Van Tour


Van Tour


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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


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)


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.

FarOutRide Garage Van Conversion
Faroutride Garage


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


We’ll make our own video at some point, but for now thanks to our friend Drew for shooting & editing this!


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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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!

52 thoughts on “Van Tour”

  1. Hi there! Just have to say thank you for creating such an expansive journal! Wish I’d found it sooner.

    I recently purchase a 97 Astro and am converting it, however there aren’t hardly any conversion guides for the specific model. The Astro has almost no straight lines. I was wondering if there is a post regarding ideas for properly converting the side and rear entry doors, and how you managed to wrestle all those nasty curvy contours in your build.

    Kind regards

  2. Planning on buying a Promaster 159 in about two weeks and starting the build. I’ve been doing the internet scouring for builds, materials, designs and every YT video out there for the past 6-weeks. Had I found this site I would have stopped in my tracks. This is the definitive site! Get a $5 a month Patreon sub and I’ll be in.. You have done an awesome!

  3. You have obviously gone to great lengths working out the heating/cooling (well, heating at least) for living purposes, but how about while you’re traveling? Since the “cockpit” isn’t really separated from the living space are the standard Ford Transit heat and A/C sufficient when you’re underway? I believe you mentioned the A/C works okay while driving in one of the comments, but how about heat?

    • The cabin heater push a LOT of heat, so it’s good to heat the living space when we drive; when we get to destination the van is nice and warm. It’s not the case for A/C though, it doesn’t really work for the living space…

  4. Great page, very inspiring. Question: What are your monthly costs to keep things running? From experience water dump gets expensive quickly, thoughts?

  5. Hi there,

    Thank you for all of the great information. We just downloaded your electrical plans and looking forward to studying them further.
    We are about to buy the NovaKool fridge and wondering if you are happy with the floor vent that you put in or would you do something different the next time. Also are you happy with the fridge?

    Thanks again,

  6. Incredible amount of work you two have done here, nice job. Just bought your wiring diagram, super helpful, thanks. Where did you put your shore power hookup on your van and do you have a product link for that?

  7. i’m a college student going for nursing, once i’m done with college i’m planning on traveling and nursing and i found the van life interesting and i want to build my own van. do you have any tips for me?

  8. Thanks for all the content, this is an amazing resource! Can you let me know how wide the center walkway (between the countertops) is? Do you find it’s wide enough to comfortably move around? Would you want it wider? Thanks!

    • We have 24″ wide, this dimension is driven by the fridge & oven depth. It’s perfect for one person, but two persons can’t really fit at once. We’re happy with it!

  9. 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?

    • Hey!
      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!

  10. 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

  11. 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?

    • 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

    • 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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