2021 Ford Transit – Insulation

2021 Ford Transit – Insulation

There are many reasons to insualate a cargo van that will end up being a camper van.  It will keep us warm on the cold, frosty night.  It will prevent overheating on those sweltering hot days.  It will reduce condensation, and it is also a great sound barrier.  Read on to see the insulation installed on our 2021 Ford Transit.

Floor

We used this 1-inch foam board (IKO Polyisocyanurate Insulated Sheathing (1-in x 4-ft x 8-ft) from Lowe’s), which has an R value of 6. It’s designed to reduce energy loss and controls sound as well. We cut large strips and laid them all between the frame on the floor. As well, before we laid down the final flooring, we added this cork floor underlaynment.

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2021 Ford Transit – Insulation – https:/yula.ca

Walls

The Ford Transit has large wall cavities, so we thought that Rockwool would be good for this job. (Rockwool Comfortbatt R14 24 inch O.C. For 2×4 Wood Studs from Home Depot) It has an R value of 14. We used the large cavities to push it up and down to all the hollow spots that we could reach. We found this roll of cork, also on FB marketplace, cut it up, and covered all the exposed rockwool with it. Finally, we covered it all up with Reflectix Bubble Pack from Home Depot. As you can see, we have a lot of exposed area at all the windows. We plan to make insulated covers to cover those up for when it’s too hot, or too cold.

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2021 Ford Transit – Insulation – https:/yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit – Insulation – https:/yula.ca

Ceiling

Our ceiling got the same foam board insulation as the floor did. We cut it to fit snugly between the existing beams and taped it up there with tuck tape.  We then covered it all up with Reflectix, making sure to pull through all the wiring we ran for lights and other switches.

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2021 Ford Transit – Insulation – https:/yula.ca

Headliner

There’s a large hollow area above the headliner shelf in the Transit. We cut a piece of Reflectix that fit inside there, pulled out the Rockwool that we had left over from the walls, and cut up enough to cover up the reflectix. Then Alex closed it all up in this heavy plastic sheet, taped it up and slipped it down behind the headliner.

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2021 Ford Transit – Insulation – https:/yula.ca

Back Doors

Like the walls inside the van, we filled up the cavities with Rockwool. We still had some cork left, so we used that up too.

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2021 Ford Transit – Insulation – https:/yula.ca

Watch our video to see how we did it:

2021 Ford Transit – Insulation

 

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2021 Ford Transit – Fixed Bed

2021 Ford Transit – Fixed Bed

Before getting the van, and starting the build, we had always thought we’d made a bed that folds up to have a couch in the van.  But as we started building we changed our minds and proceeded to build a fixed bed.  Here’s how we built the fixed bed platform in our 2021 Ford Transit van:

2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca

The main purchase we made for this project is this comfortable queen sized memory foam mattress from Costco.

Other supplies we used:

  • Steel corner beams (Home Depot)
  • Tremclad rust proof paint (Home Depot)
  • Plastic mesh fencing (Home Depot)
2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca

We made 2 of these structures, one for each end of the van, and secured them using Plusnuts and bolts.

2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca

We opted to add 6 2×2 beams across, to support our mattress. For added strength, we added these metal corners to each beam. So we cut 6 of them to size, filed them, painted them with rust proof paint and attached them to the 2×2’s.

We opted to get this plastic mesh fencing to support the mattress between each beam.

2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit Fixed Bed – https://yula.ca

And here it is with the mattress. We had to cut 3” off the end to make it fit snugly from end to end, and also cut a couple of corner to fit the weird shape of the Transit.

 

2021 Ford Transit – Fixed Bed

 

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2021 Ford Transit – Bike Drawer

2021 Ford Transit – Bike Drawer

One thing we love to do when we’re travelling is explore the area we’re in by electric bike.  We plan to take our bikes with us on most of our trips, so having a bike drawer makes things much easier.  Here’s how we installed a bike drawer on our 2021 Ford Transit:

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The main purchase we had to make was a pair of drawer slides, from Amazon.

We made this simple platform, with a place for the front fork to rest on, as well a place for the rear tire to sit between.

