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Fan Installed!

The conversion has started!

This is the true story of how we installed the Maxxair Maxxfan deluxe 6200K on our Ford Transit Campervan:

http://faroutride.com/fan-installation/



FIRST STEP:


LAST STEP:


NOTE:

Because

1- documenting the whole process takes much more time than anticipated;
2- transferring the pictures on this forum would take even more time;
3- time = actual work on our van conversion

I decided not to duplicate the content here... please use the link above. Thanks for your comprehension!

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Great fan install post!

You two seem like a lot of fun. Enjoy the build, it's almost as much fun as using the van. I look forward to future updates.

My thread has not been updated in a while, I agree the process of documenting and posting can eat up a lot of time.
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Great description. Now have fun!

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Replace(d) my old Dodge B-250 with a new Ford Tansit-250 LWB Medium Roof and convert it into a full-fledge RV with ultimately all amenities imaginable!


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Nice work. Looking forward to your future post.

2016 350 HD SRW Transit HR Van 148″, 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 Engine, 3.31 Limited Slip Axle, QuadVan 4×4, SYNC 3, Pewter power 10 way seats, Reverse, parking alert, Lane keeping alert, Dual batteries, Trailer tow package, PATS, Anti-Theft, Upfitter switches, Running Board, Privacy Glass

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Great post. I am really enjoying reading about your build.
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Solar Panels installed!

The conversion continues...

We attached our 2x 160W solar panels with 3M VHB tape; no holes except for the electrical cables.

Complete write-up and pictures here:
http://faroutride.com/solar-panels-installation/



THERE ARE OTHERS ENERGY SOURCES THAN THE SUN...


AND OF COURSE, THE FINAL STEP...


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Fan air intake

A few notes on the Fan Installation.

As suggested by EddieZ here, we've been using the existing 4 cutouts in the D Pillar at the rear of the van for air intake.

So far, we just removed the plastic covers.

Results: It is working, but we feel that the air intake is somewhat insufficient. Starting at level 3 or 4 (out of 10) the fan starts to "whistle" and kinda struggle to get some air. Do you get the same impressions with your setup?

So we might have to add a cutout at some point.

Cutouts with plastic covers on:


plastic covers off:


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Swivel seat installation

We bought 2 DiscountVanTruck.com swivel seat plates with the intention on installing them on both driver & passenger side. To install on the driver side, you have to perform the handbrake mod as described here.

A few notes:
1- With the dual AGM batteries, the big bolt in the center of the swivel will interfere with the battery. No room for swivel here. Would it work with the SwivelRus?

2- The holes pattern did not match with the van base, so we had to elongate 2 holes.


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A few notes on the Fan Installation.

As suggested by EddieZ here, we've been using the existing 4 cutouts in the D Pillar at the rear of the van for air intake.

So far, we just removed the plastic covers.
Removing these rear frame seals will likely result in substantial road dust intake when traveling on gravel/dirt roads. Seems that this would be compounded if you are driving dirt and have the MaxxFan on and pulling air in.
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Removing these rear frame seals will likely result in substantial road dust intake when traveling on gravel/dirt roads. Seems that this would be compounded if you are driving dirt and have the MaxxFan on and pulling air in.
We did some dirt road, it's actuallly not so bad when driving; it seems the low pressure zone that attract the dust is not under the van but behind the door.
We parked for the night just beside that dirt road, then we had a lot of dirt inside because of other cars passing by!

We're eventually gonna add some dust filter...


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