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Overhead Storage Cabinet

Our overhead storage cabinet 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 of time dealing with this)     […]

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Electrical System Installation

We’re very proud to present you the electrical system installation of our Ford Transit 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 […]

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Webasto / Espar: High Altitudes Usage

The Webasto / Espar air heaters should be adjusted* for high altitudes if the majority of it’s time is spent above 5000-6000ft. Indeed, 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”) and loss of performance / malfunction. *Only […]

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Webasto Air Heater Noise Reduction

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 […]

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Fridge & Electrical System Cabinet

The driver’s side kitchen cabinet of our Ford Transit 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. wood. […]

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Slide-Out Bike Rack

We often say that our Ford Transit 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 load […]

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Platform Bed Installation

Our Ford Transit camper van 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.   To […]

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Plusnut

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 […]

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Thinsulate Installation

The van will be used as a winter splitboarding basecamp, so climate control is primordial. The thermal insulation, along with the Webasto AirTop 2000 STC air heater and the Maxxair Fan are the key elements to make our van comfortable during winter. Choosing which type of insulation to use was one of the toughest decision; there is no perfect solution, therefore we […]

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Webasto Air Heater Installation

The Webasto installation, thermal insulation & Maxxair Fan are the key elements to make our van comfortable during winter. The van will be used as a winter splitboarding basecamp, therefore heat & humidity control is critical. The Webasto AirTop 2000 is fueled from the main vehicle tank. Fuel consumption is low (0.03 to 0.06 gal/h), electricity consumption is low as […]

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Floor Installation

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 […]

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Awning Installation

The Fiamma F45S awning is to be installed on the side of the vehicule; the Fiamma F65S awning is to be installed on the roof of the vehicule. 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 Transit. We could not find any documentation on […]

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Swivel Seat Installation

Swivel Seat Installation

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 hole pattern in the swivel we received from DiscountVanTruck.com did not match with the van and the seat. 2- There is an electrical harness attached under […]

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Solar Panels Installation

Solar Panels Installation

Our autonomy 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 our Electrical System page.     […]

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Maxxair Fan Installation

Fan Installation

The first obvious role of ventilation 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     MATERIAL: Maxxair Deluxe 6200K (215$ at […]

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