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Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017 we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers and moved into our self built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!


  1. Comment by Gabriel

    Gabriel Reply May 13, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Hey All!

    I’ve been scouring the internet for a 3D model of the van interior and coming up dry, I called Ford to ask them for more accurate DWGs but of course they had nothing for me.

    I haven’t been finding anything better than an approximating cube, so I waited to buy the van before making any 3D modeling and took my own measurements.

    Here’s what I came up with: https://cad.onshape.com/documents/99be7a2bbed5fb0af82a149e/w/72889eed8f65cec57a181ac7/e/1f8d6bb19b4205356df4a6a8

    ^To anyone using that, please note that all of those measurements are taken by hand and still need to be verified by a successful build. If anyone finds any inaccuracies, please, please email me or share a corrected document with me, not just for my sake, but for anyone using the document for conversion. It’s on a platform called Onshape which is built for sharing, so you’ll be able to ‘branch off’ of the document if you want to come up with any improvements or corrections. I’ll be adding moveable models of all of my furniture and appliances so you can test your own layouts, many of them will be the same as Antoine and Isabelle’s.

    For me, I’m six feet tall and want to put my bed horizontally, so I needed to plan a way to position myself head-to-toe in the wall indents to get that extra bit of space. I also want to fill up the ribs of the van with spray foam for minimal exterior insulation and use the rectangular cavities in the top of both walls to augment the depth of my shelves and get the most out of my storage.

    Hope this is useful to someone– it’s the model I wish I had before I bought the van 🙂

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply May 13, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I’ll have a look as soon as we get WiFi somewhere!

  2. Comment by Jeff Maier

    Jeff Maier Reply December 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Antoine, your site is s generous goldmine as I plan a transit conversion. You folks seem to spend time in the colder weather, how do you feel about your thinsulate decision and it’s efficacy?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply December 25, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Since we completely finished the insulation (Thinsulate, EZ-Cool, window covers, wood paneling), we haven’t spend time in cold weather (well, we had some cold nights in Arizona, but that doesn’t really count!).

      We’re just about to drive north (SLC, Jackson, British-Columbia), so we will be in a better position to answer that in a few months.

      But we feel the thinsulate was a good decision; we would go the same way if we had to start over. Most cold come from sliding door, rear doors, windows, etc. You can use the best insulation (like spray foam), but if you don’t do anything about the weakest spots, you’re wasting your time. Insulation is a whole process; it’s more than just about choosing the best material.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Comment by Benjamin Martineau

    Benjamin Martineau Reply November 7, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Hey Antoine, I guess you speak french but I will try in english for all other people that read you.
    First, I would like to thank you for all the information you put on your website and you did a great job. Thumbs up. I bought my transit (extended , high roof) this fall for a campervan project. Unfortunately I live in north of Quebec and I have no garage to work on the van during the winter so I took all the dimensions inside the van and use 3D software (Catia V6) to do my layout and some advance design. so here I come, If you guys need a step file of the interior, I have one. Thank you
    RCboxxer at hotmail dot com

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

      Très intéressant!
      I just sent you an email,

      talk to you soon!

  4. Comment by Gabriel

    Gabriel Reply September 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    This is great!

    Do you guys happen to have an .stl for the base van interior (without your specific layout)? I would find this incredibly useful, as I’m sure many others would as well.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply September 2, 2017 at 6:58 am

      The van interior of our model is basically just a rectangle… it doesn’t match the Transit curved wall and so on, so I doubt it would be much useful. If you have the skills to make the 3D model of your interior layout, you definitely can make that “rectangle” like with did! Plus, with all the Transit sizes (roof height, van length, single/double wheels) that would be too much work…

      Again, thanks for your input! Good luck with your research!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

      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?

  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.


  9. 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..!

  10. 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


  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!


    • 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! 🙂

  14. 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,

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 24, 2016 at 7:23 pm


      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


      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.

  15. Comment by David

    David Reply February 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm


    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?


      • Comment by Brittany

        Brittany Reply November 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm

        Is there an application that is needed to use these CAD files? I’m trying to do the same and have no clue where to start. Downloaded the files but my computer says there is no application set to one them.


        • Comment by Antoine

          Antoine Reply November 30, 2017 at 8:09 am

          You should probably check out Google’s Sketchup. It’s free and it’s easier to learn than other CAD softwares: https://www.sketchup.com/


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