When this coach, with its teardrop-style forward roof, rolled into our parking lot, we
couldn’t help but wonder if the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders were in town.
The black-and-silver color scheme — one of eight offered — plus the stacked taillight
elements, “hanging” mirrors, blacked-out roof appliances and daytime running lights,
presents a striking profile. A portion of the exterior palette carries to the interior —
one of nine — in the form of black-and-silver geometric-print patterns on the dining
chairs and the window boxes (the latter also fitted with slices of aluminum trim).
Cream-colored ultraleather (with chocolate suede inserts), walnut woodwork and satin-finish nickel fixtures round out the decor. It is contemporary, without the Las Vegas glitz that often accompanies such interiors. There’s nothing special in the basic layout, but we did find three noteworthy areas.
First, the walk-through bath uses a toilet room with the bowl against the outside wall, yielding above-average room and storage. Secondly, the galley counter space is quite impressive. Finally, there is plenty of usable seating, with seven seat belts for riders. Over a brief test drive we found the Revolution rides and handles like any Freightliner XC chassis coach, although the steering effort at campground speeds was much lighter than usual, and slightly lighter at speeds faster than 60-70 mph. Acceleration to 60 mph comes in at a typical 28.5 seconds; it climbed our six-percent grade at 44 mph, turning 1,800 rpm, and it went down the other side at 61 mph (turning 2,450 rpm) using only the exhaust brake.
For more details on the Fleetwood Revolution 40C, pick up the October 2004 issue of MotorHome magazine on the newsstand — then subscribe to MotorHome so you can
stay informed on the latest motorhome tests and previews, products and technical
information, and travel info. Fleetwood Enterprises, (800) 322-8216, www.fleetwoodrv.com