5 Reasons Why the Winnebago Revel is a Great RV!

The Winnebago Revel opened up a new world of RVing possibilities with its launch in October 2017. The Revel is the first of its kind, a true 4×4 RV designed for outdoor enthusiasts taking a no-nonsense approach to adventure with straightforward design and function-forward features. There are several reasons why the Winnebago Revel is a great RV, read our top five below.Revel lifestyle 8-18

  1. True, Off-Road RV – If you are looking for a vehicle that can take you off the beaten path and away from the traditional campground the Revel is the perfect vehicle for you! The Revel is built on the 4×4 Mercedes-Benz with a 3.0L V6 turbo-charged diesel engine, with adaptive ESP. The adaptive ESP selectively brakes individual wheels, providing increased traction, enhanced directional stability, and road adhesion in rougher terrain. The optional stylized wheels and BFGoodrich T/A K02 all-terrain tires have tougher sidewalls, a long treadlife and aggressive all-terrain traction providing a solid grip for traveling off-the-beaten path.
  2. Room to Bring all your Gear – The Revel was designed for the outdoor enthusiast who have several hobbies that require a lot of flexible storage solutions. The power lift bed with gear garage is a key storage spot in the Revel, providing 140 cu. ft. of storage space. The all-in-one gear closet and wet bath provides a spot for wet storage and includes three bamboo removable shelves, a removable clothes rod, and a bamboo shower mat.Revel lifestyle 4-18
  3. Four-Season Capabilities – The Revel is Winnebago’s first truly four-season capable RV. The Revel includes several features that enable RVs to enjoy extended season camping. The first, is the Revel’s additional insulation. Winnebago Industries has partnered up with the same component manufacturers that General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and The Ford Motor Company has used, using Automotive Grade Foam Insulation. This insulation has an R-rating of 4.4 per sq. inch so it won’t settle as you are going off-road or off the grid. It also does not maintain odor and is built to provide the same R-value for the lifetime of the vehicle. This insulation meets automotive fire and safety standards. The insulation is engineered for noise reduction and thermal insulation and is not susceptible to moisture retention or mold. The second is the Espar diesel-fired hydronic heating system that provides continuous, unlimited hot water that will heat the coach, and the holding tanks to keep them from freezing.
  4. RV Off-the-Grid – If you are looking for a coach that will allow you to RV off-the-grid and away from the traditional campground the Revel is the perfect coach for you! The Revel comes with 3 deep-cycle AGM group 31 batteries that are rated for 315 amp hours of power. The Revel also comes standard with 200-watts of solar and a 2 kilowatt pure sine wave inverter to safely power your electronics. One of the most unique features in the Winnebago Revel is the diesel-fired hydronic heating system that we previously mentioned. This system enables the Revel to be powered by a single fuel source – diesel fuel.Revel lifestyle 6-18
  5. Winnebago’s Superior Experience Manufacturing RVs – Winnebago has been building RVs for over 60 years and can manufacture better-fitting, molded parts that DIYers or one-off chassis upfitters are not able to. The Revel is also supported by Winnebago’s dealer network which allows customers to qualify for long-term, low-interest financing through a RV loan. It is more difficult and often more expensive to secure financing to purchase a van from a DIYer or van body upfitter rather than an RV dealer.

Those are our five reasons why the Winnebago Revel is a great RV. Click here to see our Revel Revealed page for videos, blog posts, gear, and more specifically for the Winnebago Revel.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

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Top Questions from the 2019 Winnebago Revel Webcast

The true 4×4 RV opens up a world of possibilities!  Now with enhanced safety features from Mercedes Benz including blind spot monitoring, collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist and much more! Designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function-driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0 litre turbo diesel puts 325 lbs ft of torque through an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off road capability.

Lichtsinn RV’s November webcast covered the 2019 Winnebago Revel and we received several great questions throughout the webcast. Below we highlighted a few of our top questions.

WATCH THE LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBCAST ON THE 2019 WINNEBAGO REVEL HERE.

Who are the competitors of the Revel and why is the Revel a better choice? 

