2024 Ford Transit Order Guide for Camper Van Conversion

2024 Ford Transit Order Guide for Camper Van Conversion

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The Ford Transit van is made to order, meaning it’s built according to the customer’s specifications. There are an overwhelming number of options and features from which to choose from, so it makes the ordering process quite stressful! We built our first Ford Transit DIY camper van out of a 2016 Transit, and our second build is underway out of a 2021 Transit. This order guide is based on our experience.

Please keep in mind that it’s impossible to define a complete package that would suits everyone! So we’ll try to focus on the essential stuff. Oh and one last thing: we’re not sponsored or affiliated with Ford; we made this guide on a voluntary basis. Hope this helps! 🙂

Our Ford Transit converted to a home on wheels!

Looking for info about the Ford Transit Trail?

First things first, go to the Transit “Build & Price” tool on Ford.com. This will help you customize your own Transit and get a price estimate (the price is updated as options are added or changed) and prevent you from choosing combination of options that are not compatible together. Choose the options you want under “Select Your Configuration” widget on the right-side of the page:

1- Configuration


Crew Van
5-Passenger Seating

With a 3-seating second row, the Ford Transit Crew van is designed to carry 5 passengers and still has room for cargo. There are side airbags 

Passenger Van
Up to 15-Passenger Seating

The passenger van is an interesting option if you want windows all-around and plan on reusing the included interior finish for your conversion.

Cargo Van
Clean Slate

Start from a fully blank slate! Most flexible and cheapest option. The Transit cargo van is what most people choose for their conversion.


Our experience with the cargo van Transit

That’s what we used in 2016 to build our Ford Transit camper van, and that’s what we would use again if we had to start over today. With a clean slate, we’re in control and we can start right-away without having to disassemble anything first.


The passenger and crew van comes standard with side-curtain airbags (full-length on the passenger van, up to the second row on the crew van). These will have to be disabled and removed, or leave undisturbed which can be challenging.

Ford Transit Passenger Van Airbags

Roof Height

Low Roof

With 56.9″ (4’9″) interior height, it’s not possible to stand up. So we personally don’t recommend going with the Transit low roof for a campervan conversion.


Medium Roof

After adding insulation to the floor and the ceiling, the remaining interior height is around 68″ (5’8″), which is not really enough to be comfortable in our opinion. You might be able to stand up, but it’ll feel cramped in there.


High Roof

After adding insulation and wood paneling, we’re left with 76″ (6’4″) interior height in our van. High roof means more space for storage, and also more comfort in the long run (we don’t feel cramped thanks to the clearance above our head). A must for full time vanlife in our opinion!


Our experience with the high roof Transit

We honestly don’t see any real downside with the high roof… Some people say it’s hard to drive in high wind conditions; sure it’s a bit more work than a car, but you get use to it and it’s really not that bad, so we don’t see it as a deal breaker. Because we live full time in our van, being able to stand up and still have headroom draw the line between van camping and van living.



Because of the limited space, we wouldn’t recommend the regular length Transit for a van conversion.

Ford Transit van Interior Cargo Dimensions (Crew Van, Cargo Van)-Regular


Best suited for: 

Ford Transit van Interior Cargo Dimensions (Crew Van, Cargo Van)-Long


Best suited for: 

Ford Transit van Interior Cargo Dimensions (Crew Van, Cargo Van)-Extended

Our experience with the extended length Transit

We built our van for full time vanlife, with all the amenities and for multiple sports, so the extended length Transit was a no brainer. Indeed, the high roof extended length Transit looks HUGE at first sight, but we quickly realized that the space fills up quickly, very quickly… We would definitely choose the extended length again if we had to start over!


Every decision is a compromise. Are you willing to compromise interior living/storage space just to make it easier to park? In our opinion, if you feel like you need the interior space, then get the extended length. Yes, it’s more difficult to park, but you’ll get use to it. And if you’re into the outdoors like us, you’ll spend most of your time in rural or semi-rural areas anyway. If the primary use for your van is dwelling in large urban areas, then in this case the extended length might not be ideal.

