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I've been browsing the forums for a couple months now looking for pics with ideas on how I'd lay out a Transit (if I were to get one) to build a camper for my family of four. Although there are plenty of pics on the site, they're really scattered about. Oddly, many of the best pics for completed camper van builds are actually in the "Ford Transit Vehicles For Sale" forum, not in "Camper Vans and Conversions". Pics of camper vans in the "Ford Transit Pictures And Videos" forum, where you'd expect to find this stuff, is pretty bare.

So with excitement at the prospects of building a Transit camper, I've scoured the forums for this info. Below is a table I've put together with threads containing pics of Transit camper conversions.

I'm sure there's a lot missing here (and probably a few mistakes), but this was an entirely manual process. If you've got more build with pics, please PM me and I'll add them to the tables.


Dedicated Build Sites
SiteYearLengthHeightLoadConfigDriveSeatsSleepsNotes
Broken Solenoid2018MedMR250CargoSRW22Instagram
Orton Transit Travel 2015MedHR250CargoSRW22Build Thread
Morey’s In Transit2017MedHR350CargoQuadVan22“Gidget” Build Thread
Off Grid Yo2020MedHR250CargoAWD22“Rocinante” Build Thread
Maui The Van2020MedHRCargoAWD22Build Thread
MTB Nomads2015MedHR350CargoSRW44Rear Locker
Family Van Builds2020MedHRCargoAWD54Instagram
Sunlight and Trees2019MedHR250CargoQuadVan42Build Thread
Far Out Ride2016LongHR250CargoSRW22Build Thread
Fite Travels2016LongHRCargoSRW44
M/M Van2015LongHR350CargoDRW44
Cargo Van Conversions2016LongHR250WagonSRW22Build Threads In User’s Discussions
Build Threads
User (Build thread)YearLengthHeightLoadConfigDriveSeatsSleepsNotes
HDH2015ShortMR250CargoSRW32
Hein2016ShortMRCargoSRW22
keitho2020ShortMR350CargoAWD22*“Shirley”
Bazz992020MedMR250CargoAWD22
Van Gogh2020MedMR250CargoAWD22Lift Kit
bitburger2017MedMR250CargoQuadVan22
dustboy2015MedMRCargoSRW52
Travlin2015MedMR150CargoSRW22
fargy4832015MedMR150CargoSRW22“Mr. Pickles”
EddieZ2015MedMR250CargoSRW21
lincolnjbutler2016MedMR250CargoSRW22“Captain Ahab”
Tom Schwartz2017MedMR250CargoSRW22
maricard2018MedMR250CargoSRW22“i van”
1x1_Speed_Craig2019MedMR250CargoSRW22“Vandalf the Grey”
OldMadBrit2019MedHRCargoQuigley22
moose2017MedHRCargoSRW22
Chatski2015MedHRCargoSRW22
sportcoupe2019MedHR250CargoSRW22“Savannah”
Manwithavan2019MedHR250CargoSRW22“Great White”
indygreg2016LongHR350CargoDRW40Tailgater
tahoebear2015LongHRCargoQuadVan22“Baloo”
JP42015LongHR250CargoSRW22
Kabouter2015LongHR350CargoSRW44“Skadi Äventyrsvagnen”
jonsobi2016ShortMR150WagonSRW32
SaltShaker2018ShortMRWagonSRW52
kenjent2015MedMRWagonSRW42
belloinsella2015MedMR350WagonSRW52FS Post
86scotty2015MedMR350WagonSRW52“Vanilla”
zfeldma22017MedMRWagonSRW42“Make-a-Wish (aka MAW)”
skagitstan2015LongHR350WagonSRW22“Annie”
Inkog2018LongHR350WagonSRW42“Silver Dragon Wagon”
Classifieds Posting
User (Posting Link)YearLengthHeightLoadConfigDriveSeatsSleepsNotes
EllieInTransit2018ShortMR250CargoSRW22
coadventurevan2016ShortMR250CargoSRW72+2*
mk216v2018ShortMR150CargoSRW20
Kate Baldridge2017ShortMRCargoSRW22
robwboisvert2018MedMR250CargoSRW22
Chomenic Dambers2018MedMR250CargoSRW22
MikeRochip2015MedMRCargoSRW22
1der2017MedMR250CargoSRW42+2*
bhellis12018MedMR250CargoQuadVan42
InspiredVan2019MedMRCargoQuigley42
Beridian2015MedMR150CargoSRW22
mikediswhoibe2017MedHR250CargoQuigley32
continuingOn22017MedHR350CargoSRW22
Brent Barghahn2017MedHR250CargoSRW22
Whichwayisup2018MedHRCargoSRW22
Jon Luskin2015LongHR250CargoSRW22
AZVanLife2017LongHR250CargoSRW22
brownie1Dog%2016ShortLR150WagonSRW22
chrisduty2017MedMR350WagonSRW62+2*
Pro Builds
Builder (Build Page)YearLengthHeightLoadConfigDriveSeatsSleepsNotes
Benchmark VehiclesShortMRCargoQuigley?22“West Coast”
SportsmobileShortMRCargo22
SportsmobileShortMRCargo22
SportsmobileShortMRCargo22
Van Haus ConversionsShortMRCargoSRW22“Take 5”
Freedom Vans2017ShortMRCargoSRW42“Land Yacht”
Freedom Vans2017ShortMRCargoSRW22“Rosemary”
SportsmobileShortLRCargo22+2*
Outside Van2020MedMRCargoQuigley22“Axis“
Benchmark VehiclesMedMRCargoQuigley?42“Basecamp”
