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Old 11-17-2014, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Well, what you've been waiting for...Transit motorhomes

I saw someone's DIY conversion last week on Interstate 81 at a rest stop. I was nothing to really talk about, so I didn't mention it.

Here's something a bit more professional....

[youtube:3p7ban5l]RC8ZT3ZkmEE[/youtube:3p7ban5l]

What!? A front layout? They must be CRAZY!!
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:32 PM   #2
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That's an extremely short model and shorter than the short Sprinter they sell in America. The short Sprinter hasn't got too much traction (Agile and Ascent) in America. I would imagine the converters will be looking at the 22 ft. model.
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:37 AM   #3
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I agree. LWB will be the preferred chassis.
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Old 11-18-2014, 04:22 PM   #4
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Yes, I agree too. As I stated on another forum, if you are going this short, then the Promaster offers you more in the way of space (wider van) and possibly room under the van for "stuff".

Transit will be a good alternative to the Sprinter on the longer platform. Probably will be offered as deisel only in Europe, as most of these vans are. It will be interesting in how it is marketed and competes with Mercedes over there. Maybe a cheaper alternative, but I don't know. Ford hasn't really been offering it's products as a value option these days.

One thing I find interesting in the layout presented above was the L shaped kitchen. You don't see many of those, or any with it across the back of the van. Also I was wondering about the practicality of having that big door opening to the bathroom with the loo blocking the doorway. Other than accessing the cassette, I don't see any point in that door opening.
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Yes, I agree too. As I stated on another forum, if you are going this short, then the Promaster offers you more in the way of space (wider van) and possibly room under the van for "stuff".

Transit will be a good alternative to the Sprinter on the longer platform. Probably will be offered as deisel only in Europe, as most of these vans are. It will be interesting in how it is marketed and competes with Mercedes over there. Maybe a cheaper alternative, but I don't know. Ford hasn't really been offering it's products as a value option these days.

One thing I find interesting in the layout presented above was the L shaped kitchen. You don't see many of those, or any with it across the back of the van. Also I was wondering about the practicality of having that big door opening to the bathroom with the loo blocking the doorway. Other than accessing the cassette, I don't see any point in that door opening.

wincrasher- i think roadtrek promaster will have a more practical floorplan for 2 people.
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Maybe depending on how "big" they are.

I'm sure it will be a VERY nice van. But I think I have been right all along - the Chevy vans are going to go away and the Promasters will take their place. So far the three leading manufacturers look headed this way (Winnebago, Roadtrek & Pleasureway). Expect Sprinters to remain their premium offerings.

BTW, did you notice in the video how much room and what kind of insulation they were putting in those wall cavities? Encouraging! One negative I see is that the cabinetry looks like particle board. If true that is not good from a quality, but also a weight perspective - that crap is heavy. I hope it's not true.

Still where does that leave Transit? Mid-level? Or premium, but gas chassis?

Oh, do any of you guys remember me posting back in September that a local dealer got a Transit in? He still has it! He ain't budging on the price and it's the only one he has. Go figure.
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I do not think chevy roadtreks will go away until Chevy stops making the chassis.
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You may be right on that - they could also buy some stock as they get discontinued. So you could still see them offering them for a while.

But if you can get a more spacious van for the same or less money, it gets to be a tough sell unless you are differentiating it in some other way.
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I do not think chevy roadtreks will go away until Chevy stops making the chassis.
We should bookmark this quote.

Seriously, Jim Hammill specifically said they were developing the Promaster for a low budget market. That would be directly in competition with the Chevys as it stands today. Then if the Ford Transit becomes a viable option with better length, layout potential and heavy payload (bigger tank capacities), it would probably doom the Chevys as I doubt Roadtrek would continue to build off four platforms. The other plus is they could pretty much eliminate or reduce their fiberglass works. That has to be appealing from a business standpoint.

Leisure Travel Vans dropped their Chevy Bs simply because they weren't selling. They can't keep up with their Sprinter Bs and small Class Cs.
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I do not think chevy roadtreks will go away until Chevy stops making the chassis.
We should bookmark this quote.

Seriously, Jim Hammill specifically said they were developing the Promaster for a low budget market. That would be directly in competition with the Chevys as it stands today. Then if the Ford Transit becomes a viable option with better length, layout potential and heavy payload (bigger tank capacities), it would probably doom the Chevys as I doubt Roadtrek would continue to build off four platforms. The other plus is they could pretty much eliminate or reduce their fiberglass works. That has to be appealing from a business standpoint.

Leisure Travel Vans dropped their Chevy Bs simply because they weren't selling. They can't keep up with their Sprinter Bs and small Class Cs.

Yes Davydd-you should bookmark it-lol=
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