The Yeti has Walls!

16 Aug

Getting the walls up was the necessary next step following the installation of the floor. Unlike the floor, the walls definitely required a lot more planning, such as what materials we were going to use, how the cuts were to be made, and how to insulate efficiently.

Insulating was more or less the easy part, like the floor, we used the same Duro-Foam insulation on the sections where it was applicable. The interior of our van, like many other types of Cargo Vans has an interior metal wall that is mean’t to have shelving and anything similar attached to it since the main users of these vans are either Hydro, Roofing, and Plumbing companies. The foam was able to fit nicely in certain sections but much of the interior wall is raised from the external siding of the van, making it impossible to use the foam everywhere without loosing more space. Luckily, Kayley’s mom had left over Roxul insulation laying around and worked awesome!! First off, it’s made out of recycled materials, Indoor Air Quality Certified, solid R value and it can be stuffed anywhere! Kayley was able to stuff it in every nook and cranny where the foam was unable to cover.

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Kayley getting everything nice and insulated

Kayley getting everything nice and insulated

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Trusty ducktape


Through the many of trips to Home Depot, research and sound advice from Dennis (Kayley’s step-dad) we decided to use Harvest Cherry Plywood for areas that will be visible (bed area, doors and behind the kitchen counter) since it’s aesthetically pleasing and strong, then the other spots were covered with MDF Pressboard since it’s less expensive and easily manipulated.

Cutting was the hardest aspect of this process, there were lots of recuts, trying to get each piece to fit flush with roof, floor, wheel wells and adjacent walls had its challenges. It’s fair to say my powertool and cutting skills increased during this time.

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It fits!

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As for attaching the wall pieces, we used Self-Tapping Metal Washer Head Screws to fasten directly to the interior wall, the plywood is quite thin and under pressure due to the shape/angle of the wall, so having a washer-head ensures the screw doesn’t rip through the wood along with pulling the wood tighter up against the metal interior. On the passenger side, where the bed will be, we used a single wood strapping to help pull in the wall and allow it to sit flush since the interior had some odd shaping to it. Through some trial/error, the wood walls eventually became the supports for the foam insulation underneath. We were having trouble getting the foam to stick using both construction glue and duck tape due to day time humidity we’ve been experiencing this summer. We eventually figured out that the wood would be tight enough against the interior that it could secure the insulation enough from moving around and falling out of place.

The finish of the Mahogany Ply was nice, it was one of the reasons we bought it, but a couple weeks ago Kayley came across a Hemp Oil that could be used as a wood finisher. We decided to paint it on the Mahogany to see what happens and luckily it turned out great!! It really darkened the wood to a beautiful dark red and gave it a more protective finish along with a nice smell (Not the smell you’d think haha). We didn’t coat the MDF Ply since it will all be eventually covered by the bed and storage area.

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Gettin' the good documented.

Gettin’ the good documented.

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Mettrum Originals Hemp Wood Finishing Oil

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Newly Finished Doors

Crew Chief sleeping on the job!

Crew Chief sleeping on the job!

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Onto the next step!


Like I stated earlier, this step had it’s challenges. Getting the walls to fit straight and flush was difficult, we were constantly having to go back to make cuts. The van walls aren’t perfectly straight, meaning the walls have to be bent, making it hard to judge the length and shaping of the wood pieces. But we eventually got everything to fit accordingly. The creases between each piece are going to be covered by some sort of trim and/or strapping for the bed and storage units.

Costs:

-2 Sheets of DuroFoam: $25.40

-2 Sheets of MDF Plywood: $38.68

-2 Sheets of Harvest Cherry Plywood: $72.00

-1 Bag of Roxul: Free! (If we did have to buy it: $50)

-100 Pack of 8×1″ Self Tapping Metal WasherHead Screws: $10

-1 Strap of 1x2x8 Framing Lumber: $1.02

-1 Can of Hemp Wood Finishing Oil: $10

-Total: $157.10

Next were onto the covers for the wheel wells, putting up the roof and laying down the vinyl floors!

-Chris

Outback at Bon Echo

10 Aug

This summer has been the hottest in recent memory. With zero rain, and 30+ Celsius days, it’s hard to complain! That being said, camping in this type of weather can be a turn off for some, having sweaty nights in the tent and buggy afternoon hikes are not what people would describe when they hear the word “fun”….But roughing it is half the fun…in my opinion.