Before the Revel was launched, consumers relied on third-party van outfitters like Sportsmobile to build campervans like the Revel. With third-party van outfitters, consumers would have to purchase the van body from a Mercedes dealer then they would have to take it to a third-party van outfitter to do a custom van conversion. These custom conversions took a significant amount of time to complete typically up to a year. Consumers also ran into difficulties purchasing the customized van because there were not options to finance the vehicle like there are with the Winnebago Revel. Consumers were having to take a loan out to purchase the van and then wait and take out another loan for the upfit. The Winnebago Revel solved that problem because it is a recreational vehicle so consumers are able to take advantage of RV financing.

Is the Winnebago Revel a four season RV? 

It is absolutely four-season capable due to the four wheel drive, espar heating, and insulation.

4WD and All-Terrain Tires: the Winnebago Revel takes a no-nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function-driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0 litre turbo diesel puts 325 lbs ft of torque through an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off road capability. One option is the performance wheels and BF Goodrich® T/A® KO2 all-terrain tire upgrade option. The BF Goodrich® T/A® KO2 all-terrain tires have –

  • 20% Tougher Sidewalls: Featuring Proven CoreGard Technology to take on the toughest road hazards with confidence.
  • Longer Treadlife to extend your adventure.
  • Aggressive All-Terrain Traction to confidently get you where you want to go.

Espar Heating: The diesel-fired heating system provides continuous, unlimited hot water that will heat the coach, and the holding tanks to keep them from freezing. 

Insulation: Winnebago Industries has partnered up with the same component manufacturers  that General Motors, Mercedes Benz and The Ford Motor Company has used, using Automotive Grade Foam Insulation. This insulation has an R-rating of 4.4 per sq inch so it won’t settle as you are going off-road or off the grid. It also does not maintain odor and is built to provide the same R-value for the lifetime of the vehicle. This insulation meets automotive fire and safety standards. The insulation is engineered for noise reduction and thermal insulation and is not susceptible to moisture retention or mold.

Has the Diesel-Fired Hydronic Heating System always been on the Winnebago Revel? 

Yes, it has been on the Revel since the introduction. You can learn more about the Espar diesel-fired hydronic heating system here.

What kind of wheels do you get if you don’t get the upgraded wheels, and what does Lichtsinn RV see guests ordering? 

Lichtsinn RV stocks all our Revels with the upgraded performance wheels and BF Goodrich® T/A® KO2 all-terrain tire. You can learn more about the upgraded wheels and tires here. If you don’t get the upgraded wheels you will get 16″ painted steel wheels with stock tires.

Can Lichtsinn RV add Alumniness racks? 

Yes, Lichtsinn RV partnered with Aluminess to install the specialized racks. You can see them here.

Can you add an Easy-Start to the optional Coleman-Mach Air Conditioner in the Winnebago Revel?

An Easy-Start is an aftermarket accessory that works with the Coleman-Mach air conditioning system that allows you to use a lower wattage, lighter portable generator to power the air conditioner. However, with the easy-start when you fire it up it is a maximum draw and takes more power to start up than a larger generator like the Honda 2,000 generator which is what we see on most RVs.

What are the off-the-grid capabilities with the batteries in the Revel?

The Revel comes with three deep cycle AGM absorbed glass mat maintenance free RV batteries, with a 315 AMP hour bank. When our guests are camping off-the-grid they aren’t using the batteries as much and are relying on the diesel-fired hydronic heating system which is extremely efficient.

What are the differences between the 2019 Winnebago Revel and the 2018 Winnebago Revel?

In 2019, Winnebago added a new safety enhancement package that includes:

  • Light and rain sensor for automatic headlight dimming and wiper controls
  • Blind spot monitoring with indicator warning lights in side mirrors
  • Collision prevention assist
  • Lane keeping assist
  • High beam assist
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency flashlight
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Mercedes insulation in cab doors

WATCH THE 2019 WINNEBAGO REVEL VDP HERE.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

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Winnebago Surprises with its Revel 4×4 Camper Van

Best known for its larger motor homes, Winnebago has surprised the RV world with the introduction of its Revel 4×4 camper van — a Mercedes Benz Sprinter-based rig outfitted for rugged outdoor sport and camping trips.

The Revel 4×4 is designed to take you and your bikes, skis, climbing equipment, backpacks or other gear out into the backcountry while giving you a comfortable retreat to rest those achy muscles and bed down for the night.

Notable for its straightforward design and function-driven features, the Revel is powered by Mercedes’ 188-horsepower, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder turbo diesel engine. It pushes 325 lb.-ft. of torque through a five-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels via an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high/low range gearing and hill descent mode for added off-road capability.

