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Old 01-15-2016, 06:04 PM   #1
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There has been much anticipation on this forum about what the manufacturers might do with the Ford Transit. Here is one of the earlier offerings.Leisure Travel Vans - Wonder
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4th manufacturer now, and undoubtedly the highest quality one so far
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Love everything about it except it has no slide. I don't get why you would choose a small Class C that has no slide. LTV has a few others with no slide. How often are these buyers urban boondocking where they would not be able to put out the slide? They don't add that much weight and you will hardly need to service the slide mechanism during your ownership.
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Hmm ... now that I look more closely at the pictures, I wonder where they are hiding the cook-top/stove, refrigerator, microwave. Perhaps behind that tall cupboard?
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Love everything about it except it has no slide. I don't get why you would choose a small Class C that has no slide. LTV has a few others with no slide. How often are these buyers urban boondocking where they would not be able to put out the slide? They don't add that much weight and you will hardly need to service the slide mechanism during your ownership.
Actually, those slide boxes, body reinforcements and the mechanisms can add alot of weight - nearly a thousand pounds on some.

We don't know the OCCC on this one, but I suspect it's already rather low. A slide would make it worse I'm afraid.

The Navion's manage to include a rather big slide plus a heavy deisel generator but the payload on a Sprinter is a bit higher than a Transit.
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Hmm ... now that I look more closely at the pictures, I wonder where they are hiding the cook-top/stove, refrigerator, microwave. Perhaps behind that tall cupboard?
There is a two burner propane cooktop, the fridge and microwave are behind a big white door next to the closet.

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We've had an RV with a slide. Never again. Pain in the a##
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If I ever went to a Class C I would never buy an either/or arrangement where you have to make a decision to sleep or stay up as this one requires. Looks like a Murphy bed.

They've done their best it seems to make the Wonder softer and more homelike in the interior though a bit Scandinavian European with a touch the the 50s modern.

Dry bath models almost beg to need a full hookup campsite to make them work as imagined. Electrical and tank capabilities will tell you if you are going to be driving mostly campground to campground.

As for a slide, a Class C is already a foot to a foot and a half wider than most all Class B vans. That alone, plus appearance, makes it tenuous to boondock on a street. Add a slide and you might as well give up the idea. Even in a parking lot you are announcing to the world your intent and attracting curious attention. There is no stealth or semi-stealth in a Class C. They are RVs, period.

One thing the converters are doing with the new Transit and Promaster is exploring different layouts than the ones we have grown accustomed to much of this past decade.
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More info on the Wonder.

The Wonder is built on a Ford Transit cutaway chassis with a 178-inch wheelbase, a GVWR of 10,360 pounds and is powered by a 3.2L I-5 Power Stroke turbo diesel with 185-hp, 350 ft-lb of torque and six-speed auto transmission.

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That's 670 less pounds of GVWR than a Sprinter. What are the ramifications?
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