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Any idea what that "vent" behind the right rear wheel is? It's in the second image of post 1.

I think it's a cabin air exhaust. Been looking all over my van for one, knew it had to be there somewhere. Thanks for pointing it out!
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If it is a cabin vent then it must have a way of keeping exhaust fumes out, maybe a flap valve. This might also have implications for people looking at an exhaust pipe extension or the placement of an Espar exhaust. And maybe people doing insulation.

I would like to know if it really is a vent and if so how it works. That might have to wait until my van arrives though. Maybe try to blow some smoke through it.

And if it is a vent then why do people report needing to also crack a window to get the slider to close properly?

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And if it is a vent then why do people report needing to also crack a window to get the slider to close properly?
I think the slider issue has been fixed. My inspections of vans on dealer lots in the last few months revealed that the older ones had quite a bit of variability, and the ones built from November on worked well. Mine is perfect...one hand operation, windows closed.

BTW, there is probably a vent on the drivers side, too. The wall panels that came with my van has slots cut into them on that side, down low behind the wheels. Both sides actually.
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i feel differently....

i want my vehicle to protect itself as well as me! its a huge investment that insc wont go fully good for!

i have never never been in any vehicle that deployed an airbag let alone a cucoon of airbags! must have nocked out the passengers...lol


i wish the side curtains were optional....

id feel better.

also the destruction from accidents really show how thin the vehicle is!

better not lean on it or it will dent......


rember, im looking at my transit as a part time home! with my conversion it will be my main investment that i will need to keep sound.
thats how im looking at it. its a nightmae to get in a tiny accident just to have the insc company total it out and then what ? wait another 4 months to get the replacemet and rebuild it all over again?

not my idea of secure feeling....
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remember...... i already have my own safety system in place!

i have a 10" thick queen size memory foam mattress in the cargo area that swoops in from behind when you hit something ......

it wraps you in luxury.... lol



IT SURE SUCKS MAKING TIME GO BUY WAITING FOR YOUR VEHICLE TO GET BUILT!
**** COME ON 2/22 GET HERE ALREADY, IM SICK OF DROOLING ALL OVER THE DAM CARGO VANS AT FORDS LOT , WHERE IS MY CAR!

ONLY THING I CAN DO IS IMAGINE THEM BUILDING ALL THE SMALL ASSEMBLIES RIGHT NOW>>>>>>
dash build, engine getting assembled, seats made, rims getting machined, printing my cb on the sync 3 system lol........ daydreaming again.

at least i have time to pick out the curtains.....12ft long x 30"wide
everything else is fricken done!

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Drooling...sorry, had to do it.

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i feel differently....

i want my vehicle to protect itself as well as me! its a huge investment that insc wont go fully good for!

i have never never been in any vehicle that deployed an airbag let alone a cucoon of airbags! must have nocked out the passengers...lol


i wish the side curtains were optional....

id feel better.

also the destruction from accidents really show how thin the vehicle is!

better not lean on it or it will dent......


rember, im looking at my transit as a part time home! with my conversion it will be my main investment that i will need to keep sound.
thats how im looking at it. its a nightmae to get in a tiny accident just to have the insc company total it out and then what ? wait another 4 months to get the replacemet and rebuild it all over again?

not my idea of secure feeling....
It's hard to know the magnitude of the impact from those images. The van appears to have been hit low and from the side, hard enough to distort the floorpan and ruin the sliding door.

It doesn't take much lateral acceleration to knock the passengers' heads into the side glass and cause traumatic brain injury. I would say that the most direct evidence that the acceleration forces were sufficient is the fact that the airbags deployed. It's possible the SRS system commanded a deployment when it shouldn't have, but we don't have proof of that.

As for the interior damage, I don't know how there could be any less. Only the trim in the immediate vicinity of the air bags is disturbed. The front driver and passenger bags did not deploy. Everything else looks fine to me.

If you're converting a cargo van, it won't have those big rear side curtains anyway.
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because i needed the headliner and plastics, i chose the wagon.....

in the bemm the airbag trigger sensor is right under the sliding door on that side...under the floor

the drivers side has 3 along the window line inside.

i wonder if you turn off passenger airbag.... with that key switch.... will that stop side curtains? or just dash side ab:


great question to know!!!


what exactly will the ab switch deactivate? how many ab?

please let us know!
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because i needed the headliner and plastics, i chose the wagon.....

in the bemm the airbag trigger sensor is right under the sliding door on that side...under the floor

the drivers side has 3 along the window line inside.

i wonder if you turn off passenger airbag.... with that key switch.... will that stop side curtains? or just dash side ab:


great question to know!!!


what exactly will the ab switch deactivate? how many ab?

please let us know!
That passenger airbag key switch is just intended to allow you to safely seat a child in the front passenger seat, with airbag off.

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I wouldn't care if the airbags destroyed the entire interior as long as I was safe. I specifically waited for and ordered an 2016 that came with side curtains on the van. My old Transit Connect did not and I felt like a sitting duck.
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