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?

 


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

  1. Richard Dews

    I actually owned three (3) Revcon Trailblazer 4×4′s at the same time. I bought them in 1994-95. The first was a blue-striped one like your story photos. I gave it to my Dad. The second had silver stripes. I had the motor supercharged with a Vortec supercharger, put in a better camshaft, ARB Air Locker locking differentials front and rear, 35″ BFG Radial Mud Terrains all around, Rancho RS-9000 shocks all around, remote controlled spotlight on roof, and larger LP capacity. I also had ceramic-coated headers installed. Unfortunately, the extra horsepower kept shearing the E4OD auto trans power shaft — literally. Multiple times! The final time occurred during my move of my family from Flower Mound, Texas to Big Timber, Montana in May, 1995. The auto trans power shaft sheared on I-70 outside of Russell, Kansas. I had a local Ford dealer come tow it to their service shop. I paid them to take a month to replace the E4OD auto with a new ZF-1 5-speed manual and kevlar clutch. It was a BEAST!!!! By far the best and most capable Revcon Trailblazer ever, and I traded it in on a Sea Breeze 36′ 5-th wheel near Denton, Texas in April, 1997. My Dad traded his in there too, for a 33′ Sea Breeze 5-th wheel. We were doing a family around-the-country RV trip. The final stock Revcon was going to be the first for a new dealership I planned to start in Montana, but I lost everything in a hostile-takeover of my public software corporation and I traded it in to the local Big Timber Stetson Ford dealer for a 4×4 Explorer (1994, gave it to a friend in Milwaukee), and two 1995 Ford Crew Cab 4×4 PowerStroke 5-speed pickups (gave one to father-in-law).

  2. Michael Wendell

    Wow, you must really know these things inside and out. How was the off-road performance?

  3. Shelly

    Hey you guys. We have a 1998 Revcon 4×4 Trailblazer, but it is black, same model as the white one. They sold us the RV as a 2003, as they said that was when it was supposedly finished. But I think it was actually finished in 2001. It was the floor model/demo Revcon used to take to the trade shows. It is this one here at the top left, the black Revcon with the red stripes….http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&sa=X&biw=1662&bih=867&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=bQsPrhQQgyb0kM:&imgrefurl=http://www.pddoc.com/camp/mini003.htm&docid=9NUz8LDHSdE_MM&imgurl=http://www.pddoc.com/camp/images/2005-635.jpg&w=450&h=269&ei=G8PBT8X8EcKsiQLL6qHrBw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=308&vpy=174&dur=4631&hovh=173&hovw=291&tx=200&ty=146&sig=117219822499583930086&page=1&tbnh=124&tbnw=208&start=0&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0,i:76

    Anyways, the sun baked the stripes on and we were wondering what the best way was to get the glue off or get the original stripes off and replace or repaint them with the same or better design?

    Btw, Michael, I had our Revcon off road once, at a friends house. Had to make a wider than normal turn out of his driveway and I had to go over about a 18 inch cement driveway barrier or something to make the turn, the RV handles like the FORD F350 it is. It is A BEAST! :)

  4. Xavier

    Thanks great photos of the rev con One.I have been looking for this vehicle in decent shat or re-bulidable, with in reason, n on condition at time of procurement…. i dirgress,….Will pay more if the vehicle i kept in great condition and wear and tear match indented use., and of course all systems operationally or close .

    When they first came in 87, they were way out it way behold my $ means, just a pipe deeam eh!

    If nay,…. of yours’ can point me in the right direction, or set up direct cook. with me I would greatly appreciate the ction enough to provide a finder’s fee if the right quality urmit is located. All negotiable, please let me know ant any or you opportunities. please do no hesitate to contact me directly on my phone here in texas @ (phone number removed) concerning this mater. Thank you got your time .
    Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    XB

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