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Ordering Transit-What options for camper van?

Any thoughts or advice for options that I should get when ordering my van, I want to make it into a camper van.

I want to order a 250 high roof, extended length with the basic 3.7 engine. I want to get the bigger heavy duty alternator but should I also get the dual heavy duty batteries and small inverter? Should I get the mat for the floor in back since I will probably insulate and put plywood down?

What about Axle ratio the 4.10 or or the 3. one?
Tow package? Remote keyless entry keypad?

Any other must haves that I should get when ordering?

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I have all those features except the heavy duty alternator in a 350 instead of a 250. I would recommend all those things, especially the dual heavy batteries and inverter. The keypad is nice as well. Can you lay the plywood on top of mat floor for more sound proofing? It really cuts down on the noise in the back

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4.10 is not bad on gas, I have the tow package with it. You never know when you might need it

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I like the rear matt, it's $245 and should work like you said, under the plywood, I was just wondering if the $245 would buy more insulation though.

I wasn't sure about the 4.10 either, what would be the benefits of that over the 3.73? The 3.73 would have the engine at less rpms right? Which I would think might be better mileage on the highway. But would the 4.10 be better for performance and mileage in town?
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I would add limited slip and backup camera (although that may now be standard). Also, I really like the vinyl mat with felt backing in mine. It is very useful for now while I build. Keeps it quiet and protected until i get around to finishing the floor. Although I will eventually remove it due to concerns of trapping and holding moisture. It also makes for a nice template to use for subfloor.

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What I ordered for a conversion:

http://www.ortontransit.info/transit_order_page.php

Would order the same thing again if doing a conversion.
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What I ordered for a conversion:


Would order the same thing again if doing a conversion.
Yep, read your list when I was selecting ordering options.
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A lot of things can be added on later with aftermarket products, which are often better.

Some of the things that I think are better to order from the factory:
Limited Slip differential
Tow package (handy for hitch mount accessories if not for towing, also rear end protection)
Dual batteries
Windows (if desired)
Cruise control
Leather seats (still available?)

Some of the things I think are a waste of money to order from factory:
Radio system
Insulation
Wall paneling
rear camera (requires radio "upgrade")

One thing I'm not sure about:
wireless entry keypad. They are $70 for OEM keypad online and take less than 5 minutes to install and program, and you can decide where to put it. I don't know how much the option costs from Ford.

Aftermarket stuff you'll want to buy and install yourself:
Same as list of 'waste of money" above;
Good radio/GPS system
Hein's insulation
Rear camera(s) for the good radio/GPS system

I probably forgot stuff. I'm old. Others will fill in my blanks.
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I would get every option that you want right up front and I'd include the EcoBoost with a 3.73. I'd also bump it up to an extended 350HD wtith dual rear wheels.

Factory installed options have that 3 year warranty that you won't get with after market. The payment will be easier to make than it will be to come up with the bucks to add things later.

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I can only tell you what I recently ordered for the same purpose:
148" WB 350 SRW Ext High Roof (9500 GVWR) in boring but practical white
3.5L EcoBoost
3.31 LS differential
Tow package
Dual battery and heavy duty alternator
Rear windows only (I want tilt windows on sides and that does not seem to be a option any more)
Remote start
Keypad
Sync3 (I realize I could have probably gotten something cheaper aftermarket, but I wanted Apple CarPlay and it was one less thing to work on)
Heated short-arm side mirrors w/turn
Lane assist
Upfitter switches (should not have done this)
Cruise control

I think that's it.
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