The Ford Transit Connect is an extremely versatile vehicle and Ford’s customers are using the Transit as a mini RV, a family hauler, and a work during the week/play on the weekend vehicle.
First, we tried the Rightline Gear SUV Tent on the Ford Transit Connect with the rear hatch door. The door is much longer than most SUV doors, but the tent still fit great. You will notice that the rear hatch door will extend into the main room of the tent. You want the end of the door to be even with the seam across the roof of the SUV Tent. The strap that connects to each side of the lower sleeve and goes over the rear hatch door can be used to hold the door a little down from its maximum raised height. You can see this strap through the window of the rear hatch door in the photo below.
Since the Transit Connect does not come standard with a roof rack, you will need to clip the straps from the front of the upper vehicle sleeve to the windshield wipers.
Our set up went great and otherwise, the SUV Tent worked just like it does on any other SUV, minivan, crossover, or wagon. The side straps even attach in the very same way.
Second, we tried the tent on the Ford Transit Connect with the rear barn doors. The barn doors will stay within the upper vehicle sleeve at their top, but extend into the tent at their bottom. Once again, it is important to tighten the strap that connects to each side of the lower vehicle sleeve (seen in the photo below above the doors). If anyone is sleeping on the floor of the SUV Tent, they will probably want to point their feet towards the vehicle. This positioning will help eliminate a bang on the head from one of the doors in the middle of the night.
This Transit Connect has plenty of interior room. The SUV Tent attaches to the inside of the Transit using the (3) orange straps.
The outside looked perfect when finished.
We are slightly concerned that in a heavy rain storm, water may pool on the upper vehicle sleeve between the (2) barn doors (depending on how much tension exists on the upper sleeve fabric). As a precaution, we would recommend placing a piece of plywood (or other hard material) over top of the two doors. The wood would keep the water flowing off of the vehicle sleeve under even the heaviest of rains.
So, after the use of some great vehicles from EGOLF Ford in Brevard, NC, we were able to determine that the Ford Transit Connect works wonderfully with the Rightline Gear SUV Tent!!
*We would not recommend the SUV Tent for use with the regular Ford Transit Vans. They are much taller and wider than the Connect at approximately 96″ H x 77″ W.