If you search the internet for a 1998 Coachman Starflyte, you won’t find anything that looks like the beige off-roader shown in this video. This Ford-based Class B motorhome was once a sweet-mannered two-wheel drive RV with a cookie-cutter vibe, but as the video above clearly shows, it now stands out in the crowd. We mean this figuratively and literally.
This made-to-measure construction comes from To Built on Youtube. Almost every aspect of this 23 year old Ford is improved to some extent while retaining the original Coachman shell for the living space. The van has been completely gutted and rebuilt with attention to detail that includes prolific wood trim in the rear, ranging from walnut on the ceiling to bamboo on the cabinetry. A cork laminate floor helps with soundproofing in the cabin, but the front of the van also sports cool floor and seat coverings. The passenger seat swivels to face the rear and a bench seat in a Ford Transit allows four people to travel safely.
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As such, this motorhome can also accommodate four people. The top bunk is ideal for two children, while a custom L-shaped flat sofa in the back converts to a second bed. Most of the van’s original layout has been retained, but the equipment and cabinetry are new, including a two-burner induction range, full size refrigerator, full wet tub, and storage rooms. It is equipped with air conditioning and a heater that draws fuel from the vehicle’s tank, and it carries 46 gallons of fresh water as well as a six-gallon hot water tank. A 500 Ah battery with a 3000 watt inverter and 300 watts of solar power on the roof provide power.
What really catches the eye is the imposing presence of the motorhome. It benefits from a four-wheel drive conversion with all manner of extras, including a six-inch lift. A Dana 60 axle resides up front; the rear axle relies on custom leaf springs and a pneumatic setup. 37-inch all-terrain tires are in the corners; the front bumper houses a 12,000 pound winch and the custom rear bumper houses a rear view camera and frame hitch. The rear lockers are on a swing arm, allowing direct access to the interior. At the top is a custom aluminum roof rack fitted with tools and emergency ramps in case the overlanding gets a little too extreme.
As for the paint on the pickup truck, it’s actually a Raptor Liner coating usually reserved for pickup truck bodies. In this case, the spray liner is fused with beige to give the van a real safari look. All existing lights are upgraded to LEDs and many more lights have been added. A manual awning extends to the passenger side, there is a second outdoor shower for rinsing, and of course, it can plug into the dock or water when available.
All in all, this is a really impressive layout on what is usually a small, sweet-mannered motorhome. According to the video, he has driven over 15,000 miles without any issues, so his capacity certainly matches his appearance.