Originally Posted by markopolo
Interesting fact in this RVIA report summarized on RV Business: RVIA ’15 Industry Profile Tracks Growth, Trends | RV Business
Roughly 2/3rds diesel & 1/3 gas! I'm a little bit surprised by that.
My guess is that the vast majority of those diesel units are MB Sprinters.
That stat defines the future used B market place. Prices will continue to be high and gas powered Promaster based B's for example should hold their value well as there won't be many for sale. Just my opinion of course.
I think this situation has less to do with demand than what the customer finds available. Mercy B has profited from a marketing triumph a decade ago that invaded the domestic class b/c platform that historically was dominated by Ford and Chevy. They have been able to get away with a 15k premium for the Sprinter platform.
However, the worm is starting to turn. I predict that Sprinter sales will be cut into by the more wallet friendly Ford Transit and the Dodge Promaster platforms. Leisure Travel is in production now with a Ford Transit coach that is diesel powered. Roadtrek is doing well with their Dodge Zion.
Everybody has their own take but IMO, diesel propulsion is not the best choice for a class B that typically sees less than 5-7 thousand miles a year.