How to Convert a Ford Econoline to a Camper

by Eric Cedric
Convert a Ford Econoline to a Camper

Convert a Ford Econoline to a Camper

Ford Econoline vans typically come with one to four bench seats throughout the cargo area. Once removed, this provides ample space for converting the passenger rig into a modified camper van. When converting an Econoline, you have the option to equip the van with whatever specialized gear you want to meet your needs. For example, equip the rig with heaters and ski racks should your needs bring you into snow country, or sun shade curtains if your camping takes you into sun filled regions.

Open the side and back doors of the Econoline and attach the ratchet piece to the drill. Set the drill to turn counterclockwise and place the appropriate sized socket on the ratchet. Place the socket on the floor bolts of the seats and remove them. Pull the seats out of the van.

Measure out a piece of the all-weather carpet the same size as the floor of the van. Cut it out and place it on the floor of the Econoline.

Slide the mattress onto the rear floor of the van and close the back doors.

Attach curtain rod holders along the edge of the windows in the van. Use a small screwdriver to attach, or glue them to the existing hooks along the side of the van walls. Place the curtains onto the rods and place over the windows.

Place the DC cooler toward the front of the cargo area so it rests against the back of the driver's seat. Run the power cord to the cigarette lighter plug to power the cooler. Place the storage bins with the camping gear along the sides of the van. Keep an awning, folding tables and chairs and a solar shower in the bins. Keep the full water jugs along the side of the van.

Items you will need

  • Power drill
  • Ratchet
  • Socket attachments
  • Futon mattress or closed cell memory foam mattress
  • Curtain rods
  • Curtains
  • DC cooler
  • Propane stove
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Battery powered fans and lights
  • Water jug
  • Bungee cords

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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