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RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Another improvement I made to the bed area when I upgraded to a 2018 Chevy Express was the addition of a shelf on the right side of the bed. Previously this was, kind of, wasted space. I built a shelf to follow the contour of the side of the van and screwed it to the right side of the bed. All the edges that come in contact with the side molding of the van are covered with sticky-back felt. https://i.imgur.com/5Je4thrl.jpg I added a cut out in front of the wheel well bump and behind it also. I added hinges and holes to use for opening the little doors. This way I could utilize the space below the wooden shelf. I use this space for storing items I don't use very often and the back one for our dirty clothes hamper. You can see the edges of wood wall restrainer box I added for my folding picnic table mentioned in the last picture caption. https://i.imgur.com/c68HBI1l.jpg My wife found several cloth boxes that fit the shelf space to load in other item she wanted to store for handy retrieval. https://i.imgur.com/JJuvGZJl.jpg The back section of my newly added wood shelf is much narrower because of the back door opening. It was big enough for me to add a wooden side wall and end piece so that I could store our small fold-up picnic table (wrapped in an extra purple colored blanket which you can see in the picture above with the red and blue cloth boxes). It also helps me so that I don't lose my book or glasses down the side when I fall asleep. https://i.imgur.com/MiefjN1l.jpg I made a much smaller and narrower version of this wooden shelf on the left side of the bed. It is not used for storage yet because I mainly wanted it there to stop things from falling down the side of the bed to the floor, a fairly unreachable location to retrieve it from.
Black'95 01/09/20 02:39pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Here is a shot of the side frame with the door open so you can see the frame a little better. https://i.imgur.com/OwHgzmKl.jpg Here are two more views from the outside looking in. https://i.imgur.com/n9ifphpl.jpg I added sticky-back rubber molding to the right side of the frame to seal tightly with the door when it is closed to keep bugs out. https://i.imgur.com/JxeDkf4l.jpg
Black'95 01/02/20 07:40am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

One of the major hurdles in the transfer from my old 2001 van to the newer 2018 van was the lack of a side door pocket. I used this for storing our small stools and my camera tripod. https://i.imgur.com/A5NXpvgl.jpg I solved this problem by building one out of pine and painting it gray. I also added a frame around the second side door opening. This allowed me to mount my light on top, the smoke alarm on the side, and it gave me a place to mount the Velcro for the screen door, along with a place to mount several hooks for hanging things. It may be hard to see because the interior is gray and I painted the wood frame gray too. Another advantage to this wood frame is that I can open the second side door if needed. With the old van I could not open the second side door without removing all of the Velcro screen door on that side. I added some weatherstripping to seal the space between the 2nd side door and my wood frame so bugs could not get in there. https://i.imgur.com/uOPI0YQl.jpg All is starting to shape up, now I need to move on to installing the seat swivel on the passenger side seat. I could not do that on the old van because it had electric seats, but the new van doesn't have electric seat so I will attempt to install the swivel. More later.
Black'95 11/02/19 07:34pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Since we changed colors of van when we upgraded from the 2001 indigo blue van to the newer 2018 black van we felt a change of mascots was due too. Cookie Monster just didn't seem to fit the black one, so my wife found a new mascot. The name has not been finalized yet but my wife is leaning towards "Gizmo" because of all the little mods I have made to the van! https://i.imgur.com/thHJgvzl.jpg
Black'95 10/31/19 02:52pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Gorgeous van - glad the transfer was easy!! And yes, the newer vehicles have some nice options! Thanks. I will miss the electric seats and the "Cadillac" ride of the old 2001 LT (1500), but I will have better towing and load capacities with the new 2500. Chevrolet doesn't even make the 1500 anymore. The old one had many features that I didn't need and did not use. For example: the dual monitors and VHS video system. We took the new one on its maiden camper voyage last Friday night. Everything went well and I found a few things that needed changing and upgrading. We sure enjoyed the van's hotspot because our game, fish & parks campgrounds here in SD do not have WiFi. https://i.imgur.com/rcTW6eLl.jpg
Black'95 10/20/19 05:32pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

I made the big jump this month to a much newer van. It is a 2018 Chevrolet Express with 15K miles. I have spent the last several weeks transferring everything from the old van (2001) to the newer van. It was fairly easy because Chevrolet has not changed the body style of the Express van in over 20 years. Not much new to add -- just the changeover. I will post some improvements in future posts. One of the big improvements was that this newer van had OnStar and a WiFi hotspot. Now we can check our email, download our newspapers, and keep in touch as we drive which we couldn't do before because our cell phones are fairly simple TracFones. https://i.imgur.com/xTvtnMjl.jpg
Black'95 10/20/19 09:21am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Time for a little camping at Pactola Reservoir in the Black Hills of South Dakota. https://i.imgur.com/v5tHNCal.jpg
Black'95 09/05/19 01:24pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Hmmm... I just looked a photo of a Transit dashboard and NOTHING is flat or level - but I'll bet the cupholders are? Maybe I could mount a circular "level" indicator on the bottom of a tin can.... adding it to my to-do list :-) Sounds like a great idea to me!
Black'95 07/28/19 08:57am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: My Chevrolet Express van Class B- camper

Thanks to your patience while my pictures were not accessible on this site. I lost my storage on my homepage when my web provider no longer provided users with webpages and storage. I have used RV.NET:Photo Posting now, so I should not have that problem again. My latest modification has been to the mounting of my dashcam. I had it mounted in a sandbag type device on the dash. I recently went to the swivel mounting unit on the rear-view mirror. Now it is up out of the way. I also threaded the power cable along the edge of the window and along the A-Pillar so it, too, is out of the way. https://i.imgur.com/foYhR3pl.jpg
Black'95 07/27/19 12:26pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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