Ford Transit Based Class C Motorhomes Debut
Winnebago, Other Builders Building on Popular Platform
Ford has dominated the Class C motorhome market for many years with the E-Series and looks poised to do it again with the new Transit. Based on the Transit cutaway chassis, a number of Class C motorhomes from some of the best-known names in the RV industry, including Winnebago, Thor Industries, and Forest River, are rapidly adopting the new, more-efficient platform. Ford notes that that younger, more-active couples and families, who are looking for maneuverability, fuel efficiency and affordability, are adopting the RV hobby.
Shown here is the Winnebago Fuse, a Class C model based on the Transit, featuring a choice of floor plans, allowing buyers to select a rear slide-out with a queen bed or a front slide out with dual twin beds and a rear bath. The preferred engine for the motorhome configuration is the torquey and efficient 3.2L I-5 Power Stroke turbodiesel.
The Transit is also expected to make a big impact in the Class B RV category, known as “camper vans” with accommodations packaged within the standard interior dimensions of a van. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is the current leader in the Class B category. However, the more attractive starting price of the Transit promises to make it a contender in the Class B segment.