An Oklahoma resident is the winner of a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer gas engine Class A motorhome in this year’s Nevada RV Adventure Sweepstakes.
Retired Army colonel Walter Gund, 57, of Bixby, Okla., received the keys to his new motorhome from Nevada Lieut. Gov. Lorraine Hunt on Monday (Dec. 15) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The motorhome award presentation marked the beginning of Nevada’s 20th Annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Gund entered the sweepstakes at the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) near Ely, a scenic and historic mining town in eastern Nevada. His stop in Ely was part of a two-month RV tour with six other RVers.
The KOA in Ely will get $1,000 from the Nevada Commission of Tourism (NCOT) for selling the winning sweepstakes ticket.
“Traveling Nevada by RV is a great way to experience dramatic desert scenery, outdoor recreation and adventure attractions,” said Hunt, an outspoken booster of the RV lifestyle.
“Nevada’s RV-friendly highways make the state a perfect destination for motorhome travel,” added Bruce Bommarito, executive director of the NCOT. “RVs are unbeatable for comfort and convenience and NCOT will continue to promote this mode of travel.”
The NCOT, which is chaired by Hunt, believes the development of RV tourism-related infrastructure is crucial to the economic development of Nevada communities outside of Las Vegas.
Gund’s entry was one of 12,190 entries in this year’s sweepstakes. Seventy-two Nevada RV parks, state parks, chambers of commerce and visitors centers sold sweepstakes tickets.
This year’s sweepstakes was the last RV giveaway. The program began in 2001.
Gund and his wife, Cleone, are avid RVers, lifetime Good Sam Club members and frequent visitors to Nevada, including Lake Tahoe and Winnemucca.