Ford Transit Van Ordered!


Ford Transit Van Ordered!

So this FarOutThing is really going to happen… the Ford Transit van was ordered at the dealer today! We’re VERY excited, we actually want to leave NOW, but there is a lot of work ahead of us for the conversion to a camper van before the trip happens. Keep Calm and wait, the Transit should be delivered in 6 to 8 weeks if everything goes as planned. Things rarely goes as planned, so we’re thinking 3 months (end of May) before the Transit is ours (**edit: actual delivery date was June 6th 2016).


  • 2016 Transit Van 250, Extended Length, High Roof Height, 3.7L Ti-VCT V6 Engine, 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic Transmission – O/D, SRW (Body Code: R3X)
  • Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package
  • User-Defined Factory-Installed Upfitter Switches
  • Magnetic
  • Dual Heavy-Duty Batteries
  • Fixed Rear-Door Glass and Flip-Open Passenger-Side Cargo-Door Glass
  • Heavy-Duty Alternator
  • Modified Vehicle Wiring System
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear-Window Defogger
  • Remote Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Spare Tire and Wheel
  • Trailer Wiring Provisions
  • Power Heated Mirrors with Turn Signals
  • 16-Inch Steel Wheels with Full Silver Wheel Cover
  • 235/65R16 BSW All-Season Tires
  • Sliding Passenger Side Door
  • Pewter
  • Cloth
  • Cruise Control with Message Centre
  • Front Carpet Floor Covering
  • AM/FM Stereo with Audio Input Jack
  • Pewter Gray Cloth, 2-Way Manual Driver and Front-Passenger


A few tips for ordering a new Ford Transit at a dealership…

There are a lot of options available. By the time you are ready to order, you will probably know more about the Transit than the salesman himself. Some options are prerequisite to others. The Ford ordering system at the dealership is not user-friendly at all. All of this make the process of getting quotes and making the actual order very painful. To make sure you get exactly what you want, do as follows:

  1. Build your Transit through the Ford website (Canada or USA).
    • Some options are prerequisite to others; for example the heavy-duty 230 amp alternator is mandatory to the heavy-duty dual batteries. The website will guide you smoothly through that, as opposed to the Ford system (or salesman) at the dealership.
  2. Print the pdf file with all features and options chosen.
  3. Retrieve all the optional equipment order codes here ( and make a list. (this is the 2018 order guide)
    • The website (step 1) does not list all the optional equipment. There are more options to choose from on the document listed at step 3 above. Review them prior to get to the dealer to ensure you don’t miss anything.
    • The salesman needs to enter these codes to make the order; the Ford system is very, very confusing and not user-friendly (as opposed the Ford website builder). Expect your Transit order to be incomplete or  inaccurate if you do not review them at the time of order at the dealership. For example, if you ask to get the 3.73 axle ratio with the 3.7 engine Extended-Length, it will automatically gives you the 2000$ “Ambulance Package” and you have to start over…
  4. Bring your lists at the dealership, make the order sheet with the salesman and review the codes thoroughly before leaving.
  5. We’re not there yet, but here is the general timeline from order to delivery:
    • Customer make order at dealer
    • Dealer make order at Ford (about 1 week after customer order)
    • Dealer receive VIN (about 2-4 weeks after dealer order)
    • Window Sticker is available with projected build date (about 3-7 weeks after VIN is received)
    • Build completion (about 2 weeks after Window Sticker is available)
    • Transit delivery (about 4-6 weeks after build completion for High-Roof & Medium-Roof)
  6. When VIN is received, check on Research Maniac for your Transit Window Sticker. The window sticker will show up only when a build date is scheduled and the dealer is billed. The window sticker will show the projected build date.
  7. When the build starts at the Kansas plant, check on Ford Etis website for the actual build date and status.


As of 12 February 2016, the waiting game begins!

Here is the actual timeline (will be updated when event occur):

  • February 12th 2016: Order made at the dealer
  • March 24th 2016: VIN received
  • May 3rd 2016: Window Sticker available
  • May 12th 2016: Ford Etis Build date available (Build Date 11.05.2016)
  • June 6th 2016: DELIVERED!





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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!






31 thoughts on “Ford Transit Van Ordered!”

