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Old 11-16-2018, 11:47 AM   #1
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Question (not Escape) BC Ford Transit conversion?

Hi all - a lot of very wise people here, especially western canadians, so....

this is in the "off topic" section.

Iím researching experienced up fitters for converting a new Transit cargo van to be an RV, in British Columbia specifically.

(have not bought Transit yet - yes I would buy Transit in Canada likely.)

I do not want to do it myself.

The up fitter to class B would basically do:

Solar
Electrical (shore and 12v + inverter)
wall insulation
Rixen heat, and maybe Rixen hot water
maybe shower stall + fresh + grey tank.
add 3rd captains chair.
MOAB bed install.
Maxx fan.

no black tank, as Port A Potty
no propane.
no generator.
not a Sprinter.

Google didnít turn up anything.
I read Safari Condo in Quebec is good, but that is a really long way from BC, so logistically as I work (very) full time, that gets tough.

thanks

John
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:39 PM   #2
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Although I haven't looked, I'm not aware of any RV upfitters currently operating in B.C. Great West Vans (Sterling RV) operated in Manitoba, but moved to Alabama then folded a few years ago... and I don't know if they did custom work anyway. I think the only other Canadian RV manufacturer to have done Class Bs would be Triple E's Leisure Travel Vans division, and they seem to be currently doing only Class C, and even then only in standard models rather than custom.

If I can think of anyone, or run across a useful reference, I'll let you know.
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I read Safari Condo in Quebec is good, but that is a really long way from BC, so logistically as I work (very) full time, that gets tough.
I would want to avoid that, too. It's not just the week of travel time to get the van home, or arranging to buy a van and have it delivered to them, it's not being able to go to them to sort out any issues in person during the work.
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Google didn’t turn up anything.
But how about Ford Canada? (or FCA if a ProMaster is an acceptable alternative) They would presumably only know of factory-authorized upfitters, but it would be worth checking.

There are online listings of Ford upfitters, but you would need to figure out which ones - if any - might be interested in the RV work.
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:02 PM   #5
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Thanks much Brian, as always, for the many good thoughts

Spoke with Safari Condo, and was told they only currently do "turn key" completed conversions.

will keep researching... found a few leads that I have reached out to. No concrete info yet.

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Rixen heat, and maybe Rixen hot water
Interesting... I had not heard of Rixen so I had to look them up. They appear to be a system integrator and distributor of Eberspaecher's Espar Airtronic and Hydronic equipment. Have you looked at Eberspaecher's dealer list and asked any of the local ones if they do RV work, or supply an RV upfitter?
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add 3rd captains chair
If you want the driver and front passenger seats to spin around to face into the interior, that would presumably be another upfit task (I don't think Ford offers this).
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Lots of good info on upfitting Ford Transit on the Transit Forum - https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/forumindex.php
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Hi all - a lot of very wise people here, especially western canadians, so....

this is in the "off topic" section.

Iím researching experienced up fitters for converting a new Transit cargo van to be an RV, in British Columbia specifically.

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Is this what you are looking for?
https://nomadvanz.com/process/
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Is this what you are looking for?
https://nomadvanz.com/process/
Exactly, but my budget is only $500,000 (US or CAN). Am I ok with that?
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