No clue what this leaving the site nonsense is. People here really don't care who you are or what you drive. If your idea of converting a van is going to walmart buying stuff and putting it in a minivan and saying you "campervan", like so many youtube videos, ok no one is interested. But if you want to build a bed, work out electrical system, a cooking system, bath, sink,... I don't know of any better resource of friendly fun people than here.
As for not having an SMB? Whatever. SMB does awesome work, I don't think there is anyone better out there. I can tell you SMB will not be doing much of anything for a Transit Connect. It has too little space and ground clearance for their clients. With their current model line they are a year backlogged (last I check summer 2015). If you want an upfitter I'd check with Recon
. They are new but seems like they want to get in the small rig game. GTRV might have something to offer as well. Both company owners are super friendly.
SMB owners? I'd say 75% of them want to screw with there stuff the minute they get it. SMB owners tend to be attracted to the custom nature of the builds so they are always interested in what someone is doing to a van.
As to raising it 2". I'd check with coilsprings.com they seem the best game in town for this sport of thing. As for drive train and handling potential issues? This seems the big question to me. I'd recommend seeing if you can find a mobility (wheelchair) van upfitter. They normally raise vehicles a few inches so they can drop floors lower to make the cab taller. This might not be needed on a Connect? I think mobility vans need around 48" for the wheelchair space.