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Old 10-11-2019, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Pleasure-Way Ontour Transit Class B

Pleasure-Way has introduced new Ontour Class B vans on the Ford Transit chassis. Ontour 2.0 model is based on the 20ft Transit 2500 chassis while the Ontour 2.2 uses the 22ft Transit 3500 series chassis. Both Ontour units utilize the high roof Transit and EcoBoost 3.5 turbo V6 gas engine.

Features of note include:
  • 2-way compressor refrigerators
  • Truma VarioHeat multi-stage sealed combustion furnace
  • 77 or 79 inch length queen size beds
  • Lane keeping and driver safety alert standard
That's a step forward by Pleasure-Way in the systems and technology perspective, and they seem to have matched the Transit's tall headroom with generous bed lengths. However the electrical sourcing continues to be old school Onan 2.8 gas fired generators.

For now the 2020 Ontour is still based on 2019 Ford Transit chassis with 6 speed transmission. Presumably they will later update with the 2020 10 speed transmission and perhaps the AWD option.
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The 3.5 Ecoboost in both models is a wise choice. The 10 speeds should really fly, especially the short 20 ft. version.
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I've talked to someone from Pleasure Way (and also Coachmen for the Beyond Rear Bath they were showing there), and the 2020 Ford Transit chassis are late, but they should have the chassis in January or so, the AWD is presumably coming a bit later. Coachmen seem to think the first Beyond on the 2020 Transit will be out around March. As for Pleasure Way, they told me an Ontour on the 2019 Transit ordered now could be delivered around March-April and on the 2020 June-July.
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In addition, Ford will finally offer a swivel drivers seat in the 2020 Transit chassis. You'll get it if the upfitter checks the box on the order sheet. In my opinion, one of the shortcomings of the 2019 Transit is the living space lost by having a non-swiveling drivers seat. You need every square foot you can get in a Class B.

This could open the door to some new floorplans on the chassis besides the common rear lounge configuration.

Hopefully, Pleasure Way (and Coachmen) will start checking this box when ordering 2020 Transits.

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Pleasure-Way has introduced new Ontour Class B vans on the Ford Transit chassis. Ontour 2.0 model is based on the 20ft Transit 2500 chassis while the Ontour 2.2 uses the 22ft Transit 3500 series chassis. Both Ontour units utilize the high roof Transit and EcoBoost 3.5 turbo V6 gas engine.

Features of note include:
  • 2-way compressor refrigerators
  • Truma VarioHeat multi-stage sealed combustion furnace
  • 77 or 79 inch length queen size beds
  • Lane keeping and driver safety alert standard
That's a step forward by Pleasure-Way in the systems and technology perspective, and they seem to have matched the Transit's tall headroom with generous bed lengths. However the electrical sourcing continues to be old school Onan 2.8 gas fired generators.

For now the 2020 Ontour is still based on 2019 Ford Transit chassis with 6 speed transmission. Presumably they will later update with the 2020 10 speed transmission and perhaps the AWD option.
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Agreed. Adding the driver's side swivel and AWD really changes the value proposition for the Transit as a platform for a Class B. You can't have a European style front lounge layout if both seats don't swivel. Heck, you can't even make a decent westie without it. AWD would be good enough for most. Very few B's go where full-on 4WD is really required.

High roof, regular length = Aktiv, Panoramic, Safari Condo Challenger
High roof, regular length with AWD = Rebel-lite.

Low roof, shorty with pop-top = Westie challenger.
Low roof, shorty with pop-top and AWD = successor to the coveted VW Syncro van.
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