Hey Mercedes! Reviewing the Mercedes-Benz MBUX System in the VS30 Chassis

Debuted in 2018, Mercedes-Benz’ MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) is a revolutionary infotainment and multimedia system in both the automotive and recreational vehicle industries.

The MBUX system is both an infotainment and multi-media system that can be activated by voice controls. Similar to Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, the MBUX system is activated by a driver stating, in natural language, “Hey Mercedes.” The MBUX system is powered through artificial intelligence, so it is able to learn about the users driving preferences and create a better, more tailored experience for the driver. MBUX will learn your preferences and present them to you through a suggestions panel

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In addition to voice command, the MBUX system is accessed through the 10″ widescreeen touch screen in the cockpit that offering built in navigation, USB and USB C connections, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Users can control the MBUX infotainment center through the new touch screen buttons located on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The cockpit also offers wireless charging for cell phones and devices.

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The MBUX system provides  notifications to drivers from the VS30’s enhanced safety features including –

Active Brake Assist senses the likelihood of a collision with a vehicle ahead and sends both a visual and audible warning followed by initiating autonomous braking, and an industry exclusive to include pedestrian active braking.

The new active distance distronic is an intelligent cruise control system that senses traffic conditions and actively controls your speed to keep you at a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

The new active lane keep assist will provide you with visual and audible warnings if your van leaves its lane unintentionally.

Blind spot assist including Rear Cross Traffic Alert – employs automatic braking to avoid a collision with traffic crossing the vehicle’s path including traffic passing while the van is backing up.

Crosswind Assist detects strong gusts of crosswind and helps the driver to stay on course. At speeds over 50 mph it corrects the vehicle’s course by means of automatic braking intervention on the wheels on the side of the vehicle facing the wind.

When TechCrunch, a technology-focused publication, reviewed the MBUX system they said, “In the end, MBUX is that rarest of beasts: A first-party infotainment system that’s exciting, powerful and extremely well-crafted from a technology perspective.”

See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

 

Introducing the 2020 Winnebago Revel

Now with the 3rd generation Mercedes Benz Sprinter VS30 chassis, the true 4×4 Revel opens up a world of possibilities with off the grid capabilities and complete four season comfort in the #CamperVanLife #VanLife revolution!

2020 Winnebago Revel in Pebble

WATCH OUR LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBCAST ON THE WINNEBAGO REVEL HERE.

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.

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 Espar hydronic heating and hot water, 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.

Storage 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 quieter Mach 10 NDQ AC system all contribute to the Revel’s off the grid livability.

This Revel is powered by the innovative, fuel efficient Mercedes Benz VS30 Sprinter, with interior aesthetic upgrades, similar to what is in the Mercedes S Class luxury auto:

1. On demand 4 wheel drive 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.

2. 3.0 litre six cylinder turbo diesel

3. 325 lb ft of torque or power

4. Seven speed automatic 7G Tronic Plus transmission with grade braking

5. Power sliding cargo door

6. Telescoping steering

7. MBUX Infotainment:  Make trips more enjoyable with the new Sprinter’s multitude of sophisticated MBUX infotainment optional features, including an oversized 10 inch touchscreen, wireless charging, USB and USB C connections, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.  Includes advanced GPS navigation built right in.

8. MBUX Hey Mercedes voice guidance and artificial intelligence services

9. New touch steering wheel controls and MBUX Touch Control Buttons: touch sensitive controls on the steering wheel for instrument cluster and infotainment system control, similar to a smart phone interface, which respond to vertical and horizontal swiping movements.

10. True automatic climate control

11. Leather wrapped steering wheel with multi touch controls of the MBUX and cluster

12. Active brake assist:  In case of any oncoming danger, Active Brake Assist warns drivers and if necessary, will brake for them. As a class leading feature, it is the only system that can recognize and respond to pedestrians

13. Active Distance Assist Distronic:  In high traffic areas, Active Distance Assist Distronic keeps enough distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you to ensure optimal safety.

14. Active Lane Keep Assist:  If a driver is ever to unintentionally drift or leave their designated lane, Active Lane Keep Assist immediately alerts them.

15. Traffic Sign Assist:  Throughout your travel, speed limits can be ever-changing. Traffic sign assist helps to identify the correct speed and adjust accordingly.

16. Blind Spot Assist Including Rear Cross Traffic Alert:  Blind Spot Assist provides warnings regarding vehicles in the blind spot while Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns about crossing objects when reversing.

