The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) has released Episode 1 of its nine-part RV Unplugged video series.
More than 20,000 views of the show were tallied on YouTube within the first 24 hours, and the number has climbed to nearly 30,000 since its debut March 11. A live chat during the premier attracted 1,000 participants.
Filmed at a remote location near Dallas, eight contestant couples competed against the clock and each other to be the first to complete different challenges. The winning team will be crowned RV Unplugged champions and receive a $10,000 cash prize.
Titled “Drought,” Episode 1 starts with contestants relinquishing their cell phones upon arrival so they would not have access to outside resources, said Tony Flammia, who produced and directed the series.
Each of the eight teams received a hand-drawn map to the competition area and were given one hour to find it. The final team arrived with a little more than four minutes to spare.
As the series name implies, contestants are unplugged from shore power, water and sewer for two weeks during the competition. However, by their performance in various challenges, they can earn “Beard Bucks,” modeled after competition director Todd Henson, to buy essential supplies and services, or earn advantages during the week.
Episode 1 can be viewed by clicking here. The next episode airs March 18.