2021 Ford Transit – Ceiling

2021 Ford Transit – Ceiling

The following is a brief overview of the steps we took to finish the ceiling in our van – a 2021 Ford Transit.

2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling

The first step was to add Kilmat, a sound deadening mat to dampen the noise.

Next, we went through and identified the places where the furring strips would go. We used the existing beams across the width of the van, which had plenty of pre-drilled holes for installing rivets. If the hole was a little bit bigger, a plusnut was installed.

2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling
2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling

We were hoping to get the furring strip from one end of the van to the other, but the curve was too much for the 1/2 inch plywood to bend. So we decided to cut a long piece for the center, and 2 short ones on each end.  Because of the curve, it took very many attempts to get the holes to line up with the bolts we had installed on the ceiling. This part of the build took quite a long time!

For the short furring strips on each end, we used 3/4 inch plywood.

2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling
2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling

After the furring strips were up, we cut sections of foam board insulation, and put it up between each beam and furring strip.

Then we covered it all up with Reflectix, leaving openings for our 2 fans, and the electrical wires for the lights we’ll be putting up on the ceiling. At each section of the ceiling, we had to remove the furring strip, tuck the reflectix underneath, mark where the holes were for each bolt, and attach the furring strip back over the reflectix. Some spots were quite frustrating, but we got it all done.

2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling
2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling

We were looking for something lightweight to finish the ceiling with, and found this cork flooring from Facebook Marketplace. We screwed each panel in place. Very few went in easily. We had to make adjustments for lights, fans, and mostly for all the curves of the Ford Transit.

The back end of the van, just above the back doors needed something a little different. Alex did some strategic cutting and shaving to fit this 2×4 snugly up to the top.

2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling
2021 Ford Transit - Ceiling

And here it is all done. It looks much cozier now – We love the way it turned out!

Watch our video to see how we did it:

2021 Ford Transit – Ceiling

 

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Yours Truly …. Yula

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

 

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

Yours Truly …. Yula

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

 

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

Yours Truly …. Yula

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.

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

 

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

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.

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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