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Meet Edith. She’s my silver baby. A LWB T6 Shuttle. 

Build Timeline

Organised Chronologically (from most recent to oldest), here is a list of all the work I have done to Edith to turn her from 9 seater Shuttle to Camper / Day Van. The ‘read more’ links will take you to more detailed articles that should help anyone also doing a conversion, whether that is on a T6/T5 (they are similar internally) or Kombi/Shuttle (number of seats and spec level differ slightly but the techniques on show can easily be adapted). If I make a product that is used in the build, you will also find direct links to my online store.

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  • 7 September '21

    Progress Check – Sept 2021

    Progress Check – Sept 2021

    September 7, 2021
    Progress Check – Sept 2021
    Following on from my original Progress Post I thought an update was in order… It’s not only nice, but I believe it’s really important to look at how far you have progressed in a project. This make is bigger than I imagined and taking longer than I hoped so I find it encouraging to step..Read More
  • 6 September '21

    Tailgate Awning – v1

    Tailgate Awning – v1

    September 6, 2021
    Tailgate Awning – v1
    I’ve had this project in my mind for some time and couldn’t work out some of the finer details ‘on paper’ so this weekend, whilst carpeting and ‘properly’ installing my tailgate ply and blind, I decided to just give it a go with some ripstop nylon that I had lying about. Pretty happy as a..Read More
  • 5 September '21

    Tailgate – Plywood, New Strap and Storage Bungee

    Tailgate – Plywood, New Strap and Storage Bungee

    September 5, 2021
    Tailgate – Plywood, New Strap and Storage Bungee
    I finally got round to ‘finishing’ my tailgate interior. Having looked like the picture to the right for a few months, uncovered and with a little too much gaffer tape on show, and the Ikea blind temporarily installed, and the top of the ply not fixed (because I was too scared to drill holes near..Read More
  • 4 September '21

    Centre Console (v1)

    Centre Console (v1)

    September 4, 2021
    Centre Console (v1)
    Since changing my cab seats from 2+1 to a pair of Captains Chairs with swivel bases we have had nowhere to put things like drinks or snacks and other essential items on long journeys. As the seats need to swivel and we like to be able to get through to the back to use the..Read More
  • 19 August '21

    Rear Sliding Tray

    Rear Sliding Tray

    August 19, 2021
    Rear Sliding Tray
    This is the foundation of my internal bike storage. A 1300mm long drawer/tray that slides out full length, rated to 150kg. The bikes will have some kind of upright and wheel trays to be loaded onto outside the van and then secured for transit before being slid inside to fit between the bench seat and..Read More
  • 29 July '21

    Sliding Door Ikea Blind Pod

    Sliding Door Ikea Blind Pod

    July 29, 2021
    Sliding Door Ikea Blind Pod
    Having fitted Ikea Blinds to the rear quarters, the plan was always to do the same on both sliding doors and the tailgate. I decided to keep the OEM trim on the sliding doors rather than replace it with plywood so I needed to add a frame to the top trim to allow the blind..Read More
  • 14 July '21

    Hot Water System (Initial Install)

    Hot Water System (Initial Install)

    July 14, 2021
    Hot Water System (Initial Install)
    I chose a hot water heating system that adds on to my Planar Night Heater from Bobil Vans. It’s a simple yet surprisingly effective system that uses heat exchangers to heat water from the hot air blown by the night heater. I have used it 4 or 5 times now to heat water for 2..Read More
  • 5 July '21

    Progress Check – July 2021

    Progress Check – July 2021

    July 5, 2021
    Progress Check – July 2021
    Up until recently I have felt quite overwhelmed at all the major jobs to be done. It felt like there was too much to write down so I have been holding a lot of it in my head. Having broken the back of it and had the first night away I felt like I could..Read More
  • 5 July '21

    Swivel Seats

    Swivel Seats

    July 5, 2021
    Swivel Seats
    Now I have replaced my front bench with a single captain’s seat (see this post for more info on that!) I can install a pair of swivel bases. I decided on the Kiravans Offset Swivels as they got some excellent reviews, specifically around lack of rattles and ease of rotation, plus they have loads of..Read More
  • 2 July '21

    First Overnighter

    First Overnighter

    July 2, 2021
    First Overnighter
    Our first 2 nights away went brilliantly. The bed was very comfy and the Ikea blinds in the rear, combined with Fuel Lagoon Thermal Screens, kept out the light really well in the morning. We ‘camped’ on a relative’s drive for a birthday BBQ as it was a nice ‘safe’ way to try out Edith’s..Read More
  • 30 June '21

    New Seat Day!

    New Seat Day!

