Ford Transit Adventure Van build

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  1. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    We see a ton of Sprinter builds... I sold my loved 2008 Sprinter that I just remodeled and decided to build another on a new Transit. Ford Transit 147" High roof, Eco-boost.
    Here is Xplor 1.
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    The new Xplor 2.

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    first pulled the rubber floor and installed foam board between the ridges on the floor.

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    taped it down..
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    installed insulated foil back close cell foam...

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    used the mat to create a floor from 1/2 MDF. Extended the wood to the rear door 5" and added 3 inches to the step area...
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    loaded the walls, roof, and wheel wells with Rockville foil backed butyl rubber. I install 50 square feet thus far, I have another 50 feet to install.

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    Today I was building the horseshoe bed / dinette frame out of 80/20 1" black anodized aluminum. What you see here took 14 sticks 6' foot long of 80/20. I made most on the angle brackets myself. The system uses 1/4 3/4" carriage bolts in the slots.
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    I bolted the structure to the factor metric rivet nuts using a L bracket. Installed rubber washer to control squeeks.


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    Even had snow here in southern Louisiana !!!
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    next up... Maxxfan install , cutting a hole in the roof. Yikes!

    Upper cabinets, kitchen, flooring, more insulation, electrical, fridge, sink, front seat spin around adapter plate, and wall / ceiling coverings.




    Why these door have all these holes? It looks bad and will need to be build some sort of trim. Also I will need to relocate the speaker.

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  2. mbabc

    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Can't wait to see this build HiTech. Got my popcorn and a cold one...
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  3. klp

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    Looks good!

    I am not sure about the door holes, my van has fewer as I have a low roof. My plan is to make small panels or simply glue fabric to them.
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    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    Looking nice.

    I really like the use of the aluminum extrusions as your framing...saves a lot of weight. IMO many of the wood framed self built vans seem to be very overbuilt & heavy - and all that's before you load your gear up.

    I miss van's having the rear door "flipper" windows...on my old conversion we made screens with velcro and when at camp the ability to have the two rear and two side windows and a roof vent going (even in rain) was excellent.
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    Yinzer Moto Long timer Supporter

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    Subscribed. Looks like a great start.

    I would guess the holes in the door are for plastic trim on the passenger version.
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    Like!

    Was diesel an option, or do you prefer the Ecoboost?
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    Chrismcp12 Been here awhile

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    Cool...


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  10. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    added one side cabinet today.

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    Made this little bracket to hang the cabinet structure.
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    Then added more insulation!

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    Then added another 50 square feet of Rockville butyl mat.

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    Inside the door too. This is a pic when we started. We loaded it down.

    Quite as a limo now!!!

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  11. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    New diesel are too complicated with the new DEF systems so I decide to go with a gas motor. Diesel here is $.30 more a gallon so the price per mile on this one is the same as my 2008 Sprinter.

    The Transit is easier to build in versus the Mercedes, the walls are square.

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  12. pvangel

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    Very cool, I hope to start one soon so will be following.

    I briefly looked at the 80/20 material, where did you buy it? Seems there are so many choices of connectors and different tubes it is complicated but I guess once you do it it is easy to figure out?
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  13. sailer

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    brilliant install and mounting
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  14. PoundSand

    PoundSand Long timer

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    They have a eBay store, with some decent prices on off lots that can be helpful for getting some pieces without breaking the bank.

    Take a look at the 8-900 page catalog - helps to give an overview of the system. They also have a good YouTube channel.
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  15. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Zoro... 80/20 1010 $28 for a 72" stick. Buy 1/4" x 3/4 " carriage bolts. Cut angle for corner brackets. Saw bade was &70 at Lowes. Don't get overwhelmed by the 80 /20 catalog.... I did and did not need any of the expensive stuff!
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  16. pvangel

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    I started to look at the videos from 80/20 on Youtube, pretty cool what you can do but like your theory HTC.

    All this sound deading sheets seem ridiculously priced? What about using ICE&WATER (http://www.gaf.com/Roofing/Residential/Products/Leak_Barriers) , it is thick self stick rubber but without the tin foil on it?
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  17. crawdad

    crawdad Been here awhile

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    I'm pretty sure I&W is asphalt based. I wonder if that might make a nasty and maybe smelly mess in a hot interior?
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  18. pvangel

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    I think it is more rubber then asphalt but will look into it.
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    I used Peel & Stick roof patch in my Westy doors after running out of the premium brand soundproofing B-Quiet and noticed no difference in quality between the two. P&S is less than half the cost per square foot and is available off the shelf ten minutes from home.
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  20. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    The foil gives you insulating properties. I shot it with my thermal gun with the sun beating on the side of the van and it was a 10 deg F difference. *0 vs 70.

    Butyl does not have the off gassing like asphalt. You may find stuff cheaper , but personally I got tired of researching. I bought what others used.


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