Bret Michaels is taking his lifelong passion for RVs to Travel Channel in the new original series “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels.” From childhood road trips in his family’s Winnebago to touring the U.S. in his own custom coach, rock musician Bret Michaels of Poison has logged more than three million miles in RVs.
The new original series “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels” premieres on Sunday, May 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes, as part of Travel Channel’s “We Are Summer” multiplatform programming campaign.
Each of the sixteen episodes (15 half-hours; one-hour finale) will feature rocker and RV enthusiast Bret Michaels as he, along with a design team including master fabricator Bodie Stroud and lead builder Jake Scott, transform dilapidated RVs into the most luxurious, over-the-top, insane motor coaches on the road.
The show will show Michales like you’ve never seen him before, sharing his passion and expertise with travelers and RV fans everywhere.
The series will be complemented by an online contest “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels: Epic RV Giveaway Contest”, which is hooking up one lucky fan with the ultimate prize: a shockingly luxurious RV custom-built and designed by Michaels and his “Rock My RV” design team, plus an appearance on the show’s special one-hour finale. Beginning Monday, June 3, fans can log onto www.TravelChannel.com and enter the “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels: Epic RV Giveaway Contest” for their chance to win this unprecedented opportunity. The contest runs from Monday, June 3 through Monday, July 15.
Michaels is no stranger to TV, he can be found both in front of and behind the camera as a director, producer and reality TV superstar. His first look into reality TV brought the record-breaking “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” franchise to VH1, and he teamed up with them again for the docu-series “Life As I Know It.” Michaels also starred in and won Donald Trump’s NBC hit series, “Celebrity Apprentice.”
I spoke with Michaels earlier this week about his show, I asked him
since I know he is used to designing his own tour buses, what challenges did he face just filming the show and working with all of the RV’s.
“A couple of things. Here’s the first challenge, my passion is my blessing and my curse. Okay? I’m a sweat the details guy and I can’t help myself. And sometimes I just want to pull back, but I just can’t do it.
So here is the challenges, when they come in my brain immediately looks at the RV, I know what it is, I’m like, “Oh that’s a ’98. I know that Coachman. I know this. This is what I could do for it.” But what I’ve got to do is take a breath and find out what they want done. I’m there to deliver their dream and use my knowledge of this to be able to build it out for them and I want to make them the absolute best thing I can.
And the challenges you run into is, I’ve got to be brutally honest, rust is a big challenge, the amount of room they want, the suspension can’t handle it. So it’s like opening a can of worms. Everyone wants four slide outs; and they want more room; and they want storage; and they want – everyone wants this, you know, the bigger bed, they want this and that.
And when you get in there you start – the first thing I have to do with most of these is look at the structure, the rust factor, what we can and can’t do and most important is weight. You can’t put too much weight on this thing or you’re going to – forget about the gas, it could be quite dangerous.
So it’s really a matter of function and fun. I’ve got to create both. I want it to be fun, but it’s got to function and I want their experience when they leave to be enjoyable. Because a lot of these shows, I want to be very straightforward, a lot of these RV shows they build these in a garage and they make things that could never possibly go down the road. My job is to make it be able to go wherever they want it, go under any bridge, go anywhere they want, any beach, any side of a mountain that they want to go, but it’s still – I want it to be fun and functional.”
“Rock My RV with Bret Michaels” premieres on Sunday, May 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes, as part of Travel Channel’.