Originally Posted by bemerritt
In that case, price is indeed high, but that is true for all new sportsmobiles.
I wouldn't think the Fiberglass shell should prove to be a problem. If anything, you wont have the joy of uncovering their work and seeing how they cut the holes in your van for the top!
I resemble that remark. The porcupine is also quite interesting.
I was once a starry eyed wantavan guy. Only way I figured a few things was to read my tail off in these threads. I wouldn't have even started if I didn't see Wonderboy's thread on popping his top and his home build. And there have been many kind folks along the way helping guide me right. Most are in this thread too.
My impression at SMB was that they are in full Sprinter/Transit mode but will surely do any E series that you bring to them. I only saw 2 of the Classics there and the showroom floor was void of E series save for the Saudi prototype in the back bay. Like any good business, they have to follow the trends and follow the money. There was probably 40+ Sprinters on their lot when I was there.
The other issue is if Ford will continue the cutaway. I am told they will but something about 2019 being the last year, but who knows?? I am seeing a ton of E350 ambulances on the road these days so that might keep it going along with the RV market as well.
The V10 6 Speed with Rear tank is a dream setup. From what I saw of the Classic, it will be very cool. One thing to consider is that SMB has a lot of problems solved when building up these vans and I think they would incorporate some design features that would make fit and finish of a build out much better and cleaner.
Price can be subjective. If you have the cash and want it, then the value is there for you. Right now there is high demand for Econoline SMB's so the prices are high. Best thing to do is understand your use and needs and wants. Folks here can help.