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I'm searching for a TC to drive / add a bed platform for frequent rock climbing trips in California. 

Parking here is a nightmare so I'm optimizing for the shortest length that I can reasonably sleep in (5'10"). I'd prefer a wagon so that I can remove the bed & put the seats back in for group trips. 

Options:
A.) I absolutely love the 2014/15 SWB TC's with the 1.6L turbo. The SWBs look great and the 1.6 offers slightly more power/economy. This is my top pick but the specs show the distance from the front seat @ the belt to the rear doors is only 60.9 inches (5 feet). I assume this is with the 2nd row seats removed?  Do the front seats lean forward?

Does anyone know of any SWB conversion posts? I can't find them... especially if the owner is 5'10" or more. 

B.) 2012/13. Great overall length & extra height but slightly less peppy & less efficiency. Few wagons for sale.  Less frills overall and they seem to cost about the same as low-mileage 14's. Bad safety ratings.

C.) 14/15 LWB. Argh, I'm just less excited about these overall. They seem too long for my needs.

http://www.ford.com/trucks/transitconnect/specifications/interior/

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4 hours ago, Paul Silvis said:

 

Parking here is a nightmare so I'm optimizing for the shortest length that I can reasonably sleep in (5'10"). I'd prefer a wagon so that I can remove the bed & put the seats back in for group trips. 

 

I live in The City.  Parking is bad.  But parking is bad no matter what kind of car you have.  Really.  I haven't found a space that i couldn't squeeze my Long Wheel Base into; in-as-much-as it is a legitimate parking space with a meter and markings on the road designating the parameters of the parking space paid for by that parking meter.  Every space downtown has a parking meter, and markings which specify the effective area paid for by that meter.  Even my truck is able to fit within legal designated parking spaces.

 

Forget about whether you can lie down.  You can also forget about simply going to the dealerships and laying down to imagine what it would be like.  If you're thinking about building a bedding platform, think about the mattress that you are planning to use.  Bring a tape measure, and a notepad.  Know the measurements of the mattresses that you want to use.  

 

I would help you out some more.  But I'm not taking my mattress outside, dragging it down 3 blocks to my van, to shove it in the back so that I can take pictures.  Sorry.  

 

Or simply look on youtube at all the camper builds that people have posted videos of.  

 

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8 minutes ago, Fifty150 said:

 I haven't found a space that i couldn't squeeze my Long Wheel Base into; in-as-much-as it is a legitimate parking space with a meter and markings on the road designating the parameters of the parking space paid for by that parking meter.  Every space downtown has a parking meter, and markings which specify the effective area paid for by that meter.  Even my truck is able to fit within legal designated parking spaces.

 

 

 

 

 

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Its All in what vehicle you need for the Job .

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Paul,

I have a 2016 Titanium LWB.  So far I love it.  I'm modifying it so I can also sleep in it and carry gear and a search K9.  I am 5' 10" and really wouldn't anything shorter to sleep in than the LWB model.  But I've decided too lose three of the seats in the back however for my purposes.  I wanted to use the space and so I pretty much built a false floor so I could store equipment under it and sleep on top of it.

The 6 seater LWB would work I think for you.  The seats do fold flat to the floor for an occasional overnight climbing trip.  I would however recommend an additional mat on top of the folded seats.  I ordered a mat like the one below to install in my mod.  It would also work great for you as a secondary layer once you fold the seats down. 

You could trim it to size and just roll it up with a bungee and store it when you have the seats up.  It's pretty cheap as far as matting goes, (they include free shipping), and reasonably thick as well which gives some extra support over the area between the seats where the thin fake floor is when the seats are folded down.  You'd have to trim off about a foot from one side of it and then some off the length of it.  But I like how it's already cut in way to be rolled up for storage.

Tiller.

http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/roll-out-mats-5x10.php

PS>  You are only talking a 15" difference between the SWB and LB model.  You'll be glad you have that extra 15"!

 

 

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Thanks for your input Tiller, you're completely right. I'm pulling the SWB out of my search and deciding between the LWB and the 2013 model.

Very cool idea with the matting. I was planning on a 4" memory foam mattress but this looks like a solid option too. Probably easier to clean & roll up for storage

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When I get home I'll take a close up pic of the mat material. 

Depending on how much space you need to sleep, (I'm assuming sleeping bag width), you could cut off just a bit extra from the with of it, say 2ft off of the 5ft width.  Use the 3' wide mat which would leave about 5" on each side uncovered.  Then use the 2 ft piece directly under your sleeping bag which would give you a double mat thickness under your sleeping bag.   You'll get 2 1/2 " thickness.  Not quite the 4" of a memory foam, but not bad. 

There are also a whole bunch of inflatable air mattresses on the market.  I might go that way instead of the mat in your case.  Would pack up and take up less space for storage.  And you can inflate/deflate once on site.  Take a tent with you and you have the option to sleep outside.   Many have built in air pumps that use batteries or 12v vehicle power.  My wife and I have used a queen inflatable for camping and for touring bike rides, (RAGBRAI, Erie Canal rides).  I'm sure you could find one that fits the Transit.

Maybe something like this:

https://jet.com/product/detail/2ee6c78646e8466e99316f503cb832ac?jcmp=pla:ggl:gen_jd_sporting_goods_a1:outdoor_recreation_a1_other:na:PLA_627042129_26339895780_pla-179710248780:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&ds_c=[*Campaign*]&ds_cid=[*CampagnID*]&ds_ag=[*Adgroup*]&product_id=2ee6c78646e8466e99316f503cb832ac&product_partition_id=179710248780&gclid=Cj0KEQiAtK3DBRCBxt-Yxduq5p4BEiQAbFiaPepgrEzL6p1IjoDGBiEh5hTRVV_O2qJykttVT9V_kjUaAuiw8P8HAQ

That one has a size of 75" x 39" X 15" which should fit nicely in the Transit LWB.

Tiller

 

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Make sure you drive both the 2013 Gen 1 and the 2014 and on Gen 2 . Experiencing the differences will ensure that you are happy with the choice you make.

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We have a 2014 SWB and while it's not long enough to stretch out full length to sleep, it's not impossible to use for sleeping by any means either.  You can cut a foam mattress to fit it perfectly.  The really nice thing about the SWB wagons is the second row seating comes out in just a minute or two and leaves a flat floor and the seats go back in nearly as fast . . . . I'm not sure it's that easy in the LWB model

I would go check out both versions before deciding you couldn't live with a SWB

When it comes down to the choice between 2013 and earlier and the 2014 and later, it's pretty simple  -  The 6 speed Select Shift automatic is what you want  -  Drive a '13 and then a '14 and you'll see what I mean

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No  the seats don't come out in the LWB, however they do fold completely flat in a flash and that leave's  a totally flat surface for sleeping . 

The Gen2 2.5 liter engine is a big part of the better drive-ability along with the 6 Speed.

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On 1/3/2017 at 8:55 AM, Tiller said:

 

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That kid needs to pivot and turn his hip into the kick.

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