The RV Rescue extreme makeover performed during The Rally at Daytona International Speedway transformed a tired-looking 1984 Winnebago motorhome into a luxury coach.
“It’s just amazing. I don’t think words can describe it,” said Ed Tarconish, owner of the recreational vehicle. “I’ve been a teacher for 25 years and I’ve never been at a loss for words, until now.”
Hailing from Barnesville, Pa., the Tarconish family won a national contest, sponsored by Dometic Corp., to have its 27-foot brown “Winne-beggar” refurbished, redone and revived.
The makeover of the motorhome mimicked the TV makeover shows by completely redoing the inside and outside of the Tarconishes’ 22-year-old vehicle.
The project, performed live in front of the rally crowd, started at 1 p.m. April 7 and ended at 4:30 p.m. April 10. Thousands of dollars worth of new RV equipment and products were installed, along with special touches to reflect the family’s allegiance to the Penn State football program.
The family’s daughter, Emily, is a freshman at Penn State, and the refurbished motorhome will be used to tailgate at the Nittany Lion home games.
The all-new exterior features huge Penn State insignias while the interior boasts a countertop displaying the Penn State logo, as well as lampshades, cabinet doors and curtains in the school’s signature blue.
In addition, the unit was outfitted with a slideout to expand the front living section. Lippert Components Inc. created and installed the slideout, along with a mounted TV that can slide out through a hatch for outdoor viewing and a grill platform that pulls from under the rear bumper.
“It was quite a struggle getting it all done, but we made it,” said Melody Rose, lead designer for the makeover.
Lippert was among numerous RV firms that contributed work crews, funding and products for the makeover.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind team of companies that have come together to give RVers ideas on how to make their rigs a more comfortable and enjoyable place,” said Brad Sargent, vice president of marketing for Dometic. Camping World was the retail sponsor of RV Rescue.
Viewers will be able to see the makeover in two episodes of the RVtoday TV show that will air on the Outdoor Life Network in June.