17. Rearview camera monitoring system with rear ultrasonic park assist

18. Wet wiper system, with rain sensor

19. LED High Performance Headlights improve illumination, maximizing the view of the road ahead while further enhancing the vehicle’s overall aesthetic with a sleek optional front end design

20. Three sets of safety airbags, front, window and thorax pelvis airbags

21. Comfortable extended seating for those even with 34 inch inseams

22. Factory installed tow package, 5,000 lb

23. Industry leading 5 years or 100,000 mile warranty and engine and transmission

Includes the following factory installed options:

1. Performance wheels upgrade with 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.  The Method 701 wheels include bead grip technology to seat the bead while running with lower air pressures, a reinforced inner lip, and are one piece cast 356 aluminum with T6 heat treatment

2. Mach 10 NDQ quiet roof air conditioner

3. Exterior graphics delete for a stealth like automotive 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. Digital, thermostatically controlled Hydronic Espar heat and hot water source, with a diesel burner using the main diesel 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.

3. New side and rear Rolef screen door system

4. 24.5 gallon fuel capacity, with the VS30 fuel gauge optimized for aux fuel tap for the Espar

5. 30 amp electrical service

6. 13,500 BTU low profile high efficiency air conditioning system

7. All new metal roof rack and ladder, detachable, moveable ladder and roof rack allows access from various locations around the coach

8. Powered 10 ft patio awning

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

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

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

12. Compressor driven refrigerator and freezer, 2.5 cubic feet

13. Single burner induction range top with glass cover

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

SEE OUR WINNEBAGO REVEL INVENTORY HERE

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

Reviewing the VS30 Chassis on the 2020 Winnebago Revel

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.

2020 Revel on VS30 Chassis
Introducing the 2020 Revel on the VS30 Chassis!

This Revel is powered by the innovative, fuel-efficient Mercedes Benz VS30 Sprinter, with interior aesthetic upgrades, similar to what is in the Mercedes S Class luxury auto.

WATCH OUR WINNEBAGO REVEL WEBCAST HERE

Mercedes-Benz VS30 Powertrain – 

The new Sprinter’s design evolution features a reshaped grille, fenders, and lights, plus a new rear window. The cabin area redefines comfort with ergonomic seats, a redesigned instrument cluster, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. The 3.0L 6-cylinder turbo diesel offers 325 lb.-ft. of torque or power with 188 horsepower and Mercedes-Benz’ 7G-Tronic automatic 7 speed transmission with grade-braking assist. The 7G-Tronic automatic transmission has shorter acceleration times without sacrificing fuel economy.

Safety Enhancements – 

When Mercedes built the new Sprinter, they didn’t just aim to set a new benchmark for vans – they set out to make one of the safest vans on the road, period. To accomplish this lofty goal, Mercedes brought all of their legendary knowledge, research, and development to the task.

Active Brake Assist senses the likelihood of a collision with a vehicle ahead and sends both a visual and audible warning followed by initiating autonomous braking, and an industry exclusive to include pedestrian active braking.

The new active distance distronic is an intelligent cruise control system that senses traffic conditions and actively controls your speed to keep you at a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

The new active lane keep assist will provide you with visual and audible warnings if your van leaves its lane unintentionally.

Blind spot assist including Rear Cross Traffic Alert – employs automatic braking to avoid a collision with traffic crossing the vehicle’s path including traffic passing while the van is backing up.

Crosswind Assist detects strong gusts of crosswind and helps the driver to stay on course. At speeds over 50 mph it corrects the vehicle’s course by means of automatic braking intervention on the wheels on the side of the vehicle facing the wind.

LED High Performance Headlights improve illumination, maximizing the view of the road ahead while further enhancing the vehicle’s overall aesthetic with a sleek optional front-end design.

Technology –

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The 2020 Revel will have technology like never before with the new VS30 Chassis. It starts with the large 10” MBUX touch screen with the “Hey Mercedes” operating system with intelligent voice control and natural speech recognition. The MBUX’s infotainment center features USB and USB C connections, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM, and a mobile hot spot in the van. The Revel also features Mercedes-Benz’ Mercedes PRO functionality. Perfect for off-the-grid camping, Mercedes PRO users can access mobile WiFi and Car to X communication, one of the new Mercedes PRO connect services. Receive a warning in your new Sprinter with Car to X communication if there is heavy rain, fog, icy roads, or accidents ahead. This service is based on automatically collated data from all the vehicles using this technology, drivers get notifications when other drivers encounter a hazardous condition. The Mercedes PRO features require a Mercedes PRO account which is an additional fee.

The Winnebago Revel has several additional innovative features that will improve the off-the-grid capabilities for users.

