The campervan bulkhead prevents access from the cab to the living area. I designed it like this so that I could have the kitchen positioned behind the cab, which allowed room for a table and two chairs along the window wall. Another benefit is that the ‘greenhouse effect’ of the windscreen doesn’t make the living space too hot in the summer, as the bulkhead stops the heat getting through. The cab windows steam up less overnight too.
However, there are some benefits in being able to access the cab from the living area. In order to have the best of both worlds, I created a sliding panel above the kitchen worktop. This slides up and down, providing access and letting in extra light.
I had to build the campervan bulkhead with the access panel in mind. When I first cut the old metal bulkhead down and re-installed it I realised that it was still too big and would prevent the slider from opening properly. I took it back out and cut some more off it. Once I had it back in the van I used it as a base to build the rest of the partition wall and the framework for the slider.
The slider panel itself is made out of a sheet of lightweight plywood. I bought a laminated landscape photograph and stuck this to the front using contact adhesive. A Velcro strip at the top is used to hold the panel in the closed position and a handle was attached to pull it up and down.
Once it was operating correctly, I added some fascia pieces to hide the workings at the front. The cab side of the partition wall (including the slider panel itself) was then backed with insulation board, which I glued on with spray adhesive. This was then covered with auto carpet, which was glued in the same way.
It looks really neat and I like that at first glance you would just assume that it’s a normal bulkhead.
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