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2021 Ford Transit - Bike Drawer – https://yula.ca

We then attached the drawer slides to the platform.

After moving it over to the van, it was time to screw it down to the frame under the subfloor.

2021 Ford Transit - Bike Drawer – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Bike Drawer – https://yula.ca

All loaded up!

Watch our video to see how we did it:

2021 Ford Transit – Bike Drawer

 

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Yours Truly …. Yula

2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels

2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels

Our plan for power in our camper van is to use electric power only.  So solar panels on the roof seems to be a good option for us.  Here’s how we installed the Renogy Solar Panels on our 2021 Ford Transit.

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 The main purchases we had to make were:

  • Renogy 100 Watt Solar Panels (Amazon)
  • 4 sets of Renogy Mounting Z brackets   (Amazon)
  • Renogy Cable Entry Housing Mount (Amazon)
  • BougeRV 10ft 10AWG Solar Cables  (Amazon)
2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca

Attach all the brackets to the sides of each panel.  Renogy only provided self-tapping screws, but for added security we used bolts with locking nuts instead.

2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca

Then we drilled the holes through each bracket, and painted them with rust proof paint.

A hole was also cut for the renogy cable entry housing mount.

2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca

We then attached all the panels, making sure all the nuts and bolts and locking nuts were secured well.

The 10 ft solar MC4 cable down from the panels through the housing, and down into the van. The MC4 connectors were attached to the bare ends of the MC4 cable. This will then be connected to the Bluetti, our solar power generator.

2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels – https://yula.ca

Watch our video to see how we did it:

2021 Ford Transit – Renogy Solar Panels

 

Thanks for visiting our site!  Check our Van Build Journal page often as we’ll documenting the progress of the build.

Yours Truly …. Yula

Toronto to Gaspé – Boondock Spots

Toronto to Gaspé – Boondock Spots

People often ask us where we spend the nights when we travel.  The answer is – we boondock.  Boondocking is parking overnight in places that do not prohibit overnight parking.  It is very important that we leave a boondock spot as clean, or cleaner than we found it.  There are websites and apps that help us find these places.  We mainly use ioverlander.com and park4night.com.   Here’s a little sample of our boondock spots as we traveled from Toronto to Gaspé, Quebec.

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Sept. 27, 2021 – Pickering, Ontario

iOverlander:  https://ioverlander.com/places/158015-roadside

 

Toronto to Gaspe - Boondock Spots

Sept. 28, 2021 – Kingston, Ontario

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/158015-roadside

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Sept. 29, 2021 – Cooper Marsh, Ontario

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/63620-parking-of-cooper-marsh-natural-reserve

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Sept. 30, 2021 – Parc de l’Anse-Benson, Quebec

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/73617-parc-de-l-anse-benson

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 1, 2021 – Parc Pierre Brochu, Quebec

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/95150-parc-pierre-brochu

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 2, 2021 – Walmart, Campbellton, New Brunswick

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/61867-walmart

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 3, 2021 – Camping Paspebiac Sur Mer, Quebec

park4night:  https://park4night.com/lieu/256147/#.YXbFTJ7MKnQ

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 4 & 5, 2021 – Station de ski Mont-Bechervaise, Gaspé

iOverlander:  https://ioverlander.com/places/153984-station-de-ski-mont-bechervaise

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 6, 2021 – Baie de Saint-Yvon, Quebec

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/67623-st-yvon

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 7, 2021 – Sainte-Félicité Rest Area, Quebec

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/154196-halte-routiere-saint-felicite

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 8, 2021 – Beauséjour Park, Rimouski

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/152192-parc-beausejour-face-au-235-rue-dumoulin-rimouski

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 9, 2021 – Walmart, Quebec City

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/133805-walmart

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 10, 2021 – Tourist Information Centre, Bécancour, Quebec

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/99788-info-touristique-becancour

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé - Boondock Spots

Oct. 11, 2021 – La Bai Park, Gatineau, Quebec

iOverlander: https://ioverlander.com/places/102879-la-baie-park

 

 

Toronto to Gaspé – Boondock Spots

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