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My Adventure/Camper/ToyHauler/Conversion

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Purchased November 2014
Long Wheelbase---Extended Body---High Roof---2500 (3/4 ton) Power Stroke Diesel
6 speed automatic that can be shifted manually.
Power windows---Power locks--AC--Remote key entry--Cruise--Intermittent Wipers---Tilt and Telescoping Steering Wheel
Radio (nothing fancy)----complete tow package with reciever, trailer brake controller and a Tow Haul mode in the transmission.

Here is the finished product ------but how did I get there---read on.
Simple camper in front------toy hauler in rear.

I didn't order my van---found one on the lot that had pretty much what I wanted. One main priority besides cruise control was the factory tow package which includes a brake controller---also has 2 pluts at the rear---one is the 7 pin w/brake---and the other is a flat 4 connector.

With 15' of cargo I started my build------I will build a wall about 7'6" from the rear and will haul my dualsport motorcycles in there-----along with gear and all the dirty stuff.

The cargo area is 14' long------the back 8' will be for my bikes and I'll build a wall with a door to isolate the toy area.
The front 6' will be my camping and sleeping area. It will be comfy---but I will not put in a toilet, fridge, micro wave or shower.
I will be keeping it simple---but want a couch which makes into a bed very quickly in there.
I'm building this cabinet to go in the rear for riding gear and such.
I used 3/4" plywood---screwed everything together with sheet rock screws---but used wood glue also---the glue
makes it a lot stronger.

I got the steel part of the wall done-----I made it out of 1 5/8" uni-strut and welded the joints with my mig welder.
The Sides I bolted to the wall using 8mm bolts and fender washers. I made sure and used locking nuts so they don't work loose.
The 16" space in the middle will be a door. This will make easy access to things in the rear portion of the van.

The door fit absolutely perfect.
I used 2 magnets to hold the door closed---they are to weak---I'll have to do something else.
I used 1/2" plywood here---didn't need 3/4" and didn't want to use anything to thin as I may want to fasten
some things to the wall---maybe a cabinet ?????

A view from the rear----I'm pretty much done back here.
Maybe some paint on the back of the wall---a paper towel holder for sure.
A place to strap up my ramps---maybe strap them to the roof ????
Maybe a little easy to get to storage rack for WD-40, change lube--stuff like that.

Things are going well and fast-----this part here I was just bumfuzzled to what to do.
All of a sudden a lite went off in my head and I got my wire welder out and cut up some uni-strut and my combo couch and bed is in the making.
Most of this strut is 1 5/8".

More to come on the build.
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Awesome. This is basically what kind of build I want (same exact van except for your sliding door glass). I want to build the wall just like you, except the rear will be my garage area for tools and materials.

The front part will be the "living quarters". If the weather holds up, I plan on starting this week!

Thanks for the inspiration!!! It's threads like this that keep us motivated....
Holy crap man! You will be getting very good use out of your Transit!

On mine, I plan on using the back half for work/storage and the front half for seating/sleeping, media, appliances, and to store my mountain bike, road bike, and running stuff (motorcycle days are gone for me) during the work week. This way I can just hit the trail on my way home.

I did a similar build on my old Econoline E250 but didn't like the lack of head room. Also the fact that I was getting 9mpg was a real bummer as well.

I was hoping to start the build this week, but it looks like more rain is coming our way, either way I'll take some pics and keep you guys posted.

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