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Ford Transit Camper Conversions

  • By Kate Moore
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Want to build a camper van? These Ford Transit camper conversions are a great source of inspiration for your own DIY camper van build.

We’ve pulled together a wide range of cozy home-based builds and professional outfitters to give you a variety of layout and design ideas.

In a Ford Transit you can install a small kitchen, bathroom and even shower! That’s perfect for full time van life. Check out the creations below for some ideas.

  • Ford recently announced the new 2023 Transit Trail, which is a vehicle designed specifically for van life with a lifted suspension, factory-installed vent fan, and larger tires!

Ford Transit Conversion Ideas

Lauren and Dave from @veganvantravels drive around the country with their cat Simone. They had their Ford Transit RV converted at LA Van Outfitters in California.

A workspace and table slides out from under the bed leaving plenty of room to sit and relax during dinner.

There’s plenty of storage and they keep the kitty litter box under the sink.

Antoine and Isabelle from @faroutride quit their engineering jobs to build their own DIY Transit conversion van. Now they spend their days traveling, mountain biking, and hitting the slopes.

Our favorite part about the van build is how they managed to store so much adventure equipment in the “garage” below the bed.

These two van lifers share their adventures, monthly expenses and technical van build information on their website We also got the chance to catch up with them and learn more about their rig in our interview series.

Kestrel Vans is a conversion van outfitter located in Whitefish, Montana. They create a lot of cool modular concepts and build everything from Mercedes Sprinters to Ford Transit campers.

Aside from the bright colors, our favorite part about this Kestrel Van build is the murphy bed that folds down in the back. That layout leaves a lot of room for storing bikes and other large pieces of adventure equipment.

Transit Van Conversions

Anna is a solo female van lifer living in a Ford Transit RV. She runs a popular youtube channel that’s all about adventure, simplicity and sustainability.

During the build process she added a fiberglass bubble top complete with windows which brings in a lot of extra light and opens up the space.

The electronics in the van are powered with a Goal Zero power station and has a composting toilet and solar camp shower for the outdoors making this one of the best vans for van life.

Melanie and Bryan from @wanderingrootsco are a graphic designer and web developer that live in a self-converted Transit camper.

What we like about this van is they took a simple approach and added a gravity-fed sink rather than using a 12v water pump in their vehicle.

They also maximized counter space by adding a Lagune table mount which swings out from storage when needed.

Every van dog needs his own space. We love how this dog crate was incorporated into this DIY build by @silverdragonwagon.

The van pictured above is Ford Transit 350 Extended High Roof. It’s built with room for bikes, extra seating and a mini bathroom!

Ford Transit RV Builds

Wiebke and Tobi are from Germany and converted this Ford Transit RV themselves. We like the shape of the seating, garage layout and bright colors in this van build.

Clark and Tallie from @thevanahan built a diy camper conversion to take them on adventures across the USA. We like the simplistic layout of their build and the propane stovetop/oven combo for cooking!

Sports Mobile outfits a variety of camper van conversions. This Ford Transit camper has a huge amount of storage space, seating, and even a microwave! You can order modular designs from their website and put together your own mobile living space.

Benchmark Vehicles is located in Portland, Oregon. The specialize in Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter conversions. These vans look like the ultimate adventure vehicles and are built with just about anything you can dream up.

Benchmark makes some of our favorite designs because of the clean, modern surfaces and convenient layouts.

Ford Transit Camper Vans

We hope these Transits have given you some ideas to inspire your camper van build. Want to get some ideas for other vehicles? Check out these similar posts:

Kate is the lead content creator for and has spent over two years living in a camper van conversion. She has traveled through 48 US states and writes about van life, camping and RV living.

This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. So I`m looking for Ford Transit for me, wife, maybe 2-others & the Golden Retriever. Simple & basic items.

  2. I too want a smaller cargo van Ford Transit build. I am single and would like to have one with a twin bed going widthwise across the back. Need little room for storage other than a few tools and the batteries, converters, water, etc that would be needed. Would love to have info on this.

    1. Hello. I was wondering if you’ve started your van build. I’m also wanting to build out a Ford Transit. Short wheel base, mid roof with a twin bed across the back as I will be a single traveler and I’m only 5’3″ tall. Thanks.

  3. I would like to know what you can do to build out a camper that will sleep my husband and me and our dog. I need to be able to put it in a regular garage and parking space no longer than a Ford Expedition. So we’re talking about a small Ford Transit that isn’t tall. Ideally we could have passenger seating when not camping. I loved the space and arrangement of my VW Westphalia campervan when I had that. Thanks.

  4. Thanks for the info! I am interested in building out a Ford Transit with the option to seat 5 people (with a car seat). Have you come across any options to do this safely while optimizing space? I don’t know much about after-market seating add ons and insurance coverage. We have considered the Ford Transit Crew Van, but the bench seat will take up a lot of space – and the front seats won’t swivel in the Crew version. I am wondering if there is an option to replace that bench seat with a seat that folds into a bed or if anyone has ever put a bench seat in the back of the van with the bed built over it. (Is this an option for the tallest version of the Transit?) I’m also curious about the option to but a bench seat in sideways and using the other side of the van for sink, refrigerator, etc. If you know of any resources where people built out a Transit and were able to safely transport kids, I would love to learn more. I just want to ensure I purchase the right van to build out.



    1. Hi Chelsea,
      Interim what you came up with, I am also wanting to seat my family of 5 in a transit. Did you make any progress?

    1. Just saw your post regarding van build ideas. I just finished/am finishing a 2018 Transit 250. I put in everything except a shower. Mine will sleep 3 as well. If I can help, let me know. It was the funnest/scariest thing I have ever done. I can’t wait to do it again!!

      1. Hey! My. boyfriend and I have literally today bought a high roof ford transit (older model – 2007) but we are just at the research stage of what we want to do with it! Would love any advice!

    1. I got a 2021 AWD Transit that about to be done with the conversion in a few weeks. Let me know what you are looking for and I maybe can help.

      1. Hello,
        I recently purchased a 2021 Transit and was curious how you framed the walls and bed?

        Thank you

        Steven Nightser

  5. Hi there! I find your blogs so so helpful, thank you.

    I just have one question : I was looking to buy a Ford Transit to convert but a friend of mine recently told me that Transits have a tendency to rot. Is that true? Obviously I’d rather know before spending the money on the van and conversion.


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