Here's how I see it:
-Inefficient design/use of space
-Larger turning radius & OAL
-Can be had fully loaded for $32k, possibly less...backup cam, high roof, V8, Navi, etc.
-Integral high roof
-Straight sides & built in nuts make DIY fairly easy
-Reliable, cheaper to maintain than Sprinter. Cost of ownership should be much less.
-Much of the Sprinter package with $10k savings
My thinking is for about $45k I can have a pretty sweet, high roof touring camper, with lots of nice features. I don't need 4WD and don't care about looks(would rather save $$), so the Nissan may work for me.
I was pretty much sold on the Sprinter platform, but am waiting to order until I see the Nissan in person and drive one. My local dealers says he'll have a high roof on the 18th of this month, so I plan on driving it that day. I am also local to Van Specialties and plan on talking with them about the Nissans as well.