I'm planning a van conversion and I'm fairly settled on a Transit. I just need to decide what wheelbase and roof height would be most suitable. I would like to include a double bed, shower and cooking area.

On the other hand I would like the van to fit into a common-sized parking space. So what size would suite my requirements?

I'm aiming to get a Transit in the model year range of 2010-2014.

  • If you stand 6'3" then one with a high roof...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 16:39

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According to Wikipedia, the standard size parking space in the UK is 2.4m by 4.8m, so if you want to fit in one you'll need a SWB - but you may well find that's too short for your needs.

I'd go for a MWB and accept that it'd be more restricted in parking - bear in mind that you won't be able to park in multi-story car parks anyway due to the height. Go for a medium height unless you're over 6' tall - you won't be able to stand in a low-roof one

One good suggestion I've seen is to mark out the space on the ground (interior sizes should be easy fo find for all variants) with tape or string and see if you can fit in everything. Also watch loads of videos of what other people have done - there's some amazing space saving ideas out there...

Personally, when I was considering the same I was advised by several people to avoid Transits - they rust, a lot. Most people I spoke to recommended the Fiat/Peugeot/Citroen 'EuroVan', which is commonly used for professional conversions.

Of course, being different, I've decided to use a Land Rover Defender 110 instead, when I can find one that I can afford...


Here's an article showing two wheel bases and 3 body styles with different interior cargo heights, from 55.8", 72" and 81.5" I imagine the bigger ones are more costly, but would definitely feel more open.

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