October '21

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"There definitely was a demand in this segment that had started to grow, and we were getting a lot of calls if we were going to come out with one," says Pleasure-Way CEO Dean Rumpel. "So, when we started going into product development, we looked at the segment and wondered what we could do dif- ferently and what needs to be available in something like this that isn't currently there. We designed it with that in mind." The Rekon, built on the Sprinter 2500 4x4 chassis with a 144-inch wheelbase, visually stands out among its Pleasure-Way stablemates. The only chrome on the 19-footer is the Mercedes star in the grille. The bumpers and side moldings, usually painted on Pleasure-Way's on-road Sprinter-derived Ascent and Plateau, remain in raw black plastic. Also, the Rekon is taller, due to the Mercedes 4x4 system that raises ride height more than 4 inches in front and 3 inches out back. Black Rhino 16-inch off-road alloy wheels, shod in Toyo all-terrain tires, combine with custom running boards to complete the all-business look. Inside, the differences continue. Wood-grain cabinets, for example, are absent, as is residential-style flooring. Pleasure-Way purposefully made the interior more austere yet functional, with easy-to-clean surfaces as befits a van built for the backwoods. There are plenty of attachment points with the L-track tie- down system, along with lots of cargo netting for storage versa- tility. The wet bath, host to a cassette toilet, doubles as a closet and drying area for soggy clothes. Gone, too, is the typical RV fridge and in its place is a Truma C60, a removable electric cooler that can be used as a refrigerator or freezer. rv-pro.com October 2021 • RV PRO • 11 Pleasure-Way's Dean Rumpel (left), says he expects the Rekon to account for about 20 percent of Pleasure-Way's sales in the coming year. He is pictured with father and company founder, Merv Rumpel, next to a traditional Class B motorhome in this file photo. The Rekon features 124 cubic feet of garage space in the rear of the coach, offering plenty of room for gear storage. The area also serves as the bedroom.

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