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Talking Mullligan Stew : D

I've decided to go ahead and begin my thread on my new Transit even though I don't have it yet. It will be a very slow process to actually convert it into a camper van... I have at least 6 months to decide and if I don't do anything permanent, another six months before the insurance company will balk.

I've been planning this for 2 solid years and have 4 nearly full composition books to prove it (How, What, When, Where) hahaha I have seen hundreds of youtube how to videos and bookmarked the good ones (for me) but that computer needed to be scorched earth and I lost all my bookmarks in the process. Back almost to square one.


I have the Prodex order from the first van order plans. This Mulligan Van will have the Ford full cargo area rubber mat (since I did not order the rear A/C). My first plan is to put Prodex beneath the rubber flooring and replace the flooring. If there are tricks to removing the door edging, let me know (give me a link if I miss it). I am an avid user of the search here, so I'll probably only ask if I get frozen.

Though I haven't fully decided how I will outfit my van, I have some good ideas I think will work, and will probably put floor protectors (rubber on both sides to prevent sliding) under the feet so no gouging of the mat occurs. I'm also thinking about Velcro strapping any "furniture" in.

I'm watching the other build threads, and appreciate the pictures. Along with your builds and the BEMM I will have a good plan on where to put (future use) shore power and hook ups and where to put access points to the conduit I plan to place for additional wiring.

I'm a ham radio operator and putting the antenna on the center line of the roof, as the BEMM only allows, is impossible. I've decided to build a hitch receiver mount since I ordered the tow package...and I have a receiver already because I've used a wheelchair carrier on my car for years. I haven't even ordered the new antenna yet! I had hoped to at least put a ladder on the back door and attach the antenna to that, but alas the BEMM won't allow drilling as the (unneeded) ladder would need. The hitch mount will set it farther from the van which is good, and I hadn't planned on working while driving anyway.

Something else I'd like input on is the replacement of the spare tire. That under chassis space appears to be a high value commodity to me, and have asked the dealer to see if he can find an allowable rear door spare tire carrier for this Transit.

I don't want to do anything really permanent (except the insulation/finishing and side door chair ramp) because I move things around a lot IRL... and I won't know what I want where or even what I need versus what I want too! The 6 month break-in will also allow me to figure out what storage options I prefer, what works for me.

Welcome to my Mulligan Stew thread! I tell my service dog, "Oh the places we'll go!"

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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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this ladder clamps to the back door, (no drill) i was unclear about your roof height but they show them here for all 3 sizes! https://www.inlad.com/prime-design-r...9?page_id=1066
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Mulligan has arrived!
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As I begin the conversion...

I have to take it by the insurance company tomorrow, so nothing major today. They refuse to insure anything but what the factory installed, at this point.

I've begun on the Prodex installation, below the windows and find I don't even need to use the double stick tape hardly at all. I'm "boxing" the areas, making pockets with the prodex and taping the seams with the flexible hvac metal tape, and taping the edges to the sharp van openings. I think this will work better since the air pocket between my "prodex pockets" and the outer van wall will be somewhat bigger than if I double stick the prodex to the van wall, even though only "every 2 feet"... Yeah. Movable air but sealed from the interior air. I think it's looking rather good.

I'm also seriously considering putting up inner lower "walls" of the prodex to complete the barrier... then maybe covering with coroplast or such.
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i just came across this new mini roof rack in the 'u.s. upfitters' catalog and i remembered this thread about ham radio antennas, this rack fits the transit brake light and is a no drill mount, it might be perfect for ham radio antennas, tv antennas, back up cameras, back up lights, flood lights, or whatever! https://www.inlad.com/acari-22-roof-...2?page_id=1173
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So noted! Thanks I took a scan of it and bookmarked it...

In the same vein I am trying to see if anyone makes a cable/power cord for a 12v outlet (cigar lighter shape) to a 12v pin connection *such as you find on the 12v power cord on my ham rig! Sigh I need to recheck the wattage rating on the Transit's rear 12v outlet...

Also, Ideally I could get a separate agm for the ham rig, and use the trickle charger from the 12v to recharge the battery, right?


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perhaps something from MFJ Enterprises for an adapter, i know they make some nice DC distribution outlet strips. sterling makes battery to battery chargers in all sizes and prices ranges.

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Guess I'm in too much pain to be doing anything these weeks... even though my brain wants to get things done.

MFJ used to be the go-to place... not so much anymore but I hadn't even looked DOH!


I HAVE about decided to go buy batting for stuffing any inside cutaway areas that I'm not going to use for storage.. .quilt batting is about half the price of auto batting like thinsulate... I think. Used for warmth, insulation go figure Might be how thinsulate got it's start?

Now to think about looking at pics to find that hole in the floor near the slider??? Did I read that someplace?

Back to the heating pad...


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Thanks. Found the cable I need... now to be sure the 12v outlet can handle 20A...

just putting this here, as I tend to need to refer to it...Keyless entry Page 134 of BEMM aux switches


Hmmm

Power Outet / Cigar Lighter
Both features adopt a 20A fusing strategy.

I have that too... but not planning on operating through the cigar lighter!
I assume it is MOBILE operation they are limiting to 50w? (page 10)


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