See our Winnebago Revel inventory here.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

 

 

What’s New in the 2020 Winnebago Revel

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.

WATCH OUR FULL 2020 WINNEBAGO REVEL INVENTORY VIDEO HERE 

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 in. 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 Espar hydronic heating and hot water, 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.

WATCH OUR LIVE WEBCAST ON THE 2020 WINNEBAGO REVEL HERE

2020 Revel on VS30 Chassis
Introducing the 2020 Revel on the VS30 Chassis!

Check out the new features in the 2020 Winnebago Revel

This Revel is powered by the innovative, fuel-efficient Mercedes Benz VS30 Sprinter, with interior aesthetic upgrades, similar to what is in the Mercedes S Class luxury auto. Key safety features include the 10” MBUX dash radio with “Hey Mercedes!” voice guidance, navigation and vehicle information, fog lamps with cornering-light function, plus high-beam assist, active breaking assist, and active lane-keep assist. The updated sprinter chassis comfort and convenience features include a power sliding door, Artico leather cab seats, dash charging center, and fuel gauge optimized for auxiliary fuel tap.

10" MBUX Dash Radio
The 10” MBUX dash radio with “Hey Mercedes!” voice guidance, navigation and vehicle information.
Revel Headlights
The Revel’s fog lamps with cornering light function and high-beam assist.

The 2020 Winnebago Revel had many interior enhancements as well including -Aluminum shelf securely mounted above the cab area, Easier-to-use leg for the exterior fold-down table, Two additional lights on the underside of the power lift bed, New assist handle for the sliding door entryway, New digital thermostat for the diesel-fired, hydronic heating system.

Enhanced Ventilation – Winnebago added the new Rollef easy-to-use, rollup side and rear screen doors with magnetic closures, so there is no need to unzip the screen door.

Improved Ground Clearance – Easy-to-use rollup side and rear screen doors with magnetic closures so there is no need to unzip the screen door.

For the exterior, Winnebago offers three exterior color choices including: Silver Forest, Pebble Grey, and the all-new Blue Grey and added a new significantly quieter air conditioner.

Optional Performance Wheels ­– The 2020 Winnebago Revel now features the optional Method 701 wheels. The new wheels are made from a highly durable aluminum (356 aluminum) cast in a one-piece mold and processed through a 2-step T6 heat treating process to ensure maximum strength. The wheels also feature the patent pending ‘Bead Grip’ technology that provides increased grip while running lower air pressures, an aggressive safety hump on the inner and outer bead set that further stabilizes the tire and prevents de-beading.

Optional Performance Wheels on the Revel
The 2020 Winnebago Revel now features the optional Method 701 wheels.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

 

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.

For detailed information on the Winnebago Revel including blogs, videos, gear, and more: CLICK HERE
For Winnebago Revels In-Stock: CLICK HERE

Top 16 Must Have Mobile Apps for All RVers

Best Mobile Apps for RVers RVers know how helpful technology can be when traveling. However, do you know how many apps are on either the Apple or Play store that are aimed at RVers – a ton! Escapees RV Club listed their top 16 must have mobile apps for RVing.

1. Google Maps- Free

The free Google maps application is almost a no-brainer to have handy on your phone. It can replace your paper map altogether while helping you find destinations and businesses along the way, and provides directions, all with the ease of turn-by-turn navigation. We highly recommend the use of Google Maps over Apple maps for more accuracy.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

2. Allstays- $9.99
Allstays massive directory holds more than 28,000 campgrounds. You can easily find what you are looking for by filtering amenities and by type of park, i.e. private, national or state park, BLM land. Once you have found a campground, you can view their website, phone number, and directions. One of the best things about this app is that you can use it with or without Internet!

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

3. Campendium- Free
Created by campers for campers, Campendium has tens of thousands of places to camp. From RV parks to free remote destinations, vetted by a team of full-time travelers and reviewed by 70,000 plus members. Campendium is free to use and it will change the way you find place to call home for the night.

Available for iPhone devices.

4. Waze- Free
Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. This app can help you avoid traffic by being alerted of upcoming road hazards, traffic jams or accidents that are all shared by other drivers. You can also view notes from the report such as how long others have been waiting, how fast the traffic is moving and what the exact situation is.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

5. GasBuddy- Free
GasBuddy lets you search for gas prices by city, state, zip code, with listings for all cities in the USA and Canada. The prices are updated in real-time and show the time it was located, allowing you to fill up on the cheapest gas near you with ease.

 

6. Yelp- Free
Need to find a shop that sells RV parts? Not sure where to eat for dinner? The Yelp app is a great way to find businesses and restaurants near you. You can read and write reviews, get directions, and even view menus and photos!

