Converting Clarence

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Camper Clarence is a 1997 Iveco Daily Van. I am converting him into a four berth campervan so we can travel around the country. I have been interested in camping for most of my adult life, sleeping in tents and have decided to convert a van for holidays and spontaneous weekends away.

Sixteen years ago I had an idea to convert a van into a Camper to travel around Europe and hoped to write a book about my travels. Things have changed since then due to family commitments, the plan to travel Europe is still there but will just have to wait a few years to complete it.

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  • Base Vehicle

    I have been planning to do this project for 16 years, after 3 failed attempts I finally found Clarence. After several months searching I came across this Iveco Daily on Ebay. It was the right...

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  • Project Plan

    When Clarence was purchased he had a double bed already installed. However being a family of four we needed to make some adjustments. Seating to the rear of the van will create a comfortable ...

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  • Wiring & Electrics

    The wiring had already been completed within the van. There is a fuse box and many sockets and overhead lights. Some of these may need to be moved around but the vast majority of the work is done...

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  • Panels & Lining

    The paneling had already been installed apart from within the former garage section. All of this was carpeted. I have had to remove some of this to put in new cables for Speakers and Reversin...

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  • Flooring

    Half of the flooring is installed from when Clarence was purchased. It is currently dark grey squared lino. At present I am considering taking this up and laying a new full length vinyl so there ...

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  • Lighting

    Clarence has 2 large lights, one overhead and one on the rear wall. This will not be changed as it is adequate for our purposes.

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  • Insulation

    As with the paneling this had already been installed before I purchased Clarence.

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  • Miscellaneous

    Due to the length of Clarence I decided for safety to install a reversing camera. This is fitted above the rear doors and automatically turns on when you go into reverse. A clear image is display...

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  • Bed System

    Currently building a bench on one side of the van. This is a new experience for me as I have never really done any wood work before. I am making the frame at the moment which will be lined with p...

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  • Heating

    I have a small Electric Radiator that came with the van when I bought it, this will be enough to keep us warm at night. We also have each other to snuggle up with.

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