Course – Converting a Van
You want to take the road to live free in a van? Would you like to have all the keys to convert your van into a little cocoon by yourself?
This course is for that. With a specialist in the field and the help of a workshop manager from Les Affûtés, we will discover everything you need to know to properly convert a van according to your needs. We will share all the technical advice related to the world of van life, and then practice on the layout with sessions dedicated to the operation of woodworking machines.
This course gathers several skills, in order to obtain all the necessary competences to be autonomous in the realization of its project. Over the weeks, we will learn:
-Course 1: Starting your project well.
Know the different steps in the creation of a van.
How to choose your vehicle according to your needs.
Create and draw your interior design plan.
Choose the key components.
Where to buy parts.
Mistakes to avoid.
Knowing your budget.
-Course 2: Exterior design and insulation.
Procedures for installing equipment (e.g. windows, fans).
The different tools for body cutting.
Creating good insulation.
-Course 3: Electricity in a Van
The different electrical components.
Create an electrical diagram and calculate its consumption.
Know the different types of batteries.
Learn how to connect 120V to a van.
-Course 4: Induction to stationary + portable woodworking machines
Shop operation and first machines (miter saw, band saw, drill press, sanders, saw bench, portable tools).
-Course 5: Practical and assembly of the layout.
Best assembly techniques and materials to use.
The hardware items to use.
-Course 6: Plumbing in a van.
Choosing your components.
Making your plumbing diagram.
Know the methods to create your shower.
Install a pump.
Make sure the system does not leak.
Learn how to winterize your van.
Sessions will be held on the same days, at the same time, for 6 consecutive weeks. Wednesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 5 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
PS: please note that you will not be able to practice on the vehicles during the sessions. But you’ll get a lot of personalized advice on how to set up your van in a unique and appropriate way!