That overhang is definitely the weakest point of the extended length for off-roading; the rear bumper (or trailer hitch if you have one) will touch the ground in water bars (dips) or on steep departure angle. So if the primary use for your van conversion is off-roading and getting anywhere is very important for you, then consider the long length instead. On the other hand, if the primary use for your van is to get you to the trailhead to ride your bike (like us!), then you’ll be able to make it. Personally we wouldn’t want to compromise on interior space, so we don’t look back on the extended length. We see our van more like a very capable RV, not like a Jeep. 🙂

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum total weight that a vehicle can handle safely, including the curb weight (empty vehicle), options, passengers, payload, fuel, etc. Driving a vehicle above its GVWR creates a potential safety hazard because the vehicle’s frame, suspension, brakes and tires are not designed for it. It is important to understand that aftermarket modifications (tires, suspension, etc.) do NOT increase the GVWR. You can read this page to learn more: Weight Ratings Explained & Van Conversion Weight Breakdown

During a van conversion, weight adds up surprisingly fast! We’d recommend choosing the highest GVWR payload package available with the Single Rear Wheel (SRW, to maximize interior space), which should be 9,500 lbs:


Our Van GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight)

The total final weight of our van comes up to 8,950lb. That includes the curb weight, the conversion, the passengers, fuel, propane, full fresh water tank, food, payload (bike gear, snowboard gear, etc.). More info here: faroutride.com/weight

Rear Wheels

Dual Rear Wheels (DRW) can handle more weight (up to 11,000 lbs GVWR), but interior cargo space is reduced because of the larger wheel wells.

Single Rear Wheels (SRW) is limited to 9,500 lbs GVWR (Transit Cargo van), but allows more interior cargo space. This should be sufficient for a DIY camper van conversion:

Rear Wheels SRW DRW Choose Option

Start Your Build

We’re done with the “Configuration”. Click on “Start Your Build” to continue!

2- Paint

Paint schemes for 2024:

Ford Transit Order Guide 2024 (Paint Colors)

Our experience with a Dark Color

BFGoodrich KO2 Tires on Ford Transit van
Our van in "Magnetic Grey" color.

It’s no secret that dark colors absorb more heat. On a hot sunny summer day, the exterior of our van gets so hot that it’s impossible to touch it for more than 1-2 seconds! The metal absorbs heat and then radiates inside the van. Insulation (Thinsulate) will slow down the heat transfer, but over a few hours some heat eventually finds its way inside (just like a beer cooler eventually gets warmer; insulation slows down the heat transfer, it doesn’t completely stop it!). Of course, the dark color plays in our favor in winter, but it’s easier to heat the van (Webasto/Espar Heater) than to cool it down (Maxxfan Installation, Mosquito Screens). On second thought, we will choose a lighter color on our next van.

3- Powertrain

Ford Transit Order Guide 2024 (Powertrain)


3.5L PFDi V6 Engine

Standard engine. Less high-tech features often means less potential for failures.

Ford 3_5L PFDi Engine
3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine

More power, more fun. The EcoBoost has been around for a while by now, people LOVE it. Turbo engines perform better at higher altitudes than naturally aspirated engines. It’s a good option for the re-sale value of your van.

Ford 3_5L EcoBoost Engine

Our experience with the 3.7L V6 engine and the 3.5L EcoBoost

Until 2020, the 3.7L V6 engine was the standard engine on the Transit. We went for it because we knew it would be the most reliable choice, and indeed we didn’t get a single issue with it so far (80,000 miles). It’s powerful enough to get us from point A to point B (we do a lot of mountain driving), but we wouldn’t mind the extra power of the EcoBoost… In fact, everyone we talk to absolutely love the EcoBoost, so we’d most likely get that next time!

Our 2021 Transit has the 3.5L EcoBoost, and we can definitely feel the power! It’s SO FUN to drive, very happy so far! Our conversion is not done at the time of writing these lines, so we still don’t carry much weight. But even at max capacity we feel like the van will still have plenty of extra power.


