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Winnebago Gets Rugged With New 4X4 Revel RV

Forbes logo Forbes 9/19/2017 Josh Max, Contributor

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We like Winnebago, having tested their Via T on Manhattan’s mean streets four years ago. The company just unveiled their new, compact, practical 4×4 home away from home – the Revel.

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“The Revel is a true 4X4 RV designed to take you to places no other Winnebago motorhome has gone before,” says Russ Garfin, Director of Product Management. “The amenities and features of the coach allow for comfortable exploration of remote places.”

What we especially like about the Revel – what we’ve seen in press photos so far, that is – is its “gear garage” where you can store items like bicycles instead of having to bother tying them to the outside of your rig where they can be stolen or tapped by other vehicles or you have to worry whether or not you tied enough bungees to keep the thing from falling off. When the bed is raised to the ceiling, 140 cubic feet in storage space is available for bicycles, climbing equipment, hiking gear, a set of drums or a few guitars or whatever else is needed for the next adventure.

The $134,799 MSRP Revel’s also based on a proven Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4X4 platform, providing a nice balance between easy cruising and power when you need it. It offers an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high/low range and hill descent mode for added off-road capability.

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4WD is the seller here as far as we’re concerned. Did we tell you about the time we parked the Via in a random parking lot during a snowstorm and woke up the next morning plowed in on all four sides? And that we didn’t have a shovel? A booted foot was our method of clearing the white stuff away from all four tires, after which a “One for the money, two for the show” yelp preceded our pedal-mash, after which we were happily free to go on our way. 4WD would have helped, though we managed. We’re glad to see it nonetheless.

Here’s another cool aspect to the Revel – it’s got welded aluminum cabinet face frames and positive-latching cabinet doors and drawers, something our Via didn’t have, necessitating tying each cabinet door closed with a bungee lest a tilt in the road spill the contents of our cabinets onto the floor.

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Other features include a standard solar power system, all-electric galley and compressor refrigerator.

We’re hoping to spend some time behind the Revel wheel; if so, you’ll read about it here.

Additions to Winnebago’s motorhome lineup include the Horizon, the Intent and, in towables, a new line of Minnie Plus Fifth Wheels.

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