This Ford Transit Cargo Van slash Stealth Camper is too awesome.
Makes for a great live in vehicle while traveling because there’s enough room for everything you need.
And nobody knows your camping in there because it looks pretty much like a work vehicle.
Inside you’ll find…
- A kitchenette
- Fold down bunk beds
And he’s even got enough room set aside for his road bike. Now this looks like a blast.
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This looks a very well thought, clean, neat, modern, and budget friendly design.
Isn’t it awesome Will? And what a cool combo to have your own road bike to jump on whenever you want. I like the toaster oven option too instead of a microwave.
recently , a interesting discussion about van dwelling / camping on reddit.
Neat link! Thanks Morini. Van dwelling has always been a secret fantasy for me, hahaha. Feels okay to talk about it here but my friends/family think I’m nuts for wanting to do it.
I would love to be able to convert a Ford van like this, but UNFORTUNATELY, the high roof version is NOT available in the USA!
The high roof transit is being made in Kansas City and should be available this year. Also check out the Fiat Ducato – being sold in the US as the Dodge ProMaster and available now Has replaced the Sprinter in their line.
The Fiat Ducato is used for about 85% of the van /caravans in Europe.
This rocks… love it…
I have an industry friend who lived in the mountains of Colorado where apparently this version of the transit was being tested in the US. I have no idea the progress of the testing.
We’ve converted a long wheelbase sprinter similar to this.
– installed LED lighting
– fabricated a removable bed frame
– fabricated “baskets” for four golf cart batteries
– installed two fans
– built a cabinet (that has a flip down table you can eat from the rotating passenger seat at)
– prepared for solar but don’t have full time panels yet
We’ve been on the road in it over three summers a total of about 14 weeks. It has certainly caused the “tiny house bug” to bite us.
my idea was to use the long wheelbase, mercedes diesel powered sprinter and if the ceiling was not high enough so that i could stand fully upright then try to get a popup top made. a loft bed over the front seats, seats that turn a full 180 degrees so the driver’s seat could become a rear facing office chair with a fold down “desk”. also a real bathroom and however much kitchen i want.
they have a winnebago based on the mercedes sprinter chassis and it looks very well done, but it stands out as an rv and costs about $130,000
Big fan of tiny, smarter houses, live on a boat, easy in the uk, would love to receive your emails, thanks
Keep up the good work!
Could absolutely retire in this type of vehicle well converted. Oh, but wait. I’m not single… wife might have something to say about that small of a downsize. But it’s great to dream. 🙂
Dreaming about traveling in this, not about being single. Just had to clear that up! Wouldn’t want her to get any ideas… 🙂
Awesome setup! Was always hoping SOMEBODY would convert one of these neat little minivans into a so-called “stealth” camper. I did formerly own a Mercedes/Dodge/Freightliner-based “Sprinter” van built as an “Airstream Parkway”. GREAT vehicle, albeit a tad too pricey for me (i.e. it was around $90 grand, with $5,000 “down” and a monthly payment of $809.48 for TWENTY YEARS!!! YIKES!!!). That camper had 2 “jackknife” sofas that converted into a “king”-sized bed, a “wet bath” and kitchenette/ galley, plus it had a 15″ flat screen TV/DVD player and generator. Got firly decent fuel mileage (i.e. 20+ MPG…), and rode well on both city streets and interstates. Unfortunately, the payment became way too much once I lost my job, and after almost a year of making payment via credit card advances, the “repo ma” came ‘a knockin’… 🙁 Perhaps this “Transit Connect” OR the newer “Nissan NV200” will be my future goal! Thanks for ALL these GREAT articles on “smaller living”!
Putting the bike on a trailer is a better idea. I agree with Steve Gillon.
So, you carry the bike inside when travelling and “leave it outside” when you are sleeping at night??? Insane, if that is what you do, and it certainly looks like there is no other option.
What is the brand of the folding bunks?
I was noticing there is no responses to questions asked here. Is there anyway to contact the owner of this conversion to find out where he purchased the pieces for the van ? I would love to know.
Got to say it’s pretty much what has been done for several decades with-in the VW Transporter scene – see http://www.volkswagen-transporter.co.uk using T4/5/5.5 and possibly the 6 should it come to fruition in the UK during 2015 as is suggested, giving the Transit, Nissan and other similar base vehicles a run for their money once again, holding the crown for 60+ years is pretty hard to beat, basically, plenty of easily available parts, furniture and fittings for all these models around the world, I know I personally have built around a half dozen in my lifetime, thinking about a Transit Connect stealth van now as a small mobile go anywhere unit is becoming rapidly more desirable was a daily driver also, having owned a caddy pickup + pod camper attachment that was a superb combo, but sadly far to old and a liability by the time I could afford such, however a cost effective version where the pick-up is the daily driver, and the pod the living part superb solution but what’s available is far to expensive BUT a kit? Plans? Or whatever to be able to build our own version once that becomes available in likes of Teardrop caravan quantities it would be a gooer for sure !!! I duly await that becoming available to purchase
If I can find a camper like this through your help, I will buy it immediately my only restriction is it must have a diesel engine, the echo diesel engine and it must be somewhat finished off on the inside with at least a bunk, galley situated or convection oven and the toilet.
It must be new!
I will pay cash!
Call me 281-917-1754
Regards Tommy Schmit US Army retired
PS this is no BS email
I would want my bike inside when I’m sleeping and outside when I am awake and able to keep an eye on it. This forces me to do the exact opposite
I’m looking for a vehicle list built and ready to sell.
I have had for waltz wagon transporters and buses across the North Atlantic five times!
Looking for a response for somebody has one for sale again this is no BS!
Your kind positive response is most sincerely appreciated.
If you ‘really’ want a stealth camper look to something like that, put a ladder rack on the sides of the roof, or on top. And really, a cycle inside? Oil leaks, smell, takes up room, etc. Small enclosed trailer, so no one can see it, and another ladder rack on top. As is, I would say just a travel van suitable for just one person.
Seems every time I leave the house, I see potential vehicles. I keep seeing a work van that has windows only in the front, doors and windshield. They even have the walk space inside more than tall enough for me. (Since back problems, I’m now under 5 foot. )
Where do I look for one?
How much does one cost?
I’m formulating the concept of an alternative retirement,
travelling, visiting, attending events and blogging it all…
Where do they store the propane? Where are the tanks for fresh, and grey water? Is there a port a potty? Outdoor shower?
Oops! I see the port a potty in the back, now.
Nice setup. Both front seats swivel…sweet! I would have liked to have seen a photo with the bunks setup for sleeping to get an idea about how much space they take up.
When I read a mention about road bike, I was thinking of the kind you pedal. I agree with Theo…that thing takes up way too much space.