Was Revcon’s Trailblazer the first true American off-road motorhome?

Posted by on April 10, 2012

Revcon as a company is known for a line of wonderful, front-wheel drive aluminum coaches. At the time they were in production, these were the class of the industry, and even now they command high resale values in comparison to motorhomes of the same age. In the mid 1990’s though, Revcon produced a number of Class B motorhome based on a stretched 4×4 Ford F350 crew cab chassis. The Trailblazer ran Powerstroke diesels and added a second tag axle in the rear, resulting in a gorgeous beast of a machine that looked like it could go anywhere in comfort, as long as it could fit between the trees.

This particular 1995 Revcon Trailblazer was listed on eBay in early 2010. If you search around you can occasionally find one popping up for sale on various forums. I don’t have any firsthand experience, but they certainly look to be competent, if a little wide and a little long for any serious off roading. Interestingly, the vehicle is officially named the Trailblazer 4×4, although it has 6 wheels! I don’t want to claim this as cannon, but surfing around online I’m taken to believe that the rearmost wheels are actually attached to an un-driven tag axle. Nevertheless, I’d assume a moniker of 6×4 would be more appropriate than 4×4.

I find it interesting to compare the American style of cab-behind-engine off-road motorhome to the European cab-over-engine style. Personally I find the latter far more appealing. The ubiquity of the pickup truck here in the States definitely makes it easier to own the American style motorhomes though. As I continue to post to the blog, this will probably be a recurring theme, as I continue to look at these differences and find out if they’re based simply on the availability of chassis vehicles, or if the differences are based more on the preferences of the buying public.

Click through for lots more photos of this Revcon Trailblazer 4×4, including shots of the the interior.

I find the use of 1970’s Chevrolet van tail-light assemblies to be a bit insulting on this awesome piece of Ford muscle. Surely Revcon could have found something more appropriate?


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