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Old 10-07-2012, 04:48
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Hi all. New to the forum so please bear with me, in fact new to static van ownership as well.

Just bought a static van, about 6 metres wide and 20 metres long. Not sure what make. It will be a permenant home all year round for myself and my other half. Its on its own on the dge of a farm.

I am in the process of stripping it and remodelling the inside. Rewire, re plumb etc.

I intend to remove the existing internal wall linings of the external walls, which are currently very thin ply board. Behind the ply the stud work is thin, the depth of the external walls is 2 inches. The intention is to increase the wall depth, add the best insulation I can then reclad internally with plasterboard and skim, the same for the ceileings - the roof is pitched at a low angle. The existing insulation in the walls is polystyrene.

What would you guys and girls suggest for the best insulation for walls, ceiling space and underneath the van?

The van currently has no 'skirt' cladding so my intention is to brick this up, with an access hatch. The van currently has bottled gas central heating which needs to be replaced.

Thanks for your advice
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hi welcome to the forum , sounds like you have a lot of work ahead ! worth it tho , someone will be along to help in a while , they have lots of useful advice on here , good luck with your project ,
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Hi Wilbs and welcome.

If you look through this thread here you will find information on underfloor insulation.

The most important thing is not to cover any vents anywhere on your van. If you are going to build a brick skirt, that will need plenty of air bricks in it too.

Park and Leisure (Forum Techi) should be able to advise on insulating your walls and roof.

I have sent him a message for you.
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Old 10-07-2012, 14:39
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Sounds like a heck of a project, are you living in it now, or refurbing before you move in?
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thank you for your quick replies - I am not living in it at the moment, I hope I can carry out all the work within 2 months in my spare time after work, and before work! - once I get a bit used to the forum I will post up progress reports, if you're interested. So in the interim I look forward to Mr Park and Leisure's advice.

Cheers for the nice welcome and apologies for any ignorant questions I have, and may, ask.
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wilbs. Good luck with all your work you are doing the right thing by getting as much information as possible before starting the job.
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thank you for your quick replies - I am not living in it at the moment, I hope I can carry out all the work within 2 months in my spare time after work, and before work! - once I get a bit used to the forum I will post up progress reports, if you're interested. So in the interim I look forward to Mr Park and Leisure's advice.

Cheers for the nice welcome and apologies for any ignorant questions I have, and may, ask.
We love pictures on here so would be interesting in seeing your before and after shots.

Hopefully Barry will come along and give you some advice when he has got a spare moment, but he is a busy man.

Don't worry about asking any questions, no matter how silly or trivial they seem - we have all been in the same boat.
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Old 11-07-2012, 18:54
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will get some before pickies up soon, no afters yet!! - with the 'skirt cladding' as in the space between the bottom of the home and the ground, is there a calculation or similar to where and how often the vents need to be? also, rather than bricking this perimeter under my home up, what are the down sides to stud work and pressure treated timber?

I am a landscaper and fencer so can buy timber cheap and am used to working with it, hence it's a cheaper option for me. I am not too keen on the UPVC option due to looks

Is the ventilation in the claading to release/ circulate potential gas vapours?

thanks again for any advice
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I will get round to answering your insulation questions tomorrow.
As for the ventilation of skirting on a single unit , you need a vent at every point where there is a vent in the floor so sometimes 2 or 3 close together. To be on the right side of the law, best to install a vent as low to the ground as possible at about 1m intervals.
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thank you Mr Park and Leisure - appreciate your time and input
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