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  1. windguy

    2014+ TC Camper Conversion

    @Justin TC - Sorry, I can't give you a precise measurement because I have a plywood floor covered with carpet. I came up with 54 5/8". Good luck with your project!
  2. @Justin TC - Sorry, I can't give you a precise measurement because I have a plywood floor covered with carpet. I came up with 54 5/8" Good luck with your project!
  3. @MLB - Keep in mind that the weight of your SUP isn't the determining factor in how durable the rack needs to be. It's the uplifting force the size of the board creates when driving, more so at higher speeds. One place not to economize is with a rack system while traveling 70 mph down a highway with a large object strapped to the rooftop. I wouldn't take that risk but to each his own. Good luck!
  4. windguy

    Greetings from the Wiregrass!

    Welcome to the forum and congrats on you new van. Sharing pics will make it official. In case you miss this in your readings, there is a great storage area hidden below the front cargo deck. Many of us have captured this area to use for storage. See the thread linked below for ideas. There are a few other threads sharing similar ideas for storage. It's a great mod to do and highly recommend it.
  5. That's exactly why I added a keypad to the rear door of my TC, so I didn't have to stash the FOB at the beach. Has worked brilliantly for the last five years. Have you experimented stashing the FOB inside different types of metal containers to block the RF signal? Just storing it in the trunk is not enough to block its signal. A quick google search found the items linked below. Not endorsing these products but something like them might work. Check the reviews. Good luck! https://www.amazon.com/Keyfob-RFID-Signal-Blocking-Bag/dp/B00Y3FLYWG https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081TNGCVS/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B081TNGCVS&pd_rd_w=ptO1S&pf_rd_p=45a72588-80f7-4414-9851-786f6c16d42b&pd_rd_wg=hk5dC&pf_rd_r=8CB9DXXEBTYBNCJ0CPKY&pd_rd_r=8eff050b-8645-4ba9-aee5-0ad885e0a646&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyTENEUlhMSVNOM1RYJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjM1NzgyMTM4NDNNWlJTTDBPSCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjEzOTY4MThWU0w2UDFOUzhINiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2RldGFpbCZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
  6. windguy

    2014 TC VAN - observations

    @'14 Connect - my 2015 TC does the same as well as others that have provided input over the years. All normal. And the heat is retained for a few hours sometimes. It's great when you get back in the van and want instant heat. I think the heater kicks ass in this van, maybe a little too well. The center console still gets pretty hot, even after getting the unused vent plugs fixed. Before the excess heat was affecting the sides and front plastic trim of the lower center console. Now all the heat pours out of the center vents and really gets cooking. I've never tested the van in cold environments so can't speak to how fast the radiator heat wanes when it's below 50ish outside.
  7. windguy

    New guy from Eugene Oregon 2018 XLT cargo van

    @knaldak - Welcome to the forum. Your mods sound very nice. Looking forward to see pics of them. Hope you made use of the storage area under the cargo deck where the second row footwell is located. You must have with all that spare battery equipment you have. Travel pics would be fun to see as well.
  8. I'm going to throw out a crazy/radical premonition that you prognosticators can toss around, beat up and chastise. What if Ford decides to drop the wagon version of the TC altogether? I've always had this thought that Ford imported the TC as a wagon model for the primary reason to skirt the chicken tax and they figured they could sell a few wagons along the way. But the primary purpose of importing the TC was to provide a cargo model to the viable commercial market. Based on the referenced WIKI link below, 85% of the vans imported are for cargo sales. Interesting to read about the Tariff Circumvention highlights. When Ford moves production to Mexico, the requirement to have the wagon version around is eliminated, if that was a reason. The question remains is there enough of a market to warranty its sales? Ford dropped passenger cars due to poor sales. Ford dropped the Windstar back in 1997 due to poor sales and didn't pick back up with a passenger van until 2010. That's a long gap in the market. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Transit_Connect Tariff circumvention Ford imports all Transit Connects as passenger vehicles with rear windows, rear seats, and rear seat-belts to circumvent the 25% tariff on imported light trucks.[1] The vehicles are exported from Turkey on cargo ships owned by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, arrive in Baltimore, and are converted into commercial vehicles at WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc. facility: rear windows are replaced with metal panels and rear seats removed (except on wagons).[1] The removed parts are recycled.[1] The process exploited a perceived loophole in the customs definition of a commercial vehicle. As cargo does not need seats with seat belts or rear windows, presence of those items exempts the vehicle from commercial vehicle status. The conversion cost Ford hundreds of dollars per van but saved thousands over having to pay the tax.[1] Partly because of this, only the long-wheelbase, high-roof configuration is exported to North America. In most places the high-roof Transit Connect, like most Ford Econoline vans, is unable to access multi-story parking because of its height of 1.98 m (6′ 6″).[26] As of July 2018, Ford continues to employ the loophole but has been continuously in court over the practice.[27] On June 7, 2019, the United States won its appeal in the Federal Appellate Court. The court determined that the Ford Transit Connect was a vehicle for the transportation of cargo.[28] Since 2019 production, the conversion process of Transit Connects has undergone major revision. While all vehicles are still imported from Spain as passenger vehicles and converted to cargo vans (a process that happens to approximately 85% of Transit Connects imported to North America[18]), the conversion no longer involves the disposal/recycling of the removed parts; instead, the removed rear seats and rear windows are shipped to Ford in Spain for reuse.[18]
  9. Thanks for posting that tidbit, good catch! I missed that somehow. Below is an article that highlights that change. I'm sure there are others but probably not much info on the TC itself. For those that kept insisting that Ford stopped converting cargo vans from passenger vans after being imported, perhaps this article will convince you it's still being done. Probably not. Wonder what the next Gen 3 TC is going to be like? I hate being jealous. Maybe a hybrid and/or EV since US markets can't accept the diesel. AWD option would be super cool. Will be fun to see what develops. https://europe.autonews.com/automakers/ford-will-build-transit-connect-mexico
  10. windguy


