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.

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

 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

 

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Yours Truly …. Yula

2021 Ford Transit – Maxxair Fan Install

2021 Ford Transit – Maxxair Fan Install

Installing a fan in the 2021 Ford Transit was a necessity for us. Although we got factory windows all around the van, the option for any of them to open for air was not an option. So we we chose to put a fan in the roof above our bed for air circulation. Here’s how we completed the Maxxair Fan Install on our 2021 Ford Transit.

Installing a fan in the 2021 Ford Transit was a necessity for us.  Although we got factory windows all around the van, the option for any of them to open for air was not an option.  So we we chose to put a fan in the roof above our bed for air circulation.  Here's how we completed the Maxxair Fan Install on our 2021 Ford Transit.

The main building materials we used were:

  • Maxxair 00-05 100K MaxxFan Ventilation Fan (Amazon)
  • Tremclad oil-based rust paint (Home Depot)
  • Dicor Butyl Seal Tape (Amazon)
  • Paulin Aluminum Flat (Home Depot)
  • Dicor Self-Leveling Lap Sealant (Amazon)
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca

We taped a bag on the ceiling to catch all the little metal bits, and drilled the 4 corner holes. As you can see, On the Ford Transit, the flange fits exactly between the ridges on the roof.

2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca

Then we cut the hole. A lot of tape was used to control the cutting, and a lot of vacuuming in between to lessen the metal debris. It’s a good idea to spread drop cloths or towels around the area where the roof is cut. The metal bits that may fly out are very hot and could damage the paint on the roof, leading to future rust.

2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca

Some filing was done to smooth out all the sharp edges.

We used oil based rust paint on all the cut areas to prevent rust.

2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca

This is the flange that will hold the fan in place. We placed 3 or 4 layers of the butyl tape on the bottom of the flange to provide a secure seal to the roof of the van.

We placed it in the hole and made sure there was enough butyl tape to provide a good seal. There’s a bit of a curve on the Transit’s roof so a little more tape is needed on the sides to make a good seal.

2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca
2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca

Additional support was added underneath where the roof was the thinnest, and then it was time to drill it all in place.

2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca

The next step was to add this self-leveling sealant on top of all the screws to seal it all up and make it waterproof.

2021 Ford Transit - Maxxair Fan Install - https://yula.ca

Finally, it was time to place the fan on the roof and screw it securely to the flange.

Watch our video to see how we did it, and also a few tips and tricks we learned as we were working.

2021 Ford Transit – Maxxair Fan Install

 

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Yours Truly …. Yula

Still Waiting On Our Van!

Still Waiting On Our Van!

In looking at the analytics on our website, some folks actually click on this van build page to see what we’re up to. Unfortunately, we are Still Waiting On Our Van!  We ordered it on January 19, 2021. The latest update we have from our dealership is that it will be built in mid-July, so it seems that we’ll be lucky to get it by the end of the summer.

From what we understand, all vehicle production has been dramatically slowed down due to chip shortages around the world. We follow some discussions in the Ford Transit USA Forum – there are many others in the same boat as us! If you have a Transit, it’s a great forum to browse through. There is a lot of great information in there.

Ford Transits are built in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. If you’re interested in seeing inside the Ford Transit assembly plant, click here. It’s an interesting video on the production of the van.

 

The details of the van we ordered:

R2X: 2021 Transit 250 148″ Cargo Van – Colour: Ingot Silver
AWD, Ecoboost engine
High Roof, Medium Length
Privacy windows all around
4-way manual swivel seats
Keyless entry pad
Stereo with Bluetooth & Sync & 8″ touchscreen
Cruise control
perimeter alarm
Large center console

 

Still Waiting On Our Van!

In the meantime, while we’re waiting on the van, we have been riding our bikes around the excellent trails in the Greater Toronto Area. Click here to find out where we’ve been!

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Yours Truly …. Yula