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Deryk the Gypsy

Dobby my 2010 Ford Transit Connect XLT(soon to be camper lol)

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I bought my ftc last month with a hair under 43k miles in pretty decent shape overall.  Over time I want to turn him into a proper little campervan!  I just installed a Maxair Maxxfan Deluxe and today it downpoured all day (was dry the last time I checked).  I stained and polyurethaned 2 pieces of 3/4 oak ply for the floor... needs a 3rd coat when the sun comes back out tomorrow And I start my slatbed...I think I have enough wood for it lol.

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Such low miles.  Amazing find!  Congratulations.

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Thanks!  I looked for almost 3 months.  I regret not being fast enough on a 2013 ftc xlt premium wagon had 42k miles and was $8900.  It was orange but if I got tired of it could always do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Auvf7DDw5z0 lol.  The prices on the FTC's are crazy.  140k miles for $8k?  I saw a few with under 30k miles for $13k+  .  I lucked out because the garage who was selling it took dark shitty pictures.  When I called him, he told me 1 previous owner, he serviced it and when the business went under he bought it to flip it.  He said no accidents real clean and it was...the pictures didn't do Dobby justice.  The interior is dry from yesterdays downpour all day long.  On to the next step if the sun ever comes out lol

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Now you should probably follow up with the deferred maintenance.  9 year old car needs some work, just because it's 9 years old.

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Oh yeah ordered a few replaceable rubber parts like from the air filter...mine was showing its age.  I also ordered service manual so I can learn a little more.

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There's probably some good information on this forum about maintenance on your car.  Enough people have owned these over the years, where they already posted a few tips & tricks.

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Great find!  They are out there with minimal miles, but they are rare.  Your blue one is a whole lot nicer color than my generic white one.  It take a while to find one, but when you do, it's worth the wait.  When you find one with minimal mileage and in a color like that, it's even better.  Congratulations!

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Thank's Will!  Yeah I really didn't want a white one...I will probably stop at truck stop's while traveling but not looking to blend in and I want to add 2 more windows that open for air flow.  My neighbor was looking at it and swears he never saw one before...and he was a tractor trailer driver.  I said you saw them but being white it is a fleet vehicle typically and you just kind of ignore it.  I saw them on the road but never gave it any thought...now, I see them all over the place.  I am starting to honk and wave at the other drivers.

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Great find. Mine is Blue and Silver - former port security vehicle. Prices are all over the place. The truck dealer I bought mine from said if it had been plain white it would have cost three grand more than what I paid for it because construction/business people like to blend in. A blue one with low miles is a real find. Enjoy. 

 

As far as camper conversions go I just put a portable ice maker in mine. Used 12v Car battery + 750/1500 watt inverter. The ice maker only pulls 120watts @ 1.5 amps. Just about the same as a cell phone charger. Now I have refrigeration when I need it - ice in 1 gallon freezer bags placed into my cooler - and I also have ice for my road drinks, usually Gatorade from the dollar store. I feed the icemaker cheap bottled water and drain it at the end of the day if I'm not doing an overnighter. Took me a lot of head scratching to turn down the mini-fridge thing and go with this setup. Would like to hear comments opinions regarding this direction.

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