Panneling the sides and ceiling

panneling the sides and ceiling

Panneling the sides and ceiling

Because i wanted a solid build, so i’m able to enjoy using the van to it’s fullest potential. I decided to use tongue and groove for  panneling the sides and ceiling. I prefferd this  over just plylining  and covering it with carpet. Its gonna be my second home on wheels, lived just over two years in the previous one. I used carpet in the first, sadly carpet gets dirty and collects dust. This made me ditch the carpet after a while. The wood  can just be washed off after treatement. The van i’m building is totalyfit to suit my needs and to be as user friendly as possible.  Just wanted to take you on my journey starting two years in the campervanlife building out a new van.

I’m no expert, but i know my own needs and i’ve got the skills and tools to create me an awesome new home on wheels .  The past two years have learned me a lot on the things i need on the road and things i thought i need but didn’t. Fact is this answer is different for everyone. Different people, different needs … Things that look great in a picture might not suit your needs but you surely can get inspiration out of them 😉

Lets start putting up the pannels


Back to the topic, i started at the ceiling. I put a few small spacer pieces on the structure of the body. This to even out the the heigt difference between the structure and the insulation. The first laths i put on is around the vent. This way they are evenly spaced on the left and right of the vent.

The laths are directly on the chassis, the tongue and groove is atatched by predrilling holes in the structure and screwing them to the body. (keep in mind the lenght of the screws used. Measure the  thicknes of your boards and the thickness of the body structure so your screws dont come out the top …) 

Next up the sides, the first full lenght board i attached just above the wheelwell. (measur twice attach once) check left and right of the wheelwell the height from floor of the van to the bottom of the pannel. Replicate this at the other side so that the panels left and right are at the same heigt.  Once the first board is on its fairly easy, first i work to the top. 

The leftovers can be used for smaller pieces at the bottom or doors etc…  The sides are also all predrilled and screwed to the body of the van.

Panneling the doors

I used a square to mark of the heigt of the siding from the side to the doors. Just a mater of several times taking measurements and cutting to size. Drilling holes and screwing them in place.

Filling holes, sanding and staining

After all the siding is up, on to filling some of the screwholes. The sidewalls and ceiling doesn’t have to be accesed anymore so these holes get filled in. U could use premixed woodfiller, better still use the sawdust from cutting the panels and mix it up with woodglue. some parts of the doors are gonna be finished in another way, they have to be removeble if necesary. It’s required for acces to door mechanisms, numberplate lighting, … Once the filler or sawdust woodglue mixture is hardened out sand it down and repaet the process. Once happy with the result, dust everything off a few times before stating with the stainig. If u are not sure how it will turn out i recomend using a scrap piece to test the result.

Next time flooring and base of the bed

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