January '18

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40 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com Winnebago Revel 44E The all-new Winnebago Revel is an "outside-the-box" take on the Class B motorhome designed specifically for outdoor enthusiasts. The Revel is an "off-road, off-grid, four-season friendly" RV that's designed "to take you to places that no other Winnebago motorhome has gone before," says Russ Garfin, Winnebago director of product management. To give today's RVers extra flexibility in camping wherever they want, Winnebago engineers used the proven Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4X4 platform as a starting point. What's more, the Sprinter is powered by a 3-liter turbo diesel that puts 325 pounds per feet of torque through an on-demand four-wheel-drive system, complete with high/low range for added off-road capability. Space in the 19-foot, 5-inch Class B is limited, so Win- nebago made the most of it with an enterprising layout. Specifically, the floorplan revolves around a 140-cubic-foot rear "gear garage" with power lift bed on a 500-pound rated European suspension system. When the bed is raised to the ceiling, storage space is available for bicycles, hiking gear or other equipment. The small but functional electric-powered galley includes a 2.5-cubic-foot compressor refrigerator and a one-burner induc- tion cooktop. Aluminum-framed cabinets in the galley are built for durability. A bench seat and pull-up dinette table are multi-functional; they can be used for taking meals and they also convert to a bed for additional sleeping space. The driver and passenger chairs can swivel toward the dinette table as well. The galley also features a flip-up counter extension, and there is a fold-down outside table just outside the galley. The coach features a 31-inch by 26-inch all- in-one wet bath and gear closet with a cassette toilet that eliminates the need for a separate black tank. Garfin says the Rev- el's diesel-fired heating system, standard solar power system and three AGM batteries all contribute to the coach's off-grid livability. Notably, the Revel features a roof racking system that works with other name-brand attachments to allow RVers to store all types of gear, such as kayaks and canoes. An exterior ladder is removable and provides campers access to the roof from many different points. The coach also features a 5,000-pound rated hitch, which is rated high enough for a bike carrier or possibly even a small trailer. Other notable features on this coach include a large 9-inch display in the dashboard, dual-pane windows with insulated shades, and a roof-mounted air conditioner. One thing RVers won't find in the Revel: A TV. Garfin says he believes campers will use electronic tablets or other smart devices if they want to access video content. The base MSRP for the Revel is $134,799. What impressed RV PRO: The thought and design that went into the Class B's roof racking system and the power lift bed/ "gear garage" is impressive, as is the minimalist function- ality built into seemingly every nook and cranny of the coach. The off-grid capabilities resulting from the Revel's diesel-fired heating system, standard solar power system and three large AGM batteries are especially noteworthy. S H O W C O V E R A G E S H O W C O V E R A G E Winnebago's Revel 44E can take RVers where other motorhome owners might fear to tread thanks to its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4X4 chassis powered by a turbo diesel engine.

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