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Hi Everyone!

Thanks for all your great posts and information. I'm looking to buy a passenger van for my rock climbing adventures; bed in the back, keep one row of seating, and a cabinet with fridge, stove, sink. I rented a 2019 passenger xlt medium roof, LWB and it was pretty great and I'm even open to the 130" wheel base as I don't know if I need all that space.

The major issue is I'm wondering if it a Transit will fit in in my work and home parking garages (I'm in San Francisco). My work garage states it is 98" tall but when I actually take a measuring tape to all the different pipes and such, 97-97.5" is a more real world for how tall they are, so I'd really like for the Transit to be a healthy amount under.

The 2019 model I rented was 97" tall. I see for sale a 2016 XLT Passenger Medium roof LWB (60K mileage), in San Jose and the seller says it is 96" but I have to confirm for myself.

Can you folks give me an idea of what height(s) your vans are with your various models and builds? Also, do you have any tips for me on how to lower the van for fitting in the garage e.g. take the air out of the tires? Different suspension parts? Put a bunch of weight in it to lower?

Thanks for any and all help!

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Don't forget additional height for a roof fan, assuming you'll want one for your intended use. We have a 2019 MR, and a 9' tall garage door. With a Maxxfan on the roof, it fits with enough space to spare.

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LWB for sure. The 130" may seem big empty but would quickly get very small in a build out, especially with one row of seats installed.

Why can't you test drive one and take it home to test fit?
 

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High point on the medium roof is going to be a hundred and two inches.
 

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Static measurements on flat ground are nice and all, but the heights will vary depending on ups and downs on the driving surface.

If you're going up or down a ramp, the actual clearance will change by a few inches due to geometry (pivot point of the wheel contact extrapolated to the points of roof beyond the vertical plane directly above the wheel contact point).

If it's a decision based on less than 3", you're just going to have to test it with an actual van or a full scale cardboard silhouette.
 

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@ 1x1 Speed Craig - I was planning on doing some kind of inset fan in the roof, over the bed, bringing it inside the van, or put it under the van, or on the rear door or some such hack. Crazy?
 

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You might want to look at a MB Metris and see if that is closer to a fit. They have a 130 wb version and it has a surprisingly high weight carrying ability.

I guess in theory you could ask a suspension shop to see if they can lower it a bit.

Almost any vacation van is going to end up with solar panels on top so keep in mind that will end up being on top.

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Have you considered low roof and add a pop top? If the major priority is fitting in a garage that is.
Oh for sure I have considered a pop top, but maybe I should give it more thought. I think its hard for me to bite the bullet on an extra 10K to install it, and it is also less stealth, which is a factor, but maybe I should get used to the idea. It looks like Sportsmobile makes the best one, and I'm not too far from them (I'm in SF and they are in Fresno).
 

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I would say Colorado camper van makes a better top. I have used both and the CCv top wins every time.


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You could take a length of PVC pipe cut to the height of your intended Transit and slide it under the areas that you figure might be problematic to see if it clears. As for lowering the height, how about air shocks that you can lower going in an raise after you are back outside, controlled with an onboard compressor.
Good Luck

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You could take a length of PVC pipe cut to the height of your intended Transit and slide it under the areas that you figure might be problematic to see if it clears. As for lowering the height, how about air shocks that you can lower going in an raise after you are back outside, controlled with an onboard compressor.
Good Luck

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Hey! Thanks I'm looking into the air shocks now. It appears there are some options...
 

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I wanted to provide an update.

I called this company, Your suspension specialist » VB-Airsuspension really nice people there. They told me that most systems are only going to be for the rear, and even then it can only be lowered 1.25 inches for driving in. Other ideas I mentioned to them: lowering air in tires, adding weight, etc all seemed to be prohibitive in their opinion as it would prematurely damage the tires or the springs.

So, at this point I may buy the high roof and brave the streets of SF. At least I won't have to pay for parking, and I can stand up.

Thanks for all your help.
 

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Everyone, thanks for all your help. I bought a Promaster!

Regarding the parking garages - at the work garage the Promaster has about 6 inches of clearance height to spare (where the sprinklers come down) and at home about 3 inches to spare (the garage door motor). Despite its quirks I'm really happy! It is easier to climb into the back from the cockpit than the Transit, kind of like the Sprinter, and its way wider for sleeping width wise (I'm 6' foot) The 2020 Transit was definitely peppier and smoother shifting, not to mention it had more comfortable driving ergonomics. That said, the Promaster has a charm that caught me off gaurd - it is a fun little truck. As for reliability, well, I might by a Mopar warranty here soon if you catch my drift. Now though, I can fit at home (93.5 inch garage at the lowest point) and at work (97.5 inches at the lowest point). The drama is over...

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Good for you!
And thanks for posting the relevant data so others with the height dilema can find a solution.

I have some friends that bought a Promaster, I helped them with part of their "build". In comparison to the Transit, I thought the regular height ProRam had adequate interior height, being between the Transit LR and MR. I could stand up hunched over a little bit. And really, how much time do you actually spend standing inside a van? As long as you don't drive it hard, and keep up with the suggested maintenance schedule, there's no reason why you shouldn't go trouble-free for well over 100k.
 
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