Ford Transit Connect Conversion: Bed, Fridge and Water Storage Cabinet
A while back, I thought I had completed the conversion of my Ford Transit Connect. You can see that conversion and why I decided on the Connect for travel and camping HERE. However, after spending a lot of time in it, I decided I didn’t like the way I originally set up the build. The bed ended up being too cumbersome to open and accessing the storage underneath was too awkward. Because of it’s height and position, it left little head room when utilized as a bench.
As much as it pained me to disassemble everything after all the work I put into it, I decided I wanted to convert the Connect to resemble my beloved but sold, 1978 Westfalia; a design I had come to know and love. I started from scratch using much of the wood from the old setup, in addition to lots of wood my Dad had saved throughout the years.
I shortened the height of the bed by close to four inches and extended the width to a very comfortable 34 inches.
I kept the Westy’s rocker-style bed in mind with my design, but, because the Connect is a smaller vehicle, I need to make sure I’m utilizing every inch of space by putting it to work for me. Having storage underneath the bed was crucial so instead of using the metal base the beds of the Westy have, I built the main bed from strong wood and bolted it to the floor.
The slider, easily pulls out to a lovely 68″ of sleeping space.
Four inch, firm density, foam is used for the bedding when open.
When closed, it provides exceptionally comfortable seating.
The hinges on the back of the bed frame allow me to open the bed and access the storage space below when the slider is closed. The plan is to build some dividers under the bed so that items stored, don’t slide all over the place when driving, but remain easily accessible.
Next to the bed, I built a cabinet for my ARB fridge/freezer and to also house my gray and white water tanks. When closed, it can be used as additional counter-space.
I didn’t build a closure for the back of the cabinet unit because the fridge will run off of my Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generators and I wanted to make sure the fan gets good air circulation. I’ll probably sew a simple curtain like cover for aesthetics.
So far, the bones of the build are exactly how I envisioned them. The next step in the conversion will be my mini kitchen, sink and cabinet area which will sit directly behind the drivers seat. Then of course there will be staining, painting, cabinet hardware, curtains, wall and floor coverings. I’ve got two months to finish. I’m hoping the weather cooperates.