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Old 12-22-2014, 06:51 PM   #1
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Transit Based Class B/C

Any rumblings out there talking about RV manufacturers building a Class B or C on the new Ford Transit chassis? I'll be heading to the Tampa super show and hope to be surprised at seeing one in person.
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Old 12-25-2014, 10:05 AM   #3
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The Transit is the obligatory chassis for campervan's in Europe.


I don't know where you get that from. The Fiat Ducato has the lion's share of the market. There are also variants on the Ducato (basically re-badged) from other automakers. There are only a slight handful of conversions that have come out on Transit. Do a youtube search and you'll see.


In North America, the Transit delays have left a vacuum that's been filled by the Promaster. As all the converters have spend their 2014 development money on new products on the Promaster, I doubt you'll see anything on Transit at the Spring shows. Most likely the fall shows or the following spring (2016).
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"The Transit is the obligatory chassis for campervan's in Europe"...I don't know where you get that from. The Fiat Ducato has the lion's share of the market...
The Ducato is "rather new" in Europe - released in '81 - compared to the Transit being made since 1965.

Having been to Europe shows that Transit based RV's are seen everywhere. While the Fiat is now very available, the Ford has been and continues to be very, very common.

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To those that have seen these in Europe. how do they make larger RV out of a transit?

I think in the near future there will be a dip in class c inventory at the dealers unless the RV builder bought Econoline chassis and stockpiled them.
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The Transit-Sprinter-Ducato based RV's in Europe are just smaller than US style Class C's...about 10" less wide and shorter, of course.

To get a larger European RV it's usually Class A's riding on Iveco, Fuso, and Benz or MAN commercial chassis.

Ford has continued the E-Series cab-chassis into the 2015 model year (but for how long?) and Chevy is still selling their full sized van and cab-chassis. Only time will tell what happens.

But once all the fullsized van nose cab-chassis are discontinued, the niche will probably be filled with truck nose Class C's...like the FourWinds "super C's" on F550 cab-chassis.

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I went to the Tampa show and no Transits were in sight! I did talk to Russ, Winnebago's Class B/B+ Product Manager, about the future of the Transit. He said they are exploring it, but wouldn't give out many specifics. Russ did say there is an obstacle with the driver's and passenger's seat as they don't swivel (the driver's can't be made to swivel). This would be a concern for Class B's, but if they can make the passenger seat swivel, not so bad for B+'s. I asked Russ about pricing and he said it would be between the Sprinter and Ducato based B/B+'s (probably closer to the Ducato if one doesn't opt for the diesel engine).


He said Ford is working hard at fulfilling orders for the fleet people and Transit availability for the RV sector may take a while.


Russ was at the Winnebago booth (not the Itasca).
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I thought I would bring this topic back to the top! Has anyone heard any recent rumors on using the Ford Transit for the makings of a B, B+ or C MH. What are the MH manufacturers doing along these lines?
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If you are going to see anything this year, it will probably be at the Hershey show in September.
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The UK Ford Van has been called a "Transit" for eons. When I worked for Norton Villiers in 1966, our AJS motocross team van was a 25' long Transit dually. It could carry the four team bikes, four guys, tool boxes, 2-stroke-mix gas in cans.

With the 2.8L V-6 it was pretty quick, too.
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Did anyone see a Transit based MH at the Hershey show?
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We will be going to the California RV show in Pomona next week, and we've been told by the Thor factory rep that both the Compass and Gemini (Transit diesel) will be at the show. As far as I know, they are the first and only motorhomes on the Transit chassis. We will post some photos.
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Leisure Travel dropped the Mercedes based Free Spirit range for 2016. Rumour has it reappearing on a Ford chassis after current evaluations are concluded.
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Do a Google search for "Winnebago Transit Fuse" and you'll seewhat Wbago is about to debut.
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