SI’s King Shares RV Travels With Outlook Crowd
Appearing at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Outlook 2014 breakfast that serves as a kickoff to the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Sports Illustrated Senior Writer and NFL guru Peter King described some of his RVing experiences through the years.
King told the audience of more than 1,000 that he’s wanted to do more RVing since a trip he took on John Madden’s famous “cruiser” back in 1990.
“John [Madden] always hated flying,” King said from the stage. “He felt like he was missing something by just flying from destination to destination. He’d stop at small towns, meet people, and enjoy some of the great stuff that goes on across the country.”
According to King, a bad flying experience a couple years ago – one that prevented him from getting from one NFL training camp to another in time to write his story – got him thinking about using an RV for his annual visits to NFL training camps.
This year’s trip in a Jayco motorhome arranged by Go RVing covered 11,269 miles in 31 days, King said. It whetted his appetite for more, and piqued the interest of NFL players and personnel.
“When I visited the Colts training camp, I talked with Andrew Luck [the team’s quarterback] and Chuck Pagano [the coach] at the motorhome,” King said. “They both wanted to look inside and said this was how they wanted to travel. In Minnesota, Adrian Peterson sat behind the wheel and talked about how he wanted a motorhome for himself and his family.”