2020 Winnebago Revel – Awesome Updates!

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been over three years since we first published our video of Winnebago’s 4×4 Concept Adventure Vehicle.  That concept grew up to become the Winnebago Revel, and the Revel has blown open what feels like a new segment in the traditional RV market.  The Revel is one of the best-selling B vans in Winnebago’s lineup, and it gets people farther off the grid than your average RVer will ever see.

But three years is a while, and in the spirit of always moving forward, Winnebago has introduced some new features and updates in the Revel for the 2020 model year.  It’s not a full-coach review, but I run through the changes quickly in this video:


Many of the changes (that I don’t even mention) are tied to the 2019 Mercedes Sprinter chassis.  If you’re looking at a class B RV, and you haven’t heard about all the changes to the Sprinter for 2019… I’d like to know where your hidey-rock is, because that’s where I’m hiding Stef’s Christmas presents this year.  I highlight a couple Sprinter changes in the video, but that doesn’t scratch the surface.

Other memorable highlights from the 2020 Revel:

  • Shortened running board and re-routed exhaust provide extra ground clearance.
  • New no-see-um screens on the side and rear doors.  These are the same screens we called “the best van screen doors ever”, in this earlier video.
  • Leather seats
  • Cargo area lights
  • Reworked roof rack with all-metal componentry
  • Digital thermostat for the heater
  • Over-cab aluminum shelf
  • New wheel and tire option
  • New outdoor table leg attachment

and my personal favorite

  • Power sliding door!

After about a decade of slamming sliding van doors, that last one has me giddy.  (And before you imagine nighmare scenarios of being out in the woods and your sliding door won’t open… don’t worry, it has a manual mode.)

So, watch the video, and let’s hear it down below!  Did they hit your top wish-list item?  Was there something they should have added but left out this round?  What would you have done differently?

James is a former rocket scientist, a USA Cycling coach, and lifelong fitness buff. When he's not driving the RV, or modifying the RV (or - that one time - doing both at once), you can find him racing bicycles, or building furniture, or making music. In his spare time, he works for a large IT company.

    10 thoughts on “2020 Winnebago Revel – Awesome Updates!

    1. Melissa

      After looking for a full year at various RV options- we bought a 2020 Revel! We needed a vehicle specifically for delivering us up and over rough terrain (rock climbing, mountain biking folks here) which was the overriding factor in our purchase decision,

      I do have a question for you two, though. We have financing through the dealer but I was surprised at the rate given our good credit and basic financial situation. We are such novices! Here I thought it would be like a regular auto loan- but it appears to be more like a mini-mortgage.

      We will likely take the deal to get the van off the lot and look into re-financing later unless you all have some advice? Is there an institution specializing in rv financing?

      We hope to join your crew at a park sometime soon now that we have a rig- enjoy your time across the pond❤️. Thanks James and Steph- safe travels!

      1. James - Post author

        Believe it or not, we’ve not financed any of our rigs, so we’re probably not the best ones to advise you there.
        There are benefits to the “mortgage-type” loans. I’ve heard you can deduct the interest. Don’t know if that helps your situation or not.
        Maybe talk to a tax advisor or financial advisor? That’s where I’d start.

    2. Robert Chandler

      The 2020 Winnebago Revel is still a piece of junk -.imo. It still needs a microwave oven, etc etc. I think it would be nice if Winnebago would make a mini ERA on this chassis. But Airstream’s Nineteen works well enough.

      1. James - Post author

        There are – literally – thousands of people who disagree.
        Your opinion that lacking a microwave equates to poor construction simply doesn’t make sense.
        Not everyone wants the same things in an RV. That includes a microwave.

        1. Ana Rubio

          Microwaves are horrible for food quality. A small toaster oven is what is lacking. I will not say never, but not interested In the induction cooking concept.

    3. Mike

      Maybe the reason you like the auto door is that you travel with a small critter. We have nightmares about our little critter getting halved in the Guillotine that is the sliding door on our Travato! Thanks for the quick peek at the new Revel

    4. Smiley

      I bet the new models from Winnebago on the Ford Transit will be mind blowing when they are ready to show them off. Winnebago has learned allot from Travato Nation and my guess is you will see much more refinements in their designs moving forward. I need to tip my hat to Russ and his teams because they are making noise out there and the field out there has been pretty tinned out with Hymer and RT going belly up. Time to capitalize for sure. Thanks James and Stef. Waiting here for the new 2020 Transit and will see u at Hershey next month.

      1. Tim

        Do you have any information about the Revel getting the same air conditioning setup as your Travato, using the lithium batteries, with power management system , alternator upgrade and auto start. I did see your video about running the air conditioning in your Travato using only the batteries. I won’t buy one of these for a couple years so hopefully they will have the system set up for the Revel then


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