Welcome Home!

Before we start, we just want to let you know that everything shown below is detailed in our Build Journal: how it’s built, construction materials, products we used, cost, etc. Feel free to take a look!

At First Glance

This is an off-the-grid, four seasons adventure van designed for two persons living full time in it.

Faroutride Van Interior (17)
Faroutride Van Interior (15)
Faroutride Van BC

The Van

We built it from a Ford Transit 2016 High-Roof, Extended-Length with 3.7 gas engine and Limited Slip Differential (LSD).

Faroutride Van Exterior (6)


We installed a propane range, running water and a refrigerator/freezer powered by solar.

Faroutride Kitchen 3
Faroutride Kitchen 1
Faroutride Kitchen 2

Living Room

Our living room also serves as a dining room / office room …and toilet room!

Faroutride Van Interior (21)
Faroutride Van Interior (20)
Faroutride Van Interior (19)
Faroutride Van Interior (18)


The double mattress is perfect for two and the multiple storage compartments help us stay organized in this small space.


We store our outdoor gear and other equipment under the bed. Everything is easily accessed thanks to the dual sliders system.

Eccotemp Shower Camper Van Conversion


We have a propane on-demand hot shower system in the back of the van. We get some privacy by installing a curtain between the rear doors.

Faroutride Hot Shower
Faroutride Hot Shower System

The Adventures

We use the van as a base camp for mountain biking and backcountry skiing adventures. See you on the road!

Faroutride Outdoor (1)
Faroutride Dirt (2)
Faroutride Drop Doumont Trails
Faroutride Snow (7)
Faroutride Snow (6)

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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 Greg

    Greg Reply November 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I see photos in the snow. I’m curious how the vehicle handles in snow not being 4 wd.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 7, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Greg,
      following our first winter chasing snow, we wrote a full article on winter living (including our thoughts on the 2wd VS 4wd): https://faroutride.com/winter-vanlife

      It should answer your questions!

  2. Comment by e.mc

    e.mc Reply September 5, 2018 at 12:24 am

    I love everything about your build and I’m getting ready to pull the trigger myself! Just wondering though, I plan to spend a lot of time in warmer climates, do you have any sort of AC?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply September 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

      The van has AC, that’s it. It’s OK while driving, but not when parked. We don’t really like heat, so we travel following cooler seasons and places. It works for us.

      If you spend most of your time in hot climate, don’t get a dark van! And make sure to have good window covers (with reflectix or such).

      Good luck!

  3. Comment by Cathy

    Cathy Reply August 5, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Just found your page. I am wondering what you use to heat your van.

  4. Comment by Shi Hong

    Shi Hong Reply July 16, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I just came across your site and think you did a great job. I have chosen the same vehicle for my conversion. I need a good drawing of the dimensions for the Transit 350 high top extended. You you please direct me where I could find this ? Thank you

  5. Comment by Kevin

    Kevin Reply July 10, 2018 at 1:28 am

    I am interested in the driver’s swivel and the necessary leg room when its in the swivel position. How much space is there between the driver’s seat in the swiveled position and the green bench? After the build, do you wish you could change the size of that gap? And now that you’re in the van, is it comfortable to sit and work in that seat? Where do you put a laptop when in the driver’s seat?

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply July 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Kevin,
      There is about 8 inches gap. It’s comfortable to sit but it’s not an ergonomic position if you plan on working several hours; for many hours work I place the bamboo table (shown here) on “top” of the green couch so I can bring the table closer to me and then I have a good position. You can look these guys as they designed a full workstation in their van.

  6. Comment by Luke

    Luke Reply July 9, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Stunning van, well built and all the things you need! Good job and may the adventures continue. Perhaps you could check our page out? http://www.mtbvanlife.co.uk

  7. Comment by Sarah

    Sarah Reply April 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I love your build! It has all the components I would want in my own design. And I want a Transit for the ceiling height, as I am 6’2″. My husband and I are RVers, but are toying with the idea of doing a stealth mode van…Thank you for this page!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply April 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      If you don’t mind the downsizing, that’s a good idea! Happy travels 🙂

  8. Comment by Philip

    Philip Reply April 14, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I’ve been lurking on the site for months, dreaming of following the footsteps you two have laid here. Now, I own a 2016 transit high and long and am using your build as my main base and model. (Why reinvent the wheel?). THANK YOU two for all the hard work and all of the guides!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply April 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

      No problem 🙂
      Enjoy the build!


  9. Comment by Ron

    Ron Reply April 7, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Just keyed into your page. Donated a bit to show appreciation for what you’re doing for the vanlife community. I will be buying a transit and making this happen as I just sold my boat, and am ready for a change.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply April 7, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Nice, thank you so much!
      Good luck with you new project and have fun building that thing 🙂


  10. Comment by Bryan

    Bryan Reply April 4, 2018 at 9:51 am

    I got interested in the van life from Alexander aka the “simple track sampler”. As I was looking, I’ve noticed the Ford transit was the best bang for my buck. I definately will be working to making this dream come true in the future. I came upon this page looking for builds with this vehicle option. This is very helpful and cannot wait to see more videos as I am an up and coming mountain biker and there is nothing to ride in Louisiana. I’m ready to take things to the road!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply April 4, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Exciting times! I wish you luck in your project 🙂 We’re in Squamish (BC) right now and the riding is incredible, it feels great being mobile!
      Let us know if you have any question.


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