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Hi!

So we finally took the plunge and bought (and received) our Ford Transit (148" wheel base, high-roof, extended-length). This is a pretty big deal for us, as the van also come with this promise for 2017: to leave our jobs, sell the house and travel the america for at least a year (or more if we can support it financially) and just RIDE (splitboarding & mountain-biking). Then, after the trip, we will relocate permanently on the west-coast, in the mountains, somewhere, and use the van for our (shorter) travels...


We're not skilled with tools, but we're motivated and are willing to learn throughout the process. Let's see how it will work out!!


Here is what we did so far:

1- Switched the tires for BFG KO2 225/75/R16


2- Installed the Maxxair Fan. See our post here.


3- Installed 2x 160W solar panels using 3M VHB tape. See our post here.


4- Install passenger swivel seat. See our post here.


5- Install Fiamma F45 awning. See our post here.


6- Install insulated Floor. See our post here.


7- Install Webasto air heater. See our post here.


8- Install Thinsulate noise & thermal insulation. See our post here.


9- This is how we avoid drilling holes in the van: PLUSNUT! See our post here.


10- To be continued!

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Platform Bed Installation

We wanted a permanent raised bed above the "garage" (over the mountain bikes and other equipment); no need to fold/unfold the bed at night & it creates a lot of storage room.

Here is the installation writeup:
Platform Bed Installation | FarOutRide





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Slide-Out Bike Rack

A campervan conversion for Mountain-Biking deserve proper mountain-bike rack!
We wanted the bikes to be stored inside the van & to be easily loaded/unloaded. The tray extend 48" and locks fully in or out position.

Slide-Out Bike Rack | FarOutRide



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Thanks for sharing the great van and writing up your mods/progress!

Really love the sliding rack. Now I want one in my Element...

Keep chasing the dreams,
Paul
 

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Fridge & Electrical System Cabinet

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends on this forum! (a day late…)
We’re grateful for all the help we got from this community in making this crazy project a reality!

Posting detailed articles about our build is our way of giving back or inspire others fellow member of this community, hopefully it did.

This is how we built our Fridge & Electrical System cabinet:
Fridge & Electrical System Cabinet | FarOutRide



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Just a quick update on the Webasto.

As others mentioned before us, it is quite noisy! To reduce the noise, we performed a few modifications.
It did not drastically reduced the noise, but help a little. We say it's worth doing it.

Webasto Air Heater Noise Reduction | FarOutRide


 

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Webasto / Espar High Altitudes

The Webasto / Espar Diesel air heaters are susceptible of accumulating diesel deposit (a.k.a. “coking”) at higher altitudes because the ratio of oxygen VS fuel is lowered (i.e. the mix is too “rich” in fuel). This coking would eventually accumulate and lead to malfunction / loss of performance.

For the Espar, the solution is to add a high-altitude module. (more details in the post)
For the Webasto, there is no physical part to add; the unit must be programmed for high altitudes. (more details in the post)

Webasto / Espar: High Altitudes Usage | FarOutRide





 

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Electrical System Installation

We're a bit late on the post, but here is our electrical system installation!
We used it for a few summer week-long trips and it has served us very well so far :)
The winter test will happened next week, throughout the holidays, while we will spend a week in the backcountry for some splitboarding adventures.

Electrical System Installation | FarOutRide


 

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Electrical System Design

We also entirely re-written our page about the Electrical System Design.
We tried to make it comprehensive for someone who is not very familiar with the topic.
Did we missed anything (without going into too much details)?

Electrical System Design | FarOutRide




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Show her.
We're a much happier couple since we have that van!
(It's a lie. Converting this van has been very hard on our couple. BUT, travelling with the van is a reminder that this was all SO worth it. BEST-ADVENTURES-EVER)
 

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Wow, we were featured on Go-Van today :eek:

We're so into this project, seeing this with hindsight reminded us the last 8 months just flew by. It's crazy seeing Isabelle standing in this empty cargo van for the first time, we were so excited. But we had no idea all the work that was ahead of us...

But this is far from finished, let's get back to work!!

You can check out the Go-Van post here:
https://www.facebook.com/govancom/posts/840852159396070




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