Ford Transit Van Ordered!

February 12, 2016

Transit Magnetic Grey

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!







  1. Comment by John

    John Reply January 8, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    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 !!!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 9, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Hi John,
      Glad we could help 🙂 Good luck with your project; it’s a huge task, but soooo satisfying!

  2. Comment by Tim

    Tim Reply July 23, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    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?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 23, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      No specific reason, just in case… We’re happy with the option we chose! Now I would get the heating seats (not available in 2016). Cheers!

  3. Comment by Bruce

    Bruce Reply March 8, 2018 at 4:31 am

    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.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply March 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

      The waiting game begins! It’s the perfect time to make a solid plan for your van layout and everything; it’s fun actually, enjoy the process!!

  4. Comment by Simon

    Simon Reply February 12, 2016 at 10:28 am

    BOOM! Awesome selection, can’t wait to see the beast!

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