Rear Wheel Drive

That was the only option from 2015 to 2019. This is what we personally have, please read “our experience” below to get our feedback.

All Wheel Drive

On 2020, all wheel drive (AWD) was introduced on the Ford Transit van. The AWD system improves traction by instantly balancing the torque on the axle that needs it the most (front/rear). Note that the AWD van has the same ground clearance as the RWD (no lift kit included). If you’re into the market for a van with enhanced traction, but pushing the limits of where you can get off-road is not your thing, then AWD is the perfect match.

On the other hand, a “true” 4×4 system normally has the ability to lock the 4 wheels (all 4 wheels are turning simultaneously at all time) and also has low-range gear(s). So if you’re an off-road enthusiast and enjoy taking your van as far as you can on rough terrain, then consider getting a 4×4 van with a lift kit. Keep in mind that a full campervan conversion (with all the amenities, etc.) is quite heavy and isn’t much fun to drive off road (think of the dishes rattling and all…).

Our experience with RWD

Since 2017, we’ve been lucky enough to spend most of our time chasing mountain biking trails and backcountry skiing zones throughout North America. This means a LOT of driving on the backroads, in summer AND in winter. We also use our van quite a lot as a mountain biking “shuttle” on steep logging roads here in British Columbia.

From our experience, a RWD van (with limited slip) is very capable, as long as there’s weight in the back (very important) and with appropriate tires (all-terrain tires or snow tires).

After 4 years driving from Mexico up to Alaska, in all kind of conditions (loose dirt, snow, ice), to access remote locations for mountain biking and backcountry skiing, our opinion is that AWD or 4×4 is NOT mandatory. We did just fine with the RWD and limited slip differential.

That being said, if you’re into the outdoors like we are, we would recommend AWD or 4×4 if your budget allows it. Even if we think it’s not mandatory, it’s a nice feature for sure. Indeed, to access some ski areas, AWD or chains (faroutride.com/thule-snow-chains-review) are sometimes required; installing snow chains in the cold/snow sucks, so we wouldn’t miss this. And even if we don’t get stuck (we actually got stuck venturing in the sand twice, and we confirm that the Maxtrax Recovery Board are a life saver!), having AWD would probably give us a little boost in confidence when we’re far out there.

To better grasp what we’re into and where we go with our van, check out our Tales From The Road and our Winter Vanlife Guide.


Ford Transit Transmission 10-Speed SelectShift

The Transit now ships exclusively with the 10-Speed SelectShift transmission. This transmission is part of a joint-venture between Ford Motor Company and General Motors. More cool facts here:


Rear Axle Ratio & Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

Axle Ratio

A higher axle ratio has a better mechanical advantage, and is therefore better suited for higher payloads and steep and sustained mountain driving (like mountain bike shuttling 😏). The downside is higher gas consumption on highways, because RPM are higher.

Limited Slip Differential (LSD)

The Limited Slip Differential (LSD) is a feature to increase traction. If a wheel slips, power is transferred to the other wheel (on the same axle) simultaneously. In other words, both wheels on the axle are working together. It is not an electronically controlled system (by sensors or such); it’s actually a mechanical device (clutch) on the differential. The LSD system cannot be turned off (which is fine). The LSD is an optional feature and we HIGHLY recommend it as it makes a HUGE difference! Here is a quick demo of the LSD in action that we did a while ago:

The LSD is offered both for the RWD and the AWD. Why the AWD? Aren’t all wheel already controlled by the AWD system? The AWD is an electronic system able to balance the torque between the front axle and the rear axle, but not between the left/right wheels. So adding the LSD option still has benefit with the AWD.

Rear Axle Ratio 3-73 and Limited Slip
Allowed ratio varies with configuration (engine, etc.). The 3.73 option shown here is the available choice with the EcoBoost AWD.

4- Packages

The idea of the packages is to bundle features together to make the order process easier. Note that these features are all available individually under “Interior” and “Exterior” section; the packages do not add new extra features (except for the HD Tow Package below). In our opinion, packages actually make things more confusing. So we’ll skip this section and proceed to choose features individually.


Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package

• Tow/Haul Mode with Trailer Wiring Provisions
• 4/7 Pin Connector Assembly and Rear Jumper
• Relay system for backup/B+/Running Lights
• Frame Mounted Hitch Receiver

We personally like the Tow/Haul mode for urban driving in heavy traffic (with frequent and unplanned acceleration/deceleration), because the tow mode extends the shift points (the engine revs higher) and adds engine braking when decelerating. For mountain driving, we prefer the SelectShift (to manually select the gear, but that’s us; the normal mode works just fine too!) And also, the hitch receiver acts as a skid plate for the rear bumper.


Upfitter Package

The Upfitter Package adds the upfitter aux. swiches, large center console (67E), auxiliary fuse panel (87E), dual AGM batteries (63E) and the modified vehicle wiring system (53K).

The key point with this package is the get the CCP2 (customer connection point #2). The CCP2 allows to tap into the alternator power and charge your house battery when driving, using a B2B charger (per our camper van wiring diagram). It consists of an electrical terminal (size M8) rated for up to 175A, located on the driver side pedestal (near the driver door).

Per BEMM: “Most vehicles with single battery will not have CCP2. Only those vehicles with twin batteries or certain SVO options with will have CCP2, check with your local Ford dealer for details. If CCP2 is required then order kit KU5T-14D089-B”

5- Exterior

Our goal here is to go through the options we think are essential (or useful) for a van conversion. We won’t list every single option available; we want to focus on what’s we think is not to be missed.

Short Arm Power Adjusting, Manual-Folding Heated Mirrors with Turn Signals

In our opinion, heated mirrors are a must for sub-freezing areas (the mirrors tend to fog and freeze a lot). And on a large vehicle like the Transit, we think the turn signals are an important safety feature.

Short Arm, Power Adjusting, Manual Folding, Heated Mirrors Ford Transit

AGM Batteries - Dual

You’ll most likely spend some time using the radio when parked. Or you might want to connect loads to the auxiliary switches (e.g. Air Lift Suspension Kit, LED bar, etc.). Or using the van in winter is harsher on the batteries. At last and most importantly, the single battery often doesn’t come with CCP #2 (Customer Connection Point #2, located on the driver-side pedestal); the CCP#2 can handle up to 175A current and could be used to charge your auxiliary battery bank (e.g. with a Battery-To-Battery charger: faroutride.com/b2b-review).

Ford Transit Driver Side Swivel Installation (23)

Extended Range Fuel Tank

31 gallons instead of 25 gallons. Not necessarily a “must have”, but it’s nice to know it’s available as an option.


Keyless Entry Keypad

We love ours! We ordered our van with one keypad on the driver side, and later added another one on the passenger side.


Wheel Well Liners

The front wheel well liners are optional, adding them increase protection from debris and supposedly quiet the noise from the road (from what other have said).

Ford Transit Front Wheel Well Liners Optional

Windows – Fixed Glass, Rear-Door and Passenger-Side Cargo Door

We personally enjoy the factory window in the passenger-side cargo door. It’s nice to check out the view when camping, it helps with ventilation (note: the factory side cargo door window does not open anymore since 2020 or so), but most importantly, in some situations, it’s the only way to see the incoming traffic when turning left at a fork. Unfortunately, it comes as a package with the rear cargo door windows and we don’t think they are necessary. With the permanent bed platform and garage layout, we never use the rear windows; our insulated window covers are always on them… To sum it up, we would most likely order a Transit without windows and add one to the sliding door and in the bedroom (bunk window) ourselves.

Dual Alternator (not needed!)

The Transit comes with a 250A alternator as standard. The van draw current from the alternator to feed its own electrical systems; it is unclear how much current exactly, but it is believed to be in the 80-100A range. The extra current can then be used to charge the auxiliary (or “house”) batteries.

The dual alternator option is not required for camper van conversions, as the single 250A alternator is more than capable of delivering enough power for this task.