Benchmark VehiclesMedMRCargoQuigley22“Spock”
Van Life CustomsMedMRCargoSRW22“Vincent Van-Go”
Beartooth Van WorksMedMRCargoQuigley?22“Orange Sunshine”
Blue Ridge Adventure Vehicles2019MedMRCargoSRW22“Thunder Valley”
Overland Van Project2019MedMRCargo22
SportsmobileMedMRCargo22
SportsmobileMedMRCargo22
SportsmobileMedMRCargo22
Van Haus ConversionsMedMRCargoSRW22“Vagabond”
Van Haus ConversionsMedMRCargoQuigley22“Ponderosa”
Van Haus ConversionsMedMRCargoSRW22“Vin Van”
Van Haus ConversionsMedMRCargoSRW22“Nordic Van”
Van SpecialtiesMedMRCargo22“Lounge Lizard”
Van SpecialtiesMedMRCargo22“Above’m All”
Wilderness Vans2019MedMRCargoSRW44“West Coast Double” Lift-Kit
Wilderness Vans2020MedMRCargoAWD22
Axis VansMedMRCargoSRW54“Revolver” layout
Axis VansMedMRCargoSRW22“Side-by-Side” layout
Blue Ridge Adventure VehiclesMedLR150CargoSRW22“Sasquatch”
SportsmobileMedLRCargo22*
SportsmobileMedLRCargo22
Van SpecialtiesMedLRCargo22*“Cree-ation”
Outside Van2020MedHRCargoAWD22“The Beast“ Video
Outside Van2020MedHRCargoQuigley42+2*”Cascade” Curbed Article
Benchmark Vehicles2019MedHRCargoQuigley43“Junior”
Benchmark Vehicles2019MedHRCargoQuigley33“Vandredi“
Benchmark VehiclesMedHRCargoQuigley43“Ranger”
Benchmark VehiclesMedHR250CargoQuigley?22“Into-The-Wild”
Benchmark Vehicles2016MedHRCargoQuigley?22“Lookout”
Benchmark VehiclesMedHRCargoQuigley?42“Shasta”
Benchmark VehiclesMedHRCargoQuigley?22“Diamond Ridge”
Benchmark VehiclesMedHRCargoQuigley22“Benchmark”
Benchmark VehiclesMedHRCargoQuigley42“Wallowa”
Benchmark VehiclesMedHRCargoSRW?22“Vespa Van”
Action VanMedHRCargoSRW22“Vantera”
Adventure Vehicle ConceptsMedHRCargoSRW22Gear Hauler Model
Adventure Vehicle ConceptsMedHRCargoSRW42Base Camp Model
Beartooth Van WorksMedHRCargoSRW62
Northwest Custom VansMedHRCargoQuigley?22
Overland Van Project2017MedHRCargoQuadVan22
SportsmobileMedHRCargo42
SportsmobileMedHRCargo21
SportsmobileMedHRCargo42
SportsmobileMedHRCargo22
Van Haus ConversionsMedHRCargoQuigley22“Q4B”
Wanderful WheelsMedHRCargoAWD22
Wayfarer VansMedHRCargoSRW22Van Conversion Kit
Wilderness Vans2020MedHRCargoAWD22“Munro” Lift-Kit
Freedom Vans2018MedHR250CargoSRW22“Fred” Lift Kit
Freedom Vans2016MedHR250CargoSRW22“Loosey”
Outside Van2020LongHR350CargoQuigley42“Goliath“
Benchmark Vehicles2019LongHRCargoQuigley32“Yeet”
Benchmark Vehicles2019LongHRCargoSRW52“No Service”
Benchmark VehiclesLongHRCargoQuigley44“Into the Mist”
Benchmark VehiclesLongHRCargoQuigley42“Mobile Basecamp”
Benchmark VehiclesLongHRCargoQuigley22“Roamer”
Blue Ridge Adventure VehiclesLongHRCargoSRW22
Northwest Custom VansLongHRCargoAWD52
SportsmobileLongHRCargo22
SportsmobileLongHRCargo22
SportsmobileLongHRCargo44
Van Haus ConversionsLongHRCargoSRW22“Pan American”
Van Haus ConversionsLongHRCargo22“Coya”
Van Haus ConversionsLongHRCargoQuigley22“Ride Lots”
Van SpecialtiesLongHRCargo22“MK Ultra”
Freedom Vans2015LongHR250CargoSRW22“Playa Del Sol”
VanDoItCargo4?2 Many Transit Builds
Van Haus ConversionsMedMRWagonQuigley60“City Life”
GTRV MedLRWagonSRW52+2*
ModVansMedLRWagonAny42+2*Standard Transit Builds with Pop-Top
Wilderness Vans2019LongHRWagonSRW22
Video Tours
VideoYearLengthHeightLoadConfigDriveSeatsSleepsNotes
Gearbox Adventure2017MedMR250CargoSRW42“Mad Hatter”
Pinnacle Camper Vans2016MedMR250CargoSRW22Lift Kit
Jeremiah Barnett2019MedMR150CargoSRW22
Anna French2016MedLRCargoSRW22
Jake Frew2017MedHR250CargoSRW22
Ryan Lisko2019MedHR250CargoSRW22
Exploring Alternatives2015MedHRCargoSRW22
NJ Outdoor Adventures2018MedHRCargoSRW22“Sylvia”
Arica Dorff2019MedHR250CargoSRW22
Yay.You Did It2016MedHR250CargoSRW22
CoPilot Vans2016MedHR250CargoSRW22
Storyteller OverlandMedHR250CargoQuigley43Additional Vids
Moser Makes2018LongHR250CargoSRW22
Vanpeller2019LongHR350CargoQuigley22Instagram
Life Over Stuff2017LongHRCargoSRW22
Pillow Popper Travel2017LongHR250CargoSRW22
Rossmönster VansLongHRCargoSRW42
Kara and Nate2018LongHRCargoSRW22
Two CowboysLongHR350CargoDRW22
Jeff Lenosky2017MedMR350WagonSRW52*
Rossmönster VansMedMRWagonSRW42
BCpov2017LongHR250WagonSRW22
Tiny Home Tours2018LongHRWagonSRW22
Virginia Van Works2016LongHR350WagonDRW54FS Posting


