I am working on this area, but feel free to reference what I’ve gotten down thus far.
This, at the moment, is a bulk list of every component inside of my van. I’ll be organizing it further later down the line. Some links are Amazon affiliate, some are not.
Van-Specific Mods and Exterior VanCompass 2.5″ Terrain Suspension Lift Kit VanCompass Tuned Fox Shocks (Rear) VanCompass High Clearance Rear Shock Extension Brackets VanCompass HoodLine Light Pod Mount Aluminess Light Bar Mount / Brush Guard Aluminess Rear Door Tire Carrier / Ladder Combo (Driver Side) Aluminess Rear Door Box Mount (Passenger Side) Motion Windows Transit-1 Sliding Window WEATHERGUARD 96312-3-01 Partition Wall w/ Door WEATHERGUARD 96901-3-01 Partition Door Hinge / Handle Kit Curt Trailer Hitch Curt 4-Flat Hitch Connector Mount (18144) MaxLiner SMARTLINER Floor Mat Auto Ventshade 92676 Window Rain Deflectors Rhino-Rack Crossbars (QTY 3) (RB1800B) Rhino-Rack Mounting Legs (RRRLTPFC) Rhino-Rack SunSeeker 55 Sq. Foot Awning BF Goodrich KO2 Tires (LT255/70R16 120 S) Qty 5 YukonGear Electric Locking Differential (YP PF9.75E-34-A) YukonGear Differential Installation Kit (CK F9.75) LubeLocker Differential Gasket (FBA_LLR-F975) G2 Axle&Gear 40-2012ALB Differential Cover Red Line 50104 75W85 GL-5 Gear Oil Included with van (not necessarily “installed” parts) AIPICO 8U5Z17B068B Fuel Filler Funnel Tube for Ford motormic Tow Strap / Recovery Kit – 3″ x 30ft (30,000 lbs.) strap + 2x D Shackles WolfWise 8.5FT Newly Aluminum Telescopic Ladder, 330lbs Max Capacity X-Bull Recovery Straps (Green) Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor LIEBMAYA 12V Cigarette Lighter Portable Shower Electrical Pump (plugs in in rear accessory port) Arozk TPMS Sensor Relearn Reset Tool for Ford Van Electrical (Non-Conversion Specific) Rostra 250-9636 Cruise Control Kit eTrailer T-One Hitch Wiring Harness (118643) Nilight 32″ Curved LED Light Bar RoadShock 3″ LED Flood Light (QTY 2) Pioneer AVH-1440NEX Stereo APPS2Car Parking Brake Bypass Interface Metra 40-EU10 Antenna Adapter Metra 70-5524 Stereo Harness Single Port USB Flush Mount Extension Cable 3.5mm Flush Mount Aux Extension Cable Metra 99-5832G Stereo Dash Kit Metra 82-4300 1″ Speaker Spacers (for rear speakers) Rockville SS8P 400 Watt Subwoofer Rockville RSM65B 6.5″ Speakers (for rear) Impact Products Custom Switches (QTY 3 – for locker, lights, and cameras) RAAYOO Reverse Camera (QTY 2 – One forward, one reverse) RCA Wye / Splitter (for reverse camera feeds) FireStik FL4B 4′ CB Radio Antenna GearKeeper CB Mic Retainer Reel 18′ CB Radio antenna cable FireStik CB Antenna Mirror Mount Uniden Bearcat 980 Sideband CB Radio A118C Dash Cam Conversion Electrical BattleBorn 10012 12v Batteries (“b” stock for scratch on bottom, qty 2) Sterling Power BB1230 DC-to-DC Charger Renogy 700 Watt Pure Sine Inverter MightyMax 100W Solar Panel (QTY 2) EPEVER MPPT 2210AN+MT50 Solar Charge Controller WindyNation 8 AWG 15′ Black + Red Solar Panel Extension Cables WeBoost Drive 4G-M Cell Booster WeBoost/Wilson 4G Trucker Antenna 304415 AiLi Battery Monitor Verizon MiFi Jetpack 7730L (Used) Blue Sea Bus Bar (for grounds) 10-Way Blade Fuse Box (for 12v loads) Battery Disconnect Switch, 12V KUMEED 12V DC Circuit Breakers (QTY 1 EA of: 20, 30, 40, 60) JRV Products A8977RBL Rocker Switch (water pump and cell booster) Kungfuking 120v Outlet w/ extension MICTUNING Waterproof 13Amp 125V AC Port Plug with 16″ Integrated Heavy Duty Extension StyleZ 10FT WiFi Antenna Extension Cable SMA Male to SMA Female Link Solar Weatherproof ABS Solar Double Cable Entry Gland (for solar cables) 3M VHB 4″x8″ Sheet (custom gasket for solar cables gland) American Technology Components 12 Volt DC Dimmer Switch for LED Ginsco Cigarette Lighter Socket Dual USB 2A/1A Outlets Waterproof DC-DC Converter 12V to 5v (for under cabinet strip and hotspot power) Conversion Appliances / Systems MaxxAir Deluxe 7500K Vent Fan Impact Products Roof Vent Adapter 5kW Chinese Diesel Heater Kit Ray Jones Afterburner Thermostat for Diesel Heater Dometic CC-40 Refrigerator FlameKing 2-Burner Propane Stove acegoo LED Puck Lights Slim 4-Pack (QTY 2) Lagun Swivel Table Mount (Factory Seconds) BB&B Butcher Block Countertop Zinus Ultima Comfort 8″ Memory Foam Mattress (Twin) Articulating TV Mount R1-1012-18 Stainless Steel Bar