Course – Converting a Van

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Do you dream of traveling the country in your live-in-van? Would you like to have all the keys to convert your van into a little cocoon by yourself?

This course is for you. With a specialist in the field and the help of a workshop manager from Les Affûtés, you will discover everything you need to know to properly convert a van according to your needs. You will learn and practice all the technical aspects related to the world of van life (bodywork, plumbing…), to then practice the layout with sessions dedicated to the operation of woodworking machines.

This course gathers several skills, in order to obtain all the necessary competencies to be autonomous in van conversion. Over the weeks, you will learn:

-Course 1: How to start your project
Know the different steps in the creation of a van.
Choose the right vehicle for your needs.
Create and draw the interior design plan.
Choose the key components.
Where to buy parts.
Mistakes to avoid.
Knowing your budget.

-Course 2: Introduction to fixed and portable woodworking machines
Workshop operation and first machines (mitre saw, band saw, drill press, sanders, bench saw, portable tools).

-Course 3: Exterior layout and insulation
Procedures for installing equipment (e.g. windows, fans).
The different tools for cutting bodywork.
Creating good insulation.

-Course 4: Practical assembly of fittings
The best assembly techniques and materials to use.
Wood finishing.
The hardware elements to use.

-Course 4: 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 6: Plumbing in a van
Choose your components.
Draw a plumbing diagram.
Know the methods to create a shower.
Install a pump.
Make sure the system does not leak.
Learn how to winterize your van.

The sessions of the course starting on June 27 will take place twice a week, on Monday and Tuesday evenings, for 3 consecutive weeks: June 27 and 28; July 04 and 05; July 11 and 12 – from 6 to 9 pm.

PS: Note that you will not be able to practice on your own vehicle during the sessions. But you will get a lot of personalized advice on how to set up your van in a unique and appropriate way!

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