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Just joined the forum. Currently looking for a Transit Van. The 4 cylinder flavor. Hope to have one before Thanksgiving. I am assuming I can convert the insides in less than 40 hours and for under $600.00.

Plans are to convert it to a mini-camper, usage would be 45 - 65 nights per year. My driving is a straight shot, around 98% major highway cruising along at 70 MPH or even slightly faster. Hope the vehicle lasts 3 to 4 years as each year is around 40K miles.

Planing two (2) 6 volt batteries to provide 180-ish amp hours (they are over 200 each but ensuring to keep 20% cushion). Only using "shore-power" at home to charge the system. Otherwise, relying on the bank of power while gone, e.g., 1 or 2 overnights per week, so that gives me around 80 to 90 amp hours per night. Worst case, everything gets turned off if I run out of juice and I have a few flashlights in the AM.

Bed in back running E-W / along the width (I'm 69" so pretty tight), above the height of wheel wells. Looking at something 36" wide. Would like to mount the TV on the very back and have a recliner also. Do not need running water, no cooking. Just a place to sleep or kill time until I sleep.

Looking at DC powered TV and disc player, and 1 or 2 fans. Not sure if A/C is possible, even running it 15 minutes every hour. Electric usage would generally be from 5 PM until 11 PM-ish, 1 or 2 nights per week.

Hoping to get at least 25 MPG to keep my fuel costs below $70 per round trip assuming price of fuel doesn't spike a bunch over $2 per gallon.

Goals: avoid hotel costs because I am just sleeping or killing time. Getting 25 MPG is slightly lower than my current DD.

Does the above sound unrealistic or too prone to problems or issues?
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Hope you live in Europe where they have a 4 cylinder engine.

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Welcome!

Based on our experience helping other DIYvan builders, its going to take more than 40 hours and $600 to do proper conversion containing the things you mention. It can be a fun, educational and rewarding project that you will enjoy when you are heading out on your first van adventure.

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Maybe this is a plan to convert a Transit Connect which might take less time and has a 4cy option.

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I guess I should have been more precise. Looking for a the "Ford Transit Connect" which comes in the 4 cylinder flavor and whatever variation that has the highest headroom in back.
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I guess I should have been more precise. Looking for a the "Ford Transit Connect" which comes in the 4 cylinder flavor and whatever variation that has the highest headroom in back.

StealthVan,

Unfortunately you have posted on the forum for the full size Transits (see forum header - above). It's a common mistake, other than both being Fords and sharing the description "Transit" , they are two different vehicles. Below is a link to the TC Forum, where you should be able to get info regarding similar builds (and vans)

Good luck in your build and travels.

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