When A Bathroom Makes Sense Or Not!

One of the premises of this van conversion is to build an affordable, yet comfortable RV/Camper. Including a full bathroom, would go a long way to achieve that.

Exploring the issues around showers and toilets soon reveal many of the limitations that come with a smaller sized Cargo Van. The Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster and MB Sprinter are featured with many different length and height options, that will determine how fancy you can go in the plumbing department. Continue reading When A Bathroom Makes Sense Or Not!

Project: Dual USB Socket

Making Sense Out Of Vehicle Sensors

Mod: 12V Power Outlet To Dual USB

My new Ford Transit cargo van comes with two 12V Power Outlets in the center console. These outdated power sources must be exchanged for USB outlets that allow you to charge your electronic gadgets.

Replacing one of the 12V outlets in the center console for a Dual USB outlet, should be a fairly simple modification that anyone can do.
For me, this project entails a bit more. As the first real mod of this Van Conversion, I’ll be trying out a few new techniques to record it all and make it available at a later time. A couple of months ago, I started testing LIVE chatting with some of my readers and last week I introduced a LIVE video feed (in combination with a chatroom). While this testing has been successful, I’m still busy assembling the right equipment to make it all happen. Continue reading Mod: 12V Power Outlet To Dual USB

Why A Cabin Partition Unifies Your Design

Placing a partition between cabin and cargo area in the Ford Transit van greatly improves your comfort level, both while driving and when camping.

2016 ford transit cabinShielding your future living area from outside curiosity enhances your overall privacy and reduces noise transmission, but a visible separation of your cabin from the rest of the vehicle also changes the efficiency of the vehicle’s air conditioning. Restricting the A/C flow to the cabin, cools you down more quickly and the lower settings result in somewhat better fuel efficiency of the van.

Commercial vans may install a metal or solid wood partition, yet in a van conversion a more appropriate solution would be the use of a curtain, that could also be applied around the passenger swivel seat, when in use.
Continue reading Why A Cabin Partition Unifies Your Design

Floor Vents Revisited

The effectiveness of a floor vent in my conversion van remains uncertain, but now that my new Ford Transit has finally arrived, the right location can be established.

Ventilation poses a major problem in my new Ford Transit. The factory-installed, glued-in All-Around Windows look great, yet offer few opportunities for cross-ventilation. My research has led me to believe, that a forward placed floor vent, has the potential, not only to replace the usual window ventilation, but to substantially improve on it.
With the actual vehicle now available for close inspection, I have begun my search for the best location for this floor vent. The main requirements are a 10-15 square inch area (3x3in. to 4x4in.), that allows access to the underside of the van and a forward location (maximum distance from the rear roof vent).
Continue reading Floor Vents Revisited

The Main Ingredient For A Van Conversion

Many months of preparations, have led to this moment. My new Ford Transit cargo van stands ready to be transformed into my stealth camper.

ford transit cargo vanHave been quite busy over the weekend. The 2016 Ford Transit cargo van, that is the center of our conversion project, was on its way after a three and a half month wait since the order was placed on July 31st. The transfer of the vehicle went smoothly: first took the van out for a final, short test drive and on return, went through the vehicle checklist, that I had prepared in advance. Continue reading The Main Ingredient For A Van Conversion

 
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