Sporty camper van sleeps four in style

Outside Van takes on the Ford Transit


Camper vans
keep
growing
in popularity, whether they are
DIY builds
or manufactured by big-name companies like
Winnebago
and
Airstream
. But while there are a
few types of vans
most frequently used for campers, the

Mercedes Sprinter
is the vehicle of choice for high-end
conversion outfitters. Love campers and trailers? Come join
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.

This custom camper van—called the Cascade—is a bit
different. Using the mid-height, Ford Transit longbody as its base,
the van was transformed to an on-the-go home by Oregon-based
Outside Van. We’ve
featured Outside Van in the past (check out this
bike-centric van for two
, a van that fits a
snowmobile
, or this
luxurious off-grid van)
, and what we love about this rig is
that it proves that all of the same amenities we see in custom
Sprinters look great in a Transit, too.

The Cascade camper is an adventure-ready camper that can drive
and sleep four. An Air Top hard shell rooftop tent sits on top,
which gives a place for two people to sleep after a night around
the campfire. You can access the tent from ladders on either side,
and another two people sleep inside on the platform bed.

The galley features marine-grade plywood, bamboo cabinets, and
paperstone countertops. A sleek sink uses a 20-gallon water tank
while an induction stovetop and refrigerator round out the kitchen
basics.

A two-toned upholstery design in maroon and gray adds a custom
look, and the European woven vinyl flooring is easy to clean.
Flared sides let you sleep side to side in the van, which provides
an extra foot of living space in the galley area. The bed area also
stacks so that you can fold it up if you need to haul more gear in
the space.

Outside, the Transit gets a burly look thanks to a powder-coated
aluminum bumper with a 30-inch spotlight, a custom safari rack, and
130-watts of Zamp solar power. An awning provides shade on sunny
days and retractable running boards make getting in the van easy
for the kiddos. There’s no bathroom or fully built shower, but
on-demand hot and cold water can be accessed from the rear of the
camper for an external shower. Other perks include rear door stuff
sacks, an aftermarket four-wheel-drive conversion by Quigley
Motors, window coverings, sun shades, and an L-track mounting
system for gear. See the video below for a tour.

Outside Van
converts
most any van as long as they are 2007 or newer; you
can provide your own van, order a new one, or choose from a chassis
that’s in stock. Their builds forego the
traditional “RV-look”
for a more modern, sleek design.
Conversions start at $32,000 and many run well over
$100,000—check out this luxury version that
cost $240,000
.

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Sporty camper van sleeps four in style