The reality TV show "Great American Road Trip" has drawn positive attention to family motorhoming this summer, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
The show, airing on NBC on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern time, features seven American families traveling in motorhomes on a cross-country road trip competition.
The show’s two remaining families -- the Cootes and the DiSalvatores -- are in the running for a $100,000 prize to be awarded during the show’s finale, set to air at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.
“Our RV became our home away from home. I would do it again in a second,” said Amy DiSalvatore about her family’s experience on the program.
Over eight episodes this summer, the show followed seven families from diverse backgrounds as they traveled iconic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles in their own motorhomes. They traveled through cities large and small, while competing in a medley of humorous challenges.
" 'Great American Road' Trip provided terrific exposure for the RV industry just as American families were focused on summer travel,” said Gary LaBella, RVIA vice president and chief marketing officer. "The competing families all found the experience of RVing to be rewarding and fun, with many families who were sent home saying that the trip itself brought them closer together, and that family bonding was the real prize. That’s a great message for the show’s viewers."
El Monte RV, a national RV rental company, provided the motorhomes used in the Great American Road Trip. The units are Bounder Class A motorhomes built by Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.
Meanwhile, as Great American Road Trip finishes its run for the summer, an animated program prominently featuring a motorhome recently premiered on the Nick at Nite cable network. "Glenn Martin DDS" follows the adventures of an RVing dentist, Glenn Martin, and his family.
After learning that his favorite childhood park is about to be destroyed, Glenn takes his family on a cross-country roadtrip to protest the demolition.
Although the protest is unsuccessful, Glenn and his wife, Jackie, realize the RV trip has brought their family closer together and they decide to keep traveling. The half-hour program airs at various times on Nick at Nite throughout the week.