(✓ = done. Click to access build journal entry)

Ford Transit 2016

T-250 (3500LBS payload capacity)

3.7L Gasoline Engine

148″ Wheel Base. Extended Length, High Roof. (Body Code R3X)

LSD (Limited Slip DIfferential)

Magnetic Grey

Fixed rear windows with flip-opened side passenger window, Power Heated mirrors with turn signals, 230amps Heavy Duty alternator with dual batteries and modified wiring, Heavy-duty tow package (includes hitch), Remote keyless entry keypads, Cruise control.


Conversion build progress: DONE!!


First steps into conversion, components selections, first layouts, etc

Interactive 3D MODEL

as of July 2017

2017-07-08 - 3D CAD


Cost and Labor


This is the real deal!

We detailed EVERYTHING: step-by-step directions, all the products we used, owner’s manuals, etc, etc.

Grab a drink and read on!


And here is the final weight summary of our campervan conversion: as delivered, conversion added weight, payload & total weight as measured.


Maintenance and repair cost should be taken into account when choosing a van. Here is our Ford Transit maintenance and repair log book since DAY 1 of ownership (June 2016); we keep it up-to-date so hopefully it helps you choose the right van!

Van Conversion Resources

Inspiration, Ideas, Knowledge Sharing, Budget, Paperwork, Buying the Conversion Material, Technical, Ford Transit Resources.


  1. Comment by Don Kane

    Don Kane Reply January 12, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Antoine,

    This question might be more for Isabelle, depending on the cooking staff of the FarOuts. You guys have been cooking in the van for more than a year now, in a van sized not a home sized kitchen. I was wondering when you are going to start a new section on Van Life, the “Van Menu”. I bet by now, based on some of your pictures, you have some van favorites. We would be interested in your recipes, and also, what you think are your limitations? What is in your kitchen, physically, in terms of pots, pans, mixing bowls and gravy separators? (Did you cook a turkey at your Thanksgiving?) Are your dishes ceramic or plastic? Do you drink your beer out of proper glass pints? Are your coffee mugs fired or molded in plastic?

    Anyway, might be an interesting winter project…

    Cheers, Don

    PS. We ordered our van on the day before New Years. Mid height mid length in gem green. All the wiring options. Towing package. Power driver seat (may not be swivel able). Heated mirrors. Some other things, I dont remember.

    • Comment by Isabelle

      Isabelle Reply January 13, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Hum… food for thought! Since we have stove & oven, I basically continue to cook like I used to at home. The kitchen is smaller but the countertop is spacious and we brought everything we needed to cook: 2 saucepans, 2 skillets, stainless steel/plastic bowls, strainers, graters, cooking tools, cookie sheet and metal muffin/cake/bread/lasagna pans. On top of that, I think it worth mentioning we dedicated quite a lot of space for our food; we have plenty of basic stuff such as flour, sugar, spices, etc. So, we’re not planning on having a “Van Menu” since I’m not cooking any special meals because we are living in a van…
      Also, we have Correlle plates/bowls (light and break-resistant), enamel steel/bamboo cups and plastic pint glasses. That’s pretty much it!

      Good luck with your build! Hopefully, the wait will not be too long before you receive the van!

  2. Comment by Don Kane

    Don Kane Reply December 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Guys.

    Well, our present 2000 E-150 is dead (and so unsafe that the mechanic won’t put it on a lift) so time to finally order a Transit.

    Some questions:

    after two years, what do you think of the heated mirrors?

    Re the ecoBoost engine, it seems to almost get the same MPG as the normal six. Forgetting cost, why would you go for it. I am worried about a turbo boasted engine.

    Lastly, why did you get a towing package? You don’t tow anything.

    Cheers, Don Kane

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply December 22, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      The heated mirrors are great, I just wish the small bottom one (for blind spot) was heated too.
      Everyone who own an Transit with EcoBoost love it; there’s a lot of extra power. It’s a great engine. We didn’t go for it as we wanted to have a simple engine for reliability. I’m not saying the EcoBoost is not reliable; it’s just that more features means more opportunities for failure we thought.
      We got the tow package just in case; we’re not using it in fact.

      Hope that helps! Cheers!

