Mod: Insulated Floor – Part One
Noise reduction in cargo vans is sometimes important, as these vehicles are built differently then passenger cars. The wheel wells are the obvious place to tackle the main source noise production. Limiting it, has some merit, but I see it as only a minor inconvenience, where driving is such a minimal part of the RV experience.
Project Insulated Floor Content
What You’ll Learn:
- How to remove tie downs in a Ford Transit.
- How to soundproof the wheel wells.
What You’ll Use:
- Wrench & Socket.
- Utility Knife.
- Tape Measure.
- Rubbing Alcohol or Alcohol Swabs.
- Small Wall Paper Seam Roller.
- Window Screen Roller.
- Hand Broom.
- Large J-Roller.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Roll of Peel & Seal – 6″ x 25′.
Approximate Duration For This Project: 3 hrs.
To me, the tie downs are only useful to transport and secure goods in your van, so removal is obvious as they interfere with the rest of the interior. Some use the threads in the walls, that hold these tie downs, to secure the plywood sub-floor with the help of a few angled fasteners. I prefer to secure the sub-floor directly to the metal floor of the cargo area.
Overall, I don’t regard the Ford Transit van as overly noisy, but the rear wheels produce most of that, especially when the tires throw small road debris against the wheel well.
The van already comes with a very limited amount noise reducing materials on the interior roof, that is supposed to minimize sound transmission through vibration. The same is intended here for the wheel wells.
Later on during this conversion, we will apply regular ‘heat’ insulation materials throughout the cargo van that will also help to reduce the overall noise levels.
The choice of Peel & Seal (a roofing material) is based on one of the principles of this entire project to create an inexpensive conversion van and on the generally, positive feedback of other DIY upfitters. Sound deadening materials like FatMat are approximately four times more expensive and could be used instead without a substantial increase in cost. If you want to apply it throughout the van, it will become a costly proposition.
Some complain about fumes that would disappear in days or weeks, but I haven’t noticed any of that.
Tie Downs & Wheel Wells
Gather all the tools and materials before proceeding. Regularly fit the materials, to avoid costly mistakes.
- Use a wrench and socket to remove all nine tie downs from the cargo area of the Ford Transit.
- Brush clean the area of the wheel well you’re working on.
- Clean the surface with some rubbing alcohol or alcohol swabs.
- Cut a piece of Peel & Seal to the appropriate length.
- Try to use every bit of leftover. That’s how I succeeded to do both wheel wells with one roll, but barely!
- Work from bottom up.
- Remove only a short piece of backing at a time.
- Then press firmly and use a roller to set it in place.
- I use a window screen roller to press into every nook and cranny.
Removal of the tie downs is simple and quick. The application of the Peel & Seal to the wheel wells needs a bit of patience, but anybody can do this.
The materials for this part of the project, where acquired locally and the total cost was about $16.00.
Other projects of this Van Conversion:
- Mod 1: 12V OUTLET TO DUAL USB
- Mod 2: BACKUP PARKING SENSOR
- Mod 3: CABIN CURTAIN
- Mod 4: INSULATED FLOOR
- Mod 5: FLOOR VENT
- Mod 6: MURPHY BED/DESK
- Mod 7: CCP FUSES
- Mod 8: FRONT PARKING SENSOR
- Mod 9: CAR RADIO REPLACEMENT
- Mod 10: 4 CAMERA MOBILE DVR
- Mod 11: ROOF VENT
- Mod 12: 15 AMP HOOKUP CABLE
- Mod 13: SHOWER-IN-A-BOX
I’m just a DIY’er with a lot of common sense, but with some of the projects, I use some tools and materials, that require you to really know, what you’re doing. Always read the manual and consult an expert if you’re in doubt.