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29 comments

  1. Comment by David

    David Reply February 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Yowza,

    Got wind of your transit build from transitusa forum.

    What design package are you using to simulate your transit build out?

    • Comment by admin

      admin Reply February 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Hey David,
      I try to take advantage of CAD sharing platforms such as GrabCad.com to find models that were drawned by others. Unfortunatly, for now, there is no 2015+ North American Ford Transit CAD model out there. So I used this Sprinter model, then i just modified the cargo area to reflect the Transit high-roof extended length, width and height (dimensions here). For simplicity sake, i did not modeled the walls curvature so it is not 100% accurate but good enough for planning the conversion.

      The visualization plugin used on this page is Autodesk360.com. Almost any CAD format can be uploaded and displayed on any web browser (no plugin required), sweet!

      Are you planning on a conversion yourself?

      cheers,
      Antoine

  2. Comment by Pete

    Pete Reply October 24, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Hello Antoine,

    Great web site. I’ll be doing a van conversion in early 2017 in order to start full-timing later in the year. We decided to purchase a 2017 Transit cutaway with a fiberglass Aerocell Transit body installed by Unicell. We’ll be picking it up from Unicell’s manufacturing facility in Buffalo, NY in January and driving it back to Portland, OR where we live. Not the best time for a road trip, but what can you do? 🙂

    Like David, I’m wondering what CAD program you used to edit your Sprinter model? I understand where you got the model in the first place, but what software are you using to edit it – AutoCAD or???

    Anyhow, mainly wanted to stop by and say hello and let you know I appreciate all the work you’ve put into the build documentation here. I plan on doing something similar. Right now our web site is just a placeholder, but we hope to have it up and running in November.

    Take care,
    Pete

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Pete,

      my software licence might be expired, let me first check before going out loud…

      Thanks for the compliments, we’re doing our best with the conversion and with the website!

      I would love to hear more about your full-time trip! Will you guys work from the road? What places are you gonna hit? Anyhow, we’ll check for updates on your website (there is no option to subscribe yet).

      Good luck with everything!
      Cheers 🙂

    • Comment by Wes Greenwood

      Wes Greenwood Reply April 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Pete,

      I just purchased the exact vehicle you mentioned in your post. Starting the planning for our conversion as we speak and leaving Jan 1 2018 for our adventure.

      I’d love to hear more about how your conversion is going. If you get this, my email is wes.greenwood@gmail.com.

      Look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply January 30, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Great website! I love the detail on everything.

    My wife and I will be buying a Ford Transit this March to convert into a camper. We will be travelling in it for a year straight then after that, who knows!

    What are the dimensions of the mattress?

    Im looking forward to following this to completion as this will be a great aid for our build!

    Wes

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 30, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      The mattress is 54″ wide x 75″ long; it’s the IKEA “full size”.

      I like that “who knows” part of your travel plans 😉

      We’re glad the site is helping! 🙂

  4. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply January 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    The “who knows” is the highlight of travelling in a camper for a year.

    Who knows what a year of adventure, new experiences, open space, minimal belongings and plenty of time to think will inspire… I can’t wait to find out!

    Are you by chance in Canada? I noticed the webpage is registered to Quebec…

    If so, I’m even more excited for this website as products easily available in Canada will be referenced!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 31, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Yes, we are in Canada.
      BUT, we order most of our products from Amazon.com (USA) and ship them to a USA border mail depot (check out kinek.com). We found it is still cheaper, even with the transport & exchange rate. Spend 48 hours in the USA and you are allowed to bring for 800$ of goods per person (tax free). There is also WAY MORE products to choose from. Before ordering from Amazon.com, make sure to first check on Amazon.ca; it is sometime cheaper…

      There are a LOT of stuff to order, make sure to have a credit card with maximum cash-back 🙂
      Hint: if you plan on ordering a lot in USD currency, the Amazon.ca credit card waives the “foreign currency Transaction fees” that most other credit cards have (it’s generally around 2.5% i believe).

      Have fun!

  5. Comment by Lance

    Lance Reply February 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Do you know of anywhere to download an STL (or other 3D format) file of a bare Transit van, to help in planning my own design?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      I could not find one myself. I just used a Sprinter cabin; the cargo area is just based on dimensions from manufacturer.
      Let me know if you find a model!

    • Comment by Marty

      Marty Reply March 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Yes, Please follow up on 3D drawing info if anyone finds it. would be very helpful!