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

7. WeatherBug- Free
The WeatherBug app makes it easy to view the forecast up to 10 days in advance, which may be very helpful when planning ahead for your next destination. View interactive weather maps, live weather cams, and also view severe weather alerts in areas you might be traveling to.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

8. iExit- $2.99
iExit helps you find the best exit ahead on the highway for all your travel needs. The app automatically locates you on a highway and lets you look hundreds of miles ahead to discover spots at upcoming exits. It can be quite frustrating depending on utilizing highway signs to find your next stop so this will help you save time by planning ahead, whether it’s finding somewhere for gas, food or even free Wi-Fi!

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

9. Key Ring- Free
One of the great things about RVing is that you find new things in every town, which could potentially lead to several loyalty cards to different stores (especially grocery stores) in order to receive discounts. Those pesky cards can fill up your wallet quickly, and this handy app helps you avoid an overstuffed wallet. On top of storing all of your cards in one place, it has coupons for over 15,000 retailers that you can redeem right from your phone.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

10. Wi-Fi Finder- Free
Having trouble with your MiFi card or finding that the Internet in your campground is unreliable? With over 550,000 locations in 144 countries worldwide, this app can help you find free or paid Wi-Fi locations around you. This app works both online and offline and gives you hotspot details, location, and also gives you directions using GPS.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

11. Coverage?- $2.99
Every RVer can utilize this app, but it is a lifesaver for those who heavily rely on good internet signal for work. This is especially great for those who use multiple carriers because you don’t have to flip back and forth between sites. This app contains regional level maps based off of each major carrier’s data map – as found on their website as of our last update. Quickly overlay the carriers you use to create your own personalized coverage map on your device.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

12. SatFinder- Free
SatFinder will easily help you set up your satellite dish each time you move to a new location. It finds your location based on GPS and displays results both as numeric data and graphically on Google maps.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

13. Untappd- Free
This is a great resource for any beer lover! Discover new locations along your travels by utilizing the app to find nearby popular bars and beers. Sometimes it can be hard to find or decide on which local brewery to visit, and this app makes it easy by showing ratings of bars around you and what’s being poured there. You can also share what you’re drinking and where with other beer lovers around the world!

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

14. AllTrails- Free
AllTrails is one of the best ways to discover hiking, running and biking trails near you. You can explore 50,000 hand-curated trail maps plus reviews and photos crowdsourced from millions of users. You can also filter between dog-friendly or kid-friendly destinations. Save your favorite trails, record your adventures and count your calories all within the app.

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

15. Roadside America- $2.99
Never miss another quirky attraction around you! This app specializes in showing you unusual and funny places along the highway. This is a great way to find new adventures during your travel days or locate something in an area you’re staying in.

Available for iPhone devices.

16. RVillage- Free
RVillage is a social platform built specifically for RVers. Within this app you can customize your profile, update your location, find others around you, create a get-together, talk with people in the news feed, share photos and much more!

Available for iPhone and Android devices.

Article originally seen on RVDailyReport.com 

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.

For detailed information on the Winnebago Revel including blogs, videos, gear, and more: CLICK HERE
For Winnebago Revels In-Stock: CLICK HERE

Winnebago Revel GVWR, OCCC, and GCWR… 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 RON LICHTSINN DISCUSS THE WINNEBAGO REVEL’S GVWR, OCCC, GCWR, AND MORE IN THIS VIDEO.

Unloaded Vehicle Weight Rating – This the weight of the Revel with only a full tank of diesel fuel. 7,190 lbs.

Occupant and Cargo Carrying Capacity (OCCC) -This is the total weight of all cargo which includes your stuff, you, and the freshwater tanks full. 1,360 lbs.

The unloaded vehicle weight rating + the occupant and cargo carrying capacity = the vehicles’ gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). 8,550 lbs. 

Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) This is the maximum weight the Revel can be. This number is the unloaded vehicle weight rating + the occupant and cargo carrying capacity+ any towed vehicles. 13,550 lbs.

Towing Capabilities – The Revel’s maximum towing is found by subtracting the GVWR from the GCWR. You will want to keep this number in mind when you look at the trailer hitch weight rating. Several other RV manufacturers will put a trailer hitch that is rated higher than what the vehicle can actually tow. The Revel can tow 5,000 lbs. and has a 5,000 lbs. trailer hitch.  

Some additional weights you may see if you were to weigh your Revel is the gross axle weight rating for the front axle and the rear axle which are 4,101 lbs. and 5,360 lbs. respectively.