  1. This website is phenomenal – just snagged your electrical diagram (and soon will probably do so for the Water and Propane as well)

    Quick Question: Are the User-Defined Factory-Installed Upfitter Switches and the Modified Vehicle Wiring System still useful after you decided to revise your electrical system and disconnect the van-battery from the living space-battery? I’m struggling to understand why/when I would need those two optional packages, there isn’t a ton of information out on the web for them (or on your site!)


    • I definitely recommend the heavy-duty alternator if you want to charge from the alternator.
      I think when you order the heavy-duty alternator, you must order the dual batteries and the modified wiring. But I might be wrong; it’s been a while since we ordered.
      About the upfitter switches, we ordered them “just in case” and we used them for the Air Lift system (see our build journal). If you think you really don’t need the upfitter switches, I guess you can pass!

      Good luck! 🙂

      • For the 2020 model year, an upgraded alternator is the standard option now. They vary slightly, but for the eco-boost engine, the standard is now rated to 250 amps. The 2020 model has a number of standard electronics upgrades in it as well, so the old estimate of the van needing 70-80 amps for its own needs is out the window. Without better information readily available, i’ve conservatively doubled the van’s need to 160, leaving me with 90 amps to charge my batteries. We’ll be chasing powder in the winter like you are, and like your idea of going for the 2×100 lithium batteries and the 60amp B2B to charge it.

        There is still an upgrade option of dual alternators in the 2020, but 2×250 seems like overkill….. thoughts?

  2. Salut

    Très intéressant votre site .
    J’ai un sprinter , mais le Ford m’intéresse , quelle est la consommation moyenne qu votre cadran vous indique ,est-ce que vous trouvez qu’il se comporte bien sûr la route ou il swing ? Ou c’est assez raid ?

    • Salut,
      On a environ 16.5 L/100km en moyenne (autoroute, ville, montagne, “shuttle” en vélo, COMBINÉ). On aime vraiment la conduite du Transit par rapport aux autres vans; si c’était à recommencer on irait encore avec un Transit! C’est sûre qu’après la conversion il faut adapter sa conduite… presque 9000lbs à traîner c’est pas rien! Que ce soit Transit, Sprinter ou ProMaster la physique est la même pour tous.


    • We really enjoy the side window (side door), but we leave the covers in the rear windows at all time. With our layout, the rear windows are pretty much useless (they came with the side window as a package).


  3. Hi. My name is Susan Wilson. This is the first time I have posted online since 2007 when I created a myspace account to keep up with my children’s friends that I had seen grow up.

    I am a Ford person. My father was a mechanic and he would save up and go into the dealership and pay cash for a new car and they inevietably ran forever after that. I worked 10 years as an Property and Casualty Insurance Adjuster and bought a 2005 Ford Focus for $5,000 out he door from a Ford Dealership. My son totalled the vehicle 4 years later and the adjuster gave me $4,000 for the vehicle. Being in the same industry, I asked him why he was giving me so much for the total loss and he explained that 4 cylinder vehicles appreciate. I bought another Ford Focus for $5,000 and it needed a fuel filter and had 190,000 miles on it. My brother offered to trade a 2001 Honda Civic for it so he gave me $100 and now I am driving a Honda.

    I saw a transit in the 7-11 parking lot today and it is really the first vehicle that I think I would be willing to go in dept for.

    I was a non traditional college student and after I graduated I wanted to reward myself with a 2 week trek to whereever I choose to go. I saw myself in a 4 cylinder with a small pop up trailer. My first inclination for the trek was to buy a 15 passenger and use it for public transportation service as I live in a suburb with no mass transit to the major city 25 miles away, but oh the dream of the hippie van (showing my age). It is sooo tempting.

    All this to say that I am a Ford person and it seems like the Transit is a good product.


    • We’ve been driving the Transit since 2016 and 50k miles later, we’re still very happy with it 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your story!
      Have a good one.

  4. Did not see your axle ratio listed on the specs above and am curious whether you went with the 3.31 or 3 73? Been reading a lot on the subject, but was curious about your choice, particularly since you seem to do a lot of mountain treks. Also, how did your selected axle mesh with your larger All-Terrain tires.

