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  1. Hey there!
    I just wanted to say thank you for your time and commitment to this website. I came across this site while doing research for my Ram Promaster 3500 conversion that it about to take place and I am so pumped with all the information here. I have spent countless hours reading here. This is so helpful. So grateful. I can’t wait to get started. First project is a rough mock up of the interior with cardboard. The layout is key as we will have 2 adults and a 12 year old. Once we nail down the plan we will do electrical!

    check us out on instagram, @tnaonthetrail

  2. 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 🙂

    • Thank you, Gabriel, for posting your measurements. Very helpful and generous of you. I’m in the pre-ownership planning phase knowing that all the measurements I’m using from various sources are subject to change once I’ve got the van (148 high roof). I do hope the width of your drawing is a little shy. Sportsmobile’s Transit grid has the width at 68″ (yours is 65″) – fingers crossed, those three inches make a big difference.

      Again, thank you for sharing your plans. See you on the road!

    • Hi Gabriel,

      I just came across your model, and this is exactly what I’m looking for. Is there an IGES or STEP file of this available somewhere? I cannot seem to find any option on the onshape link to export. Thank you for providing this; it is exactly what I was looking for. If nothing else, I can take measurements on onshape and re-create it.

  3. 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?

    • 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    • 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!

  6. 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!

    • 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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:)

    • 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

    • 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?

  9. 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

    • 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…

      • 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!

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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


  10. 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!

    • 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!

  11. 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!


    • 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! 🙂

  12. 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,

      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 🙂

    • 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.

  13. Yowza,

    Got wind of your transit build from transitusa forum.

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

    • 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?


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