Last weekend I went to the local RV show, and in the van based selections they were mostly Sprinters, with a couple of Transits and a couple of Promasters thrown in.
No doubt the sprinter dominates the class B and high end camper van conversion space.
The class Bs, Mercedes and Transit based, are getting so close to being regularly priced at around $170-$200k. The people who have that kind of money to spend on a RV mostly prefer the sprinter because they feel it is the best, even though many aren’t very educated on the different vans.
If thats what the customer wants, that is what the customer gets.
Talk to them. You will hear them talk about Mercedes is a luxury brand, and Diesel engines last so long and get so much better mpg, which really isn’t nearly as true today compared to pre emission times.
On the other hand the promaster is the other big class B offering because if you can’t afford “the best”, you get the cheapest.
The transit is more about value, the best performing and most capabilities for the buck, but that is a hard sell unless you are the type of person who does a lot of research.
It really shows in all the different local businesses that use panel vans, contractors, shuttles etc….. Being a business choice, they will be much more educated on the different vans before they invest funds, and what you see is almost zero sprinters now. Almost all transits and promasters.
I took my wife to the Denver airport this week. Every single passenger van shuttle I saw was a transit. Not one sprinter.
So, can the class B and high end custom camper van industries alone support sprinters in the USA, because it looks like the transit and promaster has taken most of their other business.
I also think the expediting business still uses sprinters in large numbers, so add that in.