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29 comments

  1. Comment by SierraHiker

    SierraHiker Reply January 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Great site and a beautiful build!
    I was happy to click the link and order PlusNuts a tool and some other stuff.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 20, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Sweeeet! 🙂
      Good call on the Plusnut tool; after installing 80+ Plusnuts, we wish we bought the tool!!

      Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your build!
      antoine

  2. Comment by colby palmer

    colby palmer Reply May 31, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    THANK YOU
    Your build is inspirational…We are about to purchase our new one but are struggling with which engine to choose for the platform. We see you have the 3.7 and we were wondering your thoughts on the power, we will travel in a somewhat mountainous area, the Sierras in California and Nevada. We like the idea of the EcoBoost engine but dont know if we need it. Any help is appreciated

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 1, 2017 at 8:35 am

      It all depends on expectations I guess… the Transit (or any cargo van anyway) definitely doesn’t have a sport feeling, so we think the 3.7 matches that. It will bring you up the hills, but stick to the slow-lane. We chose the 3.7 for the price & mechanical simplicity.
      Everyone that drive an Ecoboost seems to rave about it. I’m sure it makes the drive more exciting and make it easier to pass others. I would say that if your budget allows it, go for it! It might helps for the re-sale value too.

      Let me know what you decide! Good luck!

  3. Comment by lenny arthuro

    lenny arthuro Reply July 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    you article for the transit was useless, you did not state the codes numbers for the options you had listed

  4. Comment by Alan Leach

    Alan Leach Reply September 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I just purchased a Transit high top, 145 WB and love it. I am in the process of making decisions about how to go
    about doing the conversion. Your web site is very helpful to me in making those decisions. Thanks so much!!!!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply September 5, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Awesome, good luck with that!! Enjoy!

  5. Comment by Gary

    Gary Reply October 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Do you guys do website development and ‘improvement’ ?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 6, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      You mean, for other than ourselves?
      I just dropped you an email to continue this discussion!

      antoine

  6. Comment by Steve

    Steve Reply October 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for putting up your monthly spending. Have you tried dumpster diving for food yet? I have all I can eat and get 95% of my food from Trader Joes and Whole Foods dumpsters. The stuff they throw out is usually perfectly fine, and it’s enclosed in trash bags, so nothing has dumpster funk on it. (Even the dumpsters are generally clean, and don’t have much “funk”.) Check out Rob Greenfield on this. http://robgreenfield.tv/category/dumpster-diving/

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 7, 2017 at 12:08 am

      Your comment was followed by a long discussion with Isabelle!
      She HATES throwing out food; she’s very creative to cook meal using food that we would otherwise dump. We never throw food (thanks to her). So I guess, dumpster diving make a lot of sense.
      I would be curious to go with someone who has experience, just to watch how it goes and see how the food looks…

      Anyway, thanks for your comment. It made us think!
      antoine

  7. Comment by Interstate Blog

    Interstate Blog Reply October 7, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for keeping it real. I’m so sick of #vanlife channels that are dominated by mostly-naked women and mostly-inebriated males strumming guitars (or pretending to). I’m so sick of people claiming to represent #vanlife when all they are really doing is selling sex appeal in an attractive setting that is ripe for exploitation as a backdrop. Those of us who actually try to work, live, and have quality experiences on the road continue to be underrepresented, so every voice like yours really counts.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 7, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Yeah I feel my Instagram feed is like a soft-porn channel sometimes! There are a few really good feed though, just gotta find them! Here are a few vanlifers that are actually doing stuff other than pose in their van:
      Roaditup, aves_sin_rumbo, lauren.gregg, themoreweexplore, and so on…

      cheers

  8. Comment by David

    David Reply October 7, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Thank you for your sharing the struggle. Great documentation and thoughts.

    ? Why travel so far each day?, why not plant it for a week or 2 at any one spot?

