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How to Remove the Bulkhead from a Van

Most people doing a van conversion will want to remove the van bulkhead to allow more walking space in the van. In this guide I will show you the simple approach to remove the bulkhead from your van, by the end your van feel much more airy!


I'm Shane, I've been teaching people to convert campervans for years; I'm the author of Roaming Home; The Comprehensive Guide for Converting Your Van Into a Campervan,writer of The Van Conversion Newsletter, instructor of The Van Conversion Course over at Udemy. And full-time vanlifer for 4 years!


Now let's jump in and have a look at how to remove the van bulkhead!

How to Remove the Bulkhead from a Ford Transit Van

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What is a bulkhead in a van?

The van bulkhead is a heavy sheet of steel that separates the front and the back of the vehicle.

van bulkhead
Van bulkhead

Is it legal to remove a van bulkhead?

A van bulkhead's primary job is to protect the driver from containers (or anything else) flying around the back. In many countries the van bulkhead is a legal requirement on commercial vehicles, but if you're building a campervan we are likely safe to remove it! Please check the van conversion requirements of your particular country.

You can find some information on van conversion regulations here:

  • Irish requirements are in this guide.

  • UK requirements here

  • Australian requirements here

  • Canadian requirements here

  • US requirements differ from state to state


How to remove the bulkhead from a van

While the bulkhead removal specifics differ from van to van, it is normally a very straightforward process.

And be careful when removing the bulkhead! It's VERY VERY heavy.


Remove Ford Transit Bulkhead

How to remove a bulkhead from a Ford Transit

In the Ford Transit, the bulkhead is secured to the chassis with several large torx-head bolts (Size T-55). When you remove these bolts, you can remove the bulkhead!

They are screwed in very tight, so you will need to use a T-55 Torx bit with a socket wrench.

How to remove a bulkhead from a Mercedes Sprinter

In a Sprinter, removing the van bulkhead is a little different. The bulkhead is secured in place with blind rivets.

Blind rivet securing a bulkhead
Blind rivet securing a bulkhead

You can simply drill through the centre of each of these blind rivets and the bulkhead will fall out all on its own!

Conclusion

I hope you found this guide to removing the bulkhead from your van useful! You are well on your way to a beautiful self-build campervan!


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If you're looking for some guidance with your van conversion, you might be interested in Roaming Home; The Comprehensive Guide for Converting Your Van Into a Campervan. In the 380-page book (or ebook), you'll learn directly from me how to convert a van into your dream home - no prior experience needed!

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Until next time,

Shane ✌️



1 Comment


Lucas Nordmeyer
Lucas Nordmeyer
Oct 31, 2022

Hi! What did you do with the bulkhead after removal?

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