Originally Posted by carringb
Originally Posted by larrie
On Sunday their were two at the local dealer. I am hoping to see them tomorrow on my way home from work.
I saw those also this past weekend and was tempted to stop in but I had too much going on. The rear cab light really stick out as an afterthought, like they are straight out of the bulk-bin at napa. The fronts aren't bad though. The rest of the back end looks pretty decent. Still not a fan of the front-end though. I got used to the Nissan. Now its just "Meh". I don't think I'll get used to the Pormaster
As far as appearance, the back is what I have a bigger problem with. And in person it looks no better to me than pictures. I agree the lights stick out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately, as far as I know, vehicles over 80 inches wide normally have them, like dually pickup trucks. I've been curious as to why Ford Transit prototypes didn't have them since they too are wider than 80 inches.
The dealer near family I'm visiting had about a dozen, all work vans. Up close they look big and wide to me. What stood out most is the cargo area which is huge compared to my extended Ford. The walls are very vertical which makes the ceiling area considerably wider than any van I've seen in person. The walls and roof are fairly straight also so converting to camper should be easier, particularly for do-it-yourselves. Side and rear doors are very large so they should fit large windows. The large sliding doors did feel heavy and tough to open and close. I guess that should be expected due to size and weight.
For a FWD van the step in is much higher than I expected. When seated I felt higher than in my E-350. The plus side is that it felt like a tiny Class A with an elevated view to the front. I didn't drive one but expect a commanding view of road. Or it could just be perception. Don't know for sure without measuring.
Ground clearance was more than I expected. The under-floor mounted spare about 9 inches wide still had plenty of room underneath. Didn't measure tire but expect it was a full size 225 mm in width.
May make a nice camper platform for those who don't need to tow much.