Other features include electronic stability, traction control and four-wheel ABS braking. BF Goodrich T/A KO2 all-terrain tires provide the needed grip to deal with rough terrain.

While Winnebago pioneered the use of Sprinter-based road-touring vans, this brawny off-road-capable model, with a relatively short 144-inch wheelbase (19.5 feet overall length) and almost 6 inches of additional ground clearance, is definitely aimed at expanding the market to reach a younger, sports and adventure-oriented crowd.

Photo courtesy of Winnebago Industries

The Revel features an innovative rear-mounted power-lift bed that lifts away to the ceiling to clear out a 140-cubic-foot (4 square-meter) gear garage for bikes, boards and backpacks. Double doors provide for easy loading, and six removable cargo tie downs can be implemented to help keep everything in place on bumpy terrain. At night, the 49-by-79-inch bed lowers down at the push of a button.

Off-the-grid adventures are aided by a 200-watt roof-mounted solar-powered electrical system (no LP gas or 110V power required) tied to three 105Ah deep-cycle AGM batteries to power onboard equipment.

Also roof-mounted is a low-profile, high-efficiency 13,500 BTU air conditioner. Continuous, unlimited hot water comes via an Eberspaecher hydronic heater with a diesel burner. It draws from the main diesel fuel tank to heat a glycol mixture that circulates through heat exchangers for both coach heat and continuous hot water. This system also heats freshwater and gray tanks in subfreezing conditions.

Additional outside features include a roof rack with a moveable ladder that allows access from various locations around the coach. Other neat pluses include an electric awning with built-in LED lighting and a wind-retraction system, side and rear screen doors and an exterior hot/cold shower.

Photo courtesy of Winnebago Industries

Burly on the outside, the Revel’s interior features all the typical motor home amenities. A galley and wet bath are located across from one another, just in front of the rear bed.

The all-electric galley features a glass-covered single-burner induction cooktop, 2.5-cubic foot compressor fridge/freezer and a stainless-steel sink with a waste filtration system. Also, part of the galley package includes a flip-up countertop extension, spacious storage drawers and a pantry.

Up front, a folding dinette table pulls up between the front-facing bench and rear-swiveling cab seats. The table/seats also can be converted into a single bed.

Standard cabin features include a 6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, rear-view camera, adjustable front seats with armrests and lumbar support, and keyless remote entry. A JBL premium sound system and 9-inch infotainment center with Rand McNally RV GPS, Sirius XM radio and Bluetooth are available as an option.

With a base price of $134,799, the Revel may be out of the question for #vanlifers hoping to do things on the cheap — but it is a well-designed, top-quality off-road/off-grid package that looks to be just the thing for those who can afford it.

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Article originally published here by Dave G. Houser

Winnebago Revels Now In-Stock at Lichtsinn RV!

For the first time in over a year, Lichtsinn RV has in-stock Revels available for purchase now! See our in-stock Revel inventory here.

Winnebago Revels Now Instock at Lichtsinn RV

Designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no-nonsense approach to adventure with a straight-forward design and function-driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0 litre turbo diesel puts 325 lbs ft of torque through an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off road capability.

Inside, the Revel’s unique features start with a floorplan designed around a Power Lift Bed with a 140 cu. ft. gear garage below. This allows for a 49 x 79 inch cross coach sleeping area. A full galley, including a 2.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, makes meal prep a breeze, while the all in one bath and gear closet boasts a cassette style toilet that eliminates the need for a separate black water holding tank. Add a standard solar power system that is expandable to 510 watts, diesel powered heating, a dinette with a pull-up table that converts to additional sleeping space, and many more innovative features and the result is the new Revel: quite simply the most off road capable RV Winnebago has ever built.

Winnebago Revels Now Instock at Lichtsinn RVStorage and living space are maximized by the flared body and Power Lift Bed that converts to a 49 x 79 inch sleeping surface. Welded aluminum cabinet face frames, dual pane windows with insulated shades, snap in screens for fresh air circulation, and an available roof mounted AC system all contribute to the Revel’s off the grid livability.

This coach is powered by the tried and true Mercedes-Benz power train:

1. Mercedes Benz 3.0 litre six cylinder turbo diesel

2. 325 lb ft of torque or power

3. 188 horsepower

4. Five speed automatic transmission with grade braking capability

5. On-demand 4WD with low range, to selectively stop individual wheels if wheel spin is detected. The system can be safely driven on dry pavement without the risk of damaging differential locks.

