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I'm strongly considering it for our build. I'm surprised I haven't seen it before. It would be pretty trivial with angle and thin plate to bridge over the step completely and then lay your floor over it. Obviously it means a much higher step into the van, but that can be solved with nerf bars or other means. Anyone else do it, or consider it? I don't see any downsides and it would increase usable floor space.

Disclaimer: I don't have a transit yet, just in the design phase.

Some pictures I found (probably here) that seem to show it would be easy to bridge with a solid metal structure:
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Your van, your plan. But even with a step stool, the step is about as high as I can go. An extra 4" would be very difficult. I could do it once or twice, but when camping you never go in just once or twice. I recommend you throw in a temporary wooden bridge and use it for a couple of weeks before. Make sure you camping partner (human or otherwise) can also get in and out easily.
 

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I removed the plastic and built my floor over it. My floor is a 2x2 structure with 3/8 plywood. It deflects some but I haven't been concerned about breaking it. My plan was always to put build some reinforcing under it but it has yet to become top priority.

I thought about a grey water tank there, but it's outside my insulation envelope so that idea never took flight.
 

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Your van, your plan. But even with a step stool, the step is about as high as I can go. An extra 4" would be very difficult. I could do it once or twice, but when camping you never go in just once or twice. I recommend you throw in a temporary wooden bridge and use it for a couple of weeks before. Make sure you camping partner (human or otherwise) can also get in and out easily.
I plan to have nerf bars/sliders, so it won't be any more of a step...it will probably split the difference better than the existing step.
 

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Lots of people here have used half the sliding door step for different purposes.

 

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I'm strongly considering it for our build. I'm surprised I haven't seen it before. It would be pretty trivial with angle and thin plate to bridge over the step completely and then lay your floor over it. Obviously it means a much higher step into the van, but that can be solved with nerf bars or other means. Anyone else do it, or consider it? I don't see any downsides and it would increase usable floor space.

Disclaimer: I don't have a transit yet, just in the design phase.

Some pictures I found (probably here) that seem to show it would be easy to bridge with a solid metal structure:
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I was going to do this for my build. Then after climbing in and out several times as I started the build, I realized that the step was there for a reason.
 

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Plywood (carpet-covered) floor we built extends all the way to the door on our Sprinter. Made a noticeable improvement in perception of interior space. Step space below it is fine for stepping up and works for storing dirty shoes. Going to do the same on the Transit for sure.

Can't find a great photo of it at the moment (and too lazy to go take one right now). Sort of forgot about it after building the floor that way. We used an aluminum step-edge along the edge of it with the carpet all tucked under. It flexed more than I liked, so we added a small 1x1 aluminum upright in the middle near the edge - just held in by pressure. Def part of future Transit build.
 

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Yeah I had done this prior to permanently attaching the floor and it was just too much. Also I found that I use the step for a lot of things other than climbing in. Like muddy shoe storage or to quickly secure a 12-pack.
 
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