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Old 09-22-2016, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Looking for a Class B ... in a Transit.

Hello all,
I did a search, both here and at RV shows, and I have been having a hard time finding a true Class B built on the Transit platform. Regardless of what the industry calls them, a Winnebago Fuse, Thor Compass, etc. are NOT Class Bs in my book. The Class B+ is a new term to me and a very gray area. Just because it doesn't have a bunk over the cab ... Aesthetically, I really do NOT like Class Cs. It's either a Class A or Class B for me. Since I don't have $300k laying around, I'm thinking there's a better chance of getting a Class B.

Anywho, I don't want a cut away, I don't want a Class B+/C. I'm 6'2" and while the Sprinter works in some configurations and builds, I want to know what the options are for a Transit High Roof.

I am familiar with Sportmobile. Who else is out there building a straight sided Class B with something other than a Sprinter platform?

On a side note, while searching here, I saw a thread on a home built van and someone else called it a "camper van" and said it was not an "RV". Anyone care to explain the difference?

Also of note is, I'm a backpacker so even a Class B is going to be ginormous compared to the Big Agnes Flycreek 2 but I would like the longest van while keeping the straight line sides.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:24 PM   #2
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The Transit has a new WInnebago Paseo coming out....discussion here and info on the WInnebago website.
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Old 09-22-2016, 04:51 PM   #3
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The Transit has a new WInnebago Paseo coming out....discussion here and info on the WInnebago website.
Thx. I'm not sure if that's the one I found early this morning or not. The website looks right. I plugged in my addy for a brochure.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:56 PM   #4
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In addition to Winnebago Paseo and Sportsmobile noted above, Van Specialties in Oregon builds Class B units on the Ford Transit chassis. Like Sportsmobile they are a custom upfitter.

RVIA industry association defines Type B (aka Class B) RVs as van campers, so it's just terminology. Sometimes campervans are associated with more basic features and fewer luxury options but again that's just individual usage.
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Old 09-22-2016, 08:19 PM   #5
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In addition to Winnebago Paseo and Sportsmobile noted above, Van Specialties in Oregon builds Class B units on the Ford Transit chassis. Like Sportsmobile they are a custom upfitter.
Thx, I'll check them out. That'll be closer to my (hopefully) future home.

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RVIA industry association defines Type B (aka Class B) RVs as van campers, so it's just terminology. Sometimes campervans are associated with more basic features and fewer luxury options but again that's just individual usage.
Muddy waters indeed. I was hoping for something a little more black and white even if it doesn't make sense.

Camper = no shower or
RV = toilet plumbing thru walls/floor or
camper = home made


I got excited when I saw this guy's page...
Design and Build Information for Camper Vans – Build A Green RV
He did his build for $6k. Some of the stuff I like but then it started getting ghetto pretty quick. His gray water tank is kinda scary. And I'm not sure I want a composting toilet... especially one that empties into a 5 gallon paint bucket. Gotta give him props for doing it 1) himself and 2) on a shoestring budget tho.
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Old 09-23-2016, 08:05 PM   #6
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Have you checked out the Promaster forum? Lots of self-builds there.
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:53 PM   #7
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Have you checked out the Promaster forum? Lots of self-builds there.
I have not. This is my first foray into the RV forum world. I don't know that I'm ready to tackle an RV build. My "fit and finish" on projects is lacking. They start out ok and then I get tired of the grunt work. It quickly becomes a "good enough for government work".

I will give a look-see just to see what kind of floor plans people are coming up with. But now that you've mentioned it, did I google correctly for the ProMaster? From what I've seen on the Dodge and Ford spec sheets, the ProMaster is significantly shorter than the Transit. Something like 29" shorter than the Transit XL. The sheet says 263.9" on ext. length (235.5 reg length).

Oh wait, I see an EXT in the 3500 line. I didn't see that last week but they I only went as far as the 2500. It's still "just" 250 inches tho. I doubt Ford included an extra foot plus of bumpers. I dunno about engine compartment, front cab, etc. It would be nice to have real spec sheets that can be compared side by side. Cubic space and nice and dandy but if it's not usable floor I couldn't really give 2 shits.
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Check out Sportsmobile.com. They build semi-custom conversions and they have a lot of information online to help you compare Promasters/Transits/Sprinters.
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When comparing, remember that the PM has the shortest nose.

For reference, my 136" WB PM is a hair over 10 feet from rear of cab to rear doors. The 159" adds 23" behind the slider. The extended 159" adds another 4" behind the rear wheels.
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When comparing, remember that the PM has the shortest nose.

For reference, my 136" WB PM is a hair over 10 feet from rear of cab to rear doors. The 159" adds 23" behind the slider. The extended 159" adds another 4" behind the rear wheels.
That is the kind of info that is helpful and probably the very reason it isn't posted on stat sheets. The sheets are never consistent between mfg for a reason. Damn marketing departments.

Any idea why the PM doesn't come in a 1500 or 2500? I dunno how big the florist industry is but there's got to be someone that wants a long 1500 that doesn't need a 63 ton payload.
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