Notable Mentions

6- Interior

Our goal here is to go through the options we think are essential (or useful) for a van conversion. We won’t list every single option available; we want to focus on what we think is not to be missed.

Factory or Aftermarket Swivel?


The benefits of ordering the factory swivel seats are no installation, and shorter base (better driving position). The factory swivels are not offset, meaning that to complete a 180° rotation, you need to play with the seat settings (fwd/rear) in order to clear the steering wheel, the center console and the door panel. The only option available with the swivel is the 4-way manual seat. Also, take note that you cannot start the engine when a seat is not locked in forward position.


We highly recommend the Scopema swivel; it’s the most popular option with a reason.  The Scopema swivel raises the seat by only 0.75in, doesn’t rattle or wobble, operates smoothly, and is slightly cheaper than factory swivels. See our Swivel Seat Side-by-Side Comparison. Going with an aftermarket swivel enables you to choose any seat option (e.g. 10-way powered and heater seats), and you won’t get the safety alarm sound. It shouldn’t take more than a couple hours to install both the driver-side and passenger-side swivels (faroutride.com/swivel-transit), because it’s a simple bolt on procedure. Make sure to get the Push Down Manual Parking Brake option (code 90G, automatically included with all SRW vans) if you go aftermarket, so you don’t need to relocate the parking brake.

Auxiliary Fuse Panel with High Spec Interface Connector

The auxiliary fuse panel is used to connect accessories (such as Air Lift Kit, LED bar, etc.) to the dual AGM starter batteries. These accessories can then be switched ON/OFF with the auxiliary switches located on the dashboard.

Ford Transit Upfitter Auxiliary Switches (2016-2019)

Dual Alternator?

Per BEMM, the standard (single) 250A alternator can handle up to 120 amps of continuous load. That’s more than enough to charge your electrical system from the alternator using a Battery-To-Battery charger (faroutride.com/b2b-review).

A dual alternator (2 x 250A) might be considered for electrical system with 400Ah and more of lithium battery bank (e.g. for people with 12V air conditioner, induction cooking, etc.).

Front Overhead Shelf

Can’t say no to extra storage!

Ford Transit Front Overhead Shelf

Large Center Console

Ford Transit Large Center Console

Powerpoint Outlet – 12V

Notable Mentions

7- Lead Time

Most of the time, dealers will mention about 8 weeks from order to delivery. This is a bit -actually a lot- optimistic. Typical lead time is around 3 or 4 months.

Update: As you must know by now, the supply chain is a big mess (pandemic, Ukraine, etc.). Many people had their 2021 order postponed to 2022, then to 2023… It’s all very frustrating, but that’s what it is. Your best bet is to place an order for a new Transit (deposits are refundable, but check with your dealer to make sure), meanwhile keep looking at dealers for canceled orders (people not taking delivery of their order for whatever reason). Good luck!

8- Conclusion & Resources

See you on the road!

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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. Every day is an opportunity for a new adventure... We’re chasing our dreams, and hopefully it inspires others to do the same!

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38 thoughts on “2024 Ford Transit Order Guide for Camper Van Conversion”

  1. All electric drive eTransit & eSprinter ranges are improving, approaching 250 miles or so. Is it practical to upfit one of those into a campervan yet or should we wait for anything in particular? Could the RV components tap into the built in battery modules or would we still have to install our own?

  2. RV air conditioning is important, but not mentioned yet. I do not recommend roof ACs because they consume too much power, take up room for solar panels, cause wind drag, increase top-heaviness and are extremely loud. Instead, a “backpack” AC can be mounted on the rear door (or) a window unit can be installed on the back door (inverter type highly recommended). I installed a mini split on my Transit back door, but that’s highly technical. An inverter window unit is as efficient and easier to install.

  3. This is amazingly helpful! Great to confirm my choices and get more context on why some upgrades are/aren’t worth it. Buying the builders package all-access is some of the best money I’ve ever spent! Thank you!

    One question I do have is about the vinyl front/rear flooring can you expand on what you mean when you say “can be used as a template for your floor!” ?