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We got new forum software about two years ago, The new software makes the forum harder to search.
Three years ago the free photo sharing app called Photobucket became a paid service, And this caused many photo's on this forum to disappear.
You missed a some of the more elaborate build threads, indygreg and skagastan, to name a few.

I have been here for five years and I do not have a build thread, The same is true for many other people.
Some here have even questioned if I even own a Transit, As to proof the best I can do is a photo someone else took.

 

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I have been here for five years and I do not have a build thread, The same is true for many other people.
Some here have even questioned if I even own a Transit, As to proof the best I can do is a photo someone else took.
I actually tried to look for build threads from many of the big posters. In fact, I did look for yours.

The more posts a user make, the harder it can be to find his build thread though since most of those threads are older and they don't show up in the user's "Discussions" anymore.
 

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Nice work!

Disappointed to see there are no HR mid-length Wagon's on the list.

One I didn't see on the list:

 

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Great work Danner! What you have done is very useful. To make it even more useful, I suggest editing the title of the thread (if possible) to make it more responsive to people searching for this information. Something like: Camper Conversion Pictures Showing Different Layout Options
 

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I'm so busy doing the build that I haven't added to it recently, but I did start a thread (in General, should have been in camper/conversions). I'll add to it from time to time. Hopefully I can finish with the battery compartment/bedframe, then get the floor in, then install the zero gravity adjustable electric bed, and turn my attention to trying to fit 34 gallons of tanks underneath without being able to see them from outside (25 trionic fresh tank, 7 grey, and 7 what I'm calling "yellow-only"). After that it's back sourcing 20kWh of LFP, and installing the VL60, sink, counter, etc. Meanwhile I'm still trying to determine if I can get a 42SEER 240V Carrier ductless minisplit to fit below the van, or if I'll have to source a custom unit, but it's looking like back door or bust on the Carrier. I may just go ahead with it and relent on keeping the outside of the van looking completely unmodified. Too bad, since I really want to avoid attracting thieves and I have family in LA and SF I'd like to visit where stealth camping would be a nice option.

Cheers.

 

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I actually tried to look for build threads from many of the big posters. In fact, I did look for yours.

The more posts a user make, the harder it can be to find his build thread though since most of those threads are older and they don't show up in the user's "Discussions" anymore.
Many members (like me) put build thread in their signature. Unfortunately, sigs are not viewable for mobile user.
 

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Ortons build.
One of the best finds for me was Ortons so cords.
So cords were a big time game changer for me.

Hein had a cool air filter on his heater intake

Sport Coupe had the internet router which is sweet

Somebody had a mini split air conditioner with the
condenser mounted under the van .

Saw a Spanish guy from Florida chop a window AC in half and
convert it to a mini split with condenser under the van , that was in a Sprinter but
worth mentioning considering how cool it was.
 

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... had a mini split air conditioner with theo condenser mounted under the van .
I thought about dissecting a window unit but they're not efficient enough. It's easy to get an a/c under there, but hard to get a really efficient unit lIke the Carrier because the outside condenser unit is so large, and it needs space on either side to work properly. I also wouldn't install it with the fan facing front to rear due to high speed driving and associated wind speed potentially destroying the fan bearings. Rocks and dust are also a real concern, so being directly behind a wheel (front left or right) or too close to the back is a concern.

I found a few locations that could work but I'd have to give up other things.

Cheers.
 
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