Learning how to install a floor in a camper van seemed simple in theory. Measure, cut insulation, plywood and vinyl and install. Not so fast. The floor is filled with curves, nooks and crannies that aren't apparent at first glance. The first thing that we had to do was to pull the black rubber mat out of the Chevy and use it as a template to cut the flooring pieces.
We removed the mat and carefully placed it on the plywood and traced around it. After we repeated the process for the vinyl, the flooring was ready to be placed in the developing camper.
Three sheets of OSB were laid side-to-side on top of the insulation and installed to make the floor of the evolving campervan. These were then secured to the van floor with sheet metal screws. The screws were then sealed on the under side of the Chevy Express to prevent rust.
The layer of vinyl was then taken off of the new floor so it could be glued in place. Getting in and out of the Express will wear down the edges of the floor pretty quickly. When gluing, special attention was paid to the edges to ensure a good seal.
Placing trim on the edge of the osb wood is the final step in how to install a floor in the camper van.
After that, we're ready to add the framework for the cabinets.