16 June we picked Van Luna our 2022 Ford Transit 350 AWD Cargo Van.
We ordered the van in October 2021. Then the waiting and hoping to get a VIN, which is the golden ticket, letting us know our van would actually be built. In April we recieved the email from Ford with our VIN and then we waited for Chris Reade at Evergreen Ford in Issaquah to let us know when the can arrived.
I won't go into every little decisions we make, but as we do our build becuase there are so many good posts and DIY builds we're copying. I will do write-ups similiar to those we did for s/v Deep Playa when I think there is more to share, or when I feel like writing things down.
Here are some common quetions we get asked though:
q: Why Van Luna?
Dawn named the van. We both love to go stargazing and with her silvery paint she just felt like a Luna.
q: Why a Ford Transit?
1) AWD 1) Because they're less expensive and parts are readily available in smaller rural towns.
q: Why not buy a fully built van or a kit?
We enjoy this stuff. We enjoy the project, the learning that goes into the build, and making our own compromises vs. living with the compromises someone else made.
q: Which Transit did you get?
|Make & Model||Ford Transit 350|
|Body Type||LWB Cargo Van|
q: How long will the build take?
I think we'll always be tweaking it. But the short term plan is to get the van ventilated and insulated so we can use it for rough camping this summer. Then to work on a more permanent bed and heating so we can use it as a ski van this winter.
After that, we'll work on the planned large electrical system and more finished carpentry.
q: What are you going to do with Artie McFarti the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk?
Artie will still be our daily driver and there may be times we plan to go place Luna can't fit or can't get to, that the nimble Jeep Renegade can easily go.