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.
A one-hour episode of “Beach-n-RVs” that broadcast Sunday (March 31) on the Travel Channel took a look at a series of “hot and sexy” RVs and some of the resort destinations favored by their owners.
Examiner.com reports that from opulent $2 million land yachts and Airstream-based luxury hotel rooms to a beachside RV park in northwest Florida and a vintage RV rally in Newport Dunes, California, Beach-n-RVs took viewers on “the ultimate tour of America’s hottest RV spots.”
According to the Travel Channel show, well-heeled RVers in search of an “ultra-luxe glamping experience” head for the Orange Beach-based Heritage Motor Coach Resort & Marina on Alabama’s Emerald Coast where RV sites will run you a cool $200-500k. Not only does this small chunk of change buy you a parking spot but your lot also includes a luxury coach house and boat slip plus access to a range of luxury amenities.
“You have these high net worth individuals who travel around in these motorhomes that are valued at over a million dollars,” said Duke Gibbs, founder of the resort. “We wanted to create an environment and an atmosphere and a resort that matched the level of the lifestyle that they are used to,” he added.
“Beach-n-RVs” also took a look a state-of-the-art $2.5 million Featherlite luxury coach at the company’s Suffolk, Va.-based headquarters. Built on a 45-foot-long Prevost chassis, Featherlite’s mega RV masterpieces not only provide all the comforts of home (and more) but they also sport an electronic control panel that astronauts on the International Space Station would be proud of.
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Shipshewana, Ind.-based Forks RV Inc. will soon be in the national spotlight because of the high-end travel trailers it makes.
A crew from the Travel Channel spent the last couple of days at the company’s headquarters in Shipshewana, shooting a segment for one of its shows called “Extreme RVs.” Their focus – to showcase the high-end travel trailers and fifth-wheels made by Forks RV.
Their show takes a look at manufacturers that take their time building towable units that involve a lot of handmade efforts. “Forks RV uses a large amount of craftsmanship and just kind of go above and beyond. They are very specialized in what they do and Forks RV is definitely one of those companies that fits the bill,” said Extreme RVs Director Dennis Zerull.
“The fit and finish to the product is above anything else in the market,” said Forks RV Director of Operations Eric Stutzman. “Typically, to get in this level of finish, you’re into a class A or higher-end, customer bus of some sort.”
Forks typically turns out a limited amount of units every year.
“The bar is high,” added Stutzman. “It’s not volume-based production facility. We do maybe 25 coaches a year, so the focus is on the quality side of things.”
He says he and the workers feel it is “a great honor to have been picked for the show,” adding, “It’s a chance to show the quality of their product to a national audience.”
“When we have the recognition from the Travel Channel like this, it’s exciting. You know it opens up, it broadens our horizons quite a bit,” said Stutzman.
Producers of the show point out that firms are not selected arbitrarily to be on Extreme RVs. “We do an extensive amount of research,” said Zerull. “Extreme RVs is now in its third season, and a large part of that has been here in Indiana.”
The segment of the program that Forks RV will appear on is slated to be on the Travel Channel late this spring or early this summer.
The Travel Channel will premiere High Noon Entertainment’s one-hour network TV special dubbed “Mega RV Countdown” at 8 p.m. PST/EST on Jan. 6, examiner.com reported.
“High Noon Entertainment” — the company behind shows like HGTV’s “House Hunters,” TLC’s “Cake Boss” and the DIY Network’s “Disaster House” — began scouring North America for Mega RVs back in May 2012. High Noon’s team of Denver, Colo.-based producers and researchers sifted through a veritable smörgåsbord of recreational vehicles from luxurious Prevost-based motor coaches to cutting-edge design icons like the GMC motorhome and the celebrated Greyhound Scenicruiser.
The list also included a couple of self-built motorhomes such as Russ Moen’s Chevy cabover coach and Randy’s Grubb’s Deco Liner.
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A new three-hour block of “Extreme RV” shows will premiere on the Travel Channel on Nov. 11. The RVing Examiner reported that Brentwood Communications International Inc. , a North Hills, Calif.-based TV production company, said the three-episode special will feature another impressive selection of cutting-edge motorhomes and travel trailers as well as a raft of classic RV restorations.
The first one-hour episode, which airs at 6 p.m. Pacific, features country music group The Band Perry’s luxury Prevost XLII tour bus, Jay Leno’s 1961 Flxible Starliner Coach and three Airstream rebuilds by the master craftsmen at Wheat Ridge, Colo.-based Timeless Travel Trailers.
The Band Perry’s bus – supplied by motorhome specialist Hemphill Brothers comes complete with band bunks and a mobile recording studio so that the group can cut music tracks whilst on the road. Leno’s splendid Flxible Starliner Coach conversion – undertaken by Bernard Juchli, General Manager at Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage – offers a new spin on a classic design icon.
The complete vehicle refit even included the replacement of the vehicle’s original Detroit Diesel power plant with an uprated DD 6V92 two-stroke cycle, 552 cubic-inch, V-block Series 92 diesel engine so that Leno could tow a race car behind the unit on his weekend jaunts.
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Is there anyone else who has logged more miles in a custom RV than Bret Michaels? Travel Channel has inked a talent deal with the legendary rocker to host the new original series “Rock My RV” with Bret Michaels.
The eight half-hour episode series has been greenlit for production beginning November. Fans of Michaels know him as a long time RV devotee, and now Travel Channel is revealing for the first time just how deep his passion runs, according to a news release.