6. Electronic stability and traction control

7. Four wheel ABS

8. Trailer package with 5,000-lb. towing and a 500-lb. vertical tongue weight

9. Performance wheels and BF Goodrich TA KO2 all-terrain tires LT245/70R17, featuring a longer tread life in dry pavement conditions, with aggressive all-terrain traction – perfect for gravel, rocky and snowy conditions

Includes the following factory installed options:

1. Mercedes Benz safety enhancement package, which includes:

a. Light and rain sensor for automatic headlight dimming and wiper controls

b. Blind spot monitoring with indicator warning lights in side mirrors

c. Collision prevention assist

d. Lane keeping assist

e. High beam assist

f. First aid kit

g. Emergency flashlight

h. Leather wrapped steering wheel

i. Mercedes insulation in cab doors

2. Mercedes Benz dash infotainment and rear camera monitoring package

3. Performance wheels and BF Goodrich TA KO2 all terrain tires

4. Roof mounted low profile high efficiency 13,500 BTU air conditioner

5. Exterior graphics delete for a stealth like exterior.

Includes the following highlights, in addition to the specifications on our website page and brochure:

1. 140 cubic ft under bed garage store with six removable cargo tie down anchors

2. 26.4 gallon fuel capacity

3. Continuous unlimited hot water heater via the hydronic Espar heat and hot water source. The diesel burner uses the main diesel fuel tank to heat a glycol mixture that is circulated thru heat exchangers for coach heat, and flow adjusted continuous hot water. This also then heats the freshwater and gray tanks in subfreezing temps.

4. 30 amp electrical service

5. 13,500 BTU low profile high efficiency air conditioning system

6. Winnebago exclusive movable ladder and roof rack allows access from various locations around the coach

7. Power 10 ft patio awning

8. Whole house 2,000 watt inverter, wired to all outlets including the induction cook top

9. Solar panel charger, with 200 watts standard, expandable to 510

10.Three deep cycle AGM absorbed glass mat maintenance free RV batteries, with a 315 AMP hour bank standard

11. Compressor driven refrigerator and freezer, 2.5 cubic feet

12. Single burner induction range top with glass cover

13. Insulated and heated freshwater and gray tank is mounted in an insulated housing and heated by the hydronic heating system

14. Exterior wash station and service center with city water hookup, diverter valve, drainage vales, sewer hose valve and exterior wash station with pump switch

15. TrueLevel holding tank monitoring system

16. Winterization package, for storage, as the coach is four season ready

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

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Winnebago Revel Headed to Carolinas to Provide Hurricane Relief

New Winnebago Revel owner, Gayle W. is headed to the Carolinas to assist with the Hurricane Florence relief effort. To support Gayle’s efforts the team at Lichtsinn RV brought in supplies to send with her to provide aid to the citizens of North and South Carolina. We were happy to support Gayle and assist in the hurricane aid efforts in any way we could.

Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant Stacy Anderson with Gayle on her way to the Carolinas.

 

Update from Gayle on October 17th – 

“The Revel performed beautifully on the ride to North Carolina.  On Monday, I was able to take your donations along with other donations from a church in my hometown.  The donations went to a drop-off center in Wilmington, NC.  Apparently, they have not had mosquito spray donated and they were thrilled to see all of your cans.  I witnessed first hand how bad the mosquitoes are down there.
Here are some of the pictures from your drop off and pictures that also highlight the Revel.”
The Revel in South Carolina

 

Winnebago Revel in South Carolina

 

Winnebago Revel in South Carolina

 

 

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs. See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

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Hiking Health Benefits: Hike To The Most Exotic Trails On The East Coast

Post originally seen on ConservationInstitute.org

Public green spaces like national parks and hiking trails offer us an affordable and easy escape from our daily routines. The combination of hiking and physical exercise outside has been proven to lead to increased physical, emotional, and behavioral well-being.

The presence and use of national parks is especially important in American culture because we have adopted a sedentary lifestyle. In fact, a study notes that 43% of the U.S. population is sedentary the majority of their lifetime. This percentage is by far the largest amount of inactivity in comparison to any other country worldwide.