    June 30, 2021
    New Seat Day!
    When I originally purchased the Van, there was, as with anything, an endless list of options. Finding the right combination of mileage, spec, condition and features etc was a nightmare! I looked at so many vans as I am sure anyone with a Transporter can relate. One thing I had to compromise on was the..Read More
  • 28 June '21

    Pop Top, Electrics and Night Heater

    Pop Top, Electrics and Night Heater

    June 28, 2021
    Pop Top, Electrics and Night Heater
    Collected Edith from DUB Buses today complete with her new hat, electrics and Diesel Night Heater. I chose to go with Dan and his amazing team at DUB Buses because of the unique vans he builds showcased on the company’s facebook page. I had a chat over messenger and then on the phone and I..Read More
  • 9 January '21

    Rear Heater Conversion

    Rear Heater Conversion

    January 9, 2021
    Rear Heater Conversion
    I have modified the rear HVAC unit in my Shuttle to accept standard Hot Air ducting. I removed the plastic panels to replace them with plywood and therefore lost the use of the vents. I wanted to reinstate this functionality and give myself the option of positioning the outlets in a more convenient location. I..Read More
  • 27 November '20

    Bed Modification 1; Anchor Point

    Bed Modification 1; Anchor Point

    November 27, 2020
    Bed Modification 1; Anchor Point
    The folding bed needs to be secured to the side of the van. This is usually done in the centre of the frame, but because I haven’t decided on what exactly I am doing with my roof/ceiling yet (probably getting a pop-top fitted in due course), I am having to work around some issues thrown..Read More
  • 25 November '20

    Bed Collection Day

    Bed Collection Day

    November 25, 2020
    Bed Collection Day
    After several weeks of waiting it was finally time to drive up to Huddersfield to meet Craig and collect my bed and furniture frames. We were now entering the early stages of the COVID-19 second wave in the UK so I was nervous that BoJo et al would put the kibosh on my day out...Read More
  • 24 September '20

    Rear Heater Mod – Cupboard Frame Order

    Rear Heater Mod – Cupboard Frame Order

    September 24, 2020
    Rear Heater Mod – Cupboard Frame Order
    A few weeks after placing my order with Craig from Flatout Camper Beds, whilst working on other areas of the van conversion I placed an additional order for a 3rd frame that would box in the rear heater of my Shuttle and provide valuable cupboard space for coats etc. Again Craig was extremely accomodating and..Read More
  • 21 August '20

    Flatout Camper Beds Order Placed

    Flatout Camper Beds Order Placed

    August 21, 2020
    Ordered the bed and 2 frames today! Whoop.
  • 13 August '20

    Campervan Blind Installation

    Campervan Blind Installation

    August 13, 2020
    I wanted the neat look of a recessed blind in my LWB VW T6 Shuttle, but without the price tag of a pre-built unit. As I was going to carpet and ply line my van walls anyway it was quite straightforward to add this functionality. Having spent (too) many hours on YouTube and Instructables I..Read More
  • 9 August '20

    Choosing Layout – Start with the Bed

    Choosing Layout – Start with the Bed

    August 9, 2020
    Choosing Layout – Start with the Bed
    Introduction I want my van to be flexible. It needs to work as a Day Van for trips out with bikes and muddy shoes or to travel to see friends and family across the country, yet remain usable as a basic van if I need to haul ‘big things’ about. I don’t want a full-on..Read More
  • 13 June '20

    Inaugural Picnic

    Inaugural Picnic

    June 13, 2020
    Inaugural Picnic
    Little outing to Bakewell via the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop. The double front bench with a folding hinge makes a brilliant picnic table. Only had the van 2 days but love the freedom already. Even a wee trip out for some lunch is an adventure and in COVID world that really is a privilege. We..Read More
  • 11 June '20

    New Van Day

    New Van Day

    June 11, 2020
    New Van Day
    I didn’t have any champagne on hand to christen the new ship… we raised a can of beer instead (on the drive, Karen!) My dream of finally owning a camper has commenced. Here is how she looks today… I expect her to change a fair bit over the next few months… I hope these build..Read More

Edith’s Gallery

Makes

Campervan Blind

I wanted the neat look of a recessed blind in my LWB VW T6 Shuttle, but without the price tag of a pre-built unit. As I was going to carpet and ply line my van walls anyway it was quite straightforward to add this functionality. The fun part was designing and 3D printing a new mount for the Ikea Blind I chose and making a new pull from leather to allow easier opening and closing of the blind.

Van Tatts

With the help of my fantastically talented friend Mish, I have customised the tailgate on my VW T6. I saw her work on large format murals and messaged her to see if she wanted to be literally let loose on my van with a sharpie. We set a date and exchanged some ideas via Pinterest…

VW Shuttle Rear Heater Conversion

I have modified the rear HVAC unit in my Shuttle to accept standard Hot Air ducting. I removed the plastic panels to replace them with plywood and therefore lost the use of the vents. I wanted to reinstate this functionality and give myself the option of positioning the outlets in a more convenient location. I…

Index

Internal Bike Storage
Overhead Locker / Vents
Rear Sliding Tray
Cargo Nets
Internal Shower
Kitchen Bench / Drawer
Composting Toilet
Becky Thornton
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