Exactly my thought as well. It's not always necessary to add heavy features -- although buyers ultimately decide on what they want.....cut......
Sometimes it isn't the worst to have to work with a limitation too. It'll force some more innovation and problem solving to make lighter and more efficient RVs.
Hasn't Winnebago stated that they have an exclusivity deal with Ram?No, I seriously doubt it.
The Transit van has higher GVWR at the upper range than an Econoline van, so Class B conversions won't be an issue. And regarding the cutaway chassis for Class C motorhomes, Winnebago is already building RVs on ProMaster chassis which have much lower GVWR than a Transit. I believe the ProMaster is limited to around 9350 pounds in part due to single rear wheels and FWD chassis.
For the time being Ford has said it will continue to offer the larger E-Series cutaway chassis for commercial use. But for smaller RVs like the Winnebago Trend a lighter and more fuel-efficient chassis like the Transit should work out nicely.
By the way, years ago I owned a small Coachmen Class C on a Ford E-350 chassis that had a GVWR not that much higher than the Transit's. And the chassis probably weighed more due to the cast iron 6.8-liter V10 engine. I'm just saying that while the compact Transit chassis isn't for everyone, there are a lot of future buyers looking for lighter RVs with improved fuel economy. RV manufacturers will just have to learn to make simpler and lighter RVs.
Yeah, that's the problem. There's a good chance that manufacturers will simply continue with the Sprinter as the small Class C of choice and barely even bother with the Transit.I have a 24' fleetwood jamboree on a sprinter chassis. It is smaller, both in height and width than most of the Ford E-450 based C-class units and accordingly it delivers good mileage with the Sprinter diesel (14 mpg at 70 mph). It is definitely tight, however, since there is only one slide. I can't imagine the builders will be keen to take another 800 lbs out of the equation... it gets expensive.
Perhaps. But maybe the issue is being exaggerated by people who see everything black and white; as if the new Transit chassis would have to accommodate 30-foot Class Cs.....cut....
Yeah, that's the problem. There's a good chance that manufacturers will simply continue with the Sprinter as the small Class C of choice and barely even bother with the Transit.
It would be possible if they redesigned the chassis, suspension, brakes and drivetrain. There is no practical limit even if they maintain the single rear wheel which I prefer. For example, the Ford F-350 with single rear wheels can be had with GVWR well above 10,000 pounds. I think it may go as high as 11,500 pounds with single rear wheels. In my opinion both ProMaster and Transit could be upgraded if there was enough of a market for it and they wanted to pursue it. My guess is that it's just not possible to justify the cost for the few vans at that GVWR.Seems like it's worth it to increase it's curb weight to combat this but ****, 700 LBS, thats a lot.
Are any of you guys actually planning on getting a Transit RV? Is this something you are just commenting on, or will it actually affect you. I mean ultimately people will end up buying whichever brand of van that gives them what they want. Perhaps some other brands will be able to offer some things that the Transit can't but I don't think it will have a huge impact on sales.