Decreasing whole-body movements, like sitting inside, leads to an increase in sedentary behaviors and lifestyles in the United States. Within the past decade, more Americans have engaged in indoor-centered lifestyles leading to a range of health issues which studies note as nature-deficit disorder.

Nature-deficit disorder simply means that people are not outside enough. A study by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health links sedentary behaviors and nature-deficit disorder to health issues like obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, anxiety, depression, mental fatigue, and increasing stress levels. People who spend less than the recommended amount of time outside are more vulnerable to health issues like morbidity and premature death. Even though nature-deficit disorder is a fairly new term, we have known about the importance of being outside for centuries.

Dating back to the 19th century, parks were created to provide space for recreational activities when scientists and architects came to understand the connection between green space and health. Even so, we continue to build gyms indoors and promote 40 hour work weeks that require us to sit inside on a computer for a large chunk of our day.

So now the question is, how can we combat these health issues and the American sedentary lifestyle? We suggest hiking or biking.

So why choose hiking?

health benefits of hiking infographic

Based on the statistics, you’re most likely lacking time spent outdoors so we’re writing you a prescription for hiking.

In the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, research suggests that nature and green spaces increase well-being and health due to the following:

  • Exposure to daylight, nature, and fresh air
  • Participation in physical activity
  • Restoration of mental and emotional health
  • Time spent with other people

Benefits of Hiking

Even though there are trails all over the United States, some of the most beautiful and exotic hiking trails run up and down the east coast. Cure nature-deficit disorder for good with some of the most beautiful views along the east coast that we will outline for you in this article.

So without further ado, here is a list of unique hiking experiences that will lift your mood and have you feeling better than ever before.

Summary of Hiking Trails

1. Grandfather Mountain Crest Trails

grandfather mountain
  • Location: Linville, North Carolina
  • Trails included: Crest Trails are called Grandfather Trail and Underwood Trail.
  • Park Size: Grandfather Mountain State Park has 12 miles of trails across 2,456 acres along mountain ridgeline.
  • Cost: Access the Crest Trails for free from trailheads outside the state park attraction area. If you want to visit the swinging bridge, a pass is required which costs $20 per person.
  • Regulations: Must return to vehicle by 6pm or other specified time which can be found at the visitor center.
  • Parking: There is a parking lot with facilities in the visitor center.
  • Access: Crest trail access is at the Top Shop parking lot, Hiker’s Parking Area, on through the Profile Trail or Daniel Boone Scout Trail.

Grandfather Trail

grandfather Trail
  • Duration of Hike: up to 2.5 hours one-way.
  • Length: 2.4 miles one-way.
  • Elevation: 5,964 feet
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Pets: This trail is not pet friendly unless you have a little pup that you can fit in your backpack.
  • Who: Not recommended for pets, children, or inexperienced hikers.
  • What you’ll need: Water, snacks, proper hiking boots with good tread, and rain gear just in case.
  • What to expect: Cables, ladders, rocky terrain, steep ledges.
  • Regulations: Hikers are required to fill out a piece of paper with their name and vehicle descriptors. The park calls this a “permit” which is meant for safety purposes if you do not return to your vehicle by the designated time and is free.

2. Ricketts Glen Fall Trail

Ricketts Glen Fall
  • Location: Benton, Pennsylvania
  • Park Size: Ricketts Glen State Park contains 13.050 acres of land.
  • Duration of hike: About 6-8 hours depending on how long you stop at each waterfall to take pictures or rest
  • Length:
    • The full loop is 7.2 miles if you hike the upper and lower portions.
    • Take the 3.2 mile loop on Highland Trail, Glen Leigh and Ganoga Glen sides of the trail to see most of the waterfalls.
  • Elevation: The highest elevation in the park is Mohawk Falls at 2,165 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Cost: Free
  • Pets: Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash at all times.
  • Who: Dogs and hikers with all experience levels
  • What you’ll need: Sturdy hiking boots or sneakers, and water and snacks.
  • What to expect:
    • 21 waterfalls with the tallest waterfall standing at 94 feet
    • Rock stairs and some steep portions, slippery areas due to mist from the falls and moss
  • Regulations: Sandals are prohibited.
  • Parking/Access: 3 parking lots for fall trail access:
    • Lake Rose is at the end of the dirt road across from the campground and provides the closest access (5-10 minutes), but fills up quickly during peak times.
    • Beach Parking Lot #2 is at the beach. Leave the lot and walk down the Cabin Road (first road just outside of the lot), past a park gate, and onto a section of trail to the first intersection where you go right (15-20 minute access).
    • The parking lots on PA 118 are 1.5 miles from the first waterfall upstream on the Falls Trail, but allow a good view of old growth trees.”

