Start working in the van 17-8-2017

After removing the seats and the wheelchair lifter, today we approached the task of removing the floor which is the first job that has to be done to have a “clean canvas” to start the conversion.

The heavy duty floor cover used in this van it is glued to the plywood. The glue did not become soft using the heat gun so brutal force was only the way.

Once removed the vinyl we drilled out the pop rivets that secure the plywood the van’s floor.

The next task will be to remove the wheelchairs anchor points that I was unable to do it alone because the nuts under neath are spinning so I would need help to hold the nuts when I unscrew the bolts from the top.

Our new van to convert to a camper

We sold our vintage Franklin Arrow caravan and bought in Melbourne a Toyota Hiace Commuter for converting it to a campervan.

The van has only 112000 km which are very low kilometers for a 12/1993 model, they usually have well over 300000 km up to 700000 km or more for that year.

It is equipped with a wheelchair lifter and few seats that have to be removed to register it to a 3 seats van.

Here are few photos of it including boarding the Spirit of Tasmania ferry in our return to Tasmania.



Boarding the ferry



Melbourne at night


On the road to Hobart


The ramp out of the ferry in Devonport, Tasmania


Arrived to Hobart


A trip to Stanley

Stanley is town located in Tasmania  north-west coast and a great “home base” to explore the west coast and inland National Parks.

We visited the west coast after a extreme low pressure system giving us the opportunity to see the sea at it best.

Also, at Stanley we went to the top of “The Nut”to appreciate the views of the valley.

Here are some photos from the top of The Nut.


And here are some photos of the west coast