Has spring sprung, is summer actually on the way?

Well it definitely feels that Spring has sprung and that summer is on the way, it has been great to have a bit more sunshine and longer evenings once again! The real confirmation that spring has arrived will be the VolksWorld Show that will be held at the usual venue of Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, on the 23rd to the 24th March 2013.

The only down side to that is that it means there are less excuses for not completing a few small jobs and projects I wanted to complete on the Early Bay Westfalia SO67 camper for the summer!

home is wherever  you park your VW Early Bay camper
home is wherever you park your VW Early Bay camper

One of the great things about the Westfalia SO67 interior is that it is fairly straight forward to put in/take out. Currently it is ‘casually’ in place within the camper as it is easier to store in place, than to put it out in the shed.

As the interior was fully renovated and painted L87 Pearl White at the same time as the rest of the work was being carried out, before permanently re-fitting everything, it makes sense to me to think about the normally hidden aspects of an interior before fitting new door cards, interior panels, birch ply headlining and running any additional electrics etc.

Factory fresh looking L87 Pearl White cargo area
Factory fresh looking L87 Pearl White cargo area

I’ve been busy looking into and researching options for adding both sound and thermal insulation options to the Westfalia camper.

At the moment, the Early Bay is a bit like a biscuit tin on wheels in terms of its acoustic properties! So by adding some sound insulation, it will greatly reduce unwanted road noise and the obligatory flat-four air-cooled engine sounds from the rear! It will also greatly help the internal acoustics of my planned head unit, amplifier and speaker install –  you have to have music when cruising after all!

Thermally the camper is currently hot during the day when the sun is out, but this heat is rapidly lost when the sun goes down. So by adding some decent thermal insulation behind the interior panels, it will be much easier to regulate and maintain a more consistent and comfortable temperature.

There is a really useful and interesting thread all about this on the Split Screen Van Club forum, but make sure you are sitting comfortably, as it is a fairly long read!

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