The Travel Channel will premiere High Noon Entertainment’s 1-hour network TV special dubbed “Mega RV Countdown” at 8:00pm PST/EST on January 6, 2013. High Noon Entertainment — the shingle 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 when High Noon’s dedicated team of Denver, Colorado-based producers and researchers started working 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.
Of course, no self-respecting Mega RV network TV show would be complete without a couple of self-built motorhomes or travel trailers so expect to see at least one pimped out DIY RV showcased on the show – possibly a converted school bus or fire truck or perhaps a brace of spectacular RV creations like Russ Moen’s super cool Chevy cabover motorhome and Randy’s Grubb’s matchless Deco Liner (see slideshow).
Whilst the final cut for the show remains a closely guarded secret, Examiner can reveal exclusively that the following were just some of the RVs considered for casting by the High Noon production team.
The Powerhouse Ultra Line Coach
Doug Tolbert’s Powerhouse Coach (Doug was interviewed by Examiner in November, 2010) produces a range of heavy duty, quad slide, Class 8 tractor-trailer-based custom luxury motor coaches so it will come as no surprise to our readers that this innovative company — who produce big rigs that can actually be walked sideways into parking spaces — was targeted for a second look by producers of the show.
The Deco Liner
The retro Deco Liner is one of the most beautiful bespoke motorhomes that you’re ever likely to see and Examiner scored an exclusive interview with its creator, Randy Grubb, back in March, 2012. A fusion of a 1973 GMC Motorhome and a ‘55 White Motor Company model 3000 cab-over-engine trash truck, the Deco Liner design bears a striking similarity to the art deco spaceships beloved by Mongo’s “Ming the Merciless” in the ‘30s era “Flash Gordon” comic strip.
The Grey Ghost Pace Mobile Observatory
Astronomers, Dave and Pat Garland, followed in the footsteps of famed physicist and mathematician, Galileo Galilei, by creating their own observatory. However, unlike their Italian counterpart the Garlands decided to house their observatory — complete with 12 inch Meade GPS telescope — in a tandem axle, 20-foot-long Pace American cargo trailer. Dubbed the Grey Ghost the trailer was offered for sale on the internet in June 2012.
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The Featherlite Vogue Woody
There’s a generally held convention that it’s impossible to improve on perfection but Art Ashley’s stunning Featherlite Vogue motorhome refit may be the exception to the rule. Dubbed “The Woody,” this stunning Prevost-based motorhome regularly draws the crowds at campgrounds and events the length and breadth of California. “When you pull it into an RV park you better not want privacy,” said Art ruefully in a June, 2012 Examiner interview. “You’ll wake up and there will be thirty people standing around the thing looking at it.” Check out the video of the “Woody.”
The EarthRoamer XV-LT
EarthRoamer’s XV-LT made it into the RVing Examiners list of the “World’s best overland expedition vehicles” with good reason. Launched back in 2003 the Ford F-550-based expedition vehicle remains EarthRoamer’s most popular model. Available in three different camper body lengths the rig is offered with a 660Watt solar array and a 6.3 kWh AGM battery bank which makes it an ideal candidate for adventurers looking for a vehicle that can handle off-the-grid excursions.
The Cricket Trailer
Garret Finney’s Cricket Travel Trailer made its network television premiere on the Travel Channel’s “Extreme RVs” TV show back in January, 2012. The pint-sized, pop-top aluminium travel trailer, that takes its name from the family of insects known as Gryllidae (Crickets), proved to be so popular that the company’s internet portal crashed shortly after the first Travel Channel network TV broadcast when a horde of potential buyers swarmed the Cricket website.
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The Greyhound Scenicruiser
Greyhound’s Scenicruiser debuted in Pontiac, Michigan in July 1954 and over time some of these stunning two-tier coaches began to filter through to private buyers. One of the best examples of a Greyhound Scenicruiser RV conversion is Pat McNeal’s PD-4501-516. Powered by a Detroit Series 60 diesel engine, Pat’s Scenicruiser – which has been stretched by an additional 5 feet 6 inches – features custom chrome siding and red bodywork on the exterior as well as a bespoke interior with custom cabinetry and leather upholstery.
Check out the RVing Examiner’s best of the best RV lineup in the article entitled “ The best recreational vehicles of 2012,” the definitive guide to design led movers and shakers in the global RV industry over the past year.
Travel Channel Mega RV Countdown Top 5 Rigs
1. OCRV Featherlite Vogue
2. NASA SEV
3. 45’ Liberty Coach Elegant Lady with Dean Loucks paintjob
4. Man KAT 8×8 with an 18l V10 engine. I actually prefer the Action Mobil conversion: Action Mobil Desert Challenger: The world’s best off-road RV
5. The Deco Liner
Additional Information: High Noon Entertainment, 3035 South Parker Road, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80014, U.S.A.
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