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I've driven them both. The Transit feels like a better vehicle in both design and construction. I would pay the extra cash for it.
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Another thing to consider regarding the Transit vs Promaster,

the Transit can be serviced at any Ford dealer. The Promaster, at only those dealers that have paid extra to sell them.

if you have a local dealer that is authorized, that's great, but what if you are out of your local area and need help?

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Transit vs. ProMaster?

Another critical issue for any work or play van is cargo volume. Isn't that the main reason to own a van -- to carry stuff in the cargo bay?

When comparing the two choices both of approximately same length and overall height (like just under 20-ft length and 100 inches tall), the ProMaster can carry a lot more volume. I had forgotten the difference in specs until I stood inside the cargo bay and the difference was huge. I'd guess well over 50 cubic feet which in a RV conversion is a lot of additional storage. In a work van that's a lot of extra tools and or supplies.

I'm not sure to what degree this will hurt Transits for personal purchase, but for fleet or mass-produced RVs the smaller interior volume may serve as a significant barrier.

I can't find the revised ProMaster cargo volumes but estimates indicate the PM is much larger than Transit. And if that added space comes at a lower cost it makes a strong argument. Transit is RWD, newer, and probably higher quality, but in a comparison it isn't all one-sided.
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One major advantage after cost savings for me is I can sleep widthwise since its over 6' wide above the fender wells. With a transit I would be limited to sleeping lengthwise in my configuration.
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I will have a 74" long bed across the van in a Transit. Promaster should be more than that. I am 5'-10" tall and need 73 1/2" to sleep on stomach. My existing Sprinter bed is 70" long across van and I have to sleep slightly diagonal. Transit will have less wall insulation at each end of bed platform.
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I just measured the widest point in the sleeping area in the promaster, 79". I hope to find some good thin insulation to put in those areas so I don't loose too much. I plan on using ceramic paint for my first layer of insulation.
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Promaster has several advantages over the Transit for a conversion.

Width.
Lower floor height from ground.
Probably better mpg from the base gas engine.
I think the gas engine does not have an EGR valve.
Lots more space under floor for tanks.

For me the wheelbase choices do not fit my requirements and the small number of service locations is a problem. My major reason for selling my Sprinter is to have a Ford dealer in every other town that services F150 pickups and Mustangs.
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I just measured the widest point in the sleeping area in the promaster, 79". I hope to find some good thin insulation to put in those areas so I don't loose too much. I plan on using ceramic paint for my first layer of insulation.
At what elevation off van floor did you measure that 79 inches? It's wider than I would expect if measured between body ribs. If 79 inches is actually the usable wall-to-wall clearance for a bed, for what uninterrupted length along van does that apply? In other words, how wide could the transverse bed be?

For what it's worth, a standard bed is only 74 inches long (plenty for us) and if memory serves me right a double bed is 54 inches wide and a queen 60 inches wide. I've contemplated a transverse bed but may also consider longitudinal twins with middle insert if van is wide enough at bed height. For me the twin beds would have to be wide enough to be comfortable at night yet far enough apart to walk between them easily or haul a bike or two while driving.
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Its the area where the window would be if there were one. Elevation around 30".
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The ProMaster is 80" wide outside the sheet metal at about the 30"-36" above the floor height. There are sets of very shallow ribs mid-window. I believe this is 79 wide there. Below the window is a much wider horizontal rib where the inside width is 73.62 according to Fiat spec sheet. This wider rib is about 30.62" above the floor.

I don't have my van yet. I've just taken enough dimensions in person, and from spec sheets to help with my 3D interior design work. Outfitting my van is fun, even if only in CAD at this point.
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