A Red Sox Fan Wins A New RV: The Story of William Pulkinen 1610

What would you do if you woke up to a brand new RV in your driveway? Where would you go? Who would you take with you?

For most of us, this is just a fantasy we all have before dozing off for the night. But for RV giveaway winner, this was a reality that came to fruition one night while scrolling Twitter.

Meet William Pulkinen, the winner of a Major League Baseball All-Stars RV Giveaway — a new Coleman Lantern 17B.

Want to win an RV for yourself? Follow Camping World and Marcus Lemonis on Twitter to be the first to know about pop-up giveaways and prizes.


In our last interview of the Ultimate RV Show National Tour 2021, we check back in with William Pulkinen, and his family to see how the RV Life is suiting them in their Red-Sox wrapped Coleman Lantern 17B.

MLB wrapped Coleman Lantern 17B
MLB wrapped Coleman Lantern 17B

Meet William Pulkinen

Originally from Massachusetts, the Army Sergeant First Class William Pulkinen is gearing up to retire after 20 years of service. In the army since age 17, his work has kept him traveling. Now, with a family of four, Sergeant Pulkinen is looking forward to more time spent together outdoors.

How to Win an RV From Your Living Room

In this exclusive interview, Pulkinen sets the scene: describing the evening sitting in the living room with the family like any other. He was scrolling Twitter, keeping up with sports, when he saw Marcus Lemonis’ tweet in search of a family for a brand new RV as part of the MLB All-Stars Giveaway.

Pulkinen posted a picture of his family to Twitter and told his story.

“We’ve missed out on family time over the years from training and deployments,” he said in the interview, so this RV would be essential to creating family memories in the future.

“I hope you enjoy this RV for the next 20 years,” responded Marcus Lemonis.

When Pulkinen showed his wife evidence of their new winnings, she said in disbelief, “I don’t believe that one bit.”

MLB wrapped Coleman Lantern 17B
MLB wrapped Coleman Lantern 17B

Life in an RV

Traveling with the RV has made life so much more simple. “Let’s just pack the RV and go camping for the weekend,” Pulkinen says to his wife on a Friday.

The travel trailer has proven to be effective at getting the kids outside and fostering family time. “[The RV] allows us so much more freedom,” said Sergeant Pulkinen.

With no hotel reservations to make or luggage to tote up flights of stairs, traveling as a family has become much more approachable.

Travel Plans as New RVers

The Pulkinen family has their sights set on the South, heading to Panama City Beach in June. After that, the once-in-a-lifetime visit to Disney World is on the calendar. Disney World’s Fort Wilderness is a fail-safe family vacation, with plenty to do at the campsite and nearby at Orlando’s theme parks.


Thank you for coming along for the ride on the Ultimate RV Show National Tour 2021. We’re glad you joined us around our virtual campfire. What was your favorite part? Tell us in the comments.

Kelsey’s first career as a performing artist had her traveling the world. Eager to keep traveling, she hit the road to see the USA in a 69’ Airstream Overlander. Today you can find her writing about travel, design, and good food. When she’s not planning her next trip, she’s sipping on local beer and petting other people’s dogs.

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