Considered more of a masculine vehicle, the Ford Transit cargo van has a growing consumer following: female entrepreneurs. According to Ford, these women live the “van life” because it offers them greater flexibility, mobility, and savings.
Van life was once reserved for male surfers traveling along the coast, but now many women discovered the perks of living on four wheels. Teri Lou Dantzler, a landscape photographer, equipped her Transit for long journeys with a bed, workspace, a freshwater system, and storage.
“I can live out on the road for extended periods of time,” says Dantzler. “In between venturing to unique photo locations, I do meet-ups and conduct live photography classes – all from my home on the road.”
Ford’s new Transit clientele come from all walks of life, including a former Air Force captain and cyclist Rebecca Gross. She uses her Transit to transport cycling equipment and coach across the country. Surfer and graphic designer Tasha Rivard uses her Transit Connect to pursue professional opportunities and save money.
“The whole ‘not paying rent’ thing gives me the freedom to live in places I might not be able to otherwise,” says Rivard. “That has allowed me to go after new job opportunities and live basically anywhere while keeping life simple.”
The new 2019 Ford Transit features new driver-safety technology including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Side Wind Stabilization, and a rearview camera. Optional technology includes Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert, a Lane Keeping System, and Adaptive Cruise Control.