab generates in the sun
- 9mm hardwood ply
- Foil insulation
- Auto carpet
- Big canvas image
I spray glued and staple gunned the insulation to the wooden panel. It is 1.5cm narrower than the slider area to make it easier to use.
Then I applied the canvas image – this is a photo of Yosemite – where some of my longer term climbing goals are. Using a liberal amount of spray-glue on the wood and carefully, from one side smoothing and rolling the image on to the wood.
The canvas photo was purchased online and it was bought (without a frame) for about £50.
I then put on the auto carpet – also stapled on the sides and glued.
Adding the handle was pretty easy (the holes in the wood were pre drilled). I used a scalpel to cut the hole in the canvas for the bolts to go through.
Fixing the slider up
The slider is fairly heavy and I originally added two push-fit clips to the top of it. These mostly holds it up, but not with vibration of driving. So I just have a bolt that I slide in - behind the recliner seat which locks the panel in place.
I leave a neo-dynium magnet on the back of the bolt so I can just attach it to a screw when it is not in use.
Bolt that stops the slider moving, and right – a magnet holding it to a bolt so it does not get lost.
I was really happy with the slider aspect of the design. It has worked really well and being able to have an isolated place to dry towels or put a solar shower to warm up has been useful.
I broke my leg and the plastic boot I had to walk in got fairly smelly – it was nice to be able to get it out of the living space at night! Same goes for climbing shoes sometimes.
Slider handle – just bought from a DIY store. Screws in from the back.