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Converting a fire van into a camper (5) | Insulating the bus

It is now almost Christmas and that means that we have been converting our bus into a camper for more than 2 months. The floor is in place, the roof has been raised and in this article we tell you everything about the next step, namely insulating the walls and part of the roof from Brumm.

Also read: How to: Buy or convert a campervan

De-drumming the walls

Brumm is of course largely made of metal and while driving the vibrations cause a lot of noise. We read from many fellow converters that it is wise to use anti-drumming plates to reduce the noise. We decided to listen to this and bought a number of boxes of Noico 2 mm.

Also read:

Converting a fire van into a camper (1) | The Backpack Pick
Converting a fire van into a camper (2) | Buy a suitable bus
Converting a fire van into a camper (3) | RDW design requirements and job plan
Converting a fire van into a camper (4) | A new floor
Converting a fire van into a camper (5) | Insulating the bus
Converting a fire van into a motorhome (6) | Raising the roof
Converting a fire van into a camper (7) | Installing walls, vinyl and windows
Converting a fire van into a camper (8) | Arranging and installing furniture

Before insulating, we start with anti-drumming.

Before attaching this material, the surface must be clean and free of grease, so after a good cleaning we could get started! We didn't cover the entire surface with this material, but chose to cover about 1/3 to half. We noticed that the effect of this was already quite large and we were able to save on the material.

After sticking the material, we warmed it up with a hairdryer so that we could roll it out as best as possible. You can see a kind of bubbles on the material, and after unrolling the material it was intended that the material was as flat as possible. Then it is well attached and works best.

We de-drummed both the walls and the roof of Brumm and the difference could already be heard very well. We are therefore very curious how it will sound when we start the engine!

Insulating the walls

We insulate Brumm with Armaflex

After the whole of Brumm had been de-drummed, the isolation could begin! We glued a layer of insulation material over the anti-drumming plates. We used Armaflex for this. It is important to know that there are different types of this material and that there seems to be a cheaper version that smells very bad. We speak from experience by now so we know that the strain we used does not do this.

Paste Armaflex

Armaflex comes in large rolls and after we cut the material to the correct size, we applied a layer. The material sticks very well, so some care is useful, because if you stick crooked, it will be difficult to get the stuff off. Here too we speak from experience!

Now that the walls and roof were completely covered with Armaflex, Brumm suddenly looked very different. The depth of the walls allowed for another layer of Armaflex for the first layer, and because we had enough material left, we decided to do the same. The warmer the better, right?

Placing wooden walls

The last step was to add sheep's wool in the holes and cracks, and then the wooden walls could be placed! Because we also showed this in a separate video, we will tell you all about it in our next article. Until then!

Also read:

Converting a fire van into a camper (1) | The Backpack Pick
Converting a fire van into a camper (2) | Buy a suitable bus
Converting a fire van into a camper (3) | RDW design requirements and job plan
Converting a fire van into a camper (4) | A new floor
Converting a fire van into a camper (5) | Insulating the bus
Converting a fire van into a motorhome (6) | Raising the roof
Converting a fire van into a camper (7) | Installing walls, vinyl and windows
Converting a fire van into a camper (8) | Arranging and installing furniture

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We are Merijn and Denise and since October 2020 we are the proud owners of Brumm the fire brigade bus. We were actually supposed to leave on a world trip in March 2020. A long cherished dream that would finally come true. Covid 19 messed up all our plans and this dream is in the fridge for the time being.

Because we would like to be able to travel, we came up with another plan: The Backpackkies 2.0! We decided to buy an old fire truck and convert it into a camper. A very cool project in which we get help from Denise's father. He is a true expert when it comes to converting cars and the three of us spend many hours converting the bus.

We make videos and write stories about Brumm and the conversion into a camper and share as much as possible about this with you. And when Brumm is ready to explore Europe, we will of course take you on this adventure too!

Seen a mistake? Ask? Remark? Let us know in the comments!

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