Meet our Interesting RV Power Awning Contest Winners

Jeff: Greetings, if you follow our show, you know that we have quite a few giveaways for different prizes. A couple of months ago, along with our partners at Carefree of Colorado, we gave away a Carefree of Colorado electric powered awning. Well, as luck would have it, the winners are just a few miles away from our home here in Eugene, Oregon, so we thought it would be kind of fun to run up there, catch up with them, and see how they're enjoying their new awning.

So, let's head up there and meet Joe and Helen Hesketh. The Columbia Riverfront RV Park is the Heskeths' current abode on the road. It's a fine facility with a fantastic view of the Columbia River and its traffic, and a great place to hang out for awhile. Jeff: And imagine that, we found them right here in beautiful Woodland, Washington, just a few hours away from home.

The Carefree awning installation went well, and it operates just as it should. Next, the Heskeths still had to figure out the zip locker shade accessory installation. (Jeff then helped with the zip blocker installation.)

Joe: We got our first RV in 1978. Got a little Minnie Winnie, it was 19 feet long I think, with eight kids. And we kept that thing for 17 years, and that's when we started this family camping tradition. This is a 1998 Suncruiser. It was a '97 Ford engine. We bought it in 1999, and we've had it ever since. We got--only got 92,000 miles on it. But we went out full-time with it, so we got lots of places we've traveled and to see there, so we use it a lot. We go to a lot of rallies and things too.

Helen: We did take one trip across the country. And that was quite a trip. We have a very small family, eight children, thirty-five great-- thirty-five grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.

We've been writing love letters there to one another every single day since 1974 after we went on a marriage kind of weekend
which kind of changed our lives a little bit. We're much known for holding hands everyplace we go.

We belong to an RV group that's called the Evergreen Winnies, and we as a group go out all over and spend the weekend together. And sometimes we sightsee, sometimes we just sit around and play cards, eat a lot of food. But we have very good friends through that group.

I enter contests all the time. Every now and then, you win something, you know? So, we won a trip to Daytona 500 one year just because we paid our bill with a credit card somewhere, so I don't know. Keep trying to do stuff, so. I thought I had--I was surprised when we won the contest because it came on April Fools day. And I almost didn't open the email, it just said, "You have won." I said, "Sure I won. What did I win?" And as I read it, I said, "This sounds more serious. I think maybe this is true." The more I looked at it and then I said, "Yeah, this is legitimate. We have won the awning."

So, the next time you see a contest on "Rollin' On TV," make sure you enter it 'cause you could be the winner.

Jeff: It's great fun when a contest prize goes to someone who can really use it, and will share it with friends and family. Congratulations, Joe and Helen.

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