Louisville, Kentucky 40213, United States
For sale is my 1982 Ford Econoline camper van with a 24" hightop and 57,538 miles on it. It is entirely built and is turn key ready for van life with a solar, a 12v fridge, overhead fan, bed, a dinette, heater, and loads of storage. The van itself is in amazing condition for it's age and is ready for it's next adventure.
I bought this van about a year and a half ago for a trip I took out west this past summer. It was originally built out as a camper by an outfit called Combi-Wagons, a division of Chef Campers out in Seattle (in fact that's their original decal on either side of the hightop above the front doors). They bought vans directly from Ford and installed the opening screened windows and the hightop along with the camper interior. The van spent the majority of it's life in Arizona. The paint on it is in amazing condition with no dents, just some light scratches down near the ground. Fast forward to when bought it and the previous owner had stripped most of the camper interior getting ready to build it out for themselves but they got too busy and that's how I bought it.
The interior was then professionally stripped and insulated. All of the woodworking is finished to a very high standard by a professional carpenter with no rough edges; everything is very square and level. All of the components used in the build are of high quality brands. Everything has been gone through mechanically as well. I wanted to replace everything that would have a chance of failing while out on the road. The van drives beautifully. It has start and run for me perfectly every time, even at elevation. I've been really happy with the van and think it will do the same for it's new owner!
I have well over $20,000 invested into making this van perfect and it is completely ready to go. I have a bunch of extra parts and accessories to go with it. I will be getting the oil changed when purchased so it is fresh for the new owner. This site limits the number of pictures I can upload so I created an album with many more which can be seen here:
I am happy pick up the buyer at the airport if need be, or help make it easy for shippers to pick up.
Thank you for checking it out!
Here's a breakdown of most of what's been done to the van in the last year:
The van itself:
-1982 Ford Econoline -5.0 Six cylinder motor
-4 speed transmission
-24" Hightop -57,538 miles
-1" R-5 rigid foam insulation throughout the inside walls of the van and hightop
-Interior finished with a mix of poplar and maple finished with stain and 4 coats of urethane
-Hardwood flooring, woodwork came out beautiful here
-Designed and built with massive storage everywhere
-Large storage area under bed, carpeted so things don't slide/bang around
-Storage under each of the dinette seats
-Cabinet above the rear doors (about 16" deep)
-Massive cabinet in the hightop above the front seats (about 2 and a half feet deep)
-Shoe storage right by the sliding door where you get in
-Two drawers and 2 cabinets underneath the kitchen counter
-Dinette with maple table, also folds into an additional bed just over 6ft in length. This was something I really wanted the van to have and is very comfortable and convenient.
-New front seats out of new late model class C RV
-The passenger seat swivels and reclines, a great place to sit when parked
-Lighting is made up of 4 dimmable led lights recessed into the ceiling and 2 additional reading lights, one over the kitchen counter, and one over the table.
-A wave 3 catalytic heater that's stows away on a slide provides plenty of heat when cold
-Maple countertop with swing out extension (extension really adds a lot of usable countertop) -Suburban 2 burner stove 13,000 btu stove
-12v Dometic refrigerator and freezer
-Sink with handpump, the space and the wiring is all there to easily upgrade to an electric pump if desired
-The faucet is fed by a 22 gallon freshwater tank underneath the bed
The electrical system is way overbuilt for what most people would use it for. It would have no problems running a microwave or a blender if you wanted. The batteries were usually full by about 8:00 in the morning and all the other solar energy was just extra. My philosophy of this was that I didn't want to ever have to worry about running out of energy so I just went overkill with the size of the solar panel and the capacity of the batteries. Having one less thing to worry about was really worth it on my trip. All of the wiring is done very neatly. Everything is fused or on breakers depending on what was called for. All of the wiring is oversized for it's application and is protected nicely inside of a flexible plastic conduit.
-Two 12v 200ah Renogy AGM batteries ($400 each)
-325 watt Canadian Solar panel
-40 MPPT solar charge controller (mppt is the more efficient/more expensive type). There is also a remote monitor mounted in the back above the bed for easy viewing
-150 amp Battery Doctor dual battery isolator. Allows you to charge the house batteries off the alternator while driving and allows you to jump the engine off the house batteries if the starter battery were drained
-Bluesea Systems fuse panel (there is extra space for expansion)
-180 watt pure sine inverter (Pure sine is the more expensive type and is safe for use with electronics like laptops). I will also include a 600w inverter with the van for if you need a larger power supply.
-4 recessed dimmable LED lights in the ceiling -2 reading lights, one over the kitchen counter that can be swiveled over the bed and the dinette table
-12v Dometic fridge/freezer
-First Alert combination smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detector
-The van has also been wired with an outlet inside so that you can plug in at a campground and use the power outlet inside straight from the grid.
-Upgraded stereo made up of a Boss head unit (with bluetooth) and four Polk speakers, one in each front door and two in the rear cabinet above the bed. This system sounds amazing. It's wired to the house batteries so that you can listen while parked without draining the starter battery as you would in a car.
-Lastly, a digital indoor/outdoor thermometer
-I also have all of the manuals for all of the electronics which will go with the van
I had the entire van gone through from top to bottom and anything that had a possibility of failing on a road trip was replaced. This was along with starting all maintenance schedules over again by just going ahead and doing everything all at once. The idea here was that I would rather spend more money initially than have something simple fail and put the trip on pause. The result is a van that’s ready to go for many, many miles without issue.
-Oil changed every 3,000 miles
-New coolant hoses
-All new belts
-Spark plugs and wires
-New carburetor (professionally tuned and runs beautifully cold, warm, and at elevation)
-Transmission fluid flushed and replaced
-All 5 wheels and center caps refinished
-New tires all the way around, including a yet to be used full size spare
-Entirely new steering setup (tie rod, rod ends etc. and an alignment)
-New brakes on each corner (rotors and pads up front, drums and shoes in the rear)
-New shocks on all four corners
-Load leveling system in the rear (could be great for heavy loads, I haven't needed it)
-Front and rear bumpers refinished -Trailer hitch (never towed anything but it was perfect for a bike rack)
-New exhaust pipe and muffler
-New headlight and taillight housings (all blinkers, brake lights, parking lights work)
-New Bosch starter battery
-New windshield from Safelite after a stone chip put a crack in the original
-One rear window is cracked but does not leak at all