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January '18

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34 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com REV Group Fleetwood Axon 29M REV Group is known for making some of the most iconic motorhome brands on the road today, such as the American Eagle, the Fleetwood Bounder and the Monaco Dynasty. So, when the RV maker decided to launch a new entry-level gas-powered motorhome product for its Fleetwood brand under the Axon name, it was very mindful about producing something that it was going to stand apart from the many "me-too" prod- ucts competing in that segment of the market, according to Don Gephart, REV RV marketing manager. One such noticeable difference was in the 31-foot motor- home's shape, thanks to its Aero-Glide aerodynamic front cap and a raked front windshield, which set it apart from the "boxy" look of many competing products. Three graphic package color schemes: onyx, viper and graphite, with an UltraGel-HG gel coat, also give the Axon a bolder look than many competing products. Still, there is substance to go with that style. Specifically, the Axon is built on the popular Ford chassis and powered by a 6.8- liter Triton V10 engine offering 320 horsepower and 460 pounds of torque per foot. It is equipped with a Ford six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. At the front of the Axon 29M, above the driver and pas- senger seats, is a Hide-a-Loft 2.0 Sleep System on struts, which Gephart says can be raised and lowered in a matter of seconds. Also toward the front of the coach, the motorhome features a 74-inch jackknife sofa and L-shaped booth. The kitchen and bathroom, both nicely equipped, are located mid-coach. The motorhome includes a king-size bed in the rear. Notably, the Axon 29M features a full wall slide on the driver's side. And, thanks to open concept layout and 82-inch ceilings, it doesn't feel crowded. The motorhome can comfortably sleep five. For those RVers who want to upgrade this coach, available options include: an upgraded suspension, a four-point hydraulic leveler, a dual 11,000-BTU A/C, an electric awning, a holding tank heater, a King Dome satellite system, and an exterior enter- tainment center with a 50-inch TV. An exterior kitchen also is available as an option. The base MSRP for the Axon 29M is $118,000. What impressed RV PRO: While Fleetwood refers to this motorhome as being its "entry-level" model, it doesn't feel like a starter motorhome on the inside thanks to its nice layout and contemporary design, and it definitely doesn't look like one on the outside. And with a full-wall slide, the Axon 29M has a very open feel to it. S H O W C O V E R A G E S H O W C O V E R A G E The REV Group's Axon motorhome doesn't have the boxy feel of some other Class A's, thanks to its aerodynamic front cap and raked front windshield. It comes nicely equipped for an entry- level motorhome.

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