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Old 05-20-2015, 06:54 AM   #1
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Default Would the SMB Classic be a class "B" or "C"?

Would this be considered a class "B", or "C" van? It is a Ford Econoline cutaway... but Sportsmobile has made a fiberglass body for it so it looks/functions exactly as a van. It is called the Sportsmobile Classic.

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Old 05-20-2015, 02:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Would the SMB Classic be a class "B" or "C"?

Based on RVIA standards, it would be a C. It starts on a cutaway... so it is a C.

Their making it look just like the old van body doesn't make it a B...
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Old 05-20-2015, 03:35 PM   #3
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Default Re: Would the SMB Classic be a class "B" or "C"?

It is not so cut and dry anymore. Jackie Delk, the B12 Rally host, contacted RVIA about Class Bs because Pleasure-way called their Plateau XL a B and some owners were turned away from the B12 Rally. RVIA told her a B is a B if the converter calls them that. RVIA represents the industry not the customers as I understand. They still went with converted VAN as the definition this year.

It appears Sportsmobile is trying to prolong a design that was popular for them and with the absence of a true Van they appear to be emulating it in size. Usually it is width and height that changes the design game traditionally between B and C to give Cs a space and design flexibility advantage. Sportsmobile seems to have held those to Van proportions. Kind of like buying simulated classic cars.
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Old 05-20-2015, 04:09 PM   #4
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I can understand why Sportsmobile is doing this. They have a ton of money sunk into the Ford Econoline drivetrain for upfitting it. So, when the vans were cancelled, they needed to do something with the know-how. Going with a fiberglass mold and cutaways only makes sense for them.

I hope they are doing some work with the Transit, since that is going to eventually be the future of vans and cutaways in the US, but until the heavier duty models come out that can handle a class "C" or "A" cutaway, the Econolines will still be around.
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:59 PM   #5
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Default Re: Would the SMB Classic be a class "B" or "C"?

On the Sportsmobile forums guys were lamenting that as long as they were making the shell from scratch, SMB could have made it a little wider. They go to SMB rallies where no one is turned away.
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Default Re: Would the SMB Classic be a class "B" or "C"?

How much difference would this be than the RT 210, Pleasure Way or Coach House? Were those cutaways?
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How much difference would this be than the RT 210, Pleasure Way or Coach House? Were those cutaways?
Good question. The difference is starting out as a van and removing the back and replacing with a fiberglass shell. Usually the doors are reused.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:32 PM   #8
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The Excel and 210 both started out as full vans, not cutways, don't know about the Coach House. The Roadtrek 200 was built on a cutaway. Do they let them in?
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it looks to me as if they are trying to emulate the van exactly-i'd call it a B.
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It's interesting what a cutaway really is in the class B world.
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