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Old 09-08-2019, 07:31 PM   #1
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Default Are Class B Transit's here to stay?

Looking for used class B's, it seems the market is saturated with class b sprinters, but very few Transits (or for that matter, Promasters). Is that because the Sprinter Class B's have been around for a lot longer?

We're looking to purchased a used class B and really like the transit/promaster route for reliability and long term maintenance. But, I'm wondering if we're missing some great, viable options by not considering a class b on a sprinter chassis?

Are Transits/promaster class B's here to stay?
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:37 PM   #2
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With the 2020 Transit having AWD as an option, I think more RV manufacturers will be taking a look at it as a platform. We love our Transit based Winnebago Paseo. We chose it over the Sprinter because we read too many horror stories of problems with the newer diesels, and over the Promaster because of towing capacity (we pull a 5x8 enclosed trailer with two dual sport motorcycles in it, total loaded weight around 2000 lbs).
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People are keeping their Transit based rigs.
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People are keeping their Transit based rigs.
There are just not that many Transit conversions out there.

The Sprinter has been around for over 15 years from every Class B manufacturer. The Transit was not marketed to converters in its first years and thus few converters looked at them. (I think fleet buyers were grabbing them all from Ford) Promaster has only been around for about 4 years.

Thus if you want used, the vast majority of those three options will be Sprinters.
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Mike and mumkin are right. The only way anyone will get my PM conversion is from my cold dead fingers.
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not to belabor the obvious.

the biggest class b makers -recently departed roadtrek-and winnebego did not use transits. some makers do starting recently but since you are looking for used they are not available.
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not to belabor the obvious.



the biggest class b makers -recently departed roadtrek-and winnebego did not use transits. some makers do starting recently but since you are looking for used they are not available.


Actually, WGO mane the Paseo line for three(3) years on the long wheelbase, tall extended T350HD. Like mine.
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Actually, WGO mane the Paseo line for three(3) years on the long wheelbase, tall extended T350HD. Like mine.

would you think think would be a lot of used ones for sale. that was my point
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When we ordered and designed our Sportsmobile in 2016-2017, I would have preferred a gas based van like the Transit. By then Transits had been available long enough that I would have expected them to be very popular. I was surprised when Sportsmobile and other builders like Roadtrek, Pleasureway, Advanced RV, etc. had very little interest in building on them. As I recall there were multiple reasons for this including the fact that the mid height model is too short and the high roof model is almost too high (and kind of ugly). There were also other structural issues like the location of the pillars for conversions as I recall from my conversations. Sportsmobile basically talked us out of considering the Transit and Promaster. Since that time it doesn't seem like most of these companies have changed their preferences. I doubt there will be a significant change in the availability of used Class B Transits anytime soon.
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We are seeing a plethora of PM and Transit builds by small start-ups who see the market hole the big boys are leaving open. These builds tend to be more basic because small shops don’t have economy of scale for moldings, etc.

While the Transit has obvious upfitting issues, the PM was practically designed for it.
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