I am working on this area, but feel free to reference what I’ve gotten down thus far.
This page is a summary of all of the parts I have installed in my once-base model Ford Transit cargo van. Each item will contain a link, the price paid (may have changed since), and if applicable- a link to the related article.
Exterior and Van-Specific Modifications
These are going to be modifications to the vehicle that aren’t necessarily part of the conversion. For the most part, this is optional equipment.
VanCompass 2.5″ Terrain Suspension Lift Kit (link) / $1700
VanCompass Tuned Fox Shocks (Rear) (link) / $375
VanCompass High Clearance Rear Shock Extension Brackets (link) / $125
VanCompass HoodLine Light Pod Mount (link) / $100
SteelCraft 51700 Brush Guard (link) / $290
Aluminess Rear Door Tire Rack (link) / $995
Aluminess Rear Door (link) / $825
Motion Windows Slider Door Window (link) / $455
RoadShock 22″ Lightbar (link + link to article here) / $89.99
RoadShock 3″ Flood Lights (link) / $56 (both)
Curt Trailer Hitch (link) / $191
RhinoRack Roof Rack System (article link here) / $574
RhinoRack SunSeeker 55 Sq. Ft. Awning (link) / $314
BFGoodrich KO2 Tires, LT255/70R16 120 S (link) / $824
ImpactProducts Roof Vent Adapter (link) / $64
MaxxAir Deluxe 7500K Vent Fan (article) / $246
Auto Ventshade Window Rain Deflectors (link) / $42
YukonGear Electric Locking Diff+Install Kit (link to article) / $865
G2 Axle and Gear 40-2012ALB Aluminum Differential Cover (article) / $125
Labor Charges: Differential Install / $732
Labor Charges: Lift+Shocks+Brackets+Tire Install: $1000
Labor Charges: Window Installation: $120
To add: CB Radio equipment, Stereo Upgrade, Dashcam, Custom Switches, Weatherguard Partition Wall
Running Total: $10,194
Tripp-Lite APS-750 + Remote Panel
Sterling DC-to-DC Charger
Shore Power Interface
DC Circuit Breakers
Ground Bus Bar
LED Lighting Overhead
LED Lighting Under Cabinet
Appliances, Fixtures, Etc.
2 Burner Stove
Diesel Heater w/ Afterburner thermostat
Temp / Humidity Sensor
Lagun Table w/ butcher block top
Television w/ Chromecast
The first step I took was installing sound deadening material inside the van. I did a lot of research and found that there is the original Dynamat and a lot of knockoffs. I ended up using one of the knockoffs, which had decent reviews across the internet among the vanlife crowd. I did this in winter, so I needed a heat gun to warm up the material enough to roll it on.
I didn’t notice a huge difference until I applied it on my ceiling. I think once insulation and paneling is installed, the effectiveness of this is questionable. I did, however, notice a marked improvement in road noise once I covered the wheel wells and interior door panels with this. Since my wheel wells are not inside of an insulated area, I consider it money well spent. I like to think that it helps mitigate sound transfer in both directions, but do your research.