Originally Posted by GreyDawg
Sounds like I should swing by SMB-TX this week for a look-see, and a chat with Paul and Kevin. I'll try to get photos.
It its a wondrous and wonderful thing when the business of good folk is almost "too good."
A great problem to have for sure.
I did not see SMB Texas at the Houston RV Show which was disappointing, but fully understand that it makes little sense to spend on marketing if already at, or beyond, capacity.
There were a few ProMaster-based campers, including a couple of Class B+ and a couple of Class Bs. There were also various Sprinters of each type to compare against. I did not see any Ford Transit-based RV. I saw one Chevy.
In my opinion the Sprinters make nice Class B+, but for pure Class B the PM offers a lot at a lower cost. The most obvious difference is the width between the PM and Sprinter, particularly at higher elevation. In the PM-based Winnebago Travato or Pleasureway Lexor, I could stand in the bathrooms/shower and turn around easily (granted I'm not that big, but shoulder and head room was generous for a man my size, given these are production vans). In the Sprinters, side bathrooms were so narrow to the point of being useless unless the door was left open.
Sprinter vans do have a higher GCWR which permits greater towing compared to PM, and are available up to three feet longer (interior closer to two feet longer). They also have more ground clearance for generators. The Show confirmed a ProMaster Class B is best for my needs, but only if I can park it at home. If I have to park offsite anyway the same cost will buy many Class Cs or even entry Class As.