I traveled in Casper the camper for a year full-time and for over 3 years part-time. After 4 years together on the road, Casper found a new home with a new person in July of 2021. Casper was a low-top Ford transit cargo van that I bought with 18,000 miles on it in 2017. I did a DIY 2-month long budget van conversion for $3,500, lived in it for a while, and eventually opted for a huge remodel. I had it professionally converted into a high-top by Fiberine. Then I designed the layout and handed it over to a team of professionals at RV Renovators to turn it into a cabin-esque camper ready for full-time off-grid living.

Van Specs

  • Make & Model: 2016 Ford Transit 250
  • Size: Standard length, 130″ wheelbase
  • Engine: 3.7L V6
  • Fuel: Flex-fuel, Gasoline or Ethanol
  • Fuel Consumption: 17 MPG (after conversion)
  • Exterior Length: 18ft bumper to bumper
  • Number of Seats with Seatbelts: 2
  • Drive: 2WD
  • Title Status: Clean
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Backup Camera in the rear-view mirror

Conversion Specs

  • Conversion Company: RV Renovators (Mesa, AZ)
  • Conversion Year: 2019
  • High Top Extension: 24″ Fiberglass bubble top made and installed by Fiberine (includes two screened windows)
  • Living Space: Approx. 55 square feet (not counting driver & passenger seat area)
  • Exterior Height: 9’6″
  • Interior Height: 6’1″
  • Exterior Length: 19ft and 6 inches long (with hitchgate tire carrier)
  • Sleeping Capacity: 2 people (and 2 dogs)
  • Cost of Conversion: $48,000 (includes labor, materials, appliances, solar electric setup, high-top extension, and various exterior upgrades)

Ford Transit Van Conversion Details & Supplies

Kitchen & Plumbing


Bedroom & Living Room

  • Bed: 5-inch Memory Foam Mattress (Dimensions: 50″ x 70″)
  • Couch:
  • Lagun Adjustable Table Mount
  • Dining Table/Desk: (32″ x 20″), tucks away behind the driver seat when not in use

Electric & Solar


Floor, Walls & Ceiling

  • Floor: Paradigm Waterproof Flooring
  • Walls: Beaded Finished Plywood
  • Ceiling: Knotty Cedar Tongue and Groove Planking
  • Cabinets: Pine wood

Exterior Upgrades

Interior Upgrades

  • Swivel Base for Passenger Seat (from DiscountVanTruck for $199)

Climate Control

  • Reflectix and R15 Owens Corning Unfaced Fiberglass Insulation throughout the van
  • Maxxair 10 Speed Fan/Vent with rain shield
  • Two upper screened windows (allows for a cross breeze and a layer of protection because the windows are high up)
  • Portable Mr. Heater Little Buddy Indoor Propane Heater
  • Blackout/insulating curtain between the driver section and living space
  • Weathertech insulated reversible black & reflective window covers (for front 3 windows in the cab section)
  • Camco RV Fan/Vent Insulator/Reflector blocks out 100% of harmful UV Rays entering via the Maxxair Fan
  • Handmade insulated window covers for all the rest of the windows in the living portion of the van (made out of 6mm thick reflective Thinsulate, earth magnets, and the same fabric as the couch)

Interior Storage

  • 2 large compartments above the driver and passenger seats
  • 5 large overhead cabinets in the back
  • Storage under the couch/bed (24” x 70” x 16” tall)
  • 3 drawers under kitchen counter (on sink side)
  • 2 cabinets with some shelving and storage (on the kitchen side with stove)
  • Hooks to hang things inside the toilet closet and on the outside of the toilet closet
  • Shelving throughout the van

Short Van Walk Through

Detailed Van Tour

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