After a year with our basic sleeping platforms, two amazing roadtrips, and several long weekend camping trips, it was time to upgrade our Transit Connect’s camper van conversion. We were really starting to picture how we could build a modular sleeping platform with storage for our camping and scuba needs using t-slot aluminum structural framing (also known as 80/20 framing, after the 80/20 company, a leader in this system).
When we set out to do our Ford Transit Connect van conversion, we did a ton of research and looked at countless conversions for inspiration. We scrutinized conversion kits and custom designs for how they would serve our primary purpose: let us sleep out of the van when going on remote scuba diving trips. We weren’t going to be living out of the van full-time, but we needed lots of flexible storage for scuba tanks and cold-water scuba gear. No conversion kit provided enough storage, so we started planning a simple van conversion design that we could build ourselves.