T-150, T-250 or T-350 for campervan? - Ford Transit USA Forum
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T-150, T-250 or T-350 for campervan?

I'm sorry -- I am sure this has been discussed over and over, but I've used search and can't find the relevant threads.

I plan to get a 2017 MR 148" cargo van to use as a camping van. The interior build will be fairly simple (bunk or bed with storage underneath, a galley with a sink (hand pump water; grey water into a jerry can), portable stove. A 12V Engle or ARB fridge/cooler. No propane. Perhaps eventually a solar system if I can find someone to do the 12V work.

One person, one 80# dog, 2 bicycles, maybe a kayak. No regular towing, though occasionally perhaps a small Uhaul trailer of yard debris. Western mountain driving, plus a considerable amount of highway driving just getting from A to B on my long roadtrips (Alcan, anyone?).

Not white. Not black. (In a perfect world, green). And alas, I have concluded that, at 5'7", I must get the 10-way drivers seat to have a safe and comfortable driving position -- hard to find on a cargo van.

I had assumed that I would get a T-250, but as search the country for available units has shown a couple of T-150s and a T-350 that come close to meeting my needs.

So for what I plan to do with the van, and how I plan to use it, would a T-150 be sufficient? Would a T-350 be overkill?

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get a real van, 250 or larger so you can get the really cool commercial license plates and matching commercial truck insurance to go with it! (in certain states, but it seems like most states?)

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How can I get commercial plates and insurance if this isn't a van for a business? Or is that a descriptor of the vehicle, not what it is used for?

The requirement for driver's 10-way seat is severely curtailing my options!
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Why would a 10 way seat be better for 5'-7"?

I am 5'-10" without power seat and it works fine. Could be a bit higher so will add four 1" spacers between the seat base and the seat.

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I wasn't aware that the power seat had more range than the manual seat. Maybe the manual seat doesn't go up/down?

regardless, you can use car guru or autotrader to search nationwide for what you're after, and filter out the ones that don't have power seats.

Commercial plates are automatic for pickups in CA, and maybe for cargo vans. I had the choice of commercial or residential for my Sprinter and this van because they have a rear seat. I went residential this time because it's more accurate and cheaper.

On the 150/250/350 weight ratings, I think you'd want to go 250 or 350 for a conversion. I'm not certain, but the 250/350 should also have more robust brakes than the 150. 250 is limited to cargo vans.

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Maybe I should have said 29" inseam. :-)

surlyBill -- the 2-way seats have fore/aft, and recline. No height adjustment.

10-way adjustment seems excessive (I cannot imagine what they are), but I have found in my SUVs that in general, when I get the seat correctly adjusted fore/aft, I need to play with the seatpan tilt as well as the recline and height to get a comfortable and safe arm position with a relatively upright torso position.

I hope to be able to go to a Ford dealer this weekend and play with the 2-way, but I suspect it won't work for me. And since I drive long distances, I am keenly aware of driver comfort and fatigue.

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We didn't have to go with commercial plates on our 250 in CO. Look at the Ford website and you can compare the difference. But it boils down to the same as pickups. The numbers designate cargo/towing capacity of the vehicle through differences in drivetrain and suspension. Going the minimalist route you may be able to get away with a 150 but once you start building and adding weight to get away your ride and handling maybe compromised.

We know your pain and searched nationwide to find our van (for what we are doing a 250/350 is a must) with a majority of options we wanted. Powerseats are a mystery to me because once I set it I don't move it, maybe to change the recline here and there. Now heated seats, I miss those. Lol

As suggested, add spacers if needed for height or wait until you put swivels under the seats. They will add height.


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To my knowledge, the only difference between a 150/250/350 is the spring rate on the suspension, and probably the brakes as Surly mentioned. If you don't need the weight capacity of the 250, you might have a more comfortable ride with a 150.
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We ordered a 150 cargo (vs 250) because we didn't know there was a difference aside from springs (and $1000 extra dollars for carrying 400 lbs of carrying capacity). I haven't heard anything about the brakes.

We're planning to convert to a camper (2 people, 3 small dogs). We don't plan to tow anything.
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I read this last post of the thread wrong and thought the vans followed the truck line with axle and driveline changes. Oops. There are different GVWR options also.

the differences between 150/250/350?


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