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‘RV Week’ Showcases Racer’s Marathon Coach

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June 24, 2014 by   Leave a Comment

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 12.25.38 PMThe Travel Channel continued its “RV Week” programming with two more premieres last night, highlighted by a semi trailer Michael Andretti converted into a 53-foot RV.

From Sunday (June 22) through Thursday, “RV Week” features no less than 11 premieres of RV-related programs, running every night at 9 and 10 p.m. EST. “RV Week” is a build up to the Travel Channel’s July 27 series premiere of “Big Time RV” which promises to give viewers an all-access pass inside Lazydays RV, one of America’s largest RV dealership located in Tampa, Fla.

Andretti’s trailer, built by Marathon Coach, features 800 square feet of living space. It sleeps seven, has 2 1/2 baths, a walk-in closet for the master bedroom and features a rooftop patio for watching races. It took 10 months to build and cost up to $2 million, according to Andretti.

But Andretti’s RV only came in at No. 2 on the “Mega RV Countdown.” The top spot was given to Brian Bolton and his “Ultimate Stacker.” The luxurious four-slide motorhome by Entegra Coach features heated porcelain tile floor, cherry wood cabinetry and residential appliances. Bolton said he chose the highly customized Entegra Coach and its 450-horsepower diesel pusher engine for its 15,000-pounds towing capacity. The power was necessary because Bolton tows a 28-foot trailer that, with the aid of a hydraulic lift, transports a car, three motorcycles and two ATVs – plus a fully equipped workshop.

Other “Mega RVs” that made the top 10 countdown included Avi and Gale Meyers’ Unicat Expedition, which Avi said was an RV “designed and built for remote travel to almost anywhere on earth and then stay there as long as you wish.” The $600,000 “RV on steroids” can cross water up to three feet deep and can drive up a 60-degree incline.

One of the most striking “Mega RVs” was the 1988 German Neoplan Spaceliner, owned by Lou Krkljus. Picture a bus conversion, but with the cab dropped low almost as if it were a low-rider. Krkljus has been renovating the coach for 11 years and has installed stainless steel walls and lipstick red cabinets on the inside, among other unique design elements.

“I was trying to make something unique and different, and I think I succeeded because there’s nothing like it on the road today,” Krkljus said.

The premiere episode of “Extreme RVs” followed the construction of three RVs: an H3-45 Prevost conversion from Featherlite Coach; Class A Outlaw toy hauler by Thor Motor Coach; and a custom horse trailer by Duba’s Trailers in Nebraska. The episode followed each RV from the design phase, through construction, to final delivery. Many employees, from management to assembly line workers, were featured throughout the episode.

“What makes the Outlaw extreme is the unique design and its unique garage,” said Joel Grimm of TMC.

Tonight’s “RV Week” programming includes two more premieres: “Mega RV Countdown: $100,000 Paint Job” at 9 p.m. and another installment of “Extreme RVs” at 10 p.m.

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