Big Time RV Makes Debut on Travel Channel
In back-to-back premiere episodes, the 30-minute show followed several couples and families as they shopped for a RV. Helping them in their quest was the sales staff at the Lazydays RV in Seffner, Fla,, one of the nation’s largest RV dealerships and the setting for “Big Time RV.”
One of the more interesting couples was Tim and Elizabeth Robinson of North Carolina, and their tiny dog Heidi. They were on the hunt for a new motorhome that was larger than the 2007 Holiday Rambler Imperial they currently owned. Helping them was sales associate Livorna Williams.
Tim Robinson had a single wish for their new motorhome – 500 horsepower for less than $400,000. Elizabeth Robinson wanted “bling” and a suitable perch for Heidi. Williams showed them a Winnebago Tour and a Thor Tuscany, both priced at $390,000 so they were under the Robinson’s budget. But both also topped out at 450 horsepower, and Elizabeth sought more bells and whistles than what she’d seen.
So Williams upped the ante. He showed them an American Eagle by American Coach. It met all of the Robinsons’ needs and then some. “I’m falling in love with this RV. It’s amazing,” Elizabeth said at one point. But when Williams told them the price was $600,000, “I almost passed out,” Tim said.
Williams was confident, though. “Mrs. Robinson likes this coach so much she’s going to do the selling for me,” he smiled.
Sure enough, Elizabeth managed to persuade her husband into pulling the trigger on the American Eagle. “My daddy always told me I should be seen and not heard. Well, I need to be seen in this motorhome,” she said.
Tim’s response? “ Happy wife, happy life,” he said with a smile.
The six-episode series was taped this spring at the dealership, which sits on 126 acres off Interstate 4 in Sanford. If well-received, more episodes will be added.