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What are you van builders using for interior walls and why? Are there any light but strong plastics?

Also, which fasteners did you choose?
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I used ¼" oak plywood and self-tapping wide, flat head Phillips screws ¾" long.
 

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I plan on doing something with the interior walls at some point as well, but simply using sheet metal screws seems kind of inelegant. Clearly all the holes in the bulkheads (or stringers, or whatever you want to call them) are in there for SOME reason and probably work with some kind of standard fastener. Anybody know anything? I sure don't!
 

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They do with special fasteners that are necessarily elegant and the holes aren't actually where you might want them to be. Do a search and you will discover someone posted about them a few weeks ago. I didn't use sheet metal screws but self tapping screws that are sort of decorative. I'll take a photo tomorrow. Other than plastic pushpins or glue there isn't really a whole lot, especially if you ever want to remove something.
 

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Hi,
I'm using RivNuts to hold some things to the ribs and frames.

I install them with this thing:
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumatic-Tool-1442-Riveter/dp/B003TODXQW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1409517272&sr=8-3&keywords=rivnut[/ame]

The rivnuts look like this:
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Ribbed-Series-Rivet-Nuts-Steel-Yellow/dp/B008VGVC5C/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1409517272&sr=8-16&keywords=rivnut[/ame]

They go into hole in the frame that is just the right size, and the puller expands the back of the rivnut to lock it in place in the hole.
Then a screw with thread that matches the rivnut just screws into it.
Easy to remove the screw and reinstall it any time you want.

Not sure this is the best way to do wall panels, but I guess it would work. It would require placing the wall panel against the frames and ribs, drilling pilot holes wherever you want a rivnut, then pulling the panel away, then drilling out all the holes in the frame to the rivnut size, then pulling the rivnuts with the puller, then putting the panel back in place -- lots of steps.

The few I've used do appear to hold well.

Gary
 

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Hi zwarte,

Check these out:
1) Body Guard Van Liners
http://bodyguardvanliners.com/
Parent Company
Malley Industries (Canadian Comp)
Toll Free (North America): 1 (877) 859-8591
Long Distance: (506) 859-8591
Malley Industries Inc.
1100 Aviation Ave.
Dieppe, New Brunswick
Canada, E1A 9A3
Wall skins (plastic) for promaster!
http://www.malleyindustries.com/

2) Pendaform
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sdvd50U0oU
http://www.pendaform.com/markets_automotive_vanpanels.php

3) Legend “Duratherm” van liners
http://fleet.legendrubber.ca/products/precut-wall-liners/duratherm

4) If you want to cut the panels your self Sabic Polymer Shapes sell: HDPE, ABS, and Vinyl http://www.sabicpolymershapes.com/polyshapes/en/Home/Home/home.html
Also many plastics companies stock rotary mahogany with ABS or Vinyl laminated to it.

Hope this helps,

Dave
 

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I used the same things from Amazon to hold my cabinets in place. It's a bit overkill for paneling tho. They do gone in very handy though. I bet I've used up almost 50 ¼-20's so far.
 

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Hi zwarte,

Check these out:
1) Body Guard Van Liners
http://bodyguardvanliners.com/
Parent Company
Malley Industries (Canadian Comp)
Toll Free (North America): 1 (877) 859-8591
Long Distance: (506) 859-8591
Malley Industries Inc.
1100 Aviation Ave.
Dieppe, New Brunswick
Canada, E1A 9A3
Wall skins (plastic) for promaster!
http://www.malleyindustries.com/

2) Pendaform
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sdvd50U0oU
http://www.pendaform.com/markets_automotive_vanpanels.php

3) Legend “Duratherm” van liners
http://fleet.legendrubber.ca/products/precut-wall-liners/duratherm

4) If you want to cut the panels your self Sabic Polymer Shapes sell: HDPE, ABS, and Vinyl http://www.sabicpolymershapes.com/polyshapes/en/Home/Home/home.html
Also many plastics companies stock rotary mahogany with ABS or Vinyl laminated to it.

Hope this helps,

Dave
Dave, thanks for posting the link for Body Guard Van Liners. I've asked a few times for manufacturers that make these trim kits as they look the most "factory" and will probably add in resale value more than a ply or plastic flat sheet job.

The only one I found was in Turkey: http://www.akturk-plastik.com/images/extra/Akturk_oto_ic_doseme.pdf
but they have not responded to my inquiries. I need a kit for the 136".
 

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This is how I did it. The screws aren't particularly elegant I'll admit but they do the job and can be removed and replaced very easily. I may get some tan plastic covers for them or I may just leave them alone.
 

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Thanks Dave. That is another case of valuable information from forum members. This forum has been a great help in deciding what factory options to order.
 
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