Rifle RV dealer designs trailer for Discovery Channel reality show

SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL—Nate Robinson, second from left, of Rifle, poses with the trailer he helped design with Aaron Kaufman, left, of the Discovery Channel show “Fast N’ Loud.” Also shown are Richard Rawlings, second from right, of the show and Gryphon Garlitz, an employee of Robinson’s. They are shown in Dallas, where the show is produced.

Nate Robinson, co-owner of Western Slope Trailer Sales and RV Center, 3150 Airport Road in Rifle, found himself at the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas last week, drinking beer with two reality television stars.

Robinson traveled to the set of Discovery Channel’s “Fast N’ Loud” to deliver a shiny new trailer he helped design with one of his idols from the show, the “mechanical prodigy,” Aaron Kaufman.

Robinson said he couldn’t believe that he and his “right hand man,” Gryphon Garlitz (no relation to, and with a slightly different spelling from, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits of drag racing fame)  were downing tall, cold ones with Kaufman and the show’s other “motor mastermind,” Richard Rawlings.

The silvery steel bed riding on blacked-out wheels was Robinson’s brainchild, the result of an idea that came to him while watching “Fast ‘N Loud” during the first season.

“I’m a trailer guy, so I noticed after watching one of the episodes, their trailer was just a wreck,” Robinson said. “For being on TV, it wasn’t pretty.”

The show, Discovery Channel’s most watched, features Rawlings and his crew searching for old vehicles rusting and abandoned in back yards all across Texas. The crew hauls the jalopies back to their garage in Dallas and turns “rust into gold,” according to the show’s website.

“What they do is just amazing, but they were putting this beautiful product on this old, nasty trailer and I said, hey, these guys are doing it all wrong. So we got together and I designed this beautiful trailer for them,” Robinson said.

The brand new hauler, manufactured with the help of PJ Trailers, features some surprise twists viewers won’t be able to find out about until the show airs Sept. 9, Robinson said.

Valued at more than $10,000, the unit measures more than 8 feet wide and 22 feet long, plenty big enough to carry any car or truck Kaufman or Rawlings desire, Robinson said.

“It’s just a beast,” he said. “The thing is just amazing. We did some pretty cool custom options.”


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