    @LizaJane - Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new van. I too have a 2015 Cargo model. You're going to have lots of fun with it. Love your travel cat. What's its name? Lots of great info already posted here to give you design ideas. Check the thread below for someone with similar requirements. In case you miss this in your readings, there is a great storage area hidden below the front cargo deck. Many of us have captured this area to use for storage. See the thread linked below for ideas. There are a few other threads sharing similar ideas for storage. It's a great mod to do and highly recommend it.
  11. Just want to clarify one point. If you order a new van, there's no reason to pay sticker price, or MSRP regardless of what you order. If you use a buying service, there are many available, you will pay far less than sticker. I think most programs have similar pricing agreements with the auto makers. In my case, I used Costco's auto buying program. Costco's program assigns you to a dealer based on your zip code that's enrolled in the program. You can switch dealers if needed. I did that. You are given a quote via email based on prearranged pricing structure between Costco and the dealer. I paid $100 less than dealer invoice. Not MSRP. If there are any Ford incentives available when your van is delivered, you can stack those for extra savings. The only caveat when ordering is that you can't time the delivery so it may not align with Ford incentives. My purchase didn't. I tried, but the offers expired. The dealer had no incentive to help me. I tried to take the Costco price to three other Ford dealers that were closer to me and none would match it. In fact, they were unresponsive via email because I'm guessing they knew they weren't going to get anywhere near this pricing. Whether you use the buying service or not, it gives you a starting price point to negotiate with. There is no cost to you to use the service. The dealer pays a fee to the service. There is no haggling with the buying service. Fixed pricing.
  12. windguy

    2019 Transit Connect Roof Rails

    @sebestyen13 - Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new TC. I'm assuming you have a wagon version vs the cargo since you're transporting kids. Good place to start if you have a question is to use the SEARCH bar in the upper right corner of your screen. Very helpful. If you type "roof racks" you will see numerous threads covering this topic. Below is a link to a roof rack install I did on my cargo TC. You have a headliner in the cargo area so you have different considerations, but there are plenty of other posts covering wagon installs. Good luck!
  13. windguy


    Thanks for the reply. When I get back from the beach, I remove all wet gear and leave the driver's side slider open all the time in the garage. Still doesn't give me great air flow to the back area. Since the rust is just around those open holes in this one area, I agree with the post above that the paint is thin around the cutouts and leading to corrosion. The rest of the paint is just fine. Unless someone has a better suggestion, I will lightly buff back the rust with steel wheel and coat with some rust-oleum paint in a can. Buy some in gray to match the paint color. Doesn't have to be perfect. Brush it around the holes. Then I might consider covering the opening in this one area so they aren't directly exposed to the moisture. That barrier layer should do the trick. Hoping. I was gong to add some LED light on that ledge somehow so perhaps I'll do that as project. Thanks for the help!
  14. windguy


    No problem. I sent you a PM with some suggestions.
  15. windguy


    Thanks for the replies. You guys are spot on. See pic below. The windsurfing sails that I store in this area are put away wet but removed when I get home to dry out. Sometimes they don't dry all the way before putting back in the rack. Makes sense this is the source of the problem. Aesthetically I don't really care about the appearance of the rust but don't want it to 'grow' and turn in a problem. Any suggestions for remedies? I was thinking to first lightly remove the rust using something like steel wool since it's pretty flexible and not harsh. Then to apply some type of Rust-oleum paint that has rust inhibitors. Or I could get touch up paint from Ford parts to match the van color. Don't need very much paint to cover this area. I think with a good coat of paint along the edges I'll be rust free in the spot going forward. Thanks!