3. Katahdin Knife’s Edge Trail

Katahdin Knife’s Edge Trail
  • Location: Millinocket, Maine
  • Park Size: Baxter State Park is made up of 200,000 acres.
  • Duration of hike:
    • 1-2 hours for Knife’s Edge Trail alone which is at the peak
    • Entire Katahdin hike will take about 8-12 hours
  • Length:
    • Knife’s Edge Trail is 1.1 mile rock scramble and is notorious for only being a few feet wide in some areas.
    • Entire Hunt Trail up the Katahdin Mountain is about 5 miles one-way
  • Elevation: 5,267 feet
  • Elevation gain: about 4000 ft
  • Difficulty: Extremely strenuous
  • Cost: Register at one of the two gatehouses coming in. There will be an entrance fee if you do not have Maine plates on your vehicle.
  • Pets: not dog or pet friendly
  • Who: experienced hikers
  • What you’ll need: water and food, hiking boots or proper footwear, hiking poles
  • What to expect:
    • Be prepared for heights, sheer cliffs that plummet 1,500 feet from either side of the trail into the Great Basin floor.
    • Part of the trail will only be a couple feet wide
    • No water on trail
    • Unexpected weather changes and extremely dangerous conditions if it rains
  • Parking:
    • Trailhead parking lots including Roaring Brook Campground, Abol Campground, or Katahdin Stream Campground
    • If you are day-hiking you may want to save your parking spot with a reservation.
  • Access:
    • Access can be found at the Roaring Brook Campground which is an hour from your vehicle on the opposite side of the mountain. There is no shuttle service.
    • You will end your hike at Roaring Brook Campground if you hike the Knife’s Edge from the Hunt or Abol Trails.

4. Precipice Trail (Loop)

Precipice Trail
  • Location: Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Park Size: Acadia National Park is 49, 052 acres.
  • Duration of hike:
    • 1.5-2.5 hours for the Precipice Trail to summit of Champlain Mountain
    • 3-5 hours to complete the entire loop
  • Length:
    • 1 mile for the Precipice Trail to summit of Champlain Mountain
    • 2.6 miles to complete the entire loop
  • Elevation: 1,058 feet
  • Difficulty: Extremely strenuous
  • Cost: annual entrance fee is $50, seven-day entrance pass is $25 for a private vehicle, $20 for a motorcycle, and $12 for an individual (can be purchased online)
  • Pets: no dogs or pet permitted
  • Who:
    • Experienced hikers
    • not recommended for small children, for people with a fear of heights, or for anyone in wet weather
  • What you’ll need:
    • Food and water
    • Sturdy hiking boots or sneakers
  • What to expect:
    • Rungs and ladders stapled into rock walls
    • Boulders, granite stairs
    • Sheer cliffs
    • Rocky and rugged trails
    • Rise over 1,000 feet in 0.9 miles
  • Regulations:
    • The trail can be closed late spring through mid-August because endangered peregrine falcons return to the area during that time.
  • Parking:
    • limited parking in the summer months from 9 am – 3 pm
    • Island Explorer Shuttle is free and available to hikers
  • Access:
    • Precipice Trail parking lot is about 2 miles from the one-way Park Loop Road
    • Champlain Mountain sites on the easter edge of the park. Use Highway 3 to go south and then look for the intersection with the one way Park Loop Road which will take you to the trailheads.