  3. Comment by David Zack

    David Zack Reply October 3, 2018 at 11:09 am

    When you were planning van choices, did you consider getting a low top transit and have a pop top installed like on a Sportmobile? The only thing I can see as a disadvantage getting a high top is that it could be difficult putting SUPs or kayaks up there. Also how does van handle cross winds?
    Great site, thanks for all the time you put into it!!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 3, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Nothing against pop top, but for us it was out of question because:
      1) Winter. We ski so we want a fully insulated van.
      2) Full Time Living. It’s fine for “van-camping”, but for full time you want to minimize repetitive task; it gets irritating in the long run. We’re constantly going in-and-out of the van, having to pop it up/down each time would be annoying.

      Don’t worry about crosswinds, I think the rumors that high-roof are sensitive to wind comes from people who never drove one. Don’t get me wrong it’s a bit more effort than driving a car, but not that much.

  4. Comment by Gage

    Gage Reply September 4, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Hi, how many miles have you put on the transit with what problems so far? I’m thinking of getting either the diesel engine or the one that you two got.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply September 4, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      We’re at 37k miles, no issues so far! (except the transmission coupler, but it was taken care of by the warranty and the newer Transits don’t have that issue)

  5. Comment by Dave

    Dave Reply August 28, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Do you think it worth to lift it? And you traveled a lot do you scrape the back a lot. I still not sure on the EX or the normal 148. It is just if I go little off road does travel well enough with your tires and not have to have it lifted to have the back part drag on Dips?

    Thank you again for sharing.

  6. Comment by Mark

    Mark Reply August 27, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I can’t find accurate information anywhere on the transit’s ground clearance. Do you have exact specs? I even downloaded the owner’s manual and it doesn’t have it. One blog I found said 8.5″, same as Sprinter, but no official ford documentation I can find verifies that.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Just measured around 6″ for the differential and the shock supports. But there’s a good clearance for the rest of the underbody.


  7. Comment by Jay

    Jay Reply August 9, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Ford Transit van has three body lengths. Ford calls them regular body (220 inches), extended body (236 inches), and long body (266 inches). The regular body sits on the regular wheelbase (130 inch) while the other two sit on the long wheelbase (148 inches). Base on your body code (R3X), your van is a long body (266 inches) instead of an extended body. Do you agree?

    The long body model is longer than the most popular full-sized pickup trucks, i.e., the extended cabs. The extended body is the same length as the double cab. Did you find parking and parking lot maneuver a little difficult? Thanks.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 11, 2018 at 8:15 am

      We have the longest of all models. We don’t spend much time in urban area, but we always manage to find parking and to drive around town fairly easily. You get use to parallel too. Of course if you spend much time in cities, you might want to go a little smaller for more maneuverability…


  8. Comment by komokwa

    komokwa Reply July 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    LSD (Limited Slip DIfferential)
    What did you get, the 3.73?
    Any additional thoughts or recommendations?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 30, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      4.10 is the only choice with the 3.7 engine high-roof extended-length.
      It’s all good!

  9. Comment by Lauren

    Lauren Reply July 28, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Your website is amazing! You are inspiring me to build a van similar to yours.

    The things that concern me most about this lifestyle are a) having to park at Walmart or KOA for most of the year because I’m not brave enough to find the good spots or drive into them, and b) being an older (62) single (but healthy) woman trying to build this van and then taking it into challenging places by myself. I’m a musician so would do a lot of music festivals and such, but I definitely want to chase some snow sometimes and explore the great outdoors.

    Do you often take your van out of cell phone range to park it? As if, if you got stuck you’d have to hike a good distance to get a phone connection to call for help?

    How many miles do you average each year?

    Sorry if I asked questions already answered.

    Thank you so much for sharing the details of what you are doing. I really enjoy reading about your adventure.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Lauren,
      Feeling safe is important to enjoy that lifestyle; some people park only in Walmarts and campgrounds, some people (like us) prefer to get lost in nature. So yes, we often park where there is no cell signal and we don’t take risk when we do (i.e. don’t drive in sand or such). We drove about 35k miles, but it depends a lot on what you do.

      Good luck with your project!

  10. Comment by bruce sykes

    bruce sykes Reply July 11, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Hey guys,

    17 weeks and I finally got my black LWB HR van. It’s sweet and it’s BIG and the first thing I did was paint my hubcaps black and they look awesome!. A question for you: have you considered a bumper guard?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 11, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      We have not, any good reason why we should install one? (honest question).


