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Videographer Holod Joining ‘RV Buddies’ Staff

March 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

John Holod

John Holod

Internationally recognized cinematographer John Holod, who has filmed all over the world and has presented his documentaries to audiences across North America, has joined the “RV Buddies” team as a contributing editor for the Adventures category, according to a news release.

“It’s great having John on board,” said Mark Summers, principal of “RV Buddies,” an RV adventure-lifestyle show available on the Internet. “His cinematography is stunning – like you would see in a movie theater.”

“It’s great to be able to share my work with an ever larger audience,” said Holod. “‘RV Buddies’ delivers the kind of quality and presentation that compliments my work.”

Holod will be creating an exclusive video each month for “RV Buddies,” along with a comprehensive article describing his behind-the-scenes experience in filming, and personal recommendations for that location.

For more information contact Summers at Mark@RVBuddies.Net.

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‘RV Buddies’ Host Lobbies for Pet Adoption

February 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Bella, up for adoption through "RV Buddies"

Bella, up for adoption through "RV Buddies"

“RV Buddies” show host Mark Summers is scheduled to appear on “Good Day LA” on the FOX TV affiliate station in Los Angeles today (Feb. 17).

“RV Buddies has a history with dog rescue,” Mark Summers, executive producer of the show, stated in a news release. “My dogs Alex and the since-passed Toby are featured whenever possible on the show.”

RVers are huge dog lovers — many adorning their coaches with bumper stickers about dog rescue or other social conscious messages against pet mills, dog-fighting or spaying and neutering.

Summers has personally rescued over 50 high-risk dogs in the past five years. “Bella,” whom he is fostering, will appear with him on FOX TV looking for a loving, forever home.

“It’s bittersweet,” says Summers. “The problem is so big you feel like you can’t do enough. And every puppy or dog your rescue touches you in an inexplicable way.”

“There are many animal charities that RVers can help. And ‘RV Buddies’ has RV themed charge cards available on their website at: http://rvbuddies.net/community/charity-dog-rescue. The first time you use the card, the charge card company donates $50 to dog rescue. It doesn’t cost the card user a single dime,” he explained.

For further information contact Summers at: Mark@RVBuddies.Net.

“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear featuring hosts Summers, Elise Baughman and Robert Wittenberg.

The program is distributed as an Internet Television production on its own website, on Apple iTunes and through other distribution channels including iPad and phone-friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

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Neuwirth’s Directing ‘RV Buddies’ Marketing

February 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Wolfgang Neuwirth

Wolfgang Neuwirth

“RV Buddies” announced that Wolfgang Neuwirth has joined the Internet-based RV show as director of strategic marketing.

“RV Buddies is entering its third year online and Mr. Neuwirth brings with him expertise that will propel us to the next level,” Mark Summers, principal of “RV Buddies,” stated in a news release. “More than that, (he) has an understanding of the personal dynamic in this industry and what it takes to forge mutually beneficial long-term relationships.”clip_image002

“I’m glad to be a part of this new media venture,” said Neuwirth. “RV Buddies isn’t about banner sales. The monetized model is about branding, creating joint marketing efforts and strategic alliances with our client-companies.”

The show’s Advanced Media Marketing Group assists companies in long-term branding strategies with critical ad placement, advertorial, coordinated product launches and text and video reviews. For information and program availability, contact Neuwirth at (262) 903-5154 or email him at Wolfgang@RVBuddies.net.

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RVer John DiPietro Joining ‘RV Buddies’ Staff

January 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

John DiPietro

John DiPietro

“RV Buddies”  today (Jan. 31) announced that nationally recognized author, speaker, writer and sales trainer John DiPietro has joined the Internet TV show as a contributing editor for the Feature Articles category.

DiPietro, an avid RVer, has contributed to several national RV publications and is known for his informative video interviews featuring everyone from campground owners to industry executives, according to a news release.

“This is an absolute thrill to be associated with ‘RV Buddies’ and join some of the top names in the RV world to provide information to our audience,” says DiPietro.

“Having John on board further expands our reach,” says Mark Summers, executive producer for “RV Buddies.” “His writing style adds a unique viewpoint and perspective which will create interesting articles and content for the website.”

DiPietro’s forte is finding the offbeat story of human interest that the average RVer will enjoy. He does not write about sizes of tires or cubic inches of an engine, but discusses what activities and attractions are best for a family with young children or those more suited to active retired RVers and full-timers.

