Rank #1: VF 1: Welcome to the Vansformation Podcast! Plus, Making Time for a Van Conversion
The first episode of the Vansformation podcast is here at last. There has been a lot of work behind the scenes to put the podcast together. This is a day to celebrate here at Vansformation HQ!
It’s a shorter episode, but a practical one. The topic of our first podcast episode is something which challenges every van converter, even professional ones: finding time. The podcast features some actionable steps to analyse realistically where you could make time to do a campervan build, or if this isn’t the right time to start at all. We also get into some ideas to fight some of the gremlins that make us feel we don’t have time.
BONUS: Shortly after releasing this episode, I came across a really useful article on the Zapier blog with some specific time tracking app suggestions. Worth a butcher’s!
Rank #2: VF 2: Interview with Quirky Campers
An interview with Quirky Campers, where self-builders can hire out their own van conversions. Excellent advice for anyone doing a van conversion, especially those considering renting it out in future.
- Techniques used in Quirky Campers’ original van, Bella
- What they want people just starting out with a van conversion to know
- What you must consider if you are thinking of hiring out your self-build van conversion
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Rank #3: VF 15: Van Conversion Insulation with Greg Virgoe
Greg Virgoe is a engineer and designer with over 30 years of construction experience with a speciality in heating and cooling systems. He's also just finishing a campervan conversion to travel Europe for a year with his partner, Lou. The couple are setting off this August, be sure to follow their real-life accounts of extended travel in the campervan. This episode is a in-depth exploration of the technical and practical side of insulation, and the reasons behind what really works.
Listen in for:
- What is the K value, R value and what do they mean to a van conversion self builder?
- All about vapour barriers
- What is the truth about foil lined bubble wrap, is it any good, and why?
- How can I choose the right materials for insulating my van conversion?
- What I learned the hard way about using expanding foam in a van conversion
Greg's Youtube channel Greg's Youtube video"The Facts About Campervan Insulation" Vansformation planning guide blog essay Part Iand Part II so you put the holes in the right place before the insulation. Like SketchUp? It's big at Vansformation too, and Greg has made some cool plans in the 3-D Warehouse.
Rank #4: VF 12: 8 Real-Life Ways to Save Money on Your Self-Built Van Conversion
In this solo episode I discuss 8 practical ways to save your hard-earned cash on building the van conversion of your dreams. These apply to your van conversion project no matter the type: motorhome, food truck, mobile studio, live-in campervan or any other. I know these because have experienced the benefits of following this advice myself, and the consequences of not always applying it. Consistently following all 8 of these would have saved me at least £2000 on my current van.
It actually would have saved more, but I stopped keeping close records of expenses at a certain point because it was a little too painful to watch. They are definitely lessons which will be with me on all upcoming projects. Listen in for all the details. Where to find the van building tips in the podcast: 8. Buy secondhand 4:10 7. Spread the build 5:19 6. A critical eye for forum advice 8:42 5. Borrow, responsibly 11:36 4. Resist buying too much, too soon 13:14 3. Use domestic 15:36 2. Minimise exterior paintwork 17:54 1. Practise (and yes, that's spelled correctly.) 19:09
Rank #5: VF 20 5 Reasons for a Woodburning Stove in Your Van
Welcome to Vansformation Episode 20!
Following up from VF 19, which explored 5 reasons NOT to put a woodburning stove into your vehicle conversion, this episode brings 5 reasons you should consider it. This episode features:
- Safe installation and use of a solid fuel heater in a van conversion
- What woodburner size is right to keep you toasty warm in a campervan
- Considerations for the design of your space around the woodburner
- Why I unabashedly love it and personally feel it can be a safe choice if approached with some precautions
Rank #6: VF 3: Andy from RoadPro
Rank #7: VF 8: Chat with Cat Large on Customising your Van Conversion
Bit of a different format this week - one of two podcast cafe chat episodes over the next few weeks. In this 'prequel' episode 8 I have a conversation with Cat Large.
She is the founder of Cat Upholstery custom trimming service in central Bristol, England. (As she explains in the episode the 'trimmer' does all the elements of a vehicle's interior upholstery, not just cutting it!) Together with her husband, John, she has converted a yellow delivery van into ‘The Honeybee’, a bee-themed campervan.
We discuss partnering with a professional to outsource upholstery work in your van and top tips working with soft furnishings yourself in a van conversion. Cat also talks about how the bright yellow colour of the van became an inspiration to use their van to provide an educational experience.Relevant Links
Rank #8: VF 13: Live and explore fully with your van conversion
Anthony Bourdain was an top level flaneur, willing to wander and risk a long trip back for the rewards of discovery. He showed us the world, and still dictates how I wash-up nonstick cookware.
There is wisdom in his writing, travel programmes and general hijinks for those of us creating self-built vans, for both the building journey and the journey after.
Rank #9: VF 17: Jon Shepherd, Owner and Builder of Sylvester
Jon is a graphic designer with a history of interesting mechanically oriented projects, including building a close replica of a 1953 MG TF (from a Triumph Herald base vehicle).
He’s now on his third van conversion, a Vauxhall Vivaro purchased as an unfinished project. 'Sylvester' the van is now complete, and was recently featured in Campervan magazine.
Jon talks about making a medium size van feel spacious, adding upcycled vintage details to the conversion and his recent experiences renting out his van.
Tune in for creative conversion ideas with copper tubing, the charming awning his partner made and mounting solar panels on a pop-top roof.
Rank #10: VF 19: 5 Reasons NOT to put a Woodburning St
Merry Crimblewinter, the 2nd series of Vansformation starts today!
All rested up after the break, the show’s theme for the next year is more: more solo episodes, more interviews, more of the time. Campervan builders self-builders, van converters and anyone who dreams of a land ship of your own making, welcome in. Almost a year after this podcast launched the podcast kicks off with one of two episodes on one of the dark arts of van conversion: wood burning stoves. Also known as woodstoves or multifuel heaters, they are beloved by some van self-builders and considered a sign of very poor judgement by others. But, what are the real considerations behind whether they are a good idea for your vehicle conversion or not? Today I talk about 5 very good reasons not to put a woodburning stove in your van. Time stamps (one of the many cool things starting in Series 2) :
Intro, including stating the obvious by way of a disclaimer - 1:36 Reason 1: Cost - 4:05
Reason 2: Monitoring and safety - 5:39
Reason 3: Fire fiddly-ness - 7:04
Reason 4: Weight 9:16
Reason 5: Campsite problems: 10:34 Stay tuned for the next episode for the opposite view – 5 good reasons it is to put a woodburning stove in a vehicle, plus installation tips and the science behind them. And, we all know science makes a holiday tipple and a figgy pud even better.