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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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‘RV Buddies’/Visa Cards Helping Rescue Dogs

November 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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New Visa card available through "RV Buddies" to help rescue dogs.

“RV Buddies” has launched a Visa affinity credit card program with CardPartners to rescue high-risk dogs from kill animal shelters.image

“RVers love their rigs and their dogs” Mark Summers, executive producer of “RV Buddies,” stated in a news release. “And this is a chance for all of us to help animals that may not be as well-loved. The “RV Buddies” credit card designs are fun, show off your passion for RVing and raise money for dog rescue groups. That makes for a pretty good combination.”

Just last week, “RV Buddies” rescued a 1-year-old puppy as her time “was up” at the shelter. “It amazes me that people can think of a dog as disposable or an accessory,” said Summers. “‘Angel’ is a sweet, affectionate, well-behaved girl. She is already smitten’ with Alex,” Summers’ other dog.

The “RV Buddies” credit cards are available in a choice of five limited edition collector designs. Whether a dog lover, a fan of RV Buddies or loyal to an RV industry classic — there’s a card for everyone — all of which contribute to the non-profit dog charities.

The RV artwork was created by famed artist Richard Neuman. His work is featured throughout the “RV Buddies” site, in the sites “SWAG” merchandise store, and at http://www.richard-neuman-artist.com/.

Applicants can apply for the card exclusively on the RV Buddies website – http://www.rvbuddiesonline.com/. When a cardholder activates the card, dog charities receives $50. Then once a month for the life of the program, the charities receive a check for a portion of each dollar that every cardholder charges. It doesn’t cost the cardholder a penny — and they help save animals’ lives.

Go to RVBuddies.Net/Community/Charity-Dog-Rescue or look for the credit card banners throughout the site. Click on them for complete information and to sign up through the secured sign-up page.

About CardPartner

CardPartner Inc. is an online company that specializes in helping smaller U.S.-based membership organizations and charities create affinity credit card programs. CardPartner is a unit of the privately held Serverside Group, a technology provider to many of the world’s leading banks. Visa cards offered through CardPartner are issued by UMB Bank, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. UMB Bank approves credit decisions, grants credit and manages the administration and cardholder service for card programs by CardPartner.

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 iTunes and through other distribution channels including phone friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android. For more information regarding advertising or editorial opportunities, contact Summers at Mark@RVBuddies.Net.

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‘RV Buddies’ Revived, Launches New Website

October 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

"RV Buddies"

"RV Buddies" Robert, Elise and Mark

“RV Buddies” has re-launched with the third version of their online software, and is now live at RVBuddies.Net.

“After a working summer vacation,’ RV Buddies’ is better than ever,” Mark Summers, executive producer, stated in a news release. “The new site is familiar, but with many subtle upgrades.”

The graphics follow the “RV Buddies” theme and navigation remains similar to the old site so it’s easy for users to find their way around.

There are many programming upgrades making web searching easier (SEO/SEM). In addition, the new site offers phone-friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android mobile phones.

The old URL, RVBuddiesOnline.com, automatically forwards to the new website location. New episodes shot recently at the California RV Show in Pomona will begin airing soon.

“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 iTunes and through other distribution channels including phone friendly versions for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.

For more information regarding advertising or editorial opportunities, contact Summers at: Mark@RVBuddies. Be a friend on Facebook.com/RVBuddiesOnline. Tweet the program at Twitter.com/RVBuddiesOnline.

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‘RV Buddies’ Host Eyes Winfrey Network Gig

June 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Elise Baughman

Elise Baughman

“RV Buddies” Co-Host Elise Baughman has recently auditioned for Oprah Winfrey. Oprah is searching for a new host who will get their own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

“This is one of the most exciting opportunities of my life,” Baughman said in a news release. “Short of working with ‘RV Buddies’ and all of the amazing people in this industry whom we’ve met, this is a dream come true.”