  11. Comment by Christian Hins

    Christian Hins Reply June 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Bonjour,j’aimerais savoir si le Ford transit camper van est fabriqué à l’usine de Ford,Soit la transformation de simple fourgon à camper van? Merci.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 27, 2018 at 10:50 am

      Le Transit peut être commandé en tant que CARGO (complètement vide, véhicule commerciale) ou en tant que véhicule PASSAGER (avec plusieurs rangés de sièges). Nous avons acheté le Cargo et nous avons fait la transformation nous-même tel que décrit ici: faroutride.com/build-journal

      Au plaisir!

  12. Comment by Duane

    Duane Reply June 15, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Hey guys! Just took delivery of my factory-ordered 2018 van. May have made a mistake ordering the rear AC/heat, as it is a big unit sitting on the floor at the back, taking up room where the bike trays (road and Mtn bikes). I’m assuming you don’t have this unit – do you miss not having rear AC/heat? In the desert, would you want it? Obviously only runs when the engine is running.
    Will relay comments later on Scopema swivel seats, etc.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 16, 2018 at 10:04 am

      We haven’t spent much time in really hot weather so far. We normally avoid using AC (unless it’s crazy hot), so we can get used to it (then it’s easier to ride our bike when it’s hot).

    • Comment by GayleS

      GayleS Reply August 1, 2018 at 5:12 am

      Awesome van build

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  14. Comment by Luke

    Luke Reply January 9, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Hi, I have a Ford Transit 350 XLT Low roof, and am trying to get the same kind of tires you installed, but discount tire sez that they would need to be inflated to 80 PSI instead of the MFR recommendation of 65 PSI and therefore they will not install the tires. Did you have any issues with this, and what is your recommendation? Thanks! Love the van!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 9, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Indeed, we inflate them to around 76-78 PSI cold.
      You could always get the LT245/75R16E: they’re rated for higher payload. We haven’t personally tried them, but we heard of many people installing them successfully (without rubbing).


  15. Comment by Reuben

    Reuben Reply November 1, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Hey, how much height room did you need to fit your bikes between the floor and the bed base? Thanks!! (awesome build, and some seriously good info on this site!)

  16. Comment by julien moquin

    julien moquin Reply October 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Hi, I just recently bought a 2016 Ford transit high top/extended van. I’m from Montreal and can’t find a place to insure the van while I convert it. I am also planning on not getting the SAAQ ”véhicule récréatif” label because i’m not planning on having a black tank. Can you share with me what insurance you got and with whom ? Thank you very much.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 21, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Check La Personnelle and also Leclerc Assurances. Leclerc is the only ones who would insure us while travelling full time. Most RV are insured with them (get your FQCC licence to have 15% discount with Leclerc!).
      I don’t think we’re insured as a RV neither, just give them a call and explain them your situation! We had to have our Van evaluated for what it’s worth when we were finish with the conversion, it costed us around 200$ if I recall correctly.

      Bonne chance!

  17. Comment by Wendy

    Wendy Reply October 7, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Great conversion! Are you able to sit up in bed with the platform?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply October 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

      There is 1 or 2 inches missing, what we normally do is put pillows on the wall and lean back the read or relax. We probably could have lowered the bed platform 1 or 2 inches and still have room for the bikes…

  18. Comment by Sally

    Sally Reply August 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Wow, today is the day! Congratulations!
    Why did you choose the windowed van with the flipout rear windows? It looks like from your photos that you covered them.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      They’re not covered, maybe the photo gives that impression ?

  19. Comment by M@

    M@ Reply August 2, 2017 at 6:36 am

    One question I had, is what is the road noise like in your van? I recently rented a 15 person Transit and the road noise at 65mph was horrible, the passengers in the back couldn’t have a conversation.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 2, 2017 at 6:54 am

      We insulated the van, so road noise is not an issue even with the All-Terrain tires.

