September '20

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102 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW Nexus RV For Nexus RV, 2020 is the year of the Rebel. COVID-19 threw a monkey wrench into Nexus's plans to release its new Super C diesel Rebel 4X4, which it had hoped to launch just as the busy travel season was kicking off. But finally, in August, the company introduced what it calls the first major chassis upgrade to Class C or Super C motorhomes in 20 years. The RV maker says that the Super C diesel segment is the fastest-growing of all the motorhome segments at the moment, and Nexus means for the Rebel 4X4 to elbow its way into that market with some key unique features it offers. To do that, it struck an exclusive agreement with International Trucks and is now the only RV maker in the business authorized to use an International chassis. At the core of the Rebel 4X4 is the International CV chassis the vehicle is built on. With its 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating, the CV chassis is an exclusive project between Navistar and General Motors. Produced at Navistar's plant in Springfield, Ohio, Nexus says the chassis is basically a 4/5 truck using a 350-horsepower Duramax diesel motor. The engine provides 700 foot-pounds of torque and can pull 15,000 pounds, the highest towing capacity of any motorhome in the Super C Diesel class, according to Nexus. A six-speed Allison transmission turns the 19-1/2-inch Alcoa aluminum rims, and the Rebel features a Meritor gear-driven transfer case, which Nexus says is more reliable than a chain-driven one. When work needs to be done under the hood, the Rebel offers a 4X4 tilt-forward hood, which makes the engine compartment much easier to access. Another important feature, the RV maker says, is the Rebel's 50-degree wheel cut, which transfers to a 25-foot turning radius and is much tighter than its competition, according to Nexus. The new chassis also has fixed one common problem that comes up in the Super C segment – getting from the driver's cab area back into the cabin area. Nexus says the taller International CV chassis eliminates what the company likes to call the "Army crawl." Nexus also stresses that the Rebel also comes with all of the things that make the company's motorhomes stand out. For one thing, Nexus makes the only all-steel motorhome in the industry, the company says, which means less squeaks and rattles and better durability over time. Also, there is no wood in the superstructure of the vehicles – not in the sidewalls, the roof or the floor. Instead, the company uses double-layered Azdel composite panels, which it says prevents any sidewall separation or delamination from occurring. The inside of the cabin is powered by a 6.0 Quiet Diesel generator that runs off of the coach's main fuel tanks, as opposed to some of its competitors' models that use a propane generator. The coach has three sources of air conditioning and three sources of heat. Appliances include a Whirlpool electric refrigerator and a 30-inch microwave mounted over a three-burner stove top. Sleeping quarters include a queen-size bed, a cabover bunk area, a couch that folds out to sleep on, and the 35R unit has additional bunk beds. While the Rebel 4X4 is Nexus's big splash for 2021, the company says that it has a couple of other notable updates for its motorhome lineup: a new 30-foot floorplan for its Triumph Super C, and new floorplan, the 37DS, featuring a bath and a half, for its Ghost luxury Super C. PREVIEW For 2021, NeXus RV introduces the Rebel, a Super C diesel built on an International CV chassis. The chassis features a 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating and is powered by a 350-horsepower Duramax diesel engine.

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