To help Baughman, she is sending out a plea to all of her fans who know her through “RV Buddies” and the RV community to vote for her by going to http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=2059&promo_id=1 to watch her audition video, then click on the Vote button for Elise. Baughman adds, “I worked hard on my video, so make sure you vote for me as many times as you can.”

To see all of Elise Baughman’s videos, go to www.RVBuddiesOnline.com or check out her personal site at www.EliseBaughman.com.

For more information, Baughman can be reached at BaughmanElise@gmail.com.

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‘RV Buddies’ to Chronicle 1977 GMC Restoration

May 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The 1977 GMC Royale that will be rehabbed.

The 1977 GMC Royale that will be restored.

“RV Buddies,” the Internet-based adventure-lifestyle show, has announced the launching of “Project RV,” a series of “webisodes” that will follow the bumper-to-bumper restoration of a classic 1977 GMC 26-foot Royale.

“We’re really excited about this,” said show host Mark Summers in a news release. “Restoring, repairing or upgrading an RV is something most of the 8.2 million RV-owning households have either done, wanted to do or dreamed about doing over the course of their RV ownership.  ‘RV Buddies’ wanted to show them how we’d do it — in a way that maintains the integrity of a coach’s original design but updates it to supply the owner with the modern amenities that he or she wants.”

“RV Buddies” selected a very used 1977 GMC 26-foot Royale because it is a true classic with unique design, detailing and engineering features. It is one of 12,921 models GMC built from 1973 to 1978 before deciding to discontinue producing luxury motorhomes to focus on their truck operations.

“It’s a great example of a coach that has good bones but its fine points have suffered from the ravages of time,” Summers said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for our audience to follow the process.”

Over the next nine months, “RV Buddies” will film and report on Project RV through four phases – demolition, chassis and drive train, interior, and exterior body and paint. Audience members will be able to follow the process through a combination of video and written reports and even email their questions to Summers.

“That’s the beauty of the Internet,” Summers said, “Our audience will be able to interact with us during the project and apply what they learn to their own projects.”

Episodes will air on a weekly basis starting the second week of June.

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‘RV Buddies’ Video Promotes 2010 ‘The Rally’

May 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob Newhart will be featured at this year's "The Rally" in Louisville, Ky.

Comedian Bob Newhart will be featured at this year's "The Rally" in Louisville, Ky.

The feature video, “60 Days Until The Greatest RV Rally in the World,” is now available on “RV Buddies.”

Click here to watch the “RV Buddies” video.

The Rally advertises itself as the biggest and best RV rally of the year. Sponsored by Affinity Group Inc. and the Good Sam Club, Coast to Coast Resorts, Camping World President’s Club, Trailer Life and Motorhome magazines and Woodall’s Publications, the annual gathering welcomes RVers of all ages, shapes and sizes.

“RV Buddies” had this to say about The Rally, scheduled for July 22-25 in Louisville, Ky.:

“RV Buddies” went to last year’s Rally in Albuquerque and we’re glad we did. There was so much to do and see and experience and we had a lot of fun. We enjoyed seeing the new coaches and the seminars and the dog show and everything The Rally had to offer. But the best part wasn’t any of those things. The best part about The Rally is the people. They come from all across the United States and Canada and from many other countries around the world and descend upon The Rally in such a large group that the organizers describe the event as bringing a “city to a city.” Literally thousands of people show up with their RVs to form the “Biggest” part of The Rally. And the people make it the “Best” part of The Rally. That’s where the description “The Biggest and the Best Rally” comes from. EVERYONE we met there was nice and they were there to have a good time. The camaraderie with fellow RV enthusiasts on a scale that big is the best we’ve ever seen anywhere. Any place. Any time.

This year, the Rally is in Louisville, Kentucky and we think you should take a look at going. But don’t take our word for it. Take a look for yourself. We’ve put together a piece from the video we shot at last year’s Rally in Albuquerque so you can get an idea of what went on last year and what to expect this year. With 60 days left, there’s still plenty of time to plan your trip to this year’s “Greatest RV Rally in the World.”

