While the Reveal may have been designed to generate maximum exposure for cutting-edge products, it also served as a fitting opening act to RVX: The RV Experience, the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) reimagined trade-only three-day event taking place at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
As emceed by NBC Auto Racing Analyst and former host of Top Gear U.S., Rutledge Wood — with DJ Second Nature adding his musical touch to the two-hour proceedings — the Reveal brought a Hollywood-style production element to the RV industry. In short, the Reveal signaled with little doubt that RVX would be an event unlike any the industry has seen.
“RVX presents an opportunity for us to highlight our latest and greatest products and to learn about emerging trends in the consumer space and how to best engage the customer of the future,” said RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer. “RVX lines up with new model introductions in many product categories, and gives dealers another opportunity to reload inventory, stock innovative new models, and engage with supplier partners. RVX is about growing our industry and your business.”
As selected by an independent panel of judges made up by national consumer media and social medial influencers, the Reveal featured no less than 47 units including several “Judge’s Choices” and the top pick, known as the “Spotlight” selection, in each of nine different consumer lifestyle segments: Outdoor Adventurer, Family-Friendly, Van Life, City Escape, Destination Camping, Sustainability, On The Horizon, Luxury Living, and Team Tailgate.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURER: Taking the Spotlight was the SylvanSport VAST, which is designed for adventure travelers and campers who want to bring all their toys of the trade, without sacrificing comfort. It features breakthrough simplicity for gear hauling, two “true” queen-sized beds, a patented indoor/outdoor kitchen and a full bath with shower.
Judge’s Choices: Airstream Basecamp, Forest River No Boundaries, Taxa Tiger Moth, Taxa Cricket, Lance 855 Rule Maker.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY: The Jayco Eagle HT 264 BHOK was the Spotlight unit in this category. Jayco’s new bunkhouse sleeps six comfortably and features convertible furniture and pass-through exterior storage. Customizable upgrades include a fireplace and more residential-type woodwork, fabrics, lighting and fixtures, an outside kitchen, hybrid grill and rear cargo door with flip-up bunk for easy bike or kayak storage.
Judge’s Choices: Forest River Vengeance 385 FK Touring Edition, Forest River Sabre Fifth-Wheel, Forest River Rpod, Winnebago Outlook, and Coachmen Catalina 39 RLTS.
VAN LIFE: The Spotlight selection was the ModVans CV1 Camper Van. The cargo van is positioned to become the everyday minivan, pickup truck or SUV, replacing the need to own a separate vehicle for work, life or play. The CV1 features removable, modular components that adjust the layout. Based on a Ford Transit chassis, the CV1 is affordable, easy to drive and serviceable by any Ford dealer.
Judge’s Choices: Winnebago Revel, Winnebago Travato Pure 3, Leisure Vans 2019 Wonder Rear Twin Bed, and Coachmen Galleria 24 A.
CITY ESCAPE: Leisure Travel Van’s 2020 Unity Rear Lounge was the Spotlight winner in this category. The 2020 Unity Rear Lounge represents a decade of product improvements, setting the stage for a new era of Unity’s. Built on the all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 chassis, the Unity features a spacious “rear lounge” with residential-like sectional sofa and the first RV to feature the all-new Dometic IoT “Smart RV” system.
Judge’s Choices: Airstream Interstate Nineteen, Forest River Flagstaff Hard Side SE Camping Trailer, Venture Sonic, and all-new Winnebago Boldt.
DESTINATION CAMPING: Taking the Spotlight was the Riverstone Luxury 39 RBFL by Forest River. An RV geared toward the luxury/extended customer featuring separated garages to 1 and 1/2 bath concepts. The redesigned front cap sports a large windshield, tri-sofa front living, rear bathroom with dual vanity sink, half bath off the kitchen with a washer dryer and still has room for a king bed.
Judge’s Choices: KZ-RV Durango, Winnebago Horizon, Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage, and Forest River Wildwood Grand Lodge 42DL.
SUSTAINABILITY: The Spotlight selection was the Winnebago All Electric/Zero Emission. Built on a Class A RV platform in either 33- or 38-foot lengths and utilizes Motiv Power Systems’ Ford F53-based EPIC all-electric chassis. Not yet designed for general consumer use, the vehicle is best suited for short-range commercial applications like mobile bloodmobiles, clinics, classrooms and outreach vehicles. The vehicle houses either six or eight batteries and delivers an expected range of 85 to 125 miles on a full charge.
Judge’s Choices: Taxa 2019 Mantis, Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro, Attitude F35GSG by Eclipse, and Forest River Work and Play.
ON THE HORIZON: The Airstream Classic Smart RV was the Spotlight for this category. With all-new Smart Control Technology, RVers can control and monitor their RV’s most important features and amenities from anywhere — and stay connected to the comforts of home, even when when far from it. That means a more comfortable camping experience every time, everywhere.
Judge’s Choices: Keytone Fuzion 427 FW w/Onboarding Weighting system, Keystone Raptor 356 w/pneumatic suspension, Winnebago All Electric Zero Emission, and Winnebago Micro Mini Fifth Wheel 2405 RG.
LUXURY LIVING: Premiering at RVX, the all-new Newmar 2020 Superstar took the Spotlight in this category. The 2020 Super Star is a luxury Super C class product with several innovations not offered in the market today.
Judge’s Choices: Stratus SR261 VRK by Venture, Entegra Coach Cornerstone, Crossroads Redwood RV, and Forest River Cardinal.
TEAM TAILGATE: The Spotlight selection was the Heartland’s Cyclone Ultimate Tailgate RV featuring the first-ever side patio that sets up with the touch of a button that includes an outside bar and multiple TVs. The interior offers multiple 55-inch TVs, a sound system with eight subwoofers and 18 amplified speakers. The “garage” holds a portable hot tub that can be moved outdoors as well as a Kegerator system. Outside, the full-body paint job is complemented by a matching underground lighting system.
Judge’s Choices: Coachmen Sportscoach 366BH, Venture RV’s Sport Trek Touring, KZ-RV Venom V Series, and Lance 1975 Ultra Light Travel Trailer.