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May 18, 2006



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2006


Contact:
Mike Knaack/574-294-8844
Cell: 574-360-0080/mknaack@taigmarks.com


RV Rescue tailgating machine to be
displayed at two Camping World stores

The finished product of the first extreme RV makeover of its kind will be on display and open for tours at Camping World stores in Elkhart, Ind., and the Chicago area this Friday and Saturday.

As part of the Camping World Expo that continues through Sunday, the completely refurbished 1984 Winnebago Chieftain motorhome will be open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Elkhart location, 2309 S. Nappanee St. On Saturday, it will be available at Camping World’s Bolingbrook, Ill., location at 620 S. Woodcreek Drive near I-55 (take exit 267). A representative from Dometic Corporation will be on hand to conduct tours and answer questions.

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 — one of the largest RV rallies in the country — at Daytona International Speedway April 7 to 10. Called RV Rescue, the event was sponsored by Dometic and will be the subject of a two-part RVtoday show that will air on the Outdoor Life Network the weeks of June 11 to 18 and June 25 to July 1.

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 big Penn State fans. Their daughter, Emily, is a freshman there and they use the motorhome principally to tailgate at Penn State football games.

With that in mind, the Penn State theme was also continued inside with a blue and white solid surface countertop with the Penn State logo, blue carpet, blue fabric-covered cabinet door panels, blue window cushions, blue curtains and other touches.

Interesting modifications for the tailgater 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. A complete lineup of new appliances, including the latest refrigerator microwave/convection oven combo, a washer/dryer combo, dishwasher, range, and central vacuum are also featured.

“There are many new products and makeover techniques to make RVing more comfortable and enjoyable. RV Rescue shows people what’s possible to do with an old motorhome. Anyone who walks through this will be impressed with those possibilities,” said Brad Sargent, vice president of marketing for Dometic. Camping World is the retail sponsor of the event, and more than 15 other companies contributed products and services to the makeover.

For more information, visit www.theRVRescue.com

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