For more information contact Mark Summers at Mark@RVBuddiesOnline.com.

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‘RV Buddies’ Examines EverGreen RV’s 31RLS

May 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Buddies logoRV Buddies’ review and “Spotlight Video” of the EverGreen Ever-Lite 31RLS travel trailer is now on RVBuddiesOnline.com.

Among the biggest attractions at the FRVTA SuperShow in Tampa, Fla., were the all-new travel trailers and fifth-wheels from EverGreen Recreational Vehicles. RV Buddies grabbed the opportunity to look at their 31RLS to see what the buzz was all about, according to a news release.

It didn’t takes us long to find out. EverGreen Recreational Vehicles is the first RV company to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly RVs.

“That’s pretty incredible,” says Mark Summers, host and producer of RV Buddies, “They’ve only been in business for a few years and already they are setting industry standards for eco-friendly, green products.”

EverGreen uses lightweight composite materials, which replace non-sustainable wood products. This makes their RVs more durable, longer lasting and up to 20% lighter than comparable products for easier towing and improved fuel economy.

The 31RLS features a beautiful exterior and a practical, livable floor plan that offers a pair of comfy chairs and jack knife sofa for television viewing, a dinette and full kitchen, a complete bath with shower and a private bedroom with a residential queen bed – all in just 31 feet.

To read the complete review with all the photos, details and specifications on this model, along with a two-minute “Spotlight Video.” go to RVBuddiesOnline.com.

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RV Buddies Reviews New Horizons Majestic

April 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Buddies has an expanded review and video of the New Horizons 102-F37RLTSS fifth-wheel on RVBuddiesOnline.com.

New Horizons builds three fifth-wheel models — the Summit, Motomover (toy hauler), and the Majestic.

RV Buddies had the opportunity to see the all-new Majestic 102-F37RLTSS at the RV show in Tampa, Florida.

More than seven years of research and consumer sampling have gone into the design of the Majestic. New Horizons claims that it offers unmatched luxury in a fifth-wheel and that the comment they hear most often is that “The Majestic is the most beautiful and thoughtfully designed RV we have ever seen.”

“The Majestic is certainly beautiful,” says Mark Summers, host and executive producer of RV Buddies. “And it’s hard to get past the surface with this one – there is so much to see from the artisan knots in the wood to the hand-tumbled stone. More importantly, the foundation and super structure are just as rock solid.”

The Majestic is available in 11 standard floorplans that can be customized or you can start with a clean sheet of paper with your own ideas. King beds are also available and may add two feet to the length. New Horizons also builds handicap accessible RVs with wheel chair lifts and hoists.

With Majestic pricing staring in the low hundred thousands, New Horizons fifth-wheels are designed and built for experienced RVers who won’t settle for anything less than exactly what they want.

To read the new expanded review with all the photos, details and specifications on this model, along with a seven minute video tour, go to RVBuddiesOnline.com

RV Buddies is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise, Robert and their dogs 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 iTunes™ and through other distribution channels.

RV Buddies films and produces promotional videos for RV manufacturers and suppliers, as well as providing internet marketing and consulting services to the RV industry.

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Hensley Mfg. Signs On As ‘RV Buddies’ Sponsor

March 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“RV Buddies Online”, the Internet-based adventure-lifestyle show about the RV industry, announced an agreement with Hensley Manufacturing Inc. of Davison, Mich., to bring Hensley on board as a sponsor, according to a news release.

“We’re excited to partner with Hensley Manufacturing,” said John Tarman, vice president of business development for “RV Buddies.” “The more we learned about the company — that it was the kind of family business that prides itself on outstanding product quality and unparalleled customer service — the more excited we got about our partnership with them. Finding the right strategic partners, partners whose mission complements ours, is so important to our mutual growth and success.”

