Months Of Searching, Finally Paid Off
If the title doesn't grab you, here's our story.. I've been searching for a forum/discussion group with an adventurous side.. Granted I'm a member of nearly every other forum related to our vehicle, but something just wasn't right. I didn't feel a connection with many of the members. This was probably because each one was heading in a different direction. I've even attempted to create my own forums, but this proved to be too time consuming and it was just me attempting to run the whole show.
So I'm here today as a small van owner with big ideas. Once I relieve what our project is.. it may not stack up to what many of you have.. But ever since we purchased the van, I've had this idea about some sort of new storage system located in the cargo area.
Although this idea is still in the planing stages and weather permitting, I should be able to start constructing a template (out of card board) to send to a company we located south of our current location. This company has made these type of products for other vehicles but not our van.
The owner of this company which will remain anonymous until we've actually have something physical in our hands to show for it, has more then welcomed this challenge but this will mean several trips over the next few months in order for him/them to take measurements.
Now that you know that we have a project.. I guess I should tell what it is we're working on.. I've had this dream of creating an overlander out of something most would not view as a typically overlander type vehicle. The vehicle we've selected?..
2015 Ford Transit Connect XL SWB 2.5L I4 the smallest one on the lot. Again this so called build may not rank with many of the projects you've done and shown here.. but until now.. the van has been viewed as a sports car with room in the back to haul stuff and we love it.. But that stuff has to go somewhere.. I mean it has to be stored somewhere within the confines of the cargo area. This is where my new storage idea will come to play.
Even though I say "new" storage idea.. the company we've contacted to build this idea, has been doing this for other vehicles for over 10 years. So it's not that new.. but placing it in our van.. will defiantly be a challenge and worth while.
The concept consists of 5 stages or phases.. stage/phase 1 is the cheapest and the one we'll work on first. If proven successful.. I submit other stages/phases to the shop and have them crafted thereafter.
Now I've attempted to post this same comment at other sites, but was shot down and the post removed. Those sites claimed I was a vendor attempting to sell a product which we've not even created yet. Not the case.. I'm here just to show you what I wanted in our van since day one. Afterward, it's up to the company who's creating this product for us to decide if they want to play with everyone here.
Until then.. I'm excited about this as you are.. assuming. and great to have found a forum with like minds and who loves to tinker.