  20. Comment by Brandon

    Brandon Reply July 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    So I’ve got a question and you may not know but I had to ask. We have a kid and that’s why we will not get a regular rv. Everything I read says they’re basically unsafe for children due to the seating possibilities. Basically they’re just chairs on plywood. Seat belts don’t anchor like in cars, etc. Can a van like this solve it? Can there be a proper seat added behind the two front ones to safely hold a car seat? Thanks!!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 13, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      You could buy the “passenger” version of the Transit, remove the rows of seats except the one behind the driver. Or i think that you can buy aftermarket seats and fix them the the (metal) floor of the van (try here). I’m positive people have built campervan for their family; have a look on Fordtransitusaforum.com or sprinter-sources.com. Good luck!

  21. Comment by Nick

    Nick Reply June 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    No suggestions on security sadly 🙁 the ford dealer near me has your model in the 148 which is what I want, but windows in back and side I don’t want to constantly have fogged up condensation built up. After reading your post on ordering a custom I’d also like to not wait 3 months for the “dream van”, gah!

  22. Comment by Nick

    Nick Reply June 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Because of your website I went to check out the Transit high top this afternoon. They had your exact model (windows on side and back). Question for you is how do you feel with the windows? Are you concerned about insulation or security? How do you plan to compensate for that? Big thanks for your reply!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 18, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Hey Nick,
      we’re building some insulated window covers for ALL the windows: they’re made of EZ-Cool and Thinsulate (we will have an article about that eventually). That should do it for insulation!
      For security, we haven’t done anything (or researched) yet. Any suggestion?


  23. Comment by Doc

    Doc Reply May 10, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Drove a 2014 Sprinter 144. Rented two 2017 Promasters. Ended up buying a lightly used 2016 Ford T350 148 high-roof, regular length. Few feet shorter than yours. The Transit T350 just drove better + the Ford dealer network is pretty dense. 30amp inlet installed yesterday. Maxxfan 7000K installed today. Hopefully this weekend I make a serious dent in ceiling work.

    Great site. Lots of good tips and information here. Rivet nuts for the win.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply May 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Yes! The Transit is awesome! Good luck with the conversion!
      Thanks for visiting 🙂

      • Comment by Doc

        Doc Reply May 11, 2017 at 10:43 am

        Dude, thank you for the resource! I know content creation takes time and there is little monetary payoff for it. Labor of love in all but a few instances.

        • Comment by Antoine

          Antoine Reply May 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

          You’re welcome! This website started as a small side project… oh boy, I’ve put way too many hours into this! I learnt that a quality blog post is really time consuming and gained respect for those doing it! But it’s fun, I actually enjoy doing it and enjoy it even more when people take the time to thank us 🙂
          Have a great day!

  24. Comment by Brian C.

    Brian C. Reply March 4, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks so much for documenting your build – this is the best site I’ve seen for people interested in doing this on a Ford Transit 250 base vehicle. I’m interested in doing the same thing, but we have two small kids. I believe that the vehicle spec you’ve got is the largest Transit 250 available right? From your experience in your build so far – how feasible is it to include two seats for kids behind the driver/passenger seats? I’m thinking of something like shown here:

    I know I’d have to get rid of something (and still need to figure out where to put some small beds for the kids – but the seating is the biggest deal it seems. Any suggestions or feedback Greatly appreciated.

  25. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply March 1, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Hey! Love the progress you are making! I’m sure you are excited as the finish is nearing!

    Question regarding vehicle insurance: Could you explain what you are doing to get insurance for the vehicle and whether you are classifying it as an RV? I made a call to my insurance company as I am planning to buy a box van shortly to convert in to a camper; I was met with nothing but resistance and this is holding me back from making the purchase.

    Any info would be great as I live in Canada.


  26. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply March 1, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Hey Antoine!

    Love the website!

    I have a question regarding insurance for the vehicle and wether you have any tips for someone looking to complete a similar conversion in Canada. Did you or are you running into any issues with insurance?

    I just did a preliminary ‘Feeler’ call to my insurance company and was met with a lot of resistance in regards to my conversions plans and whether they could insure it or not.

    Let me know if you have any advice or tips!


    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 2, 2017 at 7:20 am

      There are not many cases like us, so it’s always a pain to talk with insurance… if i recall correctly, we’re insured as a “normal” vehicle (3rd vehicle, so it’s quite cheap actually) and our van-related gear is insured on the house insurance. We are with “La Personnelle” insurance company.
      When you talk to your insurance company, let them know your vehicle does not requires to be inspected by law (according to Quebec law anyway, we had them on the phone and they confirmed https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/en/vehicle-registration/hand-crafted-modified-or-rebuilt-vehicle/hand-crafted-vehicle/). We also had the point that our vehicle is just like any other commercial vehicle; except of having installed shelves and tools storage and so on, we installed a bed and clothes storage on so on… what’s the difference??