5. Franconia Ridge Loop

Franconia Ridge Loop
  • Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire
  • Park Size: Franconia Notch State Park is 6,692 acres.
  • Duration of hike: about 7 hours
  • Length: 8.6 miles
  • Elevation: increases about 3,500 feet in just 4 miles
  • Difficulty: Challenging but not too strenuous
  • Cost:
    • Entrance fee is Adults $12.00;
    • Children (6-11) $8.00
    • and 5 & under is free.
  • Pets: Pet friendly, but the leash cannot exceed 6 feet in length for safety purposes
  • Who: Hikers of all levels
  • What you’ll need:
    • food and water
    • sturdy hiking shoes
  • What to expect:
    • According to REI’s Hiking Project, you will encounter the second highest range of peaks in the White Mountains and multiple waterfalls.
    • Ridge encompasses 4 four-thousand footers: Mount Lafayette (5249 ft) Mount Lincoln (5,089 ft), Mount Liberty (4,459 ft) and Mount Flume (4,328 feet)
    • What is a four-thousand footer? A group of 48 mountains in New Hampshire at least 4k feet above sea level.
    • After hiking the Francis Ridge Loop you’ll be able to say you’ve hiked a few of New Hampshire’s 4,000 -foot peaks in one day.
    • 360 degree views of the entire Pemigewasset Wilderness, views of Vermont and even New York State weather-permitting.
  • Parking:
    • Limited parking options within the park
    • Most parking is for people visiting attractions in the park
    • Main parking areas including Flume Gorge, Lafayette Place CG, Aerial Tramway, and Echo Lake Beach are for paying guests only.
    • Flume Gorge has some limited hiker parking
  • Access:
    • Use the Trailhead Parking/Lafayette Place Campground to access the trail.
    • Falling Waters is a 3.2 mile direct route to the Franconia Ridge Trail.

Conclusion

Experts agree that inactive adults partake in less than 150 minutes of walking or moderately intense physical activity each week and children engage in less than 60 minutes of strenuous physical exercise each day. Sedentary, indoor lifestyles and minimal exercise are quite common in the United States in both adults and children. Studies show that this new and consistent lifestyle results in health issues that are potentially lethal.

Now that you are aware that a lack of outdoor exposure and increasing sedentary lifestyles are dangerous for your well-being, start making time for self-care. Plan a weekend or day-trip to one of these unique hiking trails along the East Coast to increase your well-being and quality of life today.

Your prescription for hiking will always have unlimited refills.

Top 8 Revel Parts and Accessories

So you just purchased a Winnebago Revel, you may be asking what parts and accessories do I need for it. We asked our RV parts team to identify the most popular parts and accessories Revel owners purchase. Check them out below.

Ram Mounts RAM X-Grip for cell phone or tablet – is appropriate for a wide variety of applications including driving, boating, cycling and performing. The spring loaded RAM X-Grip features expandable grip arms for quick insertion and release of your phone or tablet. For more intense environments, RAM X-Grip comes with a rubber tether that easily holds your device in place for added piece of mind. Features a high strength composite and stainless-steel construction, spring loaded holder that expands and contracts for perfect fit of your device, rubber coated tips will hold device firm and stable, holder allows for attachment to many RAM ball mounts, and lifetime warranty.

Aluminess Front Bumper – The Mercedes Sprinter vans are great vehicles for traveling. They have a ton of room and can be converted to motorhomes or mobile garages. The big drawback is their fragile front end. With the Aluminess front bumper, Sprinters finally have the protection they need from wildlife. They are even winch compatible for those sticky situations that you might find yourself in. They weigh only 85 pounds and are designed to fit the sleek lines that the Sprinter van is known for.

Aluminess Rail Kits, Box Shelves, and Storage Boxes – If you have a lot to carry or bulky items, then the deluxe box is for you. It is 30″ tall x 16″ deep x 24″ wide and is watertight. Many people will install a shelf (sold separately) to help organize storage. The drop down door is perfect for outdoor kitchens or to use as a work surface.

Culligan RV and Marine Drinking Water Filter – The Culligan RV water filters reduce sediment, chlorine, taste, and odor in the water supply to campers, trailers, motor homes, and boats. Culligan RV filters produce healthier, better tasting water for drinking and cooking while on the road. Filtering dirt and sediment is essential to keeping your RV storage tank clean and clear.

Zero-G RV and Marine Hose – Research with hose purchasers overwhelmingly indicates a preference for hoses which offer light weight, easy handling, kink resistance and lasting performance. The zero-G™ advanced hose design takes these must-haves to a higher level than ever before. Compared to traditional heavy and professional water hoses the Zero-G RV and Marine Hose is up to 40% lighter weight than heavy duty vinyl hoses, has kink-free uninterrupted flow, is easy to store – small and compact, has tough G-Force™ woven fiber jacket resists leaks, abrasion and punctures, has a 600+ psi burst rated, provides consistent, high flow equal to a conventional 5/8” hose, flexible and easy to maneuver even in cold weather down to 35°F, and provides lead free, safe drinking water.