    • Thanks!
      For example, you can place the flooring on top of plywood to trace the contour. That’s what I meant by that 🙂

      Hope this makes sense,

  4. This is a great web site. Your experiences are very valuable since I have also been thinking about converting a Ford Transit due to the AWD and low roof height. Here in Vancouver, BC we have problems parking overheight vehicles on the street and we often get tickets if we park for more than 3 hours even in front of our homes. Therefore, I have been thinking about getting a low roof Transit Long and adding a Sportsmobile pop-up roof. I had Westfalias previously and enjoyed the pop top. I’m just wondering if you considered the option of a pop-up roof on the Transit along your journey and any pros/cons you might be aware of. Thanks.

    • Personally we didn’t consider a pop top:
      – We like to be able to stand up and have clearance above our head (without have to pop the top).
      – We designed our van so that there is no need to make any transition between day/night.
      – We use our van in winter and a pop top wouldn’t offer much insulation.

      But that’s us, we all have our own requirements!

  5. Hello! This page has been very helpful, informative, and thorough which I appreciate. Thanks so much! Wondering if/how often you had van trouble with a new van and how that compared w/stories from ppl you came across w/used buys. Thank you!

  6. I am working with the 2023 Transit cargo van at the ford site to configure a van. I noticed they have a “trail package” quite expensive but it raises up the clearance which I would like to do. but if doing this – they don’t offer virtual rearview (which you don’t mention but is a draw to me), or remote start – (I really like remote start option). The package covers many things but also provides things I don’t want like swivel seats – (i am planning to build so cargo is cut off from cab with door). I don’t see the tires you suggested as options so I am assuming that is after market issue to get better tires? I am new here. also you did not mention roof vent . what are your thoughts for that?

  7. Bonjour à vous deux,
    Félicitations, votre site est incroyable.
    Nous pensons avoir fait une grave erreur en prenant le T 250 avec une capacité de charge maximale 9070 lbs .
    Si, vous avez pris un T 350 avec une charge de 9500 livres et que vous arrivez à 8950 lbs full, et que nous, notre capacité de charge est 9070 lbs C’est limite , peu sécuritaire. Trop juste à mon avis.
    Ça serait difficile de convertir la van avec cette capacité de charge ,car nous voulons vIvre à temps plein pour un long voyage.
    Qu’en pensez-vous?

    On nous mentionnait que t-350 venait seulement avec roue doubles.?? Donc, nous avons été induit en erreur de la part du vendeur. Nous aurions pu prendre le T-350 roue simple avec une charge de 9500lbs. Ou peut être le t-250 avec une capacité de 9500 lbs.roue simple
    Est-ce que vous avez un t-350 ou un T-250 ?

    Notre véhicule est le Ford transit T-250 AWd écoboost .toit haut et longueur allongée.
    Entre en production en février. Il sera livré fin mars . Le vendeur nous mentionne qu’il ne peut plus rien changé sur la van . Je vais faire mes devoirs et appeler la protection du consommateur.
    Sinon, nous devrons annuler la commande . Ouf!

    • Il faut savoir que la seule différence entre le T250 et le T350 est au niveau de la suspension arrière, qui est plus rigide sur le T350. La modification pour ajouter affermir la suspension est relativement simple et peu coûteuse, il s’agit d’une pièce similaire à celle-ci (un dealer pourrait valider et installer la bonne pièce): https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=53661

      Je pense qu’idéalement il faudrait un T350 (notre Transit 2021 est un 350 roues simple), mais notre van grise 2016 était en fait aussi un T-250, nous avons ajouté un “Air Lift” pour affermir la suspension et par le fait même on peut mettre la van à niveau facilement: https://faroutride.com/air-lift-springs-installation/

      À mon avis vous ne devriez pas canceller la commande, sachant la différence MINEURE entre le 250 et le 350 et qu’il est facile de faire l’upgrade de suspension!

