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

Top 14 Questions from the Revel Webcast

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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.

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.

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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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!

The 4×4 Era

In the motorized RV space, the Class B market continues to grow, in large part due to the success of the Era and this exclusive rear twin bed setup and the flexible sleeping capacity of the rear and front sleeping setups. Its combination of fuel efficiency, maneuverability, and high end features has introduced a whole new set of enthusiasts to the van style RV. With its fuel efficient and dependable Mercedes-Benz diesel engine, driving your Era more closely assimilated driving your own personal vehicle.

Era 70A with 4x4

And now, this Era is available in a limited edition of a fully contained off the grid RV with Mercedes-Benz on-demand 4×4!

Arrive at your destination safely and on time with the help of the new Mercedes Benz safety enhancement package. The Era offers a full featured galley and swivel cab seats that increase your functional living space while parked. Inside, you’ll find dimmable LED ceiling lights, MCD blackout roller shades, Corian countertops, and a rear screen wall. An awning with LED lighting will keep the outdoor fun going well into the night.   For versatility and style with Winnebago’s legendary construction standards, choose the Era.

This coach is powered by the tried and true Mercedes Benz powertrain:

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 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.

6.  Electronic stability and traction control

7.  Four wheel ABS

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

Includes the following factory installed features: 

1.  Mercedes Benz safety upgrade package, featuring the light and rain sensor for automatic headlight dimming and wiper operation, blind spot monitoring with indicator warning lights in the side mirrors, collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, high beam assist, first aid kit, emergency flashlight, leather wrapped steering wheel, and additional Mercedes insulation in the cab doors

2.  Mercedes Benz dash infotainment and rear camera front radio

3.  Roof mounted cargo and luggage racks with multi position movable rear ladder

4.  Inverter, 1,000 watt pure sine wave with dual AGM Group 31 RV batteries being replenished by the Zamp 200 watt solar system with solar panel battery charger and controller, junction box, and plug for additional portable solar panel

5.  Deluxe exterior appearance package with graphics tape delete, to provide a more stealth like automotive appearance

6.  Stainless steel exterior valance

The latest version of the Era now includes the following enhancements made:

All new interior refinements:

1.  High gloss cabinetry, which is lightweight to preserve cargo carrying capacity, yet is moisture and humidity resistant

2.  Under cabinet accent lighting

3.  Continuous dimmable race track ceiling lighting, which eliminates shadows

4.  New Firefly multiplex wiring allows single touch controls to lighting, monitoring systems, powered awning controls, energy management and so much more!

5.  Advanced all new climate control system:

a.  The Era now features the new, 97% efficient, Truma Combi heating and hot water system.

b.  Provides quick hot water recovery with LP and electrical heating.

c. LED digital control panel allows time adjustable settings for water and air temperature- maximizing comfort and reducing fuel usage.

d. Quick multi stage heating system with four high performance ducts keeps the coach at a consistent temperature using LP, electricity or both for maximum performance.

e. Insulated and tuned heating and air delivery system is extremely quiet, insuring a restful nights sleep.

f. Electric heating element allows users to take the chill off on a brisk morning using the camp ground’s electricity.

g. High efficiency 13,500 BTU air conditioning features two stage operation that cools quickly and maintains the cool with lower fan noise.

h. MAXXAIR premium vent system includes remote and automatic temperature control enhances off the grid camping. The rain hood allows the customer to use the vent and fan in bad weather or even when the coach is not occupied

6.  Zamp 200 watt solar system with solar panel battery charger and controller, junction box, and plug for additional portable solar panel

7.  Standard rear screen wall, with heat reflective properties and allowing for fresh air and an excellent rear view

8.  Refined rear end interior finishing with concealed storage, finished in weather resistant synthetic leather

9.  New fiberglass bath surround with a single control shower and faster adjustments to temp to conserve water.

10.  Separate shower and sink faucets

11.  New dual burner range combo

12.  New single control faucet

13.  Decorative heat shield over the stove

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

1.  24.5 gallon fuel capacity

2.  16 gallon LP capacity

3.  TrumaCombi continuous unlimited water heater capacity and eco heating

4.  30 amp electrical service

5.  13,500 BTU high efficiency air conditioner

6.  13 foot powered patio awning, Colorado Carefree armless with motion sensor and LED lighting

7.  Dual group 31 absorbed glass mat maintenance free AGM batteries

Click Here to see a complete listing of Winnebago Era’s for sale.

At Lichtsinn RV our website has a full video walk-around on each RV, making it easy for you to purchase. On our website you can go for a virtual test drive, purchase your RV over the phone or the internet, and then take delivery at our dealership, which is only 1 Mile from Winnebago, Itasca, and Winnebago Touring Coach here in Forest City, Iowa!

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
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Insect Protection and Poisonous Plants

Article originally seen on Cleverhiker.com

Hiking Photo

Most of the time, insects in the wilderness are an annoyance rather than a danger. They will buzz around your ears, cause itchy red bumps, and may even bite through your clothing. But insects like ticks and mosquitoes can also be carriers of viruses and diseases, so it’s best to avoid them and protect yourself whenever possible. Fortunately there are a few common avoidance strategies and chemical products that will greatly reduce insect problems and will often lead to bite free trips.