Hensley is an RV systems towing and towing equipment manufacturer that sells anti-sway trailer hitches, fifth-wheel trailer hitches, brake controllers, mirrors and accessories, most notably the Hensley Arrow Anti-Sway Trailer Hitch.

“We partnered with ‘RV Buddies’ because they’re on the forefront of information and entertainment technology,” said Ron Estrada, director of marketing for Hensley Manufacturing. “There are thousands of RV websites out there. Only a few stand out in the crowd. ‘RV Buddies’ is the one at the top. Hensley Manufacturing has always been a pioneer in hitch and brake controller technology. We needed a pioneer in advertising to team up with. We found it in ‘RV Buddies’.”

Hensley will be the sponsor for “towables” category, a newly created section on the RVBuddiesOnline.com website. “We created the towables category in response to the changing landscape in the marketplace,” explained Tarman. “In today’s economy, RV manufacturers are producing lightweight and more cost-efficient towables and we needed to expand our coverage of the wide array of products that are now available and will soon become available in that category.”

“Our ‘RV Buddies’ audience depends on us for more than just entertainment; they rely on us for information and education,” Tarman continued. “As we continue to grow our RV audience, we will certainly be known by the company we keep. The Hensley Arrow represents the safest towing hitch in the market, just the kind of company we like to keep at ‘RV Buddies’.”

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‘RV Buddies’ Showing Brian Brawdy Interview

February 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Brian Brawdy (left) makes a point with Mark Summers, host of 'RV Buddies' online show.

Brian Brawdy (left) makes a point with Mark Summers, host of 'RV Buddies' online show.

The first of a three-part exclusive interview with Brian Brawdy is live on www.RVBuddiesOnline.com for viewing now.

Brian Brawdy, a nationally known conservationist, travels across North America in his Lance Camper, which is equipped with a host of eco-friendly devices, including solar panels, satellite dishes and wind turbines. His fascinating lifestyle and personal history make for a great story. Referred to as “Eco-Brian” or the “Green RVer,” the former undercover cop turned outdoor adventure expert is making a difference in both how the public views the RV today and how the industry is being shaped for the future, according to a news release.

While Brawdy is much in-demand for interviews on television networks nationwide, in most interviews he usually discusses his passion for the outdoors. “RV Buddies” had the opportunity to sit with him and dig deeper for over an hour of video – covering his lifestyle, adventures and much more.  “RV Buddies” has taken the best of the interview and is presenting it in three parts over the next three weeks.RV Buddies logo

“We’re proud to call Brian Brawdy an RV Buddy,” says show host Mark Summers. “His life and mission are both inspirational and moving.”

For more information contact Mark Summers at Mark@RVBuddiesOnline.com.

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‘RV Buddies’ BlogCasting Live at Tampa Show

January 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Buddies logo“RV Buddies” will be shooting at the FRVTA Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Fla., this week.

Beginning Tuesday, “RV Buddies” will be posting live BlogCasts from the event throughout each day.

“Our goal is to give our audience a real feel for what it is like to be there and to get a first look at all the latest products,” said Mark Summers, producer and host of the show.

Along with still photography of new products, the live BlogCasts will feature short video clips called “SpotLight Videos.”

“We’re excited about these,” said Summers. “They will provide instant visual access to the most exciting new RVs, products and supplies for 2010.”

“The first time we did this was at the Hershey RV show,” Summers said, “And we got a lot of positive feedback. This time we have better Internet broadcast capability and an additional camera designed specifically for BlogCasting. The improved technology should really help us achieve our goal of bringing the show experience to our audience.”

For more information contact Summers at Mark@RVBuddiesOnline.com.

“RV Buddies” is an RV adventure-lifestyle show featuring reviews of RVs, accessories and gear. The show chronicles Mark, Elise, Robert and their RV Buddies Toby and Alex 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 iTunes and through other distribution channels.

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