Ventilation is crucial to control temperature, moisture level and odors from cooking. But without any AIR INTAKE, the roof fan won’t be able to do its job! Here is our take on that topic.
We discuss about breaking the work-eat-sleep cycle, live with your better half in a van and bacon-brownies.
While curtains work for houses, we think insulated window covers are better for campervans. They are lightproof (for shade & privacy) and insulated (to keep us cool in summer, warm in winter). We’re obsessed with functionality and with the rare earth magnets all around the edges, they just “snap” to the van metal window contour. Easy breazy!
Let’s take a step back and discuss the lessons learned living in the van, what we nailed/missed in our van conversion and some tales from the road.
We LOVE riding our mountain bikes. It can only means two things: 1-We drink a lot of craft beer
2-We take a lot of showers. Let’s focus on item #2 in here. This is our exterior shower setup.
After upgrading to an Android Radio Unit, the next smart move was to upgrade to JBL GT7-6C speakers system. Here is the full installation write-up!
We upgraded the Ford Transit basic factory radio for a fancy Touchscreen/Bluetooth/WiFi/Bling-Bling 7″ Display Android Radio. Here is the install write-up!
The van conversion and house downsizing is going full speed ahead! Hooks, shelves, MOARRRR shelves!!! What’s New? How to pack. One does not simply pack a van… as stuff is added, more shelves & hooks & baskets & misc-wicked-storage-features are added to make room for everything. Test […]
The van conversion and house downsizing is going full speed ahead! Here is the progress of the day: What’s New? We finally added the decorative bed-frame We added a 120V outlet (above right countertop, below the battery monitor) We added a closet area below the bed (it’s accessible from the kitchen) along with […]
And here’s the only non-DIY part of our Transit van conversion: the mosquito screens. They’re almost too good to be true, so we did not bother making them!
The van conversion and house downsizing is going full speed ahead! Here is the progress of the day: We’re attacking the vertical space! We’re packing our stuff in the van and are adding shelves to maximize storage capacity. While we’re at it, we also get rid of a lot of our stuff, because the […]
The Air Lift Springs Kit allows our Ford Transit Campervan to gain approximately 3 inches overhang ground clearance, for light off-road expeditions! And with the on-board compressor and the wireless remote, we can adjust the air pressure in the springs on the fly! Neat!
The Ford Transit can be ordered with the optional Upfitter Auxiliary Switches, but getting access to their output is a bit tricky. Fortunately, we made our homework and we’re guiding you through the process. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
This is the propane system of our Ford Transit campervan conversion. Materials, tools, cost and installation. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
Here we are… in a month, our house will not be ours anymore. This means the van & the downsizing MUST BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST 15TH 2017. No excuses, no procrastination! While we worked our asses off the last year to make progress on the van conversion & on the downsizing, we could easily re-plan […]
A fridge is a a heat pump machine. It extracts heat from the inside and dissipates it to the outside (behind the fridge); this heat must be vented out! For this purpose, we added a floor vent. All the details inside!
We plan on living full time for a year or two in the van. For a minimum of comfort (and convenience), we really wanted a toilet and after reading about composting toilets, it seamed like the perfect solution for us!
It’s honestly really easy to install and manage; there is no odor (that’s right!) and no black water to deal with. Sweeeeet!
This is how we transformed the foam blobs of our Ford Transit van conversion. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Acegoo Recessed 12V LED lights. We’re not sponsored and we paid the product in full.
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Porlex JP-30 Hand Coffee Grinder. We’re not sponsored by Porlex and we paid the product in full.
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frother. We’re not sponsored by Nespresso and we paid the product in full.
We’re no coffee experts, but we’re serious about our coffee routine! Here is what works for us, from the beans to the cup!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker. We’re not sponsored by ROK and we paid the product in full.
This is the EZ Cool installation in our Ford Transit campervan conversion. Materials, tools, cost, etc. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
We hesitated to install a draft beer system in our DIY campervan conversion, but we finally installed a pressurized water system instead. This is the Water System Installation of our DIY campervan conversion. Materials, tools, cost and installation. Fully illustrated for your viewing pleasure!
This is a are real-world, unbiased reviews of the Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxe roof fan. We’re not sponsored by Maxxair and we paid the product in full.
Side by side review of the DiscountVanTruck.com and SwivelsRus.com swivel adapters. We installed each of them and we found which one is the best!
At first, we did not plan on installing a swivel adapter on the driver-side. After using the passenger-side for a while, we realized that a swivel seat is a beautiful thing in a camper van conversion! It creates a lot of space. We changed our mind and we are installing a swivel adapter on the driver-side […]
Looking back at 6 months of conversion effort… seeing this with hindsight reminded us the last half year just flew by. It’s crazy seeing Isabelle standing in this empty cargo van for the first time, we were so excited. But we had no idea all the work that was ahead of us…
Here is how we built our sink & stove cabinet for our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion! A while ago, we brainstormed about our living requirements; below are the requirements specific to this cabinet: Propane range (stove/oven) will be used Pressurized Sink The cabinet must be easy & quick to remove (we never know) […]
Here is how we built the bedroom storage for our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion! A long time ago, we brainstormed about our Living Requirements. From that moment it was obvious that, to prevent a mess, we would need a lot of storage compartments so each thing has it’s own designated place. We then built the […]
“Born from Ice”
SkiTheEast.net nailed it with their slogan.
