Dan's long wheel base/high roof transit was designed with long term travel and live-in capability in mind. Not only does it act the part, but with plenty of Aluminess goodies installed it looks tough doing it.
Dan wanted a cabin like space that was not only handsome, but also includes all of the amenities for life on the road. His Transit is packed with storage from under-bed shelving to upper cabinets that run the full length of the van's interior.
A Go-Power solar set up, inverter, and controller take care of the electrical needs. Meanwhile, the fuel efficient Espar diesel fired heater runs warmly and quietly under the control of an easy to use "set it and forget it" thermostat.
A Coleman Mach 8 AC is run off of a shore power plug and keeps Dan's van and dog cool on hot days. A 4 cu. ft. Truckfridge keeps the after-run beer cold, and the bench doubles as a table for two using a removable pedestal mount.
Two Reliance 7-gal jerry cans take care of fresh and grey water storage while keeping room for an 11lb propane tank that the stove runs off of. The cold fresh water is fed through an electric pump and sent up to the flush mounted sink.
The Aluminess roof rack was designed to account for two large solar panels, the Coleman Mach 8, as well as a Maxxair vent fan. Although Aluminess products come with a heavy lead time, they are extremely tough looking and very functional.
Not only does Dan's Transit look great, it functions well too. Here you can see the L-track mounted Rocky Mount bike mounts under the bed, not to mention room for coolers, outdoor gear, skis, and so much more.
Dan requested some special touches throughout the van including these bike chain cabinet pulls.
Tension climbing supplies this set of holds that's mounted above the sliding door to add another custom touch inside of this Transit's interior.