My Pal is 6'4" and he had a 2552 custom built for him having an 80" bed on the Driver's side. The Passenger side has the standard 73" bed for his wife. He does have to be careful when walking because of the overhead but he's accustomed to it now and doesn't bump his head. PC is really, really good at accommodating a customer needing customization.I, like Dittmer, don't think you're going to find an older PC that will be comfortable for you.
S.A.J.:I know you want to keep your potential coach as short as you can but I really think you should be looking at the 2552s that will give you 12" of "play room" with the bed lay out. My wife likes to use to many pillows and it made the 68" single bed to short for her (she is 5'8") so she uses the 74" bed and does fine. I am seriously looking at going from the 2551 to the 2552S for a variety of reasons but primarily so that I can get two beds that are atleast 74" long. I have checked with Stuart at PC and he said "yes" it can be done with out much trouble and he has atleast 12" to play with, I am sure they would cut into the pantry in the slide or the towel closet in the bathroom. As I know you have seen my posts on other forums I am not a big fan of the Sprinter chassis. A PC on a Sprinter may handle great because the PC's is lower overall but I am telling you my 10' 2" 2009 Monaco Covina (you appear to need the extra cieling clearance inside because of your size) on a Sprinter with its narrow track was very dangerous with the stock suspension and nearly over weight before adding any supplies. The Covina was engineered very well in that the center of gravity was reduced so much I could not get under the coach because of lack of clearance. I would sure prefer to have a chassis that was not even close to max load (Ford E-450) vs's a chassis that was nearly over loaded before adding any supplies or people. In a panic situation a fully loaded chassis does not handle like a 1/2 loaded chassis and safety must be your first priority. Thanks
S.A.J.:I am not sure that all members of the RV industry abide by a "check and balance" system that would throw any flags that something may of may not be safe for the consumer. Over the years there have been many chassis's used with in the RV indsutry that did not perform well..Renault and VW come to mind immediately and how about the auto industry with Corvairs, Explorers, and Pintos to name just a few, none of those manfacturers came out and told consumers to not buy those cars when they new there were issues way before anything was in fact said. I am not saying the Sprinter chassis will become a "cast out" becasue it was un safe but I do think it is interesting how M-B keeps a very tight lid on what the RV industry can and can not do with their chassis's and I do think that would lead one to draw the conclusion that there are concerns about how the chassis performs when fully loaded, and in most cases in the world of RV's overloaded. I would simply call Kermit Fisher or better yet Kyle Fisher his son who delivers PC coaches all over the country and get his opinion on the comparison between the Ford and Sprinter chassis's. You owe it to yourself to drive both chassis's and draw your on opinions. Having had 6 new coaches I can tell you not one of them was perfect, not one of them was without issues, and two of them (Monaco Class A's) had rear trailing arms that would break completely off and of course you would have no control over the coach, Monaco's quality control at it best. Again, I am very impressed with how PC has evenly distributed the weight of their coaches both front to rear and side to side and placing the coach on a Ford E-450 with a CCC of over a ton after being fully loaded is what you want when you are doing 68 MPH and some pulls in front of you. Just my two cents. Thanks
In my reading I have come across many intelligent, knowledgeable people on both sides of the Ford v. Sprinter debate. They all make good points and it isn't clear to me that one is obviously better than the other.