    You know what they say in the skiing world: “when in doubt, straighten ’em out”!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Hey,
      First we wanted to reach the west coast, then we’ve been pushed around by weather (snow/rain). We’re about to drive south to Moab, then we plan on slowing down! But, yeah, we ride the trails then move to another location. We don’t like being “idle”. Winter will be a different story, I think we will spend more time at the same location (SLC!).

      cheers!

  9. Comment by Dan Bossard

    Dan Bossard Reply October 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for all of your efforts with internet postings. It’s interesting to see costs and ideas. I traveled to Alaska for 2 months in the 70’s with a buddy. Drove a chevy elcamino pickup. Total cost for 2 people including new tires $2,800.
    Enjoy your travels.
    You’ve done a wonderful job!
    Thanks again!
    Dan

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 12, 2017 at 10:22 am

      2,800$, that’s cheap! I traveled on the cheap too (Asia, Africa), but I learnt to appreciate comfort as I age…

      Thanks for reaching out!
      cheers!

  10. Comment by Greg

    Greg Reply October 12, 2017 at 11:14 am

    INCREDIBLE website, thank you so much! I’m a 70 year old former van-lifer who bought and converted several vans (precursors to the Mercedes Sprinter) in my younger days (70’s and 80’s). Spent a year van camping from Europe to North Africa, shipped to Singapore from Port Said, then drove all through SE asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Sumatra, Java) ending our year in Bali in 1980. Then shipped the van back the the Pacific NW, and spent 6 months exploring Mexico and Central America. Many great adventures along the way with my wife and 2 kids in a 5′ x 10′ living space. I’m about to purchase a Ford Transit, same model as yours, so the information you’ve provided here will save me literally hundreds of hours of research and frustration. Again, thanks so much for your incredible contribution to the “nomad tribe.”

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 12, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Your trip sounds INCREDIBLE! I’m secretly dreaming of doing such a trip… Have you checked those guys, they went across the world in their VW: http://www.drivenachodrive.com/book/
      I really enjoyed their books!

      Do you thinks a Ford Transit could make it around the world? It’s definitely not an overland vehicle, it can do some offroading but nothing serious.

      Thanks for the kind word Greg, we’re glad the website is helping 🙂
      cheers!

  11. Comment by Mike

    Mike Reply October 12, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for sharing cost information. You’ve done a great job with your website and communications. Maybe it is somewhere else (so please forgive me), but do you pay for health insurance, and, if so, how much? That is a significant cost in my planning budget (I continually plan for adventures on the road once I can retire), but I didn’t see it in your cost breakout.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      Totally forgot that in our September budget, it will appears in October!
      We pay 168$ (CDN) per month for auto insurance (that includes our stuff in the van); we pay 253$ (CDN) per month for health insurance (note: our health insurance is complementary to our free healthcare in Canada. Once we loose our health care coverage in Canada, after a year, it will be a different story).

  12. Comment by Petrolburner

    Petrolburner Reply October 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Nice page, thanks for sharing.

  13. Comment by Melodie Meigs

    Melodie Meigs Reply October 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for the wonderfully organized material! My husband and I are in the process of converting a Transit diesel and the info specific to Transits is very appreciated. Have fun on your travels! We’ve done 9 months in our current van (a smaller one that we’re selling in favor of building our own) in the last 3 years. I’ve got a site at patchworkandpebbles.com with our travels, rock climbing, DIY projects, etc. I understand the effort that goes into a blog.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 15, 2017 at 8:33 am

      It’s a really nice site you got there; I like how all articles are well illustrated, throughout and educational. It looks super clean. Good work! Will you document the Transit build?

  14. Comment by Sally

    Sally Reply October 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    You’ve saved us time in our own build, and given us inspiration. We’re deep in the middle of our build (see blog at link) and loving it. Leaving a little in your tip jar to say thanks!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 27, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      🙂 Thanks! We really appreciate it!! Happy conversion !

  15. Comment by Rebecca

    Rebecca Reply November 3, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Thank you for posting your budget info! So helpful. 🙂

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 3, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Yep, glad it helps 🙂

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