WANTED: Cheap caravan to convert into a motorcycle race transporter
Simo, Serious question, how would you convert a van into a bike transporter? I like the idea, I have been looking at buying an enclosed trailer for 3 or 4 bikes and that I could sleep in if needed, your van idea might be an option.
Okay Nob my plan is this:
1. Buy a full size caravan with the sleeping quarters at the rear (note must be 2200mm or wider as some earlier aluminium framed Millards are only 1900mm wide so watch for that)
2. Buy an aluminium framed van as that makes it stronger and easier to work with. I don’t fancy the idea of working with timber .. I can’t weld the shit)
3. remove the front mounted "club lounge"
4. cut an opening next to the door approx 500mm wide but it could be wider (on the van I purchased I will make the cut 55% of the width of the window next to the door so as to allow me to use the left over exterior sheeting to fill the void the 45% window will leave)
5. Fabricate a frame between the outer panel and inner timber (like a 3 sided door frame)
6. Fabricate a ramp that fits into the void created that can take the weight of a motorcycle without bending/distorting
7. Sheet the ramp with alloy checker plate and then mount it. I am planning to hinge the ramp at the bottom and make locking system so it locks in at the front and top (all locking will be done from inside the van)
8. Attach the original “female” door latch that was fitted to the section of wall I removed, to the side of my new ramp
9. Create tie down points inside for 2 or 3 bikes across the front (the interior layout will dictate what you can fit in across the van but there is the option of also having one down the centre). I am planning to use the floor mounted types if possible because they will be the least intrusive however if necessary I will make a frame to lock the bikes into. If I can get away with the floor mounted points then I will be able to also fabricate another fold down bed at the front for my son but if not he can sleep on the floor in his swag.
And that’s about the extent of my plan. I will try it and see how it works out I guess. I was originally planning on a rear opening arrangement particularly after seeing a friends Jayco Work n Play van but after the problems he had with that rear door leaking I’m far keener on the side mounting approach for 2 reasons. Firstly I think it’s easier to get a van with rear mounted sleeping quarters but secondly and after seeing my mates Jayco leak like a sieve, I think it’s easier to make the side door arrangement seal up compared to a rear door that will have all the air pressures at work when travelling (eg the air and any rain water swirling over the top and around the rear trying to find a way in).
I take no responsibility for the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of my plans .. I’m an accountant not an engineer