On the MeRV: Medical RV is back on the road with a new look

| 5/10/2011

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer

Jon Osburn had been officially back on the road for all of 10 minutes Tuesday when he heard the first of many critiques of the MeRV’s new paint scheme.


Photo by Chilton Signs & Design

Much of the RV now pops with a bright margarita green, along with a rolling hill of bright orange. The new scheme replaces a quieter white paint job with blue lettering.

“I’ve heard everything from, ‘you’re not gonna miss that’ to ‘boy, that sure is ugly,’” Osburn said. “When you see this thing, you’ve been MeRV’d.”

Osburn headed out Tuesday to North Carolina from Chilton Signs and Design in Dundee, FL. Chilton workers spent much of the last week installing new graphics onto the MeRV, which already has most of the summer booked and scheduled. After stopping at the Petro in Kenly, NC, Osburn is headed up through Richmond, VA, and Maryland before hitting New England next week.

For more on the MeRV, visit the vehicle’s Facebook.com page.

The MeRV, or Medical Resource Vehicle, is owned by Ohio-based Boardman Medical Supply. Boardman Vice-President and co-owner Robin S. Ivany told Land Line Magazine in April that the MeRV would continue to promote health and education for truck drivers by stopping at truck stops and truck shows.

Ivany also said the MeRV would emphasize expanding the number and geography of its visits.

Dr. John McElligott, several respiratory specialists, registered nurses and other medical workers will be on standby to help diagnose truck drivers for a variety of illnesses and health issues, Osburn told Land Line.

Osburn said he also plans to help direct drivers for additional treatment when needed.

“I have an app on my Smartphone that can tell someone the five closest doctors anywhere,” Osburn said.

The MeRV’s new look, Osborn said, should be easy for truckers to spot during the next year. Its bright new paint job should be easy to recognize for another reason: Its back end is covered in reflective stripes.

“Nobody will use their high beams on me because it will blind them,” Osburn said. “Say no to cheap freight will be burned into their retina.”