      Looking on discussions forums, insurance is a hot topic. Let us know how it turns out!

      • Comment by Wes Greenwood

        Wes Greenwood Reply March 11, 2017 at 11:39 pm


        Just to touch base and for anyone in Ontario considering a van conversion and ‘informing’ your insurance company that you are doing so.

        Out of 6 independent insurance companies and two different brokers, the only company I could find that was willing to insure a van conversion and had a reasonable rate was the Co-Operators.

        I would advise anyone in Ontario to contact them first if you are looking to do a van conversion, they were great to deal with!

        We pick our van up this Friday from New Brunswick and are driving in back to Ontario! Looking forward to getting started and utilizing some of your knowledge from this website!


        • Comment by Antoine

          Antoine Reply March 12, 2017 at 7:45 am

          Glad you finally found an insurance company willing to insure you!
          I was following your thread on the FordTransitUsaForum; make sure to provide the information there as well, so other can benefit from your experience 🙂

          Happy Conversion!

  27. Comment by Pooran Kapoor

    Pooran Kapoor Reply February 27, 2017 at 2:19 am

    That’s really impressive considering you are working and planning to complete your Van in your off time. I love being close to nature and I personally think although it feels amazing starting such a detailed project. It can be overwhelming once you reach the middle and you have to complete it as without the final completion you won’t be satisfied. So get some air, relax and start working again because everyone over here would like to see how this comes out finally.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 27, 2017 at 7:38 am

      We just got back from a week vacation; we are fully energized and ready to resume the van work! Don’t worry, we will complete the van and post everything here! Thanks for taking the time to write, have a nice day 🙂

  28. Comment by Blaine

    Blaine Reply February 27, 2017 at 2:12 am

    How cold of weather have you been in with the van? I’m also in Canada, building a van, and I want to be able to handle -40C temps. There’s surprisingly little information on cold winter camping. Thinsulate is a very interesting idea, I had been planning on using polyiso or extruded polystyrene.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 27, 2017 at 7:36 am

      We’ve been to -25C. We were able to maintain the temperature (18C) with the Webasto, but the heater was running on “high” constantly.
      At -40C, i’m sure we would need the van to heat to assist the Webasto! For extreme cold, i think spray foam is the way to go and make sure to have insulated window covers. I would go with a bigger unit than the Webasto Air Top 2000 (i think it’s the EVO, but i might be wrong).

      We wrote a short post about our winter camping experience here:


  29. Comment by Scott

    Scott Reply February 21, 2017 at 12:33 am

    What kind of gas mileage have you been getting?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      About 15-16 MPG according to the van computer. We still need to make the calculation ourself, since we changed the tires diameter and the odometer is slightly offset…

  30. Comment by Jen

    Jen Reply February 18, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    This is a huge help, and we will be sure to use some of the links you provided for product. I may have missed this, but have you added a section about roof installation yet?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      Sweeeet! You did not missed it, we have yet to make a section about it… We’re a bit overwhelmed with work & life & van right now, but we will post it soon! Wait for it 🙂

  31. Comment by Bob Griffiths

    Bob Griffiths Reply August 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Very impressive! I love that you are a planning freak. Would you be willing to share the 3D files with someone just starting out?
    Bob in CO

    • Comment by admin

      admin Reply August 22, 2016 at 8:19 am

      you got that right!
      What file format are you looking for? STEP, IGES?

  32. Comment by Dom

    Dom Reply July 17, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Amazing collection of information! Thanks a million and looking forward to watching your build come together.

    • Comment by admin

      admin Reply July 29, 2016 at 11:32 am


  33. Comment by Ramsel Ruiz

    Ramsel Ruiz Reply April 22, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Wow! Thanks for collating all the build links in one place! I just got my van and am a bit overwhelmed.

    • Comment by admin

      admin Reply April 25, 2016 at 10:50 am

      We’re glad we could help!
      As it turns out, this is far more complicated and stressful than we anticipated; but we’re having fun doing it and the better is still to come!
      Let us know if we missed anything or if we can add some information.


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