TOYOTA HIACE VAN CONVERSION

A STEALTH CAMPER THAT CAN STILL BE USED AS A VAN

GENERAL LAYOUT

 

PLAN OF LAYOUT

 

  

LOOKING TOWARDS THE BACK IN 'INDUSTRIAL' MODE

The load space is completely free.

 

THE SAME VIEW IN 'DOMESTIC' MODE

From left to right::

Shelves with removeable fronts above wheel arch
Air bed used as a seat back
Ammunition boxes with blanket to form a bench seat
Strip lamp above doors
Cooker hood and platform hinged to door
Cooker platform pegged into worktop
Worktop hinged down from dresser

 

LOOKING TOWARDS THE FRONT IN 'DOMESTIC' MODE

Left to right:

Water pumping and sink arrangements
Dresser with worktop supported on open cupboard doors
Side door with strip lamp above
Low bulkhead to allow access to cab but retain load during braking
White canvas cover over portable toilet
Coats and bedding hung from hooks
Ammunition boxes covered with blanket to form bench seat
Air mattress as seat back
Shelves
Fire extinguisher
Waste bag with water container below
Milk cooler (not easily visible)

 

LOOKING TOWARDS THE FRONT

Left to right:
Portable toilet under white canvas cover (restained in transit by a bungee to prevent overturning)
Tools and stores in ammunition boxes
Black curtain on overhead track to close off the cab for privacy
Diesel heater boxed in at floor level with black jerrycan of water on top
Blue dustpan & brush, wellies
Green jerrycan of diesel for the heater with green sleeping bag on top
Hooks for clothes and bedding with crinkled aluminium strip for tie-down points
Shelving over wheel arch with clothes hanger rail along top


THE SINK

 

 

 

From top to bottom:

 

Water delivery spout fixed with a magnet to allow adjustment and relocation where needed.

 

Funnel for catching waste water

 

Space for door stay mechanism and soap dish

 

Waste water container

 

Towel rail with towel

 

Clean water container

 

Foot-operated water pump


THE HEATER

 

 

PART OF WOODEN FLOORING AND INSULATION CUT AWAY
TO ALLOW THE HEATER TO BE DIRECTLY MOUNTED ON THE METAL FLOOR

 

HEATER FITTINGS UNDERNEATH THE VAN

From left to right:

The combustion air intake filter
The combustion air intake silencer
Flexible couplings to the heater unit above
Heater exhaust silencer
Heater exhaust pipe discharging underneath sill

 

HEATER INSTALLED

From left to right:

Warm air outlet hose
Bulkhead drilled with holes for air intake (cowl fitted later)
Red supply cable from 15 amp protective isolator on dashboard
Heavy earthing terminal
Warm air outlet end of heater
Heater body
Cold air intake grille to heater
Filter and pump on spring mountings to reduce transmitted noise
Lead-weighted mounting plate
Floor space for diesel jerrycan


THE COOKER

THE "BRITISH ARMY NO.12" DIESEL COOKER IN PLACE WITH HOOD ABOVE

 

VENTILATION HOLES IN DOOR
AT APEX OF HOOD

COWL OVER VENTILATION HOLES -
THE ONLY CLUE THAT THIS IS A CAMPER

 

COOKER HOOD AND PLATFORM FOLDED UP AGAINST DOOR

Ventilation holes covered to prevent draughts


BEDROOM

 

 

Good night everybody!