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This video compares 15 different motorhomes based on the Ducato/Jumper/Boxer vans. Again not exactly the PM but it can give the motorhome enthusiast what the possibilities are when the coach builders get there hands on them.

 

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I wouldn't like to use the ProMaster as a motorhome, it just looks to be too compact for my liking. I have seen motorhomes that are more spacious.
 

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I agree.

The problem with all these Class B RVs is that they try to cram 10 lbs of "stuff"
into a 5 lb Bag. They are downright claustrophobic. If you want the whole nine yards, you're much better off with a big Class A.

The PM as a minimalist weekender camper on the other hand, will work just fine.
 

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It’s relative. True Class B motorhomes (not to include Class B+) indeed lack spaciousness compared to larger RVs like Class As, but their smaller size also means improved fuel economy, maneuverability, and ease of driving. They are also easier to maintain and should be serviceable at more locations. And of course they can sometimes serve as a second or third family vehicle. It’s tough to compare them directly.

While much smaller than Class As and most Cs, the largest ProMaster and Sprinter vans are nearly twice as spacious in total volume as previous offerings from Ford, Chevy and Dodge that were common Class B chassis. And compared to the classic Volkswagen camper vans made by Westfalia decades ago they are huge – probably 4 or 5 times the interior volume of the original VW microbuses.

I’m personally looking forward to the ProMaster because it will be much larger than my Ford extended Econoline yet probably get better MPG. And with FWD it should drive and handle much better too due to lower center of gravity and improved suspension. The only thing it shouldn’t do better than my Ford Econoline is tow.
 

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To me that just seems a bit too cramped. I would like to be relaxed in my camper and not bumping elbows with my wife trying to reach for my cup of java. But some I could see might find it cozy.
 

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last thing you want to do when building an RV is starting with something already too narrow, the ducato/promaster is just too narrow. im sure everyone has seen how wide RV's can get and they're like that for very obvious reaons
 

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last thing you want to do when building an RV is starting with something already too narrow, the ducato/promaster is just too narrow. im sure everyone has seen how wide RV's can get and they're like that for very obvious reaons
The Ducato/ProMaster is very wide for a van. Inside width up to 74 inches is about 4 inches more than Sprinter. Side walls are also more vertical than most vans. It's also wider than Ford and Chevy vans.

Most camper vans in Europe are based on Ducato -- 2 out of every 3.

Class Bs are not supposed to be as wide as full size RVs. They're supposed to be smaller. And narrower too. It's a niche market, not meant for everyone.
 

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I think there is a huge latent market for PM type RV's. Realize that VW dropped the ball and never had a replacement for the Vanagon/Westphalia and the Eurovan.
 

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On paper it does sound decent for space but once you add in whatever appliances to accommodate the space gets compromised. Unless you just have a cot and a pillow inside.
 

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I think there is a huge latent market for PM type RV's. Realize that VW dropped the ball and never had a replacement for the Vanagon/Westphalia and the Eurovan.
Yes indeed.
Especially one that gets 20+ mpg.
There are going to be a lot of 7 mpg
dinosaurs for sale in the near future. Cheap!
 

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Yes indeed.
Especially one that gets 20+ mpg.
There are going to be a lot of 7 mpg
dinosaurs for sale in the near future. Cheap!
Agree 100%.

Already there are low prices on used full-size gas Class As and larger Class Cs. We looked at buying but figured they could drop even more when new vans hit market over next couple of years.

Motorweek tested new Class A and got less than 7 MPG as I recall.
 
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