  6. Comment by Richmond

    Richmond Reply May 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Is there a way to download your model? Did you upload this to any of the CAD sharing sites? Thanks

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply May 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      You mean the whole thing, or only the van? The van is actually a Sprinter (available on Grabcad.com) with the cargo area of a Transit. I don’t have the Transit model unfortunately…

      • Comment by Richmond

        Richmond Reply May 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm

        Did you modify the van model or just go with the sprinter dimensions? I thought I read that you changed the model to more accurately (but not completely accurately) model the transit. If you did, having access to the modified van would be great!

        • Comment by Antoine

          Antoine Reply May 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

          I just modified the floor footprint (extended length). It’s basically just a rectangle with the floor dimensions… I could make it available, i’ll work on it this week.

          • Comment by Taco Otten

            Taco Otten August 17, 2017 at 1:01 pm

            Awesome model. How much internal width dimensions did you lose with the insulation and wall finish?
            I’m thinking of going with the fold up bunk style bed on either side so we don’t have to crawl out of the bed at night and get it out of the way too but then you’re talking camping mat width beds so I’m still contemplating.

          • Comment by Antoine

            Antoine August 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm

            We didn’t loose any space with the insulation, since we stuffed Thinsulate in the cavities. The frame were covered with EZ-Cool which only is like 1/4″ thick; then the wood furring & paneling is about 3/4″ thick. So total 1″ to 1-1/2″ on each wall/ceiling.

            You will find more info in our Build Journal: faroutride.com/build-journal

            Cheers!

  7. Comment by Jon

    Jon Reply June 22, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I have to say, this whole idea is just amazing. Totally have the wheels in my head turning. to you guys!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 22, 2017 at 6:16 pm

      This is how it all started for us too..!

  8. Comment by James Pauł

    James Pauł Reply July 29, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Such an inspiring website. Is there a way, I can download the CAD drawing? I am not able to view the plan (possibly due to licensing issues.

    Thanks a lot

    • Comment by James Pauł

      James Pauł Reply July 29, 2017 at 11:03 am

      CAD drawing with your modifications, I mean

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Unfortunately, the 3D model is not available for download (and there is no 2D).

      Make sure that your browser is up-to-date and that you have Flash Player installed. Here are the browser requirements: click here.

      Cheers!

  9. Comment by Gavin McClurg

    Gavin McClurg Reply August 3, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Hey Antoine,

    This site is amazing. I’m doing a build on a Ford Transit and you should be receiving a TON of affiliate bonuses as my Amazon cart is getting HEAVY:) Is there a way to get the dimensions off of this 3D model? Looking for measurements on your countertops, etc.

    You guys rock- THANK YOU!

    PS, if you check out the website you’ll see some of my adventures and red bull media house films:)

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Hey! Just had a look to your website, really sweet stuff, I gotta watch some later after working on the van 🙂
      Unfortunately dimensions cannot be extracted from the 3D model; it might not represent reality anyway, we made some adjustments on the spot. I might add dimensions and stuff on the website when we hit the road, we will have more free time then to work on the website! Right now we’re trying to keep the pace to finish the van on time!

      Thanks SO MUCH for using the Amazon links, it keeps us going now that we’re jobless 🙂 Really appreciate that!

      Cheers!
      Isabelle and Antoine

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 3, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Just watched the Rocky Mountain Traverse on your website. That’s really powerful stuff, so inspiring! The images were just amazing, thanks for that! What’s the plan with the van? Adventures and filming?

  10. Comment by Gavin McClurg

    Gavin McClurg Reply August 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Stoked you got to see it! The last project, North of Known was across the Alaska Range, it just went live on Red Bull TV (and free online). Crazy visuals: https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1NC8539251W11/north-of-known

    No filming plans with the van yet, my girlfriend hasn’t done a ton of traveling and we’ve got a wee one on the way, thought it would be a hoot to just have the flexibility. I used to instruct for Outward Bound, miss the van days!

    Your website is amazing, so cool that you documented all of this- thanks so much. Keep going!

  11. Comment by Gavin McClurg

    Gavin McClurg Reply August 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Hey Antoine, I know you guys are busy busy getting the van done. If you have a quick moment I’m mapping my interior out on my garage floor with tape and before I hit purchase on the 93 things that are now in my Amazon cart (yahoooo!) it would just really help to have some quick measurements- length/width/height on your sink/range cabinet and length/width/height on your fridge/electronics/storage cabinet as I’ve gone with same sink, range, and fridge that you recommended.

    No rush, when you are drinking a beer and admiring your awesome work!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

      Ah! You had me at “Amazon Cart” 😛

      Range/Sink Cabinet: 48″ width x 18″ deep x 36″ high
      Fridge Cabinet: 45″ width x 24″ deep x 36″ high

      Let me know if you need anything else, but tonight i’m getting drunk so beware if you receive anything else from me (except this message).

      Good evening!

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