Sacramento, CA, United States of America
Great shape 2013 transit connect that I’ve converted into a little traveling home. 75k miles. The only mechanical problem I’ve had with it is a leaky radiator that I just went ahead and had replaced (i have receipts; cost ~$1k) in prep to sell it.
2013 models are much taller than the newer connects, so much more live-able.
To make it live-able, I chopped up an ikea futon and got some heavy duty drawer slides to make a 1 or 2 person conversion bed (comes with the two mattresses; one folds up). Plenty of room under the bed for storage. The floor is heavily insulated with foam, ply, then a removable carpet I cut to fit. Sides and ceiling are also insulated, then covered with cedar for aesthetics. A lot of finishing touches are left undone, so it would be yours to customize. I’ve got a bunch of colorful fabrics from Zambia (see recess above bed with shelf) that I can throw in. With some upholstery adhesive, these are really easy to use for covering up metal surfaces, which would actually help keep the van warm, as well.
it’s easy to remove everything from the van (nothing permanently fixed) so you can use the van as a utility vehicle also.
solar system installed with 80amp-hour battery , 50w panel, and charge controller. This is a MASSIVE battery and can go quite a while without charging if you ever wanna just park in the shade. Could always slap another 50W panel on the top if you need more recharge.
privacy curtain is simple, but closes up the whole back area. Fabric over Bubble sheet insulating window covers keep the rest of the van super private. Someone could probably do a classier job with these, but they work. I have stayed in cities for weeks at a time in this van (with access to gym or friends house for shower etc) and have never been bothered. Unlike big conversions, no one will know you’re in here.
I cut and installed a roof fan which is super useful when hot. Instantly cools the van off in the evening by pulling out all the hot air.
other features include the simple drop down table, cargo net above passenger seat, built in led light strip with dimmer switch, and small shelf next to the bed for your book etc.
Lovingly built little van, ready for someone to take and finish up.