DiPietro’s career has been in the media, public relations and entertainment fields. He has experience in print, radio and currently hosts three television series. His background includes working with such entertainment superstars as Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Garth Brooks, the Harlem Globetrotters, the superstars of the WWE and the clowns from the Greatest Show on Earth.

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Zagami Becomes ‘RV Buddies’ Contributor

January 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Bob Zagami

Bob Zagami

“RV Buddies” is adding Bob Zagami to its lineup of contributors to the popular RV adventure-lifestyle Internet television program and website.

“We are delighted to have Bob join the team,” Mark Summers, executive producer of “RV Buddies,” stated in a news release.  ”He will be responsible for the Feature Articles category that we will launch early next month. Bob has earned a reputation of honest reporting and he is not afraid to express a strong opinion or tackle a controversial subject. He’s a passionate RVer and his work has been seen in many RV publications and on various web sites since he started documenting the industry in 1996.”

“This is a great opportunity to reach a larger consumer audience and provide commentary on topics of interest to all RVers,” said Zagami.

Zagami started his active involvement in the RV industry as a cub reporter, working with no compensation, with RV News – an independent trade publication. He eventually became editor of that magazine and several others.

He is currently a contributing writer for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Family Motor Coaching Magazine, FMCA.com, writes an industry trade blog on Greg Gerber’s RV Daily Report site, RVDailyreport.com, and recently launched a consumer RV blog at RVInsights.blogspot.com that is hosted on Chuck Woodbury’s RVTravel.com group of websites.

Zagami noted, “I’ve been impressed with the enthusiasm, professionalism and quality of the programs being offered on the ‘RV Buddies’ website. They have certainly set the standard for this new medium. The site provides RV related companies a new audience that grew up on computers and works and plays on the Internet every day.”

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‘RV Buddies’ Adds Bunzer as Product Tech

January 4, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Gary Bunzer

Gary Bunzer

Gary Bunzer,  the “RV Doctor,” is now appearing on “RV Buddies” and heading up the Product Tech section of the website with some exclusive features.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Gary be a part of ‘RV Buddies,”‘ Mark Summers, executive producer of the show, stated in a news release. “Gary’s wealth of knowledge and integrity complement “RV Buddies”‘ mission to serve both the industry and RVer alike.”

There is a form on the “Product Tech” page for website visitors to submit their questions to Bunzer.

“I literally receive thousands of questions each season,” says Bunzer, “And we’ll address topics that are most important and relevant to all RVers.”

Bunzer’s responses will be limited to the living portion of the RV and the integral RV systems and components. Engine, chassis and drive train issues will not be covered.

Questions submitted by “RV Buddies’” viewers will be answered in posted articles. And Bunzer plans to produce a video response each month. These will be added to the “RV Buddies” video player library.

Advertisers interested in sponsoring the Product Tech category should contact Bunzer or Summers at Mark@RVBuddies.Net.

Bunzer has been serving the RV industry since 1968 and author’s technical articles, troubleshooting tips, installation guides and owner’s manuals for RV owners, suppliers and manufacturers. Bunzer also writes and edits textbooks and curriculum materials for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and authored “Woodall’s RV Owner’s Handbook.”

His column, “The RV Doctor,” has been in continuous monthly publication for over 34 years and is now a featured component on RV Buddies. For more information visit www.RVDoctor.com.

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‘RV Buddies’ Poll IDs Top Buying Decisions

December 28, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

RVBuddies.Net “RV Buddies” listed 12 of the most popular items people look for when they are choosing an  RV.

The poll results are in and, surprise — everyone wants a large kitchen countertop. While  everyone isn’t asking for a gourmet-sized kitchen, a sink cover really doesn’t count as  counter space. Hint, hint manufacturers!

Second on the list is the desire for a large shower. A comfortable shower is a luxury and  some of our RV Buddies (including Mark Summers) need the extra space.

Third, and this makes a lot of sense, is residential-sized beds. It’s easier to replace a mattress and get linens etc.

Here are the rest of the results:

  • 25% large kitchen and countertop.
  • 18% large shower.
  • 16% residential-sized bed.
  • 9% all-in-one bath.
  • 7% table/computer desk combo.
  • 5% free-standing dining table.
  • 5% dinette
  • 4% slit bath
  • 4% bath-and-a-half.
  • 3% sofa bed.
  • 2% fireplace
  • 2% bunk beds

For more on the poll results visit www.rvbuddies.net.