One of the best ways to avoid bug annoyances is to avoid the bugs altogether. Fall, winter, and early spring are generally cooler times when fewer bugs will be active. You can also limit bug exposure by wearing long-sleeved clothing with a tight enough weave so insects like mosquitoes won’t be able to bite through it.

Consider bringing lightweight mesh bug clothing if you’re easily bothered by bugs and you prefer not to wear bug repellant. This is a cheap, light, and effective method. Avoid all perfumes and scents while you backpack. Even washing your clothing with fragrant fabric softeners and dryer sheets can attract insects. Keeping yourself clean will help too. Mosquitoes and other insects are drawn to the ammonia in your sweat and your odor.

To steer clear of mosquitoes, avoid hiking at dawn and dusk, when they will be most active, and try to camp away from standing water, which they need to reproduce. You can also camp in areas with a strong breeze to limit bug exposure and having small smoky campfires will help as well.

To avoid ticks, keep away from brushy areas and tall grass. Check your body for ticks when you stop for breaks. If you find a tick on your body, use tweezers to grasp it as close to the skin as possible. Pull away from your skin with even pressure. Don’t yank or twist. After removal, wash the area thoroughly. If you develop a rash or fever, see your doctor.

You should also know how allergic you are to bee stings. If you are allergic, it’s a good idea to bring an EpiPen and know how to use it. If you’re not allergic and you get stung, pull out the stinger with your fingers as quickly as possible, use a cold compress to ease the pain, and take antihistamines or pain killers as necessary.

Chemical Insect Treatments
Along with avoiding bugs, you can also use a couple of chemical treatments to greatly increase bug protection to almost to 100% effectiveness. DEET and Permethrin are generally considered the two most effective chemical treatments in bug protection.

DEET is a chemical that goes on exposed skin and Permethrin is a treatment that goes on your clothing. Both are very effective at protecting against a wide range of bugs. DEET is a strong treatment that should only be used on exposed skin in small doses.

Products with higher concentrations of DEET will lasts longer than those with small concentrations. But recent studies have shown that using a formula with 30-35% is about as effective as it gets. After that, a higher percentage of DEET won’t produce any additional protection.

DEET is effective against mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums, biting flies, spiders, bees, and other insects. DEET is very effective, but it’s also a very harsh chemical, so many people try to use it as little as possible. DEET can damage plastics, leather, and synthetic fabrics. Keep DEET away from your mouth, eyes, ears, and nose. Don’t spray it on any open wounds or rashes.

Be careful not to inhale it or spray it directly on your face and wash your hands thoroughly before eating food. It’s also a good idea to avoid multi-use products like DEET a sunscreen mix. Instead, put on your sunscreen, wait for it to absorb, and then apply DEET as necessary.

Permethrin is a treatment that should be used on your clothing and some hiking clothing even comes pre-treated. It quickly forms a strong bond with your clothing when it dries and isn’t absorbed easily by the skin.

A Permethrin spray treatment can last up to six weeks and will even last through multiple washes. Permethrin repels and kills ticks, chiggars, mites, and mosquitoes. Using a combination of Permethrin and DEET is about as close as you can get to total insect protection.

Poisonous Plants
Poisonous plants are another common annoyance that can be easily avoided if you know how to spot them in the backcountry. Make sure to know the poisonous plants living in the area that you plan to visit and know how to identify them before your trip.

In North America, poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are the plants that you really need to watch out for. In Europe you may need to avoid stinging nettles and giant hogweed. It’s generally a good idea not to touch plants that you can’t identify, especially in winter when many plants don’t have identifying leaves but can still cause reactions.

Around 75% of North Americans are allergic to poison ivy, oak, and sumac. The severity of reactions can vary, including itchy redness, bumps, and blisters. To avoid having to deal with a painful reaction, know how to identify these three plants and don’t touch them.

Poison Ivy and Poison Oak can easily be spotted because of their leave formations. They always grow their leaves in groups of three. Regardless of if the plant is a shrub or a vine, poison ivy and oak will have two leaves attached to a stalk opposite each other and one leave jutting out on a short stem.

That’s where the saying “leaves of three, let it be” comes from. And it’s a very good rule to remember. The leaves of Poison oak and ivy are generally dark green and oily looking but they can change to orange and red in autumn.

Poison sumac much less common and is usually found in swampy areas in the form of a small tree or shrub. Its leaves grow in pairs of 6-12 with one single leaf at the end. The leaves are oval or oblong shape and form a fine tip at the end. They’re bright green throughout the summer and bright red in the fall.

Be careful not to burn any of these plants. The smoke can irritate your skin and enter your lungs to cause very severe reactions.

If you suspect that you have made contact with one of these plants, wash your skin as soon as possible. If you get to it quickly, you might be able to avoid a painful reaction. Also, if you’ve been in contact with a poisonous plant, the oil can remain on your clothing and footwear long after you encountered them. Make sure to wash all your clothes and footwear after you catch a case of poison ivy, oak, or sumac.

Most plants in the outdoors are completely harmless, but it’s important to be able to identify the ones that could cause you a painful and itchy reaction for several weeks. Remember, with insects and poisonous plants, a little knowledge and preparation will go a long way. Bite and itch free trips can be your new standard.

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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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