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My minimalist flex-space conversion

Mine is nothing impressive, but I'll post it for the benefit of others that may be looking for info or ideas.

My conversion is for a Transit 250 with a medium roof.
I wanted to also thank everyone on this forum that helped answer my questions, or posted their builds to give others like me ideas on how to convert the van into a camper.

The design criteria was flexibility - I wanted my van to do many things, haul cargo, haul my motorcycle, be a camper. I wanted benches to sit on, the ability to sleep in it, when my motorcycle is in the van, and have a full bed in the back, when the motorcycle is out of the van.

Whatever I built should easily transform from a camping setup to a cargo van setup.

Here is the finished product:

I can add details in additional posts if there is interest.
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Cool! I like design for sure. Simple and smart. I like that you have a single or double bed option. I don't imagine it was super expensive witch is also a plus. The by closing bench is neat idea.

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slomo- nice, didn't see any brackets for the motorcycle mounts on the floor, dirt or Street. What type of mount are you going to use. Plan on doing something similar but I'm interested in how guys are doing it for bikes as well.
I have a KTM (dirt) and a Goldwing, Harley for street. I'll only load one at a time and was trying to figure out the best type of bike mount. Thanks for any help.


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Cool! I like design for sure. Simple and smart. I like that you have a single or double bed option. I don't imagine it was super expensive witch is also a plus. The by closing bench is neat idea.
I think I've spent under $500 on materials.
The most expensive items were the 2 Oak plywood boards and the 4x50 roll of Reflectix, which were around . Probably didn't have to buy Oak veener plywood, but I figured I wanted something nice to sleep and sit on.

I'll paint the legs black eventually, so they blend in more with the black panels on the van.
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slomo- nice, didn't see any brackets for the motorcycle mounts on the floor, dirt or Street. What type of mount are you going to use. Plan on doing something similar but I'm interested in how guys are doing it for bikes as well.
I have a KTM (dirt) and a Goldwing, Harley for street. I'll only load one at a time and was trying to figure out the best type of bike mount. Thanks for any help.
I am not using any mounts. I have a KTM 1190R with crash bars on the sides, and I use it to tie down to the anchor points on the side of the van. As long as there is equal-tension across all 4 points the bike stays very stable.

I used a Baxley wheel chock for my sportbikes in the past, but they don't fit the 21" wheel of my KTM, especially when it has knobby tires on. Baxley offers an adjustable model that will accommodate a 21" wheel, but I don't think I need it. The nice thing about those stands is you can wheel your front wheel into the stand, and it keeps your bike upright so you can go about completing strapping your bike down.

Check out BigDog's build thread, he uses a different stand (blue ones) that work for dirt bikes with tall fenders, but not bigger (& heavier) bikes.
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slomo- Okay, thanks. I'll be able to just tie my KTM (525exc) just like you did for the 1190. I was wanting something to do both, guess I'll continue to look around. The Goldwing has that huge front tire and the Hog has a 21"
front. I want to be able to get a removable mount and just leave a floor plate. So I was curious to what other guys were doing with their Transits.


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Years ago, I did a similar conversion on a Dodge 1-ton Maxi Van. I, too, had a fold down bed setup. As I have always been and always will be a dirt biker, I had to come up with a way to carry my bikes. I got some aluminum channel, may 3"-4" wide to use as wheel chocks. I hinged them on the bottom (front) and mounted them to my plywood floor. After cutting holes in the plywood, the channel would fold back and down even with the floor, when not in use. I even glued some matching carpet on the back of the channel, so it matched the carpet in the van. You hardly knew they were there when they were not being used. When they were in the upright position, I used a couple of hefty aluminum dowels that were angled at the top and machined to fit into holes in the channel to support them. I had some generic tie down hooks to secure everything.

If and when I end up with a Transit, it will definitely have the fold down bed and maybe a similar bike setup.
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Very cool layout.

But please, just say no to Vertical Videos.

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Nice job!

If I didn't NEED a permanent bench top, I'd use your idea for a fold-up model!

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Looks good! I've seen lots of camper conversions, but I have not seen this idea before. If there is a way to make the foldable leg supports out of 80/20 or other aluminum extrusion, might be even better. Nonetheless, kudos for thinking out-of-the-box.
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