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Hi all,
I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Ford Transit Adventure Wagon kit, as I believe we own one of very few production kits out in-the-wild.

The short of it: It’s great. A little spendy, but great.

The fit and finish is very good. It looks like an OEM finish with exception of a couple areas. Way better than anything I could make on my own. Probably lighter. Light years faster install than full DIY.

The install, in the grand scheme of van projects, is pretty straight forward. We were able to install ours in 3 days. (We had already completed hush mat, insulation, fan, and most of electrical installation prior to receipt of the kit). And that was with a few trips to the hardware store because it wasn’t clear what tools we needed at the start.

The framing that is added seems robust, and seems to add a lot of strength to the L track. For those strapping heavy things or using hammocks or whatever, this is probably welcome.

The thermoformed “blow out” walls are fantastic, and make the van feel very large. We really love them. Side to side is ~72” in the sleeping area, probably allowing for a lot of people to sleep sideways without buying flares.

Our build wasn’t without hiccups. For example, they use a Milwaukee battery powered rivet tool in the earlier videos, but only later do you realize that it doesn’t do 1/4” rivets, and you’ll have to buy a pneumatic tool. (Pro tip, just bite the bullet and get the pneumatic one from the start—we got ours from harbor freight and it did the job fine for $50). There was also a hiccup with Adwagon giving us mixed up L track and panels pre-drilled for electric (we wanted to do all custom electric). Adventure Wagon will be mailing those two panels to us shortly, and we felt that they went out of their way to make up for the error. We felt they went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with the kit, and we’re happy overall. In the absence of those minor complaints, we feel we got exactly what we wanted, and a little bit more than we expected from the kit.

As long as you're comfortable with paying a premium to get a top notch, well fitted, pro-appearing build, I don't think there are many better options.



HERE ARE THE PICTURES!!!
 

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Hi all,
I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Ford Transit Adventure Wagon kit, as I believe we own one of very few production kits out in-the-wild.

The short of it: It’s great. A little spendy, but great.

The fit and finish is very good. It looks like an OEM finish with exception of a couple areas. Way better than anything I could make on my own. Probably lighter. Light years faster install than full DIY.

The install, in the grand scheme of van projects, is pretty straight forward. We were able to install ours in 3 days. (We had already completed hush mat, insulation, fan, and most of electrical installation prior to receipt of the kit). And that was with a few trips to the hardware store because it wasn’t clear what tools we needed at the start.

The framing that is added seems robust, and seems to add a lot of strength to the L track. For those strapping heavy things or using hammocks or whatever, this is probably welcome.

The thermoformed “blow out” walls are fantastic, and make the van feel very large. We really love them. Side to side is ~72” in the sleeping area, probably allowing for a lot of people to sleep sideways without buying flares.

Our build wasn’t without hiccups. For example, they use a Milwaukee battery powered rivet tool in the earlier videos, but only later do you realize that it doesn’t do 1/4” rivets, and you’ll have to buy a pneumatic tool. (Pro tip, just bite the bullet and get the pneumatic one from the start—we got ours from harbor freight and it did the job fine for $50). There was also a hiccup with Adwagon giving us mixed up L track and panels pre-drilled for electric (we wanted to do all custom electric). Adventure Wagon will be mailing those two panels to us shortly, and we felt that they went out of their way to make up for the error. We felt they went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with the kit, and we’re happy overall. In the absence of those minor complaints, we feel we got exactly what we wanted, and a little bit more than we expected from the kit.

As long as you're comfortable with paying a premium to get a top notch, well fitted, pro-appearing build, I don't think there are many better options.

Pictures to come in a handful of days.
Did you go with the MOAB? Seems like the best overall solution if you want to use varying heights for the bed.
 

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@johnmeyers , thanks for the quick review. Have ours on order for mid-feb, Couple of questions. Do you cut in any windows as part of your project? How did you handle? How did you handle flooring. I am planning to do floating floor using @Hein minicell with 1/2" baltic birch. Did you cut bottom panels to fit your floor?
 

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Thanks for the review. Keep use posted on how the rest of your build goes. I am leaning that direction as well.
 

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Adventure Wagon is a great company. I was able to visit them when I was living in Portland and in the planning stages. They put a LOT of time into R&D. They mentioned that they build very robust with the idea that their vans could roll over (which had happened to at least one of their 4x4 Sprinter customers).
 

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Thanks for the review! I am looking at this kit as well to get my van ready as quick as possible and this seems like the best solution for me. How long did it take from initial order to arriving at your door? I'm still deciding on getting the kit so I can have the van ready for spring/summer adventures. Did you get the MOAB System as well? I'm likely going to order that before I order the kit, or at least the MOAB will likely arrive first.
 

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There is a slight hiccup with the power sliding door option. One of its components is in the way of the front passenger side brace on the "C" pillar. Still waiting to hear from AW what the plan is to workaround.
 

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There is a slight hiccup with the power sliding door option. One of its components is in the way of the front passenger side brace on the "C" pillar. Still waiting to hear from AW what the plan is to workaround.
Hmm good to know, I have a PSD as well.
 

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Hey All - I completed the A-frame installation over the weekend. The overhead wall steel in the mid section of the van is very very hard to drill. But other than that, the kit is a thing of beauty. Instructions were super thorough and even have a couple tips and tricks that came in super handy at time. Just thought I’d drop a couple pics here for anyone thinking about this.

I’m still awaiting my tracks. Went for the black anodized and that’s taking longer. But going to embark on insulation this weekend.
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Nice!! What's the process for fitting the panels to your windows? Do you cut things yourself or do you work with AdvWag to get the dimensions on what they fabricate?
 

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For the mid window - you just tell them the type of window and I have a box full of moldings that attaches to the rail. I haven't got that far but I'll let you know.

for the flares, they send the plywood and fabric to glue on later. Other than that, you're largely on your own with how to customize. I have now have the flare rings from flarespace that I'm going to join up with the panels.
 

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There is a slight hiccup with the power sliding door option. One of its components is in the way of the front passenger side brace on the "C" pillar. Still waiting to hear from AW what the plan is to workaround.
Did you get this figured out? What was the solution?

I recall someone on the PSD thread saying that the PSD vans have a passenger-side cable tray similar to the one that most vans have on the driver side only. Did your PSD van come with this additional cable tray? Was it compatible with the AW kit?

Thanks!
 

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Thanks for sharing the photos. My AW kit is on the way. How are you planning to finish the flares with the AW kit? Did you order the trim rings from FlareSpace?
Yup, that's the plans. Received the trim rings last week. They're super slick and BIG. Excited for that side to side space.
 

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Yup, that's the plans. Received the trim rings last week. They're super slick and BIG. Excited for that side to side space.
Awesome! Please let us know how well the trim rings work with the AW kit. I'm very curious to hear.
 

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Did you get this figured out? What was the solution?

I recall someone on the PSD thread saying that the PSD vans have a passenger-side cable tray similar to the one that most vans have on the driver side only. Did your PSD van come with this additional cable tray? Was it compatible with the AW kit?

Thanks!
It sounds like some pro installers have been able to work around the PSD equipment using the standard AW frames and panels. As far as I know, AW has not put out any guidelines on how to accomplish it. The issues involve a larger bump on the bottom of the passenger side "C" pillar and some additional wiring over the sliding door. In any case, as I said, "slight hiccup". Don't let it stop you.

I'm sure that AW will see the popularity of the PSD and put out install instructions to accommodate that option before too long.
 
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