    • In fact we had no choice! For the High-roof/Extended-length/3.7 engine, the only axle ratio available is 4.10. I feel like a lower ratio would be problematic for us (with our weight, tires and engine).

      It’s tempting to choose a lower axle ratio (3.31, for better mpg), but campervan conversions end up pretty heavy ( and a higher (3.73) ratio will deliver better performances. That’s especially true if you plan to add larger tires!

      That being said, we don’t have experience with the Ecoboost engine so you might want to talk to someone who does:

      Good luck!

      • Thanks for the feedback. I’m getting a quote and have all my specs/options nailed down except the axle issue…Ecoboost V-6, .high-roof, like yours, but not the extended length. Will go with low-speed differential, but really debating the 3.31 versus 3.73.

        Your website has been a wealth of information! Really concise, informative writing.

  5. Thank you so much for this. Wish I saw it before I put my order in but I’m still happy with my options. I’m in the waiting process myself. Have you received your Van yet? Anything to keep in mind. I’m now regretting not getting the dual battery though I did option for the Heavy Duty Alternator.

  6. Noticed your exterior color choice was Magnetic. In the Transit brochure, that appears as a deep gray, but I noticed that in a few of your van photos, there almost seemed to be a slight blue hue visible. Was that sky reflection/surrounding conditions or is Magnetic actually dark grey/blue?

    Has the color worked well for you (it looks great in your pics)!

  7. Yep, we had the same realization… too bad it takes forever to order these vans! 🙁 On the bright side, it gives you extra time for planning and buying the gear 🙂

    Good luck!

  8. Just started serious research into the van conversion process about a month ago and have been poring over websites and instructional videos ever since…so much to learn and consider (thank God for espresso).
    One rude awakening has been the order timeline on new Sprinters and Transits (won’t go pre-owned for a host of reasons). My hope was to get a very basic, partial buildout done before a job relocation in the Summer,but that seems pretty much impossible given the lead time listed in your article and the related comments. I guess my naïveté was cranked up to 11 because I had just assumed that somewhere in the lower 48 there would be a giant warehouse filled with bare vans with at least one reasonably aligned with most of my specs. Assume that was an unrealistic expectation?
    Anyway, glad I found your site. Appreciate the work and care that must go into it!

  9. Your website is an absolute wealth of information and is greatly appreciated. My wife and I are looking at the extended Transits, but our only concern is the rear overhang. Have you had any issues with it, or do you use your air bags to lift the rear when traversing a significant grade change?

    • We have 60 PSI in our air bags permanently to keep the van level; we rarely (maybe 2-3 times) had to inflate them more to clear an obstacle (so the overhang doesn’t touch the ground).
      The overhang is our weakest point in term of off-roading. It’s a tradeoff between living space / off road capability. That being said, if you enjoy pushing the limits of off-road driving it might not be your best choice (maybe get a Jeep?!); if your goal is to use the van to get to trailheads, BLM, National Forest, ski resorts, etc. it’ll be just fine.

      Good luck with your decision!

  10. I would say you guys are buttoned up !
    Just a wealth of information.
    I am sold on the Transit for pretty much all the reasons you have laid out.
    I cannot do it now but in a year or so…
    In the meantime it will be interesting to see how you tweak your opinions and “second thoughts”
    I am going to go for the slightly shorter version and also put in a shower/toilet and with the info gleened from you and a few other builds I know I can fit it and have already figured out the bed… that is the linchpin on making it work…
    We are too old to be biking and my wife would wince at the outdoor shower and composting toilet.. so with that and the need to install a shore power AC it will be quite an endevour but I must tell you that you and your attention to detail and descriptions have inspired me to know I can do this… thank you !!!

  11. Was there a specific reason you ordered the tow package? Is there anything in the original build list that you might, with 20-20 hindsight, add or omit?

  12. I just placed my order yesterday on a black Ford transit 250 high roof, long bed cargo van with the eco-boost engine with many of the options you guys got. When I was at the dealership I experienced the SYNC 3 navigator radio and was blow away by it so I spent the extra $$. Looks like November of 2020 will be my bug out date so time to fix-up the van and sell the house. Looking forward to my next great adventure.


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