Michaels, a hands-on enthusiast, leads a hand-picked team of skilled, custom RV designers and fabricators who transform travelers’ ordinary RVs into the most outrageous, badass, hooked-up mobile mansions on the road. The series is slated to premiere in 2013.
“For the past 25 years, Bret Michaels has spent at least nine months out of the year in a tour bus that he personally designs from top to bottom,” said Andy Singer, GM, Travel Channel. “We couldn’t think of a better front man than Bret for the series. He lives and breathes life on the road and undoubtedly holds the record for most hours logged in a custom coach. Bret jumped at the chance to share his passion for travel and the RV experience through this fascinating, obsessive world of customizing RVs. We wanted him, and he wanted to do this – it is a great partnership.”
“Between touring and traveling, I spend a lot of time on the road and my tricked-out, custom coach is my home away from home,” adds Michaels. “I crisscross the country and live in my tour bus, and I know how to take an RV from ordinary to extraordinary. I can’t wait to put my expertise to use and show people how to make their RVs rock.”
As a musician and TV star, Michaels knows a thing or two about life on the road, touring the world in his own custom coach – outfitted with a state-of-the-art Hi-Fi, Wi-Fi and custom gym, amongst other deluxe amenities. Michaels spent his childhood taking road trips in his family’s Winnebago; and understands just what these vehicles mean to their owners.
“Rock My RV” with Bret Michaels is produced by BCII Productions for Travel Channel. For BCII, the executive producer is Bud Brutsman. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Patrick McManamee.
TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.travelchannel.com) is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it’s around the world or around the block. A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes. Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY. Scripps Networks Interactive also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.
Travel Channel will join with the National Park Foundation (NPF) in a summer-long campaign to promote America’s 397 national parks.
According to a press release, the primary goal of this alliance is to “motivate support of national parks by inspiring Travel Channel viewers to visit these history-rich destinations as well encourage volunteerism and monetary donations to NPF.”
Travel Channel will support the NPF partnership via a myriad of on- and off-air initiatives positioned under the Network’s “Destination Summer” campaign. Beginning Memorial Day and continuing through September, the Network will feature 30 hours of programming that puts the spotlight on America’s national parks.
In addition, on June 9 Travel Channel will celebrate “Get Outdoors Day” with an on-air and online marketing campaign showcasing the national parks through exclusive videos, slideshows and feature articles. The Network will also post exclusive, national park-related content on its Facebook, Foursquare, Pinterest and other social media platforms. NPF will cross-promote these efforts on its website and social media platforms.
“Through this summer partnership, the National Park Foundation and Travel Channel, will provide the network’s passionate viewers with the best tools and information to plan the perfect national park adventures,” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “Together, we will also highlight the most effective ways we all can support and preserve these incredible places to ensure they remain one of the most engaging travel destinations for generations to come.”
The Travel Channel premiered a three-hour block of Extreme RVs shows on Jan. 29 featuring an array of recreational vehicles and mammoth motorhomes including X-Factor producer Simon Cowell’s Anderson Mobile Estate; a 45-foot long, $320,000 Class 8 motorhome conversion on a Freightliner Coronado chassis from Middlebury, Ind.-based Show Hauler Motorhome Conversions; and the pop-top Cricket travel trailer that was inspired by NASA’s Space Exploration Vehicle (SEV).
According to the RVing Examiner, the Extreme RVs show was produced by North Hills, California-based Brentwood Communications International Inc. (BCII) who also produce a number of automotive-based prime-time cable TV shows including American Trucker, Hot Rod TV, Car Crazy (all on SPEED) and Rides and Overhaulin’ (TLC).
BCII said the first episodes of the Extreme RVs show will feature “nine different RV builds ranging from massive multi-million dollar star trailers to extreme off-road capable exploration vehicles. It will also feature some unique trailer builds including an extreme vintage trailer makeover.”
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An improvement in Go RVing’s new unit assessments in March is allowing the industry campaign to start earlier with the direct response cable TV and Internet advertising in its limited 2009 budget, according to a news release.
Instead of June, Go RVing direct response cable advertising will now begin in mid-April, providing a boost to kick off the spring RV selling season just as consumers slightly relax their grip on their wallets in response to deep discounting and lower energy prices.
The five most cost-efficient lead-generating networks in Go RVing’s media plan were selected for the April launch. These include The Weather Channel, Travel Channel, Outdoor Channel, History Channel and DIY.
Direct response TV spots cost significantly less because the networks are able to place them wherever time is available within the dayparts selected by Go RVing. More networks will be added over the course of the summer as Go RVing’s income allows. The direct response cable buy will now end in September rather than November 2009.
Internet advertising will now begin May 1 on Google and Yahoo’s search engines and Advertising.com, and end in October rather than November.
“Direct response cable and Internet advertising are effective Go RVing web traffic and lead builders, which should help dealers and campgrounds identify more prospects for this crucial summer travel season,” said Gary LaBella, RVIA vice president and chief marketing officer.
”We need to be in the marketplace with the Go RVing message now, competing for people’s discretionary dollars,” he added. “RVIA’s recent Campfire Canvass survey shows that consumer interest in buying an RV is still strong, so the time is right to motivate buyers to act through our advertising.”
“Because Go RVing new unit assessments were better than originally forecast for March, we had the cash flow to be able to start more ads this spring sooner than originally scheduled – which we believe will help the industry get back on its feet sooner.”