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BananaJeep
05-02-2017, 04:40 PM
I've been super interested in converting an old cargo van, or conversion van, into a camper. To me, it sounds like the perfect setup. Small and easy to navigate around town (as opposed to a big massive RV), you can blend in if need be, and it's big enough to tow a Jeep. At least, a 4 cylinder TJ :) I'm wondering if anyone has a cargo van they use as a camper. If so, post up some pics! I'm probably going to buy one here in the next few months.

BananaJeep
05-02-2017, 04:43 PM
Something like this is what I'm after. (Picture from Google images... not my picture).

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BaddestCross
05-02-2017, 05:47 PM
Subscribed. When I get fed up enough with work, I plan on doing the same with my E350 extended van. 😎

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BananaJeep
05-02-2017, 06:00 PM
Subscribed. When I get fed up enough with work, I plan on doing the same with my E350 extended van. 😎

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Let me know how your e350 pulls your Jeep. That's what I'm most concerned about. And I'm not talking across town, I'm talking 8+ hour road trips.

Cato35
05-02-2017, 07:20 PM
We have hauled the jeep from TN back to Minnesota with a van. It definitely has more wig wag than a pickup but still pulls pretty good. 256530


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Cato35
05-02-2017, 07:21 PM
We have hauled the jeep from TN back to Minnesota with a van. It definitely has more wig wag than a pickup but still pulls pretty good. 256530


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BaddestCross
05-02-2017, 07:25 PM
Let me know how your e350 pulls your Jeep. That's what I'm most concerned about. And I'm not talking across town, I'm talking 8+ hour road trips.
You'll be waiting for a couple years to hear back from me on that one. 😂 What I can tell you is that it's got a GVWR of 9400 lbs, so it shouldn't be a problem. I carry a full load of steel shelving, parts, and tools all the time and will load a full HVAC system in it from time to time and I've got no power problems. I don't imagine flat-towing a Jeep would be a big deal.

My brother-in-law used a Chevy 3500 van to tow his toy hauler with his Austin Healy race car inside for years. I took a trip to AZ with him once in that setup and it was fine. He complained about long, steep grades being a little gutless, but I figured towing that kinda weight going uphill at 55-60 was pretty damn good.

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BaddestCross
05-02-2017, 07:27 PM
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That looks like my van. I've got a 2004 E350 extended cargo van with the 5.4L in it.

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Cato35
05-02-2017, 07:38 PM
That looks like my van. I've got a 2004 E350 extended cargo van with the 5.4L in it.

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Ya it is a 2004 also, but has a 6.0.


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BaddestCross
05-02-2017, 08:31 PM
Ya it is a 2004 also, but has a 6.0.


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Nice! That's gotta be a workhorse. 👍

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meljr
05-02-2017, 09:09 PM
I bought this a couple of months ago to convert into a stealth camper and tow rig. The full sized Transit are RWD and have plenty of power. Mine is a 3/4 ton and rated to tow 9100 lbs. which should handle my car trailer and either the Comanche or JK Unlimited nicely.

The conversion has begun with crossbars for solar panels, a sink and counter top, porta-potty, propane stove, privacy screens and a bulkhead divider with door to keep the porta potty from shoving me through the windshield during a collision. Still to come a removable queen size bed platform, insulation and paneling.

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BananaJeep
05-04-2017, 03:13 AM
Nice rigs! I can't wait to buy mine. I'm itching to start building one.


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