Recreational vehicles and heavy metal may seem like strange bedfellows, but Travel Channel’s “Rock My RV” with ageless rocker Bret Michaels manages to bridge this unusual gap.
It doesn’t hurt that Michaels, a hard-rock superstar who’s appeared in reality shows like the “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “Rock of Love,” knows a thing or two about RVs. As a child growing up, he traveled extensively with his family in their Winnebago and today spends much of the year in a self-styled custom coach.
Now, as the Travel Channel’s web publicity explains, Michaels “leads his handpicked, insanely talented design/build team in transforming ordinary RVs into the most outrageous, bad-ass, 21st-century mobile mansions on the road.”
The TV show, sponsored in part by Camping World Inc., airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST and utilizes a weekly vehicle-transformation concept that keeps viewers “glued to their seats” by selecting a tired looking subject vehicle, discussing owners’ preferences and developing concepts as the crew gets to work. Along the way, the viewer gets a glimpse of behind-the-scenes custom building practices as well as some pop-up information about some of the products appearing on screen.
The most recent (6/23) episode featured the “Rock My RV” crew customizing a 1973 Mobilux motorhome for Bill Weber, a retired Navy Seal who today leads training missions for soldiers learning the art of tracking. Toward that end, Michaels and crew completely gut the motorhome, replacing the dash, cabinets, flooring and appliances.
The result is a mobile command center – complete with computer screens, surveillance cameras and a WiFi hotspot accessible by up to 15 users – that also features a cigar humidor, wine cooler and a thumb-print security safe. Outside, the rig is coated with a polyurethane protective coating by Line-X. And an exterior “cigar lounge” was added replete with an awning, outdoor leather folding chairs and TV that can be moved back indoors when the cigar smoke wanes.
While an RV giveaway has been incorporated into the show’s promotional material for which entries are due by July 15, other “rocked” vehicles during the season include “The Ultimate Party RV,” “The Epic Sausage Wagon” and “The Bigfoot Hunter.” For more details, log on to www.travelchannel.com.
- Kris Bunker
Bill and Sally Layton have a rockin’ RV. Their 1974 bright yellow GMC jalopy has been tricked out by rock-n-roller Bret Michaels, who worked his magic on the worn-out rig for the television show “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels.”
“Do you trust me?” Michaels said to the Laytons as they drove their aging camper van into a body shop in Southern California. “Then, hand over those keys.”
The Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the local couple had no idea what to expect. They just knew that their beast of a ride needed a new look. The revamped Layton RV will be revealed at 7 p.m. June 16 on the Travel Channel.
Michaels, who is best known as the front man for the rock band Poison, spends about nine months a year touring in his RV and estimates he’s logged more than 3 million miles in his home on wheels.
He customized his own RV with some over-the-top amenities and felt others should have a similar ride. He teamed with the Travel Channel for a 16-show series that overhauls RVs arguably ready for the junkyard and dresses them up with such things as flat screen TVs, gaming stations, flip-out barbecue grills and rooftop decks.
“It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” Sally said. “We thought when will we have another chance like this? Let’s just go for it.”
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CRN Digital Talk Radio’s Bodie Stroud joins rocker and RV enthusiast Bret Michaels on the new Travel Channel series “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels,” premiering Sunday (May 26) at 9:00 p.m. EDT/PTD. Stroud hosts CRN’s popular “In the Garage” show on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PTD, according to a news release.
“Rock My RV” showcases Stroud, Michaels and lead builder Jake Scott transforming travelers’ ordinary RVs into the most outrageous and hooked-up mobile mansions on the road.
Celebrity auto builder and car expert Stroud talks shop, offers advice, answers questions and delves into the realm of classic cars, restoration and custom work each week on “In the Garage.” He also advises listeners what it takes to keep their hot rods and classic beauties in tiptop shape.
“Bodie is enormously talented and entertaining,” said Michael J. Horn, CRN Digital Talk Radio’s CEO and president. “People love how creative and engaging he is. ‘Rock My RV’ will be a great show and we’re proud that our friend Bodie is part of it.”
Stroud is the radio network’s third personality to star in a television series this year. CRN show hosts Larry Manetti joined CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0″ in a recurring role in February and Fred Dryer starred in a May episode of NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”
About Bodie Stroud
Bodie Stroud left his corporate job in 2007 and took the ultimate risk. With pure faith, a strong background in the automotive and fabrication industry, and a talent for hot rods, Bodie launched BS Industries Inc., as his sole passion and business. The sterling reputation and creativity driving Bodie’s vision caught fire. BS Industries, Inc. is an award-winning Los Angeles-based company that designs and builds customs and hot rods of every conceivable form. Keeping a full range of service in-house allows limitless creativity and attention to the personal desires of the client. Bodie Stroud, CEO, embodies a lifestyle brand of movable artistry and a passion for precision. Best known for sleek custom builds that put clients behind the wheel of their dreams.