“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise, and Robert as they visit America’s most beautiful campgrounds and resorts.

The program is distributed as an Internet Television production on its own website, on Apple iTunesTM and through other distribution channels including phone friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

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‘RV Buddies’ Updates ’76 GMC Rehab Project

December 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Summers and Jim Kanomata inspect the 1976 GMC motorhome under renovation at Kanomata's shop in California.

Mark Summers and Jim Kanomato inspect the 1976 GMC motorhome under renovation at Kanomato's shop.

“GMC Project RV,” an undertaken by “RV Buddies,” is well underway at Applied GMC in Fremont, Calif.

“After demolition was completed, the crew at Applied GMC cleaned up the mess and found a good foundation for the project to begin,” says Mark Summers, producer for “RV Buddies,” an online show about the RV industry. “Now the hard work begins — but the fun will be seeing the project being born each step of the way.”

Applied GMC is a specialty shop dedicated to the GMC motorhome. Jim Kanomato, an engineer and the owner of Applied GMC, is overseeing all the chassis aspects of this project. The shop is installing the best and newest available GMC motorhome gear on the 1976 unit.

This phase of the project includes all the chassis work, with the suspension and braking system being the first to be tackled. The engine work along with the front-wheel-drive assembly will be done separately.

Applied GMC is installing its “Quadra-bag” rear air suspension system which updates the original GMC design to use current, available air bags. At the same time this modification gives the RV six-wheel independent suspension.

Another view of the GMC motorhome

Another view of the GMC motorhome

The rear drum brakes are replaced with an optional disc system, the fronts upgraded and a new master cylinder and sensitized power brake booster are also installed. With this additional breaking capability, a “Chuck Aulger” rear anti-skid kit is also fitted to keep the coach firmly planted on the road.

The complete story with photos is now on “RV Buddies” at www.RVBuddies.net. Video of each aspect of the installation will follow beginning in 2011. For more information about Applied GMC, visit their website at www.AppliedGMC.com.

About GMC Project RV

“RV Buddies” is updating a classic 1976, 26-foot GMC Coachman Royale to include current technology and maximize the layout. The design of the project is to update the coach to represent how it would look if it was still being built today. The projects newest sponsor is Fire Fight 1.

Project sponsors include (in alphabetical order): Applied GMC, Coleman-Mach, Cummins Onan, Fan-Tastic Vent, Fire Fight 1, Go Power, Half Time Oven, Intellitec, Norcold, Progressive Dynamics, Safe-T-Alert, SHURflo, Suburban, Thetford, TRC Surge Guard and Truline RV.

About RV Buddies

“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise and Robert as they visit America’s most beautiful campgrounds and resorts.

The program is distributed as an Internet Television production on its own website, on Apple iTunesTM and through other distribution channels including phone friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

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‘RV Buddies’ Picks Its Favorite RVs of 2010

December 21, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

rvb-best-of-the-best-2010 “RV Buddies” has announced its choices for the “Best of the Best” RVs for 2010 in both  motorized and towables categories.

“The recent shows and new product lineups are both exciting and revolutionary. And with  the RV industry on the upturn – the next decade looks both prosperous and exciting for both  the consumer and manufacturer,” the staff of the Internet-based RV show stated in a news release. “One thing is certain; the box of yore is gone. New,  adventurous designs are showing up and in the wings.”

While there are many exceptional designs becoming available, these particular RVs simply  stand out unlike any other.

Here are the “RV Buddies” selections for the “Best of the Best”…

Motorized Category

Monaco Vesta

Monaco Vesta

Monaco RV Vesta

At first glance you can see that this RV is different. It doesn’t have a flashy paint job, but rather a more timeless and classic look. After speaking with the folks at Monaco RV behind this project, it’s clear that there was significant thought to every nut, bolt and screw that went into the design. After three days with this coach, it just grows on you more and more. You appreciate the subtle attention to detail and quality. We have a full review and video coming up on the Vesta. Stay tuned.

Tiffin Allegro Breeze

Their slogan “Small is the New Big” is true. They jam-packed a lot of coach into a small package — all in the configuration of a diesel pusher. This short Class A diesel drives, handles and rides like a dream. And it turns on a dime. Stand in line if you want one of these. Tiffin can’t make them fast enough for eager RVers.

