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Gazette Premium Content Colorado Springs couple's revamped RV is revealed

By Monica Mendoza Updated: June 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

Bill and Sally Layton have a rockin' RV.

Their 1974 bright yellow GMC jalopy has been tricked out by rock-n-roller Bret Michaels, who worked his magic on the worn-out rig for the television show "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels."

"Do you trust me?" Michaels said to the Laytons as they drove their aging camper van into a body shop in Southern California. "Then, hand over those keys."

The Colorado Springs couple had no idea what to expect. They just knew that their beast of a ride needed a new look.

The revamped Layton RV will be revealed at 7 p.m. June 16 on the Travel Channel.

Michaels, who is best known as the front man for the rock band Poison, spends about nine months a year touring in his RV and estimates he's logged more than 3 million miles in his home on wheels.

He customized his own RV with some over-the-top amenities and felt others should have a similar ride. He teamed with the Travel Channel for a 16-show series that overhauls RVs arguably ready for the junkyard and dresses them up with such things as flat screen TVs, gaming stations, flip-out barbecue grills and rooftop decks.

"It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities," Sally said. "We thought when will we have another chance like this? Let's just go for it."

The Laytons bought their RV about seven years ago. Bill found it on the Internet and paid $2,500. It served as a great pad for their daughter, who had a summer internship in remote Wyoming. Since then, the couple had not invested in the camper, even though in some circles the 1,200-pound retro bus is considered a classic - the only motor home completely built by an auto maker. GMC only made the motor home from 1973 to 1978 and at the time it was considered radical, with its front-wheel drive and low profile.

The Laytons' RV broke down on the way to California, where the show was taped. They had the 23-foot motor home towed and spent $23,000 getting an engine overhaul to get the RV to the show.

Michaels took one look at the groovy gold and royal blue interior and tore it out. He yanked out the wooden benches and took out the aged dinette area.

He found inspiration in the RV redo from the Laytons' personal life. The couple, who own Bite Me Gourmet Sausages food truck, were instrumental in organizing meal delivery to the firefighters and evacuees during the Waldo Canyon fire.

Michaels combined the idea of a fire-truck motif with a gourmet sausage cart. The crew nicknamed the project "the sausage wagon."

Now, as the Layton RV sits tucked away in their back yard awaiting its 15 minutes of fame, Bill shows off the $40,000 worth of bells and whistles in his rocked-out RV - a remote control awning, commercial kitchen, custom stools with ax handle legs and metal fixtures reminiscent of a fire house.

"I'm very happy with how it came out," Bill said.

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