The Travel Channel network will premiere a new half-hour RV show as part of its “Exposed” series today at 4.30 p.m. The upcoming episode will feature a diverse array of recreational vehicles -- including a bevy of motor homes and towables at the annual motor racing Mecca known as the Indy 500 -- as well as taking a behind the scenes tour at a number of camping and glamping destinations. One vacation location that’s sure to appeal is “Kate’s Lazy Desert” resort - a hip glamping retreat in California’s High Desert that’s owned and operated by Monica Coleman and her partner Kate Pierson, lead singer and co-founder, of the eighties new wave band the B-52s.
Located at an elevation of 3,100 feet in the town of Landers, just to the north of California’s Joshua Tree National Park, Kate’s Lazy Desert campground includes six vintage Airstream travel trailers (including a twin axle Excella) -- Tiki, Lava, Tinkerbell, North to Alaska, Hairstream and Planet Air -- which have all received interior makeovers courtesy of the original “Love Shack” design team of Philip Maberry and Scott Walker.
B-52's devotees will likely make a beeline for the “Hairstream” trailer which has been decked out with a variety of band memorabilia including posters and photos whilst Airstream aficionados can plump for a stay in “North to Alaska,” a trailer that once belonged to a former president of the "Wally Byam" Caravan Club International (WBCCI). For those unfamiliar with Airstream travel trailers, the company was founded by Wally Byam back in 1932 -- in fact it’s the only ‘30s era U.S. trailer manufacturer that’s still in existence -- and is one of the flagship RV brands owned by America’s Thor Industries Inc.
An overnight stay in one of Kate’s iconic two-berth silver bullets will run you $175 a night Monday-Thursday or $200 a night Friday-Sunday. A good alternative, especially if Kate’s Lazy Desert receives a flurry of bookings as a result of the Travel Channel show, is the Hicksville Trailer Palace, an artist colony that’s located in Joshua Tree, California that offers eight vintage travel trailers (from 2 to 6 berth) for on-site overnight rental including the neat western style “Pioneer” and the alien themed “Integratrailor.” Overnight rates range from $75-$250 depending on the type of travel trailer selected.
With over 1500 NASCAR races a year in North America and TV ratings second only to those enjoyed by the NFL it’s no wonder that petrolheads and a multitude of RV owners make a point of heading out to their local motor racing circuit at every available opportunity. The Travel Channel's “Exposed: RVs” will take viewers on a tour of some of the recreational vehicles attending Indiana’s iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit during the annual Indy 500 event. With a 4-day camping permit costing between $120-$170 for dry camping or $350-$370 if you opt for a 30 or 50 amp electric hook up -- plus the cost of daily race admission -- a NASCAR weekend won’t break the bank especially when compared with the cost of a trackside RV site at motor racing destinations like the Austin, TX-based Circuit of the Americas -- where premium RV slots will run you a cool $15,000 annually.