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Old 03-31-2019, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Class B Gas Engine High Clearance with Luxery Interior

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I'm planning for retirement and have decided on a Class B. I like the Pleasure -Way's interior layouts and craftsmanship, but it is not high enough off the ground. I like the Sportsmobile's high clearance (4x4) but the inside does not seem to meet the same look and feel of the Pleasure-Way. Is there an RV Manufacturer or conversion company that would fit my requirements? Thank you for any help on this.

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Old 03-31-2019, 11:36 PM   #2
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Looks like you are about 10 years too late. Search for Roadtrek 190 4X4 and see if that is what you are after. Not that I would recommend an orphan but it may help to see what used to be available.

Ford Transits can be upgraded to four wheel drive so maybe look for a Transit based B.

Call Pleasure Way and see if they would start with a Mercedes 4X4. Roadtrek did and new ones are for sale. Search Roadtrek 4x4. I did and got several.

I would search for a 2005-2009 Roadtrek Popular and restore it to fill that need.

Just rambling, good luck.
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Looks like you are about 10 years too late. Search for Roadtrek 190 4X4 and see if that is what you are after. Not that I would recommend an orphan but it may help to see what used to be available.

Ford Transits can be upgraded to four wheel drive so maybe look for a Transit based B.

Call Pleasure Way and see if they would start with a Mercedes 4X4. Roadtrek did and new ones are for sale. Search Roadtrek 4x4. I did and got several.

I would search for a 2005-2009 Roadtrek Popular and restore it to fill that need.

Just rambling, good luck.

That could also be done with the other brands built on the Chevy from Pleasure-way, or Airstream. Fords like the Pleasure-way Excel or the Great West Ford small B could also be converted.
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Hi All,

I'm planning for retirement and have decided on a Class B. I like the Pleasure -Way's interior layouts and craftsmanship, but it is not high enough off the ground. I like the Sportsmobile's high clearance (4x4) but the inside does not seem to meet the same look and feel of the Pleasure-Way. Is there an RV Manufacturer or conversion company that would fit my requirements? Thank you for any help on this.

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What sportsmobile 4x4 are you talking about. Sportsmobile california has an artificai shell that they put on e-350 base now that ford is not making them.

that to me would be the ultimate 4x4 B.
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Thank you to everyone who replied. I'll keep looking but as of now, I'm leaning towards Sportsmobile. I really want a gas engine. I plan on boondocking in the western part of the US quite a bit, so the ground clearance is important. Those two items take higher priority than having the inside looking like a Pleasure-Way or Leisure Travel. Thank you again!
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You can do a 2" lift kit on a Sprinter to raise it a little. It seems like a lot of work and expense for a couple inches but it is available.

https://agileoffroad.com/rip-kit-mercedes-sprinter/

My Sportsmobile Sprinter has a very high quality fit and finish. It certainly is built better than the Roadtrek and Winnebago vans I looked at. Pleasureways seem to be built pretty well but I don't think it is any better than the van I designed with Sportsmobile. You can get a higher end Class B from Advanced RV but it will cost you at least double the cost of a Sportsmobile. The main downside to Sportsmobile is the long wait time (1 year or more, probably longer for a 4x4).

I would have preferred a gas Class B myself but quickly learned that there aren't any other great gas options. I had no interest in a Fiat built Promaster. The only other option was a Ford Transit. There are several reasons that most of the Class B companies don't build on the Transit platform. The vast majority of Sportsmobiles are diesel Sprinters and not Transits. There will be a gas Sprinter soon but I think it will only be the 4 cylinder engine and without 4x4.
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Thank you to everyone who replied. I'll keep looking but as of now, I'm leaning towards Sportsmobile. I really want a gas engine. I plan on boondocking in the western part of the US quite a bit, so the ground clearance is important. Those two items take higher priority than having the inside looking like a Pleasure-Way or Leisure Travel. Thank you again!


this is what i was talking about

https://sportsmobile.com/sportsmobile-4x4/
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Before I had my Sportsmobile built, I rented a Tiger Bengel RV.

http://www.tigervehicles.com/tiger-models/bengal/

That was an interesting off-road, boondocking vehicle on a Ford F-350 platform. It was a very well made, comfortable camping RV. It was just too big for me and it rode like like a big, stiff, heavy duty truck. I preferred the more car-like drive of my Sprinter van but it would have gone places my van won’t go.
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Buy a van and tow a Jeep. Unless you're buying a true expedition-built motorhome, the places the 4WD will get you stuck in will only damage the underside of the van and make your towing charges a WHOLE lot more.

Tow the jeep to a place you can leave the van, and go explore in the Jeep. You'll likely pay enough for a 4WD motorhome to pay for a motorhome AND a 4WD anyway.

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A Sprinter has the size to do nice layouts. I have 4x4 diesel Roadtrek CS and love it. We travel all over the west and do not pamper our van - it is very rugged, decent clearance and quite "luxurious". Not sure why you don't want diesel but we like the power (high torque at low rpm) economy and longevity.
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