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Family Wagon/Simple Camper

We received our 2016 Transit 350 XLT wagon on 12/13/16 and this thread will track our buildout. Going to haul our family of 3 (maybe 4) and serve as a place to camp and haul bikes/surfboards.

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First thing we did was window tint. Went with 18% which is close to factory privacy glass. We might go get darker film on the rear doors and back windows or just make window shades.


Next was installing Cooper AT3 245/70/R16 and leaving on our first trip. Put 500 miles on it in the first couple days.



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Seat removal: Since we really only need the second row of seats we decided to remove the fourth row, single jump seat and leave the third row 2-seater for now. The jump seat floor brackets are raised above the floor and look quite dangerous. I stuck some foam over them but ended up taking out the floor to insulate and removed the brackets, as well as the fourth row mounts.




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Insulation Part 1- Floor and walks under the windows. Pulled the rear scuff plate and slider scuff plate and out came the factory carpet floor. Then pulled the wheel well covers and black trim panels.

We used HushMat on the floor and inside the wall panels. It sticks on very easily. Then added Thinsulate (from Hein) to the wall cavities and a bit to the underside of the factory floor (why not??)

Put everything back in including the two seats. Next up: insulate the slider and rear doors.






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Cabin Air Filter: Forgot that we installed a cabin air filter from Grainger. Well worth the $25.

More info here. In cabin air filter


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Curious on what you find when you start working on the slider. I started to take the panel off and gave up when I couldn't get the clips in the center to pop loose. They are just far enough that I couldn't reach them and there wasn't a good place to pry against either.
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The slider panels were a little tricky to get off. There's about seven screws and four black clips. Some of the screws are only accessible from the back of the door with it open. I peeked back the dust covers with a razor blade and then added Thinsulate. Take your time popping off the panel. It takes some effort.



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Looks great, enjoy the quieter ride. I had good luck removing the plastic with a sharp pull at about 90 deg, you don't have to razor it all off. Just get it started and a good tug removes it.
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Just finished adding Thinsulate to the rear doors. Right door needs the yellow plastic handle popped off then just pull around the outside. The left door had three clips with grey covers and I didn't remove the entire panel. I just pulled it back and stuff insulation into the cavity. No dust cover on that door.



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I love seeing your progress and pictures, especially of mods to a wagon.
Do you have any sketch or drawing of what your layout will be?

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I love seeing your progress and pictures, especially of mods to a wagon.
Do you have any sketch or drawing of what your layout will be?
Thank you. I'm trying to document some of my progress because I know there's a lot less wagon information on the forum.

As far a layout, we're keeping it simple and plan on the following:
-Platform bed (we can sleep sideways) but want it high enough to keep bikes underneath
-MaxxAir Fan (add thinsulate insulation to the roof when we pull the headliner)
-Portable Fridge
-House Battery (If necessary)
-Awning (maybe)

Not sure what else, but that's the basics and we'll go camp and add stuff if we think we need it.
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