Former Gov. Mitch Daniels' Newsroom

Contact: Jane Jankowski
Phone: 317/232-1622

For Immediate Release: Mar 9, 2005
New design for RV One selected

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2005) ? The votes are tallied and the winning RV One design has been selected. Design 1 is the winner with 2,619 votes, close to 44 percent of the total votes cast.

That means the 2001 Beaver Patriot Thunder that Governor Daniels picked up almost three weeks ago in Wakarusa will be painted Reflex Blue ? the color of the Indiana flag. The concept also includes a gold torch surrounded by stars on the sides and back, and the word ?Indiana? in large white letters on the sides.

?I knew that I shouldn?t trust myself with any artistic judgment about the design of the RV. I like the choice the participants have made,? said the governor. ?We?ll go to Lafayette and Frankfort at the end of this week and then let the painters do their work.?

The governor picked up the RV in Wakarusa on Feb. 25 and conducted a town meeting in Auburn on the same day. Within a week, the governor took the RV to Cross Plains, where he delivered a $100,000 check from the Indiana Lottery to the Ripley County Community Foundation. The donation served as a goodwill gesture following last year?s security breach involving a fraudulently purchased $1 million winning scratch-off ticket that had been purchased at Otter?s Grocery. The governor also conducted a community meeting in Madison the same day.

The governor intends to use the RV at least once a week to participate in events throughout the state after the painting is complete.

Almost 6,000 votes were cast at the Web site from Feb. 24 through March 4. The runner-up was Design 2 with 1,755 votes; Design 4 finished with 956 votes and Design 3 collected 655. All designs can be viewed on the Web site. In separate balloting in the Indianapolis Star, the same design leads the vote tally.

Monaco Coach Corporation, which has facilities in Elkhart and Wakarusa, is donating use of the RV to the state. The RV was built in Oregon, where Monaco is headquartered, and for a time was used by the governor of Oregon. It is equipped with a printer, copier and fax machine, wireless Internet access and a high-speed mobile satellite Internet system.

The transformation of the RV will take about two weeks, and RV One will officially be unveiled after the project is complete.


Media contact: Jane Jankowski, Office of the Governor, 317/232-1622,