Picked up an 2013 E350 XLT passenger this last fall. This is my first American van. 3 VWs prioir.
My goal and budget was to get this thing two wheel drive light off-road capable. Went with a Weldtec 4” lift, custom leaf pack and stabilizer up front. Very happy with the work done. They used my van in a comparison video between my 4” and their shop van with the 6” lift.
At my work we use a very talented experienced carpenter, so I talked to him into taking on my platform bed and storage build project. Funny process. He has never worked on vans before but with my concept and his skills it came out just how I wanted it. Very happy with the end results. I got inspired by the solidwoodworx designs. He finished it over three Saturdays.
Test fit the Dometic setup that I picked up on CL.
I purchased a lucid 5” memory foam queen mattress from amazon for 100$. Fits perfect. Threw that in and got the slider positioned for the fridge. I plan on covering the plywood bottom with something, just haven’t settled yet.