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David Woodworth Touts RV Centennial on April Media Tour

On April 24, RV Historian David Woodworth wrapped up a successful media tour promoting the RV Centennial to media outlets across the eastern portion of the country. Over the course of his two-week tour, Woodworth participated in a total of 36 media interviews (24 television broadcasts, nine radio interviews and three print articles) and generated nearly 6 million impressions.


The tour began on April 12 with Woodworth participating in 16 television interviews via satellite from the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart with local network affiliates and cable channels across the country. Segments from the satellite media tour aired in an array of major media markets, including Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Seattle, Sacramento, and Milwaukee.  Woodworth enthusiastically described the joys of RVing and highlighted how RVs have evolved through the years, and also made sure to direct viewers to GoRVing.com for additional information.


With a 1916 Telescoping Apartment RV and a modern 2010 Fleetwood Discovery motorhome, Woodworth traveled to his first stop, Toledo, Ohio, where he did three television interviews with WNWO-TV (NBC), WTOL-TV (CBS) WTVG-TV (ABC) before heading for the Big Apple, where he landed a four-minute interview on national TV.


Appearing live on NBC's Weekend TODAY on April 17, Woodworth discussed the industry's Centennial with hosts Lester Holt and Amy Robach and showcased the antique RV and the new motorhome. Robach said, "RVing has certainly changed a lot since its inception," as she and Holt checked out the 1916 RV. The two hosts then toured the Fleetwood Discovery motorhome, calling it, "a luxury hotel room on wheels," and adding, "we'll take two!"


But, as Woodworth pointed out, while RVs themselves have changed, the reasons to love RVing remain the same. "RVs allowed people to spend the weekend with their families and really enjoy the great outdoors," he said. "Whether it was in 1910 or 2010." The full segment is viewable on Youtube.


Good Day New York hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly talked live with David Woodworth about RVing on April 19, on MYFOX New York. The show's hosts were impressed with the Fleetwood Discovery motorhome, with Kelly saying, "this is for a rock band!" Woodworth added, "I'd put this up against most flats in New York." The segment concluded with a montage of photographs of antique RVs from taken inside the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Ind. The full segment is viewable on MyFOXNY.com.


In Philadelphia, Woodworth was interviewed by anchors at WCAU-TV (NBC) and WTXF-TV (FOX).


"The first RVs offered minimal comforts compared to today's homes-on-wheels," said Woodworth. "But they did provide the freedom to travel anywhere, to get a good night's sleep and enjoy home cooking. One notable exception to today's RV was the bathroom. Back in 1910, it was usually either yonder tree or yonder bush."


The type A motorhome by Fleetwood featured in the tour was selected in a lottery from among RVIA member manufacturers who responded.


"We take great pride in our past and look forward to a bright future," said RVIA President Richard Coon. "RVing has been able to thrive and grow because people still enjoy the fun and freedom it provides." 

Category: RV, RV Centennial, Woodworth

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