The Ford Transit Connect is a versatile commercial mini-van that owners easily convert into a small camper. This four-wheel drive van comes standard with a 2.5-liter Duratec inline-four engine and six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Behind the front passenger seats is 103.9-cubic feet of vacant space for a custom camper solution.
The 2015 Ford Transit Connect's DOHC Duratec engine delivers 169 horsepower, 171-pounds of torque per foot and a 29-mpg fuel-efficiency rating. The Transit Connect handles a 1,620-pound payload and a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. For increased gas mileage, the Transit Connect has a 1.6-liter EcoBoost inline-four engine option. The DOHC EcoBoost engine achieves 30 mpg on the highway. The vehicle is equipped with independent MacPherson struts at the front suspension and a twist-beam rear with stabilizer bar. Four-wheel disc brakes are assisted by an anti-lock brake system and electric power-assist steering increases control of the vehicle.
Transit Connect owners transform the van's empty cargo space into a camping environment with the addition of inflatable mattresses, custom-built bed frames and under-bed storage containers. Some owners equip their Transit Connects with full amenities, such as swing-out kitchen units, electric refrigerators, gas heaters and converting double bed/dinette units. Camper-Van-Fun.com provides examples of Ford Transit Connect camper conversions and offers suggestions on do-it-yourself conversions and furnishing solutions.
Several American companies, such as Sportsmobile, do professional-grade camper conversions of the Ford Transit Connect. Sportsmobile offers design-your-own plan information, conversion examples and furniture options. Available furniture includes platform beds, bunks, dinette units and cabinetry.