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When Johnnie Walker RV’s head of marketing, Michael Walker, had a 350-gallon saltwater fish tank installed in a travel trailer, it was just a novelty idea. Today, more than a month after the RV made its appearance on Animal Planet’s “Tanked” TV show, the vehicle is drawing attention from showroom guests and increasing foot traffic at Johnnie Walker RV’s Las Vegas store.

Johnnie Walker Travel Trailer Fish Tank

Johnnie Walker Travel Trailer Fish Tank Interior

“We didn’t see this coming,” said Walker. “When this project first came along we just thought the idea of being on reality TV would be a neat way to celebrate our 50-year anniversary. After the episode ran it was an unexpected but great surprise to see the increase in business!”

Walker estimates the RV has helped boost foot traffic about 25 percent at the company’s 4784 Boulder Highway showroom location. It has also helped sell Pacific Coachworks’ Econ trailers, the product in which the tank was built into by the Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) with help from Johnnie Walker RV’s staff.

Walker hasn’t set a price for the RV and is uncertain as to whether he will put it up for sale in the future. The project, which took a couple months to complete earlier this year, was initiated to commemorate the family’s 50 years in business. Johnnie Walker RV has remained a family business through four generations.

For more information about Johnnie Walker RV, call 702.458.2092 or visit jwrv.com.

Johnnie Walker RV is also hosting a 2,000 Fan Giveaway on its Facebook page. Simply “like” JWRV on Facebook and be entered to win $100 in credit to the company’s RV parts and accessories store. The winner will be picked on July 31.

 

Campsite Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley

Campsite Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley

Butlers, chefs and amenities await those who want to camp without getting their hands dirty.

A chef is there to prepare gourmet meals, fresh trout sauteed with herbs and French toast topped with huckleberries picked from the mountains.

Or, if you like, a hot dog roasted over the fire with pork and beans.

A butler makes your posh king-sized bed each day, schedules spa facials and draws your bath.

Or, if you like, will start a campfire and cook you up some s’mores.

This is glamorous camping — also known as glamping — a trend that’s popping up nationwide as people want to enjoy the beauty of nature, even the basics of camping, without getting down and dirty.

Andrew Dodds, an Indianapolis cop, isn’t ashamed to admit that is the exact kind of camping he enjoys. No sleeping on a hard ground, no going to the bathroom in the woods, no doing without his ESPN.

“I will keep camping in my travel trailer, or home on wheels as my friends call it,” Dodds said. “So what if it has two bedrooms, a full kitchen, two flat-screen TVs, a Wii game system and a full bathroom?”

Dodds’ form of glamping, however, doesn’t compare to what guests experience at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Mont. It is considered one of the glitziest glamping spots in the United States.

This is the resort where each camper has a personal chef and butler. It is a resort where one campsite sits on the elbow of a river atop a cliff.

“The location is insane,” said John Romfo, director of sales and marketing. “The views are breathtaking.”

The resort started putting up glamping sites in 2005. Each of its five glamp-sites has six tents, each site with its own restaurant, butler and chef.

“They really are at your beck and call with whatever you need,” Romfo said. “You’re staying in a 5-star type of environment.”

But you can still go hiking, fly-fishing, river rafting and dozens more camping activities. Prices range from $1,100 to $2,000 a night.

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“NBC Today” showcased camping for upscale luxury travelers – the popular “glamping” trend — in a three-minute segment with consumer correspondent Janice Lieberman and two female friends on the road in a stylish, luxury rental motorhome.

OK, so this is not your typical RV camping trip, but all the media’s abuzz with the catchword, “glamping” (short for glamorous camping) and for these NYC gals, it’s probably as close as they’ll get to roughing it. So…do you ever look for amenity-laden campgrounds or do you think this is a passing phase/media craze.

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