Transit Empty Weight

That’s specific to the High-Roof, Extended-Length cargo van.


Conversion Added Weight

THAT’S THE ADDED WEIGHT FROM THE CONVERSION. Includes everything from our Build Journal: all permanent structure and all permanent appliances (fridge, range, etc). No humans. Empty fresh water tank & propane tank.


Payload Weight

THAT’S THE PAYLOAD when hitting the road at Day 1 of VanLife. Excludes the conversion added weight. Includes all humans (2), full fresh water tank, full gas tank, summer & winter gear, food (a lot), etc, etc


Faroutvan Total Weight

THAT’S THE VAN, THE CONVERSION & THE PAYLOAD. As weighted when hitting the road at Day 1 of The Ride. Includes all humans, full fresh water tank, full gas tank, summer & winter gear, food, etc, etc


On Second Thought

Conversion Added Weight + Payload Weight = 3500 lbs. That’s the max payload capacity of our Transit (Extended Length, High Roof, T250, 3.7L Engine)! We didn’t expect to be carrying that much; we will re-weight the van after a while because we left with much stuff than needed (food and misc) when emptying the house.

For sure, we’re glad we installed the Air Lift Suspension a few weeks ago:

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  1. Comment by Lise Lussier

    Lise Lussier Reply November 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    J’aimerais savoir comment se comporte le moteur de la van en montagne, compte tenu de son poids total. Cette question me préoccupe grandement avant s’entreprendre mon voyage vers l’Ouest Canadiens et Américain. On m’a dit que ce type de véhicule/moteur n’est pas concu pour supporter un tel poids en montagne. Votre opinion/expérience. (J’ai un GMC Savana mais ça demeure la même catégorie de véhicule).

    Merci à l’avance. J’aime beaucoup vous lire et vous suivre.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply November 21, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Le moteur va vous amenez du point A au point B en montagne, pas de souci. Mais dans les pentes abruptes, attendez-vous à ralentir. Si vous avez le budget, l’Ecoboost est une très bonne option; c’est certain qu’il a plus de puissance!

      Bonne chance dans vos décisions,

  2. Comment by GWeidner

    GWeidner Reply July 19, 2018 at 10:47 am

    You may want to think about adding a power “Chip” for the 3.7L – you can get additional HP (probably about a 20 HP boost) and it really smooths out the transmission and holds each gear a bit longer when you need it. I have a 2017 T-350 Ext/Hi with the 4:10 gears – it won’t help the mpg but will power up the hills. For those of you trying to decide on the EcoBoost or not – consider that the Turbos add maintenance $ as well.

  3. Comment by John Gassel

    John Gassel Reply June 6, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Have you guys had a chance to weigh your van again lately? I’m curious what your actual total weight number really is since you stuffed it extra full for the number you listed.

    I’m almost done with our base conversion and have the same van as you. Just weighed it at 7250 lbs (1,800 lbs build weight). For us, that number includes a full tank of gas, no humans, no water.

    From my research, curb weight does include a full tank of gas. As a result, I think you misrepresented your build weight vs. payload weight. The full tank of gas should have been added in when measuring your conversion weight making it ~1950lbs and your payload weight ~1550lbs. Do you agree?

    I’m so close to your weight that this 150lb swing has got me thinking about how much headroom I have while I finish off my garage build! Go big or go light?

    Thanks as always,

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply June 7, 2018 at 10:09 am

      We haven’t weigh the van again, but I’ve been thinking about it (and procrastinating about it).

      I think I did the math thinking the curb weight was with an empty tank, so my numbers might be a little off…

      Thanks for bringing that up, I’ll try the re-weight the van and post an update!


  4. Comment by Alejandro

    Alejandro Reply February 22, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Hi guys,

    I just put in my order for my extended high roof transit last week. Thank you for all the research you guys have put together. In the past, midway through building something I just want to get it over with and have no drive to take pictures and document…so I am guessing there were days like that for your guys. The effort on those days is very much appreciated!

    Enjoy your freedom!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply February 24, 2018 at 9:30 am

      You’re right, taking photos and do the write-up stopped the momentum and slow-down the conversion; it was frustrating at times, but looking back we’re SO glad we did it 🙂
      Thanks for taking the time to write!

      Have fun building that thing! Cheers!

  5. Comment by Noah

    Noah Reply January 28, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Hey there! From everything I’ve read, the curb weight includes a full tank of gas, so perhaps you could even knock 200lb. off your payload weight calculation? We drove ours onto a CAT truck scale and downloaded the app and found out each axle weight in about 5 minutes. Was really interesting to see down to the lb. exactly how much we added!

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply January 28, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Huh, thanks for the info, we’ll look into it. Now that winter is here, we should go onto one of those CAT scale to weight or rear VS front axle…

      Have a good one!

  6. Comment by Aaron Traxinger

    Aaron Traxinger Reply August 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I am not planning on the full range/stove (just a simple 2 burner top) and our batteries should be lighter but you have be wondering if I should save up an additional $1200 to bump the payload up to 4120 from the 3620 on the Ecoboost. Also which rear axle did you get? I am a Tacoma guy and love to get lost in there forums. When ever guys up there tire size they tend to re-gear to a bigger ratio to overcome some power loss. I plan to just stick with the 3.31 for the sake of mpgs but thought I would ask. Its not like I am putting 33 inch tires on it 🙂

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      We have the 4.10; that was our only choice with the 3.7 engine and High-Roof Extended Length van.

      We can definitely feel the weight while driving (acceleration, stop, curves) but it’s very manageable.

      P.S. Just dropped you an email


  7. Comment by Wes Greenwood

    Wes Greenwood Reply August 17, 2017 at 9:48 am

    How’s the 3.7l engine doing at almost max weight?

    It was something I was curious about when looking at vans.

    • Comment by Antoine

      Antoine Reply August 17, 2017 at 10:36 am

      The route to Platsburg was pretty flat, so the engine was just fine hehe!
      Future will tell…

      • Comment by Terence Moores

        Terence Moores Reply December 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

        Are you still have with the 3.7L with your payload or would you now opt for the Eco Boost?

        • Comment by Antoine

          Antoine Reply December 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

          If we would live on the east coast (rather flat), we would still opt for the 3.7. For the west coast, eco boost…

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