Woodland Hills, California 91364, United States of America
Van is currently on eBay at $52k with reserve met. eBay listing ends on Sunday 11/17 @ 4am pst
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2016 Transit Camper van with Colorado Campervan Pop Top
When it came time to build our van we did a lot of research. Where we landed was to build a safe road trip van that we could camp in. Given that kids would be riding in the back we chose not to convert a cargo van. Couldn’t justify the risk if there was an accident and no protection for the family. Our Transit has a pop top and FULL AIRBAGS in the rear. A cargo van is not a comparison.
The van started as a 15 passenger 350 XLT and has the Ecoboost engine. The Ecoboost is incredible. The van is easy to drive and you can take it just about anywhere. Could easily be daily driven if you have the parking clearance. Dealer serviced, all maintenance up to date, driveshaft recall taken care of, and still under the balance of the factory warranty (bought new Feb 2017).
It drives, runs and looks perfect. Nothing needed and you can jump in and go. Would be an excellent option for anyone that needs the interior for people, gear, bikes, etc. Everyone loves to check out these pop up vans. Camping or in my drive way it draws a lot of attention as soon as the top goes up.
2016 Transit 350 XLT
21,100 miles (may go up a bit as we drive it)
Front/rear AC and heat
Clean and clear title in my name
Have the current Carfax that I can email you - all clear
The top is fully insulated and each window has a screen, clear solid panel, and the insulated panel. See pics for example. Insulation is additional cost above the standard canvas. The hard top is painted to match the van (also more cost). Best of all it isn’t the typical white van, its silver!
The bed on top is full size. 55” x 80” with 38” of interior height. This is the biggest pop top on the market. Sleeping on top is amazing – comfortable and warm. Zero leaks! We camped for three straight days in the rain up in Solvang in February. Only took a tiny space heater to heat the bottom and we couldn’t leave it on. Up top requires no extra heat and becomes too warm when you run a space heater below.
Opening is roughly 4’x4’. 2’x4’ with bed panel in. You can take out a panel when the top is up to give you a lot of standing room in the van. We keep window shades, awning parts, table and leg stored under the mattress when the top is down.
On the roof you have 200 watts of solar with controller inside, MaxxFan Deluxe (amazing!), and Yakima tracks with cross bars/locks. You can run a cargo box or surf boards up on top.
Swivels (the requirement of any uber cool van):
Both driver and passenger seats fully swivel. I am 6’2”ish and didn’t want the drivers side to be too tall. That resulted in ordering a Scopema swivel (https://shop.nomadvanz.com) that has the lowest profile possible. It was also really difficult to source, expensive, expensive shipping and a lot of fun to install! Passenger seat is a standard Transit specific swivel. The end product is fantastic – both seats now swivel and there is a small table between the chairs. One of my favorite parts of the van is sitting there having coffee.
We wanted to be comfortable on the road with the flexibility to haul a lot of people when not camping. For carrying many people we have stock seats for 6 in the rear and 2 up front (8 total). You could also pick up a three-seater off CL and seat 9 in the rear plus 2 (11 total). We sold our 3 seater as it was a beast to move by myself. You can reverse one of the double seats and have 5 total facing each other. Lots of fun with a van load of teenagers on a b-day party expedition!
For comfort we have 3 leather VIP Class recliners by CVC (https://www.cvcandmore.com/seating). These are much wider than the stock transit seats and also recline farther. Because the sliding door side seats take completely different brackets we have 2 which allows you to have the dual seats in multiple positions (farthest back and middle of van floor). You can have all three in at once, but we have the extra one just for the flexibility in positioning. All the seats use the factory brackets for maximum safety with built in seat belts just like stock. CVC seats are “certified and tested in compliance with FMVSS to ensure safety”.
Child restraint seats. One of the CVC seats has the brackets and the inner seat on each of the stock two seaters has the child restraint brackets (car seat hooks).
Stereo with Sync 3, Navigation and Sirius radio plus lane departure warning on the dash. Ram phone mounts for passenger and driver. Cup holders everywhere.
Custom TV stand with Samsung TV and blu ray along with a 12 volt inverter. It bolts to the seat mounts in the floor and can be quickly removed so everyone can watch football games at the campground streaming from our phones (done this many times). Cord to plug into mid cabin outlet and long enough to reach outside. Excellent distraction on long drives.
Strawfoot Handmade window insulation panels (https://strawfoothandmade.com). These are gorgeous and work fantastically. No tin foil here. They are black on one side and a light green on the other. Suction cups for rear and magnets in the driver/passenger panels. These were well over $1,000 given all the windows. We have slept in the van with and without. No comparison. They block out the light and a significant amount of heat/cold.
Driver/passenger window vents (see pic) that keep the bugs out and allows the Maxxfan to move some serious air when everything else is shut up tight. We put these in when parked out in the sun and it really helps keep the van cool without an open window.
Fiamma F45S awning with black casing and gray canvas. Awning provides a lot of coverage compared to the ARB/off road style awnings. All rear windows have limo tint – driver/passenger are CA legal tint.
Ultra wheels and Cooper AT tires. 20 inch LED light bar and two pencil LEDs that we use as daytime running lights. Upgraded headlight bulbs and amber high beams. Two stage door opening as well.
We have a heavy duty full cover that is great to keep the van clean if you have trees or just don’t want it to get dirty after a good wash.
We have a 155ah VMTANKS battery charged by the roof top solar. Under the driver seat are dual 80ah AGM batteries giving you a 160ah charged via the alternator. 200 watts of solar with controller as noted above.
ARB 50qt fridge is included along with a remote wireless monitor (about $1,000 for fridge and monitor).The fridge has never have come close to running down the battery. The math works out way above the fridge usage and there is minimal draw from the lighting. The monitor is a great battery level monitor. We love this fridge and use it all the time. ARB specific plugs (never comes unplugged while on the road) in the rear and mid cabin to place the fridge in multiple spots.
Lighting on the ceiling are recessed LED pucks with remote switch. There is a USB port up top for charging your phone/devices.
Shore power is set up in the rear in the seat belt pockets from the last row. Wiring is marine wiring for corrosion protection. Both sockets have GFCI receptacles. Also, in the rear bumper is a 12 volt socket and usb ports. We ran all of our outside LEDs off these so there were no cables running out of the van to power lights.
Set of custom steel shelves in the rear that bolt to the existing seat mounts in the floor. In the shelves are two Dometic fridge slides. They can each be reversed to slide in or out of the van. For road trips we flip them in. Camping they are flipped to slide out. Right now they are set up one in and one out. If you have seats all the way to the rear you obviously cant aim them inward. ARB specific plug mounted middle top of shelf frame. The shelves are overbuilt and stout. Having them adds a lot of versatility to packing and lets you secure all the gear to the shelves.
Other Safety Items:
As mentioned the full rear air bags were an important requirement. Also, added an extra fuse panel to run the mid cabin usb/12 volt plus/ARB plug. We have an Element extinguisher mounted in the rear. If you haven’t seen the check them out. Much better than a traditional extinguisher.
RV ladder for the platform. The build doesn’t come with one and we added it later. You can climb up using the stock seat set up in the front position, but it isn’t safe going up and down. Tried a short telescoping ladder but it hurts your feet – RV ladder is comfortable for bare feet and has tabs that set into brackets.
Rear parking sensors and back up camera. Wide tow mirrors.
Class IV hitch with 7 pin wiring and a Tekonsha P3 brake controller. The biggest things we towed were a 1,500 lb Quick Silver aluminum pop up and AT Adventure trailer that I have for my jeep. Couldn’t even tell they were back there.
Woodland Hills, California 91364, United States of America