Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels plans to recycle a centerpiece of his campaign for office by using a donated motorhome as a mobile governor’s office to tour the state, according to the Associated Press.
A website will be created next week so people can vote online for their favorite design on the RV – a 2001 Beaver Patriot Thunder with 21,000 miles donated to the state by Monaco Coach Corp. Daniels said he planned to use the coach in trips about once a week.
The RV is similar to the Damon motorhome Daniels used to tour the state during his campaign for the governor’s office that began in July 2003. The campaign RV, which was autographed by thousands of supporters, could be used for future political events or other non-governmental purposes, Daniels said, but has been unused since soon after the November election.
“We beat it up pretty badly,” Daniels said.
The 40-foot Monaco coach will take Daniels and other state officials to meetings with local governments, businesses and residents.
The RV was manufactured by Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco and was previously used by the Oregon state government. Monaco, which has manufacturing facilities in Elkhart and Wakarusa, Ind., is donating the vehicle, worth about $150,000, to the state for a year.
The state police troopers who drive the governor will have to take a special RV training course before hitting the road, Daniels said.
Daniels has already narrowed down design options to a few finalists.
One is white and navy blue with the Indiana state flag design the front, the state seal on the side and an Indiana map on the back. Another is solid blue with the word “Indiana” written in large letters along the bottom. A light blue and gold design was modeled after Air Force One.
Daniels nixed a choice that featured a psychedelic orange, green and purple scheme.
He said he didn’t want to list that choice online because it would probably win and he didn’t want to be known as “Indiana’s rolling gubernatorial flower child.”
Daniels said he didn’t know whether he would encourage people to write on the outside of the new RV like they did on the campaign RV.