First Steps

First step was to fill in areas on the floor that didn’t have direct support for the plywood underlayment. These were glued using flooring adhesive and weighted until dry,
Then a layer of Silver insulation was added. This can be purchased online through my affiliate link or at many local hardware/lumber stores.

Reflectix BP48050 48-Inch-by-50-Feet Square Edge Bubble-Pack Insulation

Then plywood was cut to fit. A cut out was made to allow access to the spare tire holder.
I purchased a Queen size mattress that I was able to cut in half easily to make a custom size, and got mattress covers for standard twin size beds to protect them. Eventually I would cut and re-sew the covers so they fit the custom mattress better, but for now they just needed protection as I had removed the outer cover the mattress came with.

We used a six inch mattress that Amazon no longer carries, but here is a link to the same thing in 8 inch thick.

Modway Aveline 8″ Gel Infused Memory Foam Queen Mattress With CertiPUR-US Certified Foam – 10-Year Warranty – Available In Multiple Sizes

Back side of the cabinet bench
Then came the bench seat and first cabinet. We wanted to use as much of the space as possible, so every cabinet is form fitted. This is the back and shows how we worked around the wheel well.
Bench in place on the van sub floor
Before a hinged lid was added
Bare wood bench with top is installed on the plywood base
After the lid was added. Hinges will come later after painting and staining. The idea here was to create a seating area and some dog crates for our two dogs. One in the middle area that would open from the top, and one on the right side that opens on the end. The dogs wouldn’t go near them, so they were eventually repurposed.
Van with cut out carpeting and mattresses on the bench.
Mattresses and sleeping bags are on two levels, one on the bench and one on the ground.
This was our first trip. Pretty sparse, but still better than a tent. Curtains were strung with paracord, and yes we changed that too.
We took a trip to Mohican State park for their Mohican Wildlife weekend.
Barn owl on a pine branch
This guy was at one of the events there.