His expectations regarding the van were straightforward – he wanted it to be high quality, comfortable, and to have enough space to store his bikes and work on them. The result is this Ford Transit AWD camper van, converted by Sender Vans out of Richmond, VA.
Being a professional mountain bike rider and carrying multiple bikes in your van means storing countless tools, gear, accessories, and more. So, it's not a surprise that Jeff considers the garage as the most important part of the van for him. It's where he stores most of this stuff - up to four bikes can fit inside.
At the rear, there's a rack with slots for two bikes. It can be swung open to access the van's back doors. Once you open these, you'll reveal the bike "service station." There's a bike rack on one of the doors – this is where Jeff does work on his two-wheelers.
Jeff also has some other non-biking-related stuff in the garage. For instance, you'll discover a large, two-burner stovetop, a porta-potty for emergencies, and a Bosch water heater connected to a 17-gallon (64-liter) tank mounted under the van. Furthermore, hidden away behind Skatelite panels, you'll find the van's electrical system. It comprises a 270 Ah battery, a 3,000 W inverter, a fuse panel, and more.
I'd say Jeff has quite a well-equipped garage. Oh, one crucial system I forgot to mention is the compressor, right beside the electrical system. Funnily enough, Jeff said, "Compressed air is probably the second most valuable to me other than water."
Before we head on inside the living space, let's take a quick look at the van's exterior. As soon as you spot it, you'll know who the creators of this conversion are, as there's a large "Sender Vans" sticker on its side. What's more, the vehicle rides on all-terrain tires.
As I mentioned, this van is all about practicality rather than looks, so don't expect a mind-blowing interior. It features blue cabinetry paired with white walls and a wooden ceiling. Another practicality-oriented element is the floor, made up of vinyl matting - it's waterproof and non-slip.
You'll notice the driver's cabin isn't separated from the living space. Moreover, both the driver's and the passenger's seats can be swiveled, and a tiny lagoon table is mounted nearby.
On the driver's side of the van, there are two seats complete with three-point seatbelts. This van's builders designed two large drawers right under the seats, cleverly maximizing the available space.
A cool thing Jeff wanted for his van was to have the refrigerator close to the door so he didn't constantly go in and out of the vehicle to grab drinks. So, he had it mounted on a drawer slide.
Due to the garage's size, the bed had to be installed pretty high up, so Jeff devised a slide-out step to help him get into the queen-size bed. He managed to install the bed side-to-side because he mounted a bump-out window.
The box in the garage I mentioned earlier serves as a shelf when sitting in bed. Jeff uses window shades and a black-out curtain to block all light to ensure a good night's sleep. Moreover, a handy piece of gear Jeff bought was a Luno mattress, which he uses to transform the driver's cabin into an extra bedroom.
Even though this camper van doesn't have the stunning design of other rigs we've covered here at autoevolution, it certainly makes up for it with many practical features. After all, it's custom-built for a pro MTB rider and suits his needs perfectly. And that's what matters.