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FarOutVan: 148" HR EL campervan conversion for mountain-biking and backcountry skiing

IT’S OURS.
Today, we finally took possession of the van.



LET’S GET THIS DONE!
We took advantage of the 2016 rainy winter to plan everything well in advance. We documented our “long term” conversion planning here. That’s our first steps into the camper-van conversion world: components selection, decisions justification, reading notes and so on.

To help us with the van layout, we produced a 3D CAD model that can be visualized and manipulated here.

According to our Cost and Labor analysis, we need 325 man-hours to get done with the conversion. That’s probably optimistic, so let’s say 400 man-hours (still optimistic but what the heck) over 6 months (before winter) that gives us 67 hours per month. With work and mountain biking, it’s unlikely that we can spend that much time on the van… so the project might extend up to early 2017.

There is a logical sequence for the conversion: for example the awning must be installed before the insulation (for access); electrical wires after the insulation; and so on. We set up our Work and Material planning page to ensure we do everything in the right order and also to make sure we have all the products in hand when it’s time to do a specific task.


WE HAVE A PLAN, WE HAVE A VAN: IT’S TIME TO BUILD!
The build will be documented in our Build Journal.


This is our first conversion and we are not very skilled with tools;
however we're motivated and enthusiastic to learn!! Let's see how it goes...

CHEERS!
And thanks to all on this forum; hopefully we can give back to other members as well


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Looking forward to what you come up with. Good call on the 3.7! It's an incredible little motor.
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That is a striking photo, with the sky seeming to parallel the van's color... or, the other way 'round.
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Your van looks great! We have very similar vans for the same purpose. Maybe I'll bump into you at Kingdom Trails... I was there last weekend for my van's maiden voyage.

I see you weren't wasting any time getting some bigger tires! What size did you go with?
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Yo, Nomad,
Where do you park at kingdom trails?
Might be up there soon.

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13 Feb 15 ordered: EL HR 350 SRW w. 3.5L, 3.31LS, MFT, and a bunch of other stuff.
21 May update: Annie the Van is home!
Ongoing: Camper conversion is in progress.
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Your well prepared for the conversion. Wish you good luck and enjoyment.

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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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i smell a potential van/mtb meet up in the future...
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I see you weren't wasting any time getting some bigger tires! What size did you go with?
We went with BFG KO2 225/75/R16 (29.2" diameter). I think 245/75/R16 (30.4" diameter) might have fit, but we wanted enough clearance for chains.
We played a bit in wet grass and the tires, along with the limited slip seems to work well

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i smell a potential van/mtb meet up in the future...
YES! We ride 3-4 times a week at our local trails (north of Montreal) and we're weekend warriors... we travel quite a lot for riding. We were in Waterbury/Stowe (great trails & beer we LOVE it) last week, we're going to Kingdom Trails soon for sure. There is a lot of sweet spots in Quebec too; add "Vallée Bras-du-Nord" to your to-do list! The scenery and trails are incredible: http://www.mtbvt.com/archives/21384 . Don't miss the "Nelson" trail.
From there you can also hit "Sentiers du Moulin" http://www.sentiersdumoulin.com/acti...loMontagne.php and then visit Quebec city.


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We went with BFG KO2 225/75/R16 (29.2" diameter). I think 245/75/R16 (30.4" diameter) might have fit, but we wanted enough clearance for chains.
We played a bit in wet grass and the tires, along with the limited slip seems to work well



YES! We ride 3-4 times a week at our local trails (north of Montreal) and we're weekend warriors... we travel quite a lot for riding. We were in Waterbury/Stowe (great trails & beer we LOVE it) last week, we're going to Kingdom Trails soon for sure. There is a lot of sweet spots in Quebec too; add "Vallée Bras-du-Nord" to your to-do list! The scenery and trails are incredible: http://www.mtbvt.com/archives/21384 . Don't miss the "Nelson" trail.
From there you can also hit "Sentiers du Moulin" http://www.sentiersdumoulin.com/acti...loMontagne.php and then visit Quebec city.

I ride sentier du moulin et vallée bras du nord some times and they are great. I prefer Vallée bras du nord. We have a lot of trails here near of Quebec city. St-Emile, Mont Myriam Bédard, Lorette Ville, Lac beauport, are all great trails.

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