      Alors voilà, pas si mal 🙂

  8. Just ordered a 2023 Transit today! Fingers crossed that I actually get it this year. There was an option for a “modified vehicle wiring system” and I was unsure if this would be useful connecting the new electrical system. Does anyone have experience? I could still add it to my build before production begins.

  9. It looks like there’s a new option for 9950 GVWR with the SRW but there’s an 80mph limit?? Would you recommend going this route vs the 9500?

    • Hi, I’ve looked into it and I still don’t have all the info about the changes that increase the GVWR to 9,950 (apart the speed limitation)… I’ll try to find more info!

  10. Hi there. Thanks as always for the great info.
    After reading your description of the Upfitter Package, it kind of sounds like you can’t connect a DC to DC charger in the Adventure Package(and I ordered the dual battery). Is connecting a DC to DC charger possible in the Adventure Package? Also, does the Adventure Package have the Upfitter Aux Switches available? Thx!!

  11. Extremely detailed and thorough, thank you so much Isabelle and Antoine! Will definitely be going with a Transit after reading through all this!

    The only issue I foresee in my situation is the fact that you listed 76″ as the interior height with a full install, which just so happens to be how tall I am. I really don’t want to have to hunch over in my van, so knowing this, do you have any suggestions of how I can add an extra inch or two to that height?

    • Our floor is quite thick. You could have less or less thicker layers and gain some room there. Hope you’ll be able to make it work!

  12. Hello!

    I just received my 2021 (extended high roof) transit and have started converting (largely based on your guides!). I have a question related to configuration that can’t be done when ordering in theory but instead needs to be done at a dealer.

    Question is: Did you consider getting your SBG programmed as a ‘camper’ (described in 2020 BEMM)? I’m trying to get this done by the dealership that I purchased my transit in order to save battery when I leave the doors open, but my salesperson has never heard of it.


  13. Hey guys,

    I am considering converting a my 2020 Ford Transit from a single starter battery to dual batteries as I want to increase the battery capacity. My thought is that the 2nd battery would be used for items we are adding to our cargo van like an Espar heater & Maxxair fan w/o impacting our ability to start the van (which uses the other starter battery). We are having a pop-top added this fall w/ some lights also which will also utilize this 2nd battery.

    Does this sound like a sound plan? Appreciate it.

  14. First off, just WOW what an amazing resource! Thank you very much for putting this out there.

    In your recommended Ford build you chose the manual folding mirrors over the included power folding mirrors.
    I would like to have the blind spot detection, but that requires the power folding mirrors in place of your recommended manual folding mirrors. So I am curious, what was your reasoning for choosing the manual folding mirrors? Thank you.

  15. Isabelle, Antoine,

    Thanks for sharing, your experience and how you have documented it, has inspired us. Our Transit, is ordered and we were confirmed that production of our order is now confirmed and scheduled for the first week of November, delivery December (keeping our fingers crossed). We’ll have to find a place to work indoors to start the conversion during winter. We might see you on the road in 2022!


    • Hello Michel,

      I am following Isabelle and Antoine too and was trying to order a 2021 since end of May. I am been told ( here in Gatineau QC) that the orders for 2021 ended and I will need to wait for 2022’s. They also added that the production shouldn’t start before November. I am curious to hear when did you sign your order?

  16. Very helpful and detailed. You explain a lot about the process and the vehicle options that are not really available on the Ford site.

  17. Great Blog! Love you guys! My question is about diesel?

    Do you recommend?
    Do you discourage?

    The vehicle will be traveling in California. I heard the diesel in Mexico is different and can mess up your engine. Have you heard this?

    • On new Transits, in U.S.A., the diesel is no longer an option. In case you’re considering used I’ve heard that repairs on the past diesels can be a painful experience. U.S. diesels have required ULSD ) Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel) since ~2006/8. Word is availability in Mexico is improving but you would be placing a lot of trust in the honesty of what a pump down there claims to be pumping. And, yes, the wrong fuel can cost you $$$$ in a newer diesel – think somewhere around the price of two new gas powered engines (not counting the tow back to the U.S. to have the repairs done. You didn’t want to be bitten twice, did you?)


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