In the world of motorhomes, the NexGen ASV represents a departure from conventional wisdom. With a focus on functionality, utility, and visual appeal, the target market for this all-new motorhome by Fleetwood RV is the younger, more active individual or family. As the ASV (Activity Support Vehicle) indicates, the NexGen is designed as a mobile basecamp, much like many SUVs sold today.
A radical move from traditional design, the exterior aesthetics of the NexGen embrace a high-tech industrial look, featuring a spoiler-type rear roofline. Instead of blending or disguising the exterior, attention is focused on such things as the chrome lugs and side mirrors. The use of bright fluorescent colors for trim pieces and graphics, gives the NexGen a dynamic feeling even when motionless. A tubular theme runs throughout the exterior, from the bumper to the ladder to the roof platform, the best of which is an excellent venue for viewing motor-sport events. A universal fitting above the rear bumper accepts all kinds of carrying racks for bicycles, kayaks, surfboards, skis, etc.
As for storage, forward of the roof platform is a spacious Yakima cargo carrier. Exterior bays ingressed through a series of lockable cargo doors provide easily accessed storage from either side of the vehicle. Each bay includes a light.
On the inside, the NexGen’s floor is dressed with textured PVC for easy cleanup. A charging/docking station that houses four handheld two-way radios is standard. Lights indicate which radios are fully charged and those still charging. This is a great feature for guests who hike, bike, or raft and want to remain in contact with one another. A GPS system is also available.
The NexGen ASV also includes what’s called a “soft-pack system” that hangs on the interior coach walls, for packing gear in the house. In addition, two backpacks are located behind the driver and copilot captain chairs, and there are storage cubbies with cargo netting, similar to the kind found in back of SUVs.
All furniture is covered with low-maintenance fabrics that hides dirt and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. A full-service galley contains a cooktop, galley sink, refrigerator, and a good amount of storage, including metallic pegboard wall units (with black pegs) for stowing gear in the open. A private bathroom and shower are standard, with heated holding tanks ducted from a central furnace plenum.
Built on both the Workhorse Chassis (with a 8.1L Vortec) and the Ford F-450 (with a Triton V-10), the NexGen ASV is 29 ft long and is capable of trailering 10,000 lb of motorcycles, ATVs, water craft, or dune buggies. Creative styling, with a focus on functionality and utility, makes the NexGen ASV a provocative possibility for those with active lifestyles.
|NexGen ASV Specifications|
|Location of final assembly ||Riverside, Calif. |
|Body style|| 3-door, 15-pass|
|EPA size class ||Motorhome|
|Drivetrain layout|| Front engine, 2WD|
|Engine type|| V-8, cast-iron block/heads|
|Bore x stroke, in|| 4.25 x 4.37|
|Displacement, ci/l|| 496/8.1|
|Compression ratio|| 9.1:1|
|Valve gear|| 2-valves/cyl, OHV|
|Fuel induction|| SFI|
|SAE horsepower, hp @ rpm|| 340 @ 4200|
|SAE torque, lb-ft @ rpm|| 455 @ 3200|
|Transmission type ||4L80-E|
|Axle ratio|| 4.63:1|
|Final-drive ratio|| 3.47:1|
|Rpm @ 60 mph|| 2200|
|Recommended fuel|| Unleaded regular |
|Wheelbase, in ||178.0|
|Length, in ||354.5|
|Width, in ||101.5|
|Interior height, in|| 79.0|
|Ground clearance, in|| 8.0|
|Fresh water, gal|| 50 |
|Gray water, gal|| 29|
|Black water, gal|| 24|
|Propane capacity, gal|| 24|
|Water heater, gal|| 6|
|Base curb weight, lb ||12,986|
|Payload capacity, lb|| 4325|
|GVWR, lb ||17,000|
|GCWR, lb|| 22,500|
|Towing capacity, lb|| 6500|
|Fuel capacity, gal|| 60|
|Suspension, f/r|| IFS, coil springs w/air springs, 1.25-in stabilizer bar/live axle, leaf springs|
|Steering type|| Saginaw 710 power assist|
|Brakes, f/r|| 14.0-in vented disc/ 13.6-in disc|
|Wheels ||19.5x8.0 steel|
|Tires ||Michelin XRV 225/70R19.5|
|Load rating|| 121|
|Projected fuel economy, city/hwy|| 7/10|
|Base price ||$79,899|
|Price as tested|| $83,887|