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

 

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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.

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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.

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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 – 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

 

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

Yours Truly …. Yula