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.

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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.

 

Tip Tuesday: Learn How to Pair your Phone with your Infotainment Center via Bluetooth

In this week’s #TipTuesday, we go over how to pair your phone with your infotainment center via Bluetooth. Watch the video below.

Tip Tuesday Pairing Your Phone to Infotainment Center via Bluetooth

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

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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.

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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.

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 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 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.