RV Dreams Education Rally – Sevierville, TN

Liz and I just returned (May 4th) from the RV Dreams Rally in Tennessee.  We both give this event Two Big Thumbs Up!!  What a great learning and fun experience it turned out to be.  The week long rally included seminars on the full time RVing experience, evening dinners and events, campfires, and just a lot of fun things.  Plus Seveirville, near Gatlinburg is a great place to visit on its own.  Liz and I wanted to learn more about full time RVing and I stumbled across Howard and Linda Payne’s website: http://www.rv-dreams.com/ and found it to be packed with information.  Howard and Linda have been on the road for ten years now, and they share their experiences in an educational way so that folks like Liz and I can learn from them.  If you are thinking of going full time, please visit their website and also make it a point to attend one of their education rallies.  It is well worth the time and money.  Even if you only plan to do extended stay trips and not full time, there is valuable information available.

The cost of the rally was $295.00 which included several catered dinners and all the seminar stuff.  Camping was extra, but there was a discount offered by River Plantation for those attending.  Many folks attended that don’t even have an RV yet.  There were plenty of close accommodations for them to stay too.

Below I have included a list of helpful links on a wide variety of RVing subjects that were provided by Howard and Linda.  I found many of them useful in researching the different aspects of the RV life.

Safe Travels

 

As promised here are clickable links for all the links in the Rally seminars plus several additional links that we have used to do our various research.  Hopefully, this will save you some time – it’s a lot of work.  🙂

 

Howard & Linda

 

 

Emotional Aspects

 

The Unmistakable Touch of Grace by Cheryl Richardson (Book Recommendation)

 

 

Buying An RV

 

RV Inspection Connection (Inspections of used RVs prior to purchase;  Our RV Inspection Partner – tell them RV-Dreams sent you)

 

RV Consumer Group (Use to help confirm your research, not for ultimate decision making)

 

Changing Gears RV Inspection Checklist (As a supplement to the checklists in your handout booklet)

 

 

RVing Basics –  Hooking Up Utilities, Dumping Tanks, Systems Overview, Safety, Checklists

 

RV Electrical Systems (Our layman’s page on RV electrical starting from the very basic and gradually increasing in complexity)

 

RV Power Protection – Progressive Industries

 

RV Power Protection – Surge Guard

 

RV Water Filter Store – Water Flow & Pressure Article (This is where we get our water pressure regulators, and filter cartridges)

 

RV Water Filter Store – Water Pressure Regulators (I like the Watts 263A-LF Adjustable Regulator with 2-inch gauge; 4 – 4.5 gallons per minute rating)

 

Camco Rhino-Flex Sewer Hose Product Line Video

 

 

RVing Basics – Driving, Towing, Hitching, Unhitching, Parking

 

TowingWorld.com – State Towing Laws

 

Mountain Directory For Truckers RV & Motorhome Drivers

 

American Independent Truckers Low Clearances

 

Motorhome Magazine Downloadable Dinghy Towing Guides

 

Family Motor Coach Assoc – Guides for towing four wheels down (You need to sign up for a