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I’ve reviewed some inexpensive RVs before. (OK. Not usually, but there was that one.) But it’s rare that I’d say I was genuinely confused about how a motorhome could be priced so low. But that’s exactly what happened when I investigated the new Dynamax REV at the California RV Show in Pomona recently. We didn’t get to do our usual complete in-depth review, because it was too busy. But we did shoot this short video to get the word out.
Now Dynamax, for those who aren’t familiar with them, is more known for producing larger and very luxurious RVs. And when I think of Dynamax, my mind always immediately clicks over to those Class Cs that are built with a freight truck front end. It’s probably just a guy thing, but I’ve always wanted to drive one of those. (I bet the towing capacity is enormous!)
But back to the REV. First off, according to the rep at the show, it’s pronounced “rev” as in, “rev your engine”; not R. E. V. Next, it’s based on the Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis, so it’s a gas engine; but one that should get pretty good fuel economy. And the big thing? It was priced (at the show, anyway) very inexpensively at under $70k
Somehow, they did this without sacrificing quality. Yes, at that price, you will get a rubber roof and decals instead of paint. But on the inside, I was checking out the cabinetry, and it’s definitely NOT 1/8″ luan plywood holding this thing together. There were heated holding tanks – all of them! It included a black tank rinse system, an outdoor entertainment center, solid surface counters, and a battery storage bay that could easily hold enough juice to keep you going for a very long time. The unit we show in this video is sort of a prototype, and the rep was even pointing out refinements that they were continuing to make for later production units.
As a point of reference, the Dynamax REV 24RB we looked at has the exact same floorplan, the exact same chassis, and as good, if not better construction than another manufacturer’s similar motorhome – yet this one was priced about eight thousand dollars less. Like I said, I don’t know how they do this.
But as always, there were a few shortcomings that keep it from being the perfect next RV for us. Namely, 1) though the tanks are heated, it’s not fully a 4 season RV; and 2) there’s still no indoor bike storage. Also, it’s not diesel, and Stef and I are kind of diesel snobs. But for the opportunity to buy into the Dynamax name at this price… we might have to reconsider that diesel thing.
Hope you enjoy the video!