Camper Van Conversion


Camper Van Conversion


  • 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.
  • Total Conversion Cost: $20,150 USD
  • Total Conversion Labor: 640 hours

See Cost And Labor page for detailed breakdown:

  • Transit Empty Weight: 5450 LBS
  • Conversion Added Weight: 1800 LBS
  • Payload Weight: 1700 LBS
  • FarOutVan Total Weight: 8950 LBS

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Floor Plan & Interior Layout




Our Build Journal is a BIG DEAL! We obsessively documented the entire conversion process of our van: products, material, build techniques, lessons learned, etc. It'll take the guesswork out of the equation for your own build... Steps are presented sequentially: follow the chronological order to build your own van:

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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!

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Nice To Meet You.

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!

90 thoughts on “Camper Van Conversion”

  1. Been in a rabbit hole on the site all night and loving it!! I’m curious about your RWD choice and whether you have ever wished you went for the AWD, especially considering the terrain you tackle. Curious if I can go with RWD too (which certainly opens up the used Transit market!)

  2. Hi Antoine & Isabelle!

    Spent some time this week digging around your website and just wanted to let you know how fascinated I am with your work…

    Don’t think I’ve ever been so gripped browsing through a Builders/DIY site. The content architecture is so neatly organized & easy to browse, your build diagrams – so detailed, legible, understandable, and even beautiful to look at. Also, the divergence from the “know it all” attitude is a breath of fresh air when reading commentary.

    My background is in both architecture and engineering – so it’s pretty easy to notice your all your hard work & and extreme patience…Mad respect mates!

    Seems like you guys took a lot of risk… no, calculated* risk…to end up where you are – so just thought I’d try and emphasize the impact it’s having (impact that extends well beyond subscriber counts & affiliate links)

    I do have one inquiry for you guys and I’m not quite sure how easy is to answer, but first a little background…

    I currently work as a Production Manager/Design Engineer for a company that builds high-end Trade Show & marketing exhibits for Fortune 500 Companies. Our custom shop is outfitted for woodworking, CNC, metal extrusions, fabric finishing, lighting/electrical components, and visual graphic prints – as our clients come from a wide range of different industries (Loreal, Dyson, Bosch Tools, ClosetMaid, Skil-Saw, LiftMaster)

    Given the times and current COVID-19 situation, we are considering pivot options for our shop. So my quyestion is…Any idea what the current market might look like for Custom Van Conversions? Is it saturated with tons of DIY builders / small custom shops? I’ve explored online and researched several different shops with varying size, scope, and scale but it’s hard to gauge what demand might look like. Thought maybe, through your travels and just talking with people through your website, you might have some kind of general idea what customer demand looks like. I see some commenters asking you guys to build one for them… Anyway, anything you can offer her would be a huge help.

    -Taylor Wilmsen

    • Hi Taylor, thanks for the kind words.

      We frequently speak with van builders and van accessories sellers; everyone is either overbooked or overworked. The demand is huge and it looks like there is still room for more players 😉


  3. Do you have a floor plan
    Layout for a Dodge Promaster 2500 159wb high roof?

    Also , would I be able use your diagram for plumbing and electrical In a Promaster 2500 159wb high roof?

    • We don’t have floor plan for the ProMaster, unfortunately.
      Our wiring diagram works for any van, really. ProMaster, Sprinter, Transit, etc. It’s all the same, except how you’ll connect to your alternator power. We provided a link in the tutorial on how to access auxiliary power for each van model.


  4. Antoine,
    There are many grades of Baltic birch. Did u use marine grade? as i understand it,the less expensive grades do not have an extra application of glue and may in fact not be birch on the interior. Marine grade is substantially stronger ..and substantially more expensive.
    thanks again..


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