The major part of New-England and Quebec just got buried under a thick layer of ice in a typical East-Coast weather pattern.
As it turns out, one region was save from the rain.
We had no other choice but to drive the 800 km to get there.
The overhead storage cabinet of our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is full of exciting features! Removable (to gain access to the van wall) The doors are gas-spring actuated Partially blue Honorable Guest Appearance throughout that job : Double-Curvature-Everything. (NOTHING is flat in this area: the wall, the ceiling, etc. We wasted a lot […]
We’re very proud to present you the electrical system installation of our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion! This post is a collection of images of the installation process. For everything related to the design process, we recommend you to read the post “Electrical System Design”. TIME SPENT ON THE JOB: ~40 hours (We honestly don’t know […]
The Webasto / Espar air heaters should be adjusted for high altitudes if the majority of it’s time is spent above 5000-6000 feet. As the altitude increase, the concentration of oxygen reduce and the mix of fuel/oxygen become too rich in fuel. This could lead to debris accumulation (a.k.a. coking or carbon) and loss of performance / […]
This is a follow-up on our Webasto Air Top 2000 STC air heater installation post (faroutride.com/air-heater-installation). Since then, we had the chance of using the Webasto and we LOVE it! Evenings and mornings are much more enjoyable when it’s nice and warm. The only negative point of the Webasto is the noise. Here are the […]
The driver’s side kitchen cabinet of our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is the home of our 12V Novakook R5810 fridge and home of our electrical system. When we initially brainstorm about the van interior layout, we knew we wanted plenty of countertop surface a large refrigerator (more.beer.) multiple drawers for kitchen items rustic look. […]
We often say that our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is built around the mountain bikes, so a proper bike rack is expected! Since we first brainstormed about the van, we knew that: the mountain bikes must be stored inside the van (for thief and climate protection) the bike rack must be quick and easy to […]
Our Ford Transit DIY camper van conversion is build mostly around the mountain bikes and the platform bed is no exception. We wanted a permanent raised bed above the “garage” (over the bikes and other stuff); no need to fold/unfold the bed at night & it creates a lot of storage room under the bed. […]
We don’t like drilling holes in our van. You shouldn’t either! It could attract rust on bare edges spread metal chips all over (almost impossible to remove and will attract rust) interfere with your van electronics (!) (follow your manual’s no-drill zones, such as the Ford Transit BEMM) There is a way to avoid […]
Our DIY camper van conversion will be used as a winter splitboarding basecamp, so climate control is primordial. The Thinsulate thermal insulation, along with the insulated window covers, the Webasto AirTop 2000 STC air heater and the Maxxair Fan are the key elements to make our campervan conversion comfortable during winter. Choosing which type of insulation to use was one of the toughest decision; […]
The Webasto installation, thermal insulation & Maxxair Fan are the key elements to make our DIY camper van conversion comfortable during winter. The van will be used as a winter splitboarding basecamp, therefore heat & humidity control is critical. The Webasto AirTop 2000 ST/STC is fueled from the main vehicle tank. Fuel consumption is low (0.03 to 0.06 gal/h), electricity […]
A floor is a floor and we don’t have much to say about it. Maybe it’s worth mentioning we went with a thick (1″) polystyrene foam board for good winter insulation. The foam board is 20 psi capable; it’s enough to withstand human weight. On top of the foam there is a MLV sheet layer […]
The Fiamma F45S awning is to be installed on the side of the camper van conversion; the Fiamma F65S awning is to be installed on the roof of the campervan. We opted for the F45S because we had the solar panels on the roof and because we liked the awning to be on the side of the van. We could not find any […]
Space is a very precious & rare thing in a camper van conversion. A swivel seat is a great way to create some space! In our planning, the swivel seat installation was a “plug-and-play” kind of job. It should have taken roughly 4-6 total hours for both seats. Of course, we had few issues… 1- […]
The autonomy of our DIY camper van conversion depends on power, and extracting power from the sun feels a bit like cheating to us. If you say freedom, we say solar panels! The key to freedom is to select appliance that draw low electrical consumption and then select the solar panel(s) and charge controller accordingly. More of that in […]
The first obvious role of the Maxxair fan in our DIY camper van conversion is heat control. Ventilation is also crucial for moisture evacuation; cooking, drying clothes and human beings generate a lot of water. For more information see our Climate Control Page. TIME SPENT ON THE JOB: 8 hours TOTAL COST : 360$ USD […]
Looking to upgrade your Ford Transit stock tires for larger diameter to improve ground clearance and traction? We were too! Here is the data we gathered during our research. Let’s get straight to the point. Before we took possession of the van, we upgraded immediately to BF Goodrich KO2 LT225/75/R16E All-Terrain tires. […]
So this FarOutThing is really going to happen… the Ford Transit van was ordered at the dealer today! We’re VERY excited, we actually want to leave NOW, but there is a lot of work ahead of us for the conversion to a camper van before the trip happens. Keep Calm and wait, the Transit should be delivered […]
We’re currently planning everything! The Ford Transit van will be acquired anytime between now and March 2016. The camper van conversion will begin in Spring 2016. The trip is planned for 2017. We’ll keep the site updated as the project progress. Meanwhile, here are some photos and videos from past trips. Cheers, Antoine