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Old 10-16-2016, 01:27 AM   #1
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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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Old 10-17-2016, 04:29 PM   #2
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Congrats and take that plunge. You say your not skilled with tools, from the photos you are real good....keep us posted. Ron
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:58 PM   #3
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I like your sliding bike rack.


Have a good trip.


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Old 10-17-2016, 06:14 PM   #4
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re: Solar panel placement.


This might be a bit late for you...
but for the next guy building,
this is something to consider:

http://youtu.be/sJ9kDQHYQZk?t=285
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re: Solar panel placement.


This might be a bit late for you...
but for the next guy building,
this is something to consider:

http://youtu.be/sJ9kDQHYQZk?t=285

Thanks for sharing the video!

We went for a fixed installation of our solar panels (they cannot be tilted); since we donít spend much time at the same location when travelling, we decided it was not worth the trouble (and added weight) to make our solar panels tilt.

Also, we made sure our fan is far away from the panels to avoid any partial shade effect. (partial shading can turn a panel completely off if the panel is not equipped with bypass-diodes!)

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Old 10-19-2016, 12:48 AM   #6
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Very cool build and informative website. I especially appreciate the step-by-step documentation... something I often forgot to do while I was completing my build.
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Old 10-19-2016, 03:38 PM   #7
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Very cool build and informative website. I especially appreciate the step-by-step documentation... something I often forgot to do while I was completing my build.
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Phranc, your build is next level! So many well thought details and it look very professional. Good job!
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Old 11-01-2016, 12:12 PM   #8
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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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Old 11-01-2016, 04:24 PM   #9
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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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Old 11-14-2016, 10:52 PM   #10
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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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