RV Surge and Electrical Protection – Electrical Management System (EMS) helps to protect your RV against voltage fluctuations, power surges and incorrectly wired shore power which can cause severe and costly damage to RV appliances and electronics. Improved design features include: state-of-the-art microprocessors, all weather shield assembly, rugged pull handle, secure locking bracket, built-in scrolling digital display and a tough Lexan® housing. Sleek, compact portable design makes unit easy to use and store. Plug-and-play application.

WeatherTech Bump Steps – BumpStep is a trailer hitch mounted bumper protector that defends your bumper against rear end accidents, dents and scratches. Given its 12″ width, BumpStep can also be used as a step to reach the top roof of your vehicle.

Highland Retractable 6’ Ratchet Tie Downs – Highland Standard duty Retractable Ratchet Tie Down has coated S-Hooks to prevent marring and scratching. It measures 6’ long by 1” wide and has a load capacity of 400 lbs. Designed to rewind with just a push of a button for easy storage and no tangling, this strap makes it the perfect fit for keeping cargo in check with its 1200-pound break strength capacity. The quick and easy to use ratchet allows you to control the tension on the strap for a snug fit to your cargo or tarp. Highland is dedicated to helping you safely load, anchor, secure, carry, trailer and organize cargo. From aluminum ramps to fat strap bungees and cargo securing products, Highland products are manufactured to quality standards designed to meet, and exceed, every expectation.

Order your parts online here or call us at 1-800-343-6255 or email us at parts@lichtsinn.com for assistance!

Winnebago Revel Convertibility… The Story

The Winnebago Revel has several convertible features, in this video we go over four of the convertible features in the all-new Winnebago Revel.

Dinette –

Not only does the Winnebago Revel have an expansive Power Lift Bed in the rear of the 4×4 RV, it also can convert the front Bench Seat/Dinette Table into a sleeping surface as well. The Winnebago Flex Bed System makes this possible. The resulting sleeping surface is 71″ in length and is 25″ wide at its widest point.

Exterior Table –

The exterior table is stored in a secure upright position while traveling. To release the table, you first release the locking latches. You will then want to grab the table leg that is stored behind the table and twist it into its position on the table, and then you lower the table down and you have the perfect outdoor eating area.

Cab Chairs –

Both the driver’s and the passenger’s chairs will swivel in their place for added seating in the Revel.

Movable Ladder –

By simply untwisting the locking mechanism on the ladder, you can then lift the ladder up and move it along both sides and the rear of the coach.

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Winnebago Revel De-Winterization… The Story

The Winnebago Revel 4×4 was designed specifically for active outdoor enthusiasts, the all new Winnebago Revel takes a no-nonsense approach to adventure with a straightforward design and function-driven features. Taking full advantage of the proven 4×4 Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, the Revel’s 3.0-L turbo diesel puts 325 lbs. ft of torque through an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high and low range and hill descent mode for added off-road capability.

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON WINNEBAGO REVEL DE-WINTERIZATION HERE.

4 Easy Steps to De-Winterize your Winnebago Revel –

  1. Flush as much water through the system as possible using the city fill.
  2. Go to each faucet or appliance that feeds water and bleed each until the water is clear.
  3. Fill your fresh water tank and turn the water pump on.
  4. Again, go to each faucet or appliance that feeds water and bleed each until the water is clear.

Winnebago Revel Fresh Water Drainage Tool… The Story

In the Winnebago Revel, an accessory that is nice to have if you are wanting to drain your fresh water tank is Lichtsinn RV’s fresh water drainage tool. In the Revel, if you want to drain the fresh water tank on the bottom side of the Revel there is a fitting that looks very similar to fittings you will find in residential applications. The fitting uses a square release to run it counterclockwise to open it and then the fresh water tank drains on the ground.

Revel Fresh Water Drainage Tool

WATCH OUR VIDEO ON THE REVEL FRESH WATER DRAINAGE TOOL HERE. 

Lichtsinn RV created this tool for owners who will want to winterize their Revel using the “dry method” meaning owners will not use RV antifreeze to winterize. This tool is not provided by Winnebago and can be purchased by calling Lichtsinn RV’s Parts Department at 1-800-343-6255 or email us at parts@lichtsinn.com for assistance.

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