The refurbished motorhome from the RV Rescue event held during The Rally in April will be on display and open for tours this weekend at Camping World stores in Elkhart, Ind., and the Chicago area.
According to a press release, the coach is part of the Camping World Expo that runs through Sunday (May 21). Friday, the completely refurbished 1984 Winnebago Chieftain motorhome is open for tours at the Elkhart location and Saturday will move to Camping World’s Bolingbrook, Ill., outlet.
Representatives from Elkhart-based Dometic Corp., which served as the lead sponsor for the makeover, will be on hand to conduct tours and answer questions at both locations.
This is the first time the motorhome has been on public display since it was completely made over in a 75-hour blitz during The Rally at Daytona International Speedway April 7-10. The entire process will be aired in two parts on the RVtoday show the weeks of June 11-18 and June 25-July 1 on the Outdoor Life Network.
The 22-year-old motorhome’s exterior was changed from weathered beige and brown to bright white with huge Penn State graphics. The vehicle’s owners, Ed and Barb Tarconish of Barnesville, Pa., are loyal fans of Penn State, where their daughter, Emily, is completing her freshman year. They primarily use the motorhome to tailgate at Nittany Lions football games.
The Penn State theme was continued inside the coach with a blue and white solid surface countertop sporting the school’s logo, blue carpet, blue fabric-covered cabinet door panels, blue window cushions and blue curtains.
Other modifications catering to tailgaters include a flat screen TV that slides out through a hatch and swivels for exterior viewing and a grilling platform that pulls out from the rear bumper. It’s also equipped with a complete lineup of new appliances, including the latest refrigerator microwave/convection oven combo, a washer/dryer combo, dishwasher, range, and central vacuum.
“There are many new products and makeover techniques to make RVing more comfortable and enjoyable,” said Brad Sargent, vice president of marketing for Dometic. “RV Rescue shows people what’s possible to do with an old motorhome. Anyone who walks through this will be impressed with those possibilities.”
Camping World was the retail sponsor of the event, and more than 15 other companies contributed products and services to the makeover.