Behind the Scenes at HGTV's 'RV 2014' Show
Editor's Note: The following story was published in the Patriot-News, Harrisburg, Pa., and provides a behind-the-scenes look at filming the ever-popular preview of new RVs broadcast the first of each year by HGTV.
It doesn't matter if it's a mansion or a modest home, or in this case a motorcoach.
Several film crews this week are taping an HGTV network show focused on recreational vehicles at the America's Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey.
With cameras and sound equipment in tow, crews and producers representing Nancy Glass Productions based in Philadelphia braved 90 degree-plus temperatures in the center's parking lot.
"This is fantastic," said Sue Mohr of Boat N RV Superstore in Hamburg. "It's awesome. My son and I watch it all of the time."
The RV show runs through Sunday and is known for being the first big national show of the season and the place to check out the latest makes and models. More than 1,200 vehicles are on display.
Heather Leach, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), said the network tapes at the RV show each year. She said the television show focuses on three families who are interested in purchasing vehicles in a variety of price ranges.
A post on Twitter by the production company indicated they had been searching for couples and families as part of a casting call.
"Those chosen will be followed around the show as they shop for RVs. Each family will be filmed over the course of a single day as they look at vehicles, try out new features, and talk to the camera about their experiences. The idea is to give viewers a consumer perspective on the RVs rather than just one of a salesperson. No PURCHASE Necessary!!!" said the post.
In the parking lot, a sea of recreational vehicles, motorhomes and trailers created a tailgate experience minus the beer and brats. The television show crews were unassuming and generated plenty of buzz.
At times they created a minor inconvenience for those interested in checking out particular trailers like the Trend by Winnebago. A woman with the production company was planted outside the doors to stop shoppers from browsing as filming took place inside.
Earlier in the day, one manufacturer grew irritated with the crew, saying he was losing commissions as they blocked the aisle to film. "Pack that thing. Let's get it out, please," he said.