Winnebago Tour

This is the most innovative floorplan “RV Buddies” has seen in decades (42QD). Once you get past the new front cap which is drop-dead gorgeous, you walk into what could be a New York penthouse, without the arrogance. This is a true full-timers’ coach — but for a fraction of the price you would expect to pay. And kudos on the redesigned dash; it’s a great, functional design that looks great, befitting the new interior. “RV Buddies” has a full review and video coming up.

Thor A.C.E.

Where do we sign? This is a no-brainer purchase. Thor has built a great, small coach packed with features and at an insane price. You can now get a bus-style coach for the price of a Class C RV. And not since the “Winnebago Toaster” has a front cap boasted an “eye brow” protrusion – and it looks great. Explore this coach – and you will. It’s packed with innovation – including the hotel-style shower curtain that extends shoulder room while bathing. Oh, and you can’t over-look all the pet-friendly features, built-in, standard. See our text review on the site now. A full video review is in edit now.

Towable Category

Evergreen RV Element

These guys have been ahead of the curve since they launched their first product. Now they’ve stepped up the game with a towable trailer that’s just a knock-out in appearance. The coach incorporates advanced technologies developed in the auto industry for improved fit and dependability. Combined with Evergreen RVs “green” approach and you’ve got one great trailer. Better still, it is towable by most SUVs.

Keystone Montana Front Living Room

If you are looking for an amazing fifth-wheel,  this is it. If you are looking for a motorized RV, don’t look at this. It may be the first towable product you ever consider buying. The upper front living room is amazing  with fireplace and HDTV. (It also converts into a private guest bedroom area.) Below, the spacious kitchen will be a popular gathering place. It even has a proper desk to do some work or write post cards to friends and family from the road. Aft is a walk-through bath with a second entry door. And all the way aft is a private owner’s suite. We’ll have a full review and video of this RV soon on the website.

About “RV Buddies”

“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise and Robert as they visit America’s most beautiful campgrounds and resorts.

The program is distributed as an Internet Television production on its own website, on Apple iTunesTM and through other distribution channels including phone friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

For more information regarding this press release, or advertising or editorial opportunities, contact Mark Summers at: Mark@RVBuddies.Net. Logos, web and press images are available by contacting Summers. Be our friend on Facebook.com/RVBuddiesOnline <http://www.facebook.com/rvbuddiesonline> . Tweet us at Twitter.com/RVBuddiesOnline <http://twitter.com/rvbuddiesonline> .

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’76 GMC Begins Long Road to Rehabilitation

November 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim of Applied

Jim Kanomata (center) of Applied GMC takes the keys to a 1976 GMC motorhome from Mark Summers, host and producer of "RV Buddies." The show's Robert Wittenberg looks on.

Editor’s Note: “RV Buddies,” an RV adventure-lifestyle show available on the Internet at www.RVBuddies.net, is updating a classic 1976, 26-foot GMC Coachman Royale to include current technology and maximize the layout. The design of the project is to update the coach to represent how it would look if it was still being built today. Project sponsors include (in alphabetical order): Applied GMC, Coleman-Mach, Cummins Onan, Fantastic Vent, Go Power, Half Time Oven, Intellitec, Norcold, Progressive Dynamics, Safe-T-Alert, SHURflo, Suburban, Thetford, TRC Surge Guard and Truline RV. A brief account of the unit’s first trip appears below.

“RV Buddies” begins “GMC Project RV” with a drive from Los Angeles to Applied GMC in Fremont, Calif., just south of San Francisco.

The drive began at dawn on a cold day to help avoid over-heating of the less than dependable cooling system. “We didn’t know what to expect,” said Mark Summers, host and executive producer of “RV Buddies.” “Once we hit the road, we were committed and there was no turning back.”

Robert Wittenberg and mascot Alex the pit bull accompanied the GMC for the trip with our trusty cameraman following us in a chase car. “Worst case scenario, we have back-up transportation,” said Summers.

The trip took the RV over the California grape vine, through rain, over lush mountains, and all in spite of some interesting mechanical problems. In the end, the coach was delivered to Jim Kanomata of Applied GMC, the first stop for “Project RV.”

For the complete story, photos and a video featuring Mark, Robert, Alex and the GMC, visit RVBuddies.Net in the “Project RV” category. Future episodes will show each aspect of the demolition and rebuild from beginning to end. Depending on what is discovered, the project may take up to a year to complete.

Also On RV Buddies This Week

Poll results from “What’s Your Next RV” announced and a sneak preview of the video review of the Monaco Vesta. Make sure to place your vote on what’s most important to you when you make an RV purchase on this week’s poll.

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