Ford conversion

This ford conversion came with a brief, that the customers wanted to travel with up to 7 friends for sailing weekends away, and also be able to offer the comfort  of a fully laid out campervan. It had to have lots of storage and a space for their wet sailing gear to be stored away.

After stripping the van completely, it was fully insulated,ply lined, carpeted and an altro floor laid. 

When I removed the paneling from the inside of the van. I discovered that ford transits have lots of useful small spaces in their structure. Instead of covering with the paneling I utilized these to create handy compartments along the sides of the van. This was time consuming but well worth it in the end and very much appreciated by the customers.


Then I put in a middle row of two separate folding swivel seats which had inbuilt seat belts fitted. They sat on runners and when folded down turned into tables.

Behind these I custom made a three seater bench fitted with 3 point seat belts. This then slides out and becomes the double bed.

Built from steel box section and using ash slats I created a very strong seating unit.

I installed a Bonus power manager system for the 12v & 240 supplies.

Two sets of ceiling lights were installed with independent switches for controlling the lighting mood, and reading lights were fitted both ends of the bed.

The van was fitted out with 240 volt Sockets and the mains hook up.

 A 12 volt to 240 volt inverter, and a complete solar setup with two 110 amp leisure batteries fitted for the of-grid camping adventures were fitted.

Radio, TV and reversing camera were set in the dash board. 

I fitted a Can two ring cooker and sink, and a 50lt 3 way fridge.

Eberspacher diesel heater with extra vents to the wet/drying storage space at the back of the van was installed.

An onboard 70lt water tank and storage for the portaloo and gas bottle locker units were built into the rear of van.

And then it went back to two very happy customers.