My cousin Mike, his lady Kaleigh, my brother Matt, Kayley and myself decided to enjoy this weather and head towards Bon Echo Provincial Park for some weekend adventures.

Kayley and I had heard and read a ton of great reviews of the park, and a couple summers ago we were lucky enough to snag the most requested backcountry spot (Walk In Site 167) and once arriving, we could easily see why it’s so highly regarded. Knowing me, I took a ton of pictures, posted them on Facebook where Mike and Kaleigh saw what this spot and park had to offer. So last summer they were able to book the same site and experience it themselves. They loved it so much they made sure to book the same site back in January for this summer where we were lucky enough to join them!

Obligatory Van Photo before hiking in.

Obligatory Van Photo.

Sun setting on the compound.

Sun setting on the compound.

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The famous Mazinaw Rock seen from the base of the camp spot.

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Site 167 is the second furtherest campsite from the trail-head parking lot, with a mellow hike in. It’s not until you make the turn down the natural rock staircase leading into the campsite, that you ultimately get excited that this is your home for the next couple of nights. Each site provides a different view of the lake and surrounding Mazinaw rock, they are spread out just enough to achieve privacy.

By the time Kayley and myself arrived mid-Friday afternoon, Mike and Kaleigh had already arrived, and had the beers cracked! We set up our tent quickly and joined them! The remainder of the day was enjoyed by witnessing Mike fly his drone around the area (and almost being taken out by Military planes that flew overhead), taking a dip in the pollen infested water and sitting around the warm fire.

When my brother arrived the following morning, we were all awake, caffeinated and ready for the adventures ahead.

The park has trails that follow along the lake to the many of beaches and Narrows Point, all providing different but awesome views of Mazinaw rock!

After some lunch we decided to head towards Bon Echo Outfitters located just south of Narrows Point to rent canoes and paddle out towards the Petroglyphs which are littered through the bottom of Mazinaw rock. They offer both canoe, SUP and kayak rentals ranging from 1hr to full day rentals, they also offer a shuttle that runs from the Outfitters to across the lake where there is a trailhead for the hike above the rock.

When paddling under such a massive rock formation, you always seem to wonder if this moment in time is the exact time when a giant boulder were to break off and come smashing down onto the water below. But luckily, today was not that day.

We then proceeded to paddle towards the trailhead, docked the boats and got our hike on! The trail is nothing intense, other than maybe the couple steep flights of stairs. The trail brings you right up top of the rock you just paddled below, with multiple lookouts that face both the lake, campground and surrounding forest. All in the all the hike is around 45 minutes round trip and is well worth the couple of dollars spent to reach it.

Once the canoes we’re returned, we headed back to the campsite, drenched with sweat, it was time to blow up the $10 Walmat floaties, enjoy the cool water, drink a beer or two and relax.

The evening was stellar per usual, lines we’re cast (nothing to note of was caught), cards were dealt, the radio was tuned, pesky racoons we’re chased and the fire was lit. Through the beers and party favours, exhaustion set in and it was time for bed.

Sunday morning came, the sun blazing as it’s been everyday this summer, coffee was brewed, the view was enjoyed one last time, stomaches were filled, camp was packed and home we headed.

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Cedar Forests are rad!

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Narrows Point.

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“Bring the net, I think it’s a big one…..”

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Good Morning :)

Good Morning 🙂

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The typical camp kitchen.

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Solid day for a canoe!

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Necessary break

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We can’t take photos…

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Typical Campfire shot

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Mazinaw Rock in all its glory!

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They don’t pack light…


Camping is the perfect way to press the reset button, especially when you get to enjoy it with friends and family. Just having to worry about getting the fire going, figuring out what the afternoon adventure is going to consist of and who’s jumping in the lake first really makes you think about how good you have it. This summer has been flying by and with the goal of saving as much as possible along with outfitting the van, camping has taking a bit of a backseat. If you need to press that reset button and find your relaxation beside the fire and under the stars, get to Bon Echo, you’ll thank me later!

Thanks Mike, Kaleigh, Matt and Kayley for an awesome time!! Also, check out Kaleigh and Mike’s drone/video footage from the weekend!

-Chris