Sink CAMCO 37420 RV Sink Drain Trap SeaFlo 12v 1.2GPM 35 PSI Water Pump KES Lead-Free Kitchen Sink Faucet For Cold Water Only K8001ALF-CH GoVee Temperature / Humidity Bluetooth Monitor Camco 59323 Horizontal Two Stage Propane Regulator Flame King YSN5LB 5 Pound Propane Tank Safe-T-Alert 30-442 12V Propane Alarm Flush Mount Black Supersonic SC-2211 22-Inch 1080p LED Widescreen HDTV (12V) First Alert CO400 Carbon Monoxide Detector Generic Smoke Alarm (Wal-Mart) HD Weather-Resistant Fabric Wall (Sierra Wall) w/ zippers/velcro. Custom made for the van. Build Materials Kil-Mat Sound Deadening TrafficMASTER Allure LVP Flooring (QTY 3) ECO Building Products Black Mountain Sheep’s Wool Insulation Great Stuff Expanding Foam (QTY 11 CANS) 3M Super 90 Spray Adhesive (for fabric adhesion and some of the polyiso) (QTY 6 CANS) RMAX 1″ POLYISO INSULATION BOARD 4×8 (QTY 5, estimated) RMAX 1/2″ POLYISO INSULATION BOARD 4×8 (QTY 2, estimated) Hardwood Reflections Butcher Block Countertop Unfinished Birch 4’x8′ Sanded 1/4″ Plywood (Subfloor, QTY 3) 8′ Cedar Planks (for bench and partition wall) (QTY 2) 1 Gallon Kilz Mold/Mildew (Subfloor) “Chocolate” Silicone Caulking (sealing around edges of flooring) IKEA IVAR 3-Drawer Chest (under bed) Dicor 501LSW (MaxxAir Fan) 3M 08609 Window-Weld (MaxxAir Fan) Cross Nuts 100x EnCell Pushbutton Latches (for under-bed drawers) InstallGear 10 Gauge Red 25ft InstallGear 10 Gauge Black 25ft RGBSIGHT 40FT 18 Gauge Red/Black Wires (for lighting, low-load electrical) 120pc Wirefy Heat Shrink Crimp Terminals kit 1.5″ x 25′ Wood Veneer 3M Fire Barrier Moldable Putty Stix MP+, Red (for sealing around heater cutout) Full Grain Leather Straps (for cabinet door handles) 30PCs 1/4″-20 Stainless Steel Rivet Nuts Marathon Tweed Fabric 54″ Brown (for bed boxes) WATCO Danish Oil Dark Walnut (for ceiling planks) QTY 2 Varathene Spray-On Polyurethane Semi-Gloss (for ceiling planks) Tongue/Groove 1x6x12′ (qty 12, for ceiling planks) Loctite PL Premium Poly Construction Adhesive (qty 2, for ceiling planks) Outsourced Parts and Labor Automotive Outfitters, Portland, OR (Tire Mount / VanCompass Lift Install / Alignment) Bones Custom Creations, Portland, OR (Diff Supplies / Labor) Peninsula Glass, Vancouver, WA (Window Installation) Removed / Uninstalled Parts MICTUNING 60 Inch 2-Row LED Truck Tailgate Light Bar SteelCraft Brush Guard Tripplite APS750 Tripplite APSRM4 SLIGC125 Duracell 6-Volt Golf Cart Battery (QTY 2) NOCO HM426 Dual 6-Volt Commercial Grade Battery Box for Automotive, Marine and RV Batteries Auto Ventshade 322098 Aeroskin Flush Mount Dark Smoke Hood Protector 465 18 Gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Ensemble (Bundle – 4 Items: Sink, Basket Strainer, Sink Grid, and Cutting Board) Light Bar Mounting Clamps (For original RoadShock LED Lightbar, since removed) Flow-Rite RV2000 Pro-Fill RV Edition 2 Battery Kit Flow-Rite RV2020 Pro-Fill/Qwik Fill Hand Pump Wilson Electronics 311125 Dual-Band Magnet Mount Antenna 800/1900 MHz Omni Directional w/ 12.5 ft. RG174 Cable and SMA Male Connector Zodi Outback Gear Zip Shower, w/Piezo, Soft Case MIHAZ LED Tailgate Light Bar – 60″ Triple Row 5-Function Strip Light Running, Brake, Sequential Amber Turn Signal, Reverse Tail Light for Pickup Trailer SUV RV VAN, No Drill Install 1yr-Warranty Light Bar / Pods Wiring Wye / Splitter SHURFLO Black 182-200 Accumulator Tank Propex HS2000 from suremarine w accessories addabike dirt bike carrier (sold for $140…)
The first step I took was installing sound deadening material inside the van. I did a lot of research and found that there is the original Dynamat and a lot of knockoffs. I ended up using one of the knockoffs, which had decent reviews across the internet among the vanlife crowd. I did this in winter, so I needed a heat gun to warm up the material enough to roll it on.
In Retrospect: I didn’t notice a huge difference until I applied it on my ceiling. I think once insulation and paneling is installed, the effectiveness of this is questionable. I did, however, notice a marked improvement in road noise once I covered the wheel wells and interior door panels with this. Since my wheel wells are not inside of an insulated area, I consider it money well spent. I like to think that it helps mitigate sound transfer in both directions, but do your research.