This van project is turning out to be a learning experience. Okay, I have a decent amount of education (2 AAS degrees and a B.S. degree). They are in technology fields (electronics and computer technologies) but that doesn’t mean I have any common sense… LOL.
I learned a valuable lesson from Curtis Carper. Curtis has a website (http://www.stealthvandweller.com/ ) which is the gold standard when it comes to every phase of the vandwelling experience. He gives you great advice for buying, converting, and living in a cargo van as well as other life lessons. I have learned so much from this man. I really hope to meet him some day.
The most recent lesson I learned is about learning. I had planned to insulate my van in the same fashion as Curtis had. Feeling guilty for relying on another, I had set out to use his advice and change it to suit my needs. But in the process, I thought I knew everything and made a dumb mistake. I bought a combination of pieces of 1″ foam insulation as well as 1.5″ insulation. I had planned to put more insulation in the walls and thought Curtis had not used enough. Supposedly, I knew more than he did.
When I went to put the insulation in, it would not fit because it was too damned thick. I struggled and struggled and became really angry, ramming it into place and breaking it. Then I realized it was because of my own arrogance and that I had struck out on my own, didn’t even measure what I needed and assumed I knew everything. Part of me was upset for feeling dependent on others for their advice. Isn’t that silly? It was time to regroup.
I have started to insulate the walls using the 1″ insulation Curtis Carper recommended; it is easier to work with and fits great. Since the insulation sheets have pre-cut lines, I have snapped them into 24″ widths to make them easier to work with. Yes, this results in a few wasted scraps and seams but that is acceptable. As for the $30 worth of 1.5″ styrofoam sheets, I bought and didn’t use yet, this is not money wasted. I can stuff door panels with chunks of them as well as put pieces in other crevices or in the cradle I will use my CPAP machine. Nothing is lost but a little pride and that is a good thing. An importan lesson was learned. The person who knows everything before having ever done something is disillusioned.
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.” — Anatole France
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