Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Big Red Van

Here are a few photos of of our  FordTransit van that I'm outfitting as a camper van. I chose the Transit van over a Sprinter because it drives and handles better, should be more reliable, and can be fixed in almost any town in the US. (It has the same drive train as a basic Ford pickup truck).
I'm building the interior out of Baltic birch and maple, but with an oak countertop. It will have pressure water, a two burner marine alcohol stove, solar panels and, maybe a refrigerator and marine toilet. Were not sure about the last two items because we want to keep it super simple and be able to dry camp for two weeks at least. The next project is the overhead cabinets and ceiling panels, then the water tank, solar panels and house batteries.
Building has slowed during the winter, but it should be done sometime this spring. If all goes well it might end up as cool as the one below. We're looking forward to the van-life.


  1. Nice! I envy those that have the skills to do this themselves. We went with no built in toilet/black water tank and instead carry a Thetford porta potti that sits in a cabinet. We're happy with the choice. One thing I wish I had done differently was to have spec'd a larger fresh water tank. Our tank is 10 gallons which doesn't last as long as we would like. We carry extra fresh water tanks when we'll be away from a source for an extended time.

  2. Chris! Write more! I want to know what you're doing and how the van is coming.