The answer to your question is "Yes."

In trying to understand why Ackermann nonetheless wanted to distinguish proper classes such as V from sets - where V is the proper class of all sets, taken here to be a natural model of ZFC - it is necessary to take seriously Ackermann's claims about the universe V being continually "under construction," so to speak, or always in the process of being "built" (see Penelope Maddy's article "Proper Classes" (Journal of Symbolic Logic, 1983), p. 122, on this point). At some particular "time" (or "step") t in this construction process, there may exist (e.g.) classes larger than V ("superclasses") that have been obtained by iterating the power-set operation on V denumerably many times. Consider the totality T of such superclasses existing at t; i.e., T (at t) is the limit of a denumerable sequence of iterated power-set operations on V. Since T (at t) is clearly not a natural model of ZFC, it cannot be regarded as a new "universe" that supersedes or replaces V. Hence, those collections which (at t) are members of T but not of V are not members of a suitable universe or natural model; and so they are to be distinguished from the members of V, a distinction expressed by calling them "proper classes" (and calling the members of V "sets").

One glaring problem with this account is that it's unclear what we're supposed to take as the time t. Why, in particular, should we suppose that t is such that the power set operation on V has been iterated denumerably many times (or even some nonzero number of times)? Without any constraints on t, there's simply no way to know what proper classes we're supposed to regard as existing; and, in fact, there are no theoretical constraints on what t's value is. Hence, there's no basis for saying anything definite about proper classes at all; and so it seems best, as Andreas Blass said, to treat Ackermann's "proper classes" simply as sets.