Welcome FindSunshine: Sunday April 7th 2019
After crawling under many class Bs, I find that manufacturers hang all sorts of stuff under the frame, especially batteries, holding tanks, and generator. That leaves more space inside but limits you to good quality roads.
Ford just announce new features for the 2020 Transit that excited me, especially AWD and a dashboard with a screen in place of 30 confusing buttons. To maintain ground clearance, I am considering mounting all batteries and tanks inside
. This makes it much easier to build and maintain. It is also a giant step toward all season capability. Lastly, you get to keep the factory spare tire in its underneath location instead of having to stick it on the back door.
To have adequate storage space after you fill the lowest level with tanks and electronic gear, you can opt for the Transit high roof version. It is a bit of a monster in size and appearance, but still fits in a standard (20 foot) parking space. AWD will be available in your choice of two V6 gasoline motors. The 2020 version will also be available with twin alternators factory installed!
I presume Sportsmobile would be willing to build to suit such preferences. While the AWD version would not have the clearance to get deep into the boonies, with nothing hanging low it should manage dirt roads easily. Note that AAA will only tow if you are very close to a road, so if you go off the beaten trail you are on your own.
Drop by your local FORD dealer and look under a Transit. It may have enough clearance to suit you. The AWD version will have the same ride height as current versions.