In the 1980s, Bret Michaels was the poster boy for glam and hair metal with Poison. Many of his hair metal brethren enjoyed success similar to Poison, but few, if any, have been able to reinvent themselves time and time again to remain just as relevant to this day. His latest project, Rock My RV is another innovative way to keep Michaels in the public eye, while at the same time reinforcing his good guy persona. Whether you are a fan of his music or not you can’t help but like him as a person.
Michaels has become an inspiration to many people. In 2010, he dealt with some major health scares, but he refused to let anything stop him from living his life to the fullest. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a child, Michaels has achieved all of his success in the face of adversity.
Rock My RV is not Michaels’ first time at the rodeo, so to speak. Aside from a very successful and enduring music career, he has carved out a niche for himself on reality television with Rock Of Love, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, and Celebrity Apprentice 3, where he emerged victorious and earned $640,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
Celebrity Apprentice may be an ego-driven reality show for Donald Trump, but Rock My RV with Bret Michaels is the polar opposite. Michaels’ RV knowledge is clearly apparent, but it is his passion for helping other people, his can-do attitude and his incredible creativity that makes the show so entertaining to watch.
Rock My RV is engaging mainly because of Michaels’ ability to come across as a regular guy even though he is a tremendously successful rock star and businessman. He makes you believe that you too can live the rock star life, at least where RVs are concerned.
The first family that Michaels helped left them overjoyed with the end result, but the more intriguing story of the night was the makeover that was done on the touring RV used by the company TapouT for charity events around the country.
TapouT founders, Dan “Punkass” Caldwell and Tim “SkySkrape” Katz have already cashed in on their idea to create a clothing line around the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) lifestyle, but they continue to tour the country to give back to the community. Their primary mission is to visit children with cancer and members of the military (Wounded Warriors) in an effort to inspire them in their respective fights.
The reveal of the updated RV took place in the dark of night to showcase pyrotechnics that are usually reserved for hard rock concerts. With a great deal of pride, Michaels took Caldwell and Katz on a tour of the RV which was outfitted with a custom spiral staircase leading to a rooftop party deck and an air-compressed, water-cooled, Gatling gun to fire t-shirts into crowds. Already in awe of what Michaels help to create, Caldwell fought back the tears as he was shown the name of his departed co-founder, Charles Lewis, inscribed on the headrest of the passenger seat.
You don’t have to have an RV to be fascinated by Rock My RV. After watching the show, you’ll probably want to go out and get one for Michaels to “rock.”
Rock My RV airs on Sunday nights at 9pm/8pm Central on Travel Channel.