My SMB Transformer galley module held my Norcold fridge, inverter, microwave, 6 gallon fresh water tank, water pump, sink (which drained through a hose running through a hole in the bottom of the van (bucket used to capture gray water)), and the front also housed my Solar Controller and the control panel for the inverter.
86Scotty, I read your thread about chipping your 5.4, thatís interesting, Iím going to research that some more. Based on your experience, what is realistic mpg if tuned for efficiency and modestly loaded?
Well, some people swear they get 16-17 out of a 5.4l. I never did. Mine was a 2002 extended body passenger van with a CCV pop top, 2wd, and best I ever got was about 14. I wouldn't chip a vehicle expecting better fuel mileage, chip one for better performance.
I honestly get 17+ on long highway trips, as long as I keep it around 65 mph or thereabouts. This is as tracked over two month-long trips of 8,000 miles each on the highway sections. Overall MPG on those trips (mixed terrain and speeds) was 14.3 MPG on one trip and 15.2 on the other one. Stock 1998 EB 5.4 Ford 2WD with standard SMB build.
Good luck finding the right rig and set up. I'm building a family adventure van, needed seating for at least four and a big dog on the floor. My 2006 E350 EB has a permanent queen size bed platform in the back, hightop roof, bench seat for three. I suppose you could do more of a transformer set up if you designed the bed to be removed easily. Have you seen Outside Van, they are builder in Oregon. Check out their website, they have some very interesting metal frame transformer bed platforms.
Not a bad idea. I'd look for a 4x4 conversion van and modify for your use. Don't write off the chevy's, they have great drivetrain IMO and the IFS 4x4 system makes for a much softer ride. There are still some old circa 2002-2005 explorer conversion vans that can be scooped up cheap if you can find one.
2002 Chevy 3/4 ton Explorer Conversion Van with Quigley IFS.