So, what does a Delica camper look like at the end of this process? I’ve been collecting pictures from the web for a few months now trying to find ideas and inspiration. Here’s a few of my favourites
(apologies if these are your photos, most of these came from sites with no attribution. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want me to take it down or attribute the photo)
This is very similar to the layout we’re ultimately going for. Big platform bed that has storage underneath. Slide out fridge and bench at the back for easy access to cooking and commonly used gear.
Looking at a plywood construction at least for the back, just so the fridge slide has something to bolt to. 19mm ply seems to be the most common size used, and should be thick enough to support us both with enough bracing. I’ve got the idea that I’ll do the back part separate to the middle, so we can use it in a 4 seat configuration with the middle seats put back it. This would let us have the fridge and kitchen area for camping trips with friends. We’ll see if that’s feasible though.
Marine grade carpeting will go over everything to keep things easy to clean and looking neat. On top of that, the carpet will cover up any grievous woodworking mistakes I will inevitably make.
The mattress will be the most important part (according to Rosie). It will cover the entire back of the van and will be made of memory foam cut to shape. Everything I’ve sketched out so far has been dependent on the height of the fridge – the taller the fridge, the higher the bed and the less room you have between yourself and the ceiling when sleeping. To keep things as far from coffin like as possible, I’ve gone with an ARB 60L fridge – with a height of 428mm, it seems to be the lowest travel fridge over 40L you can get at the moment. The EvaKools come close and seem like very good units, but they had a couple of faults. First, the 60L was over a metre long due to its unique form factor (compressor is mounted on the side of a standard icebox), and second, the digital control panel for the fridge would have been hidden underneath the platform, making adjustments difficult.
The fridge slide we’ve bought travels out completely from its close position, meaning it will hopefully avoid the need for the hinged platform top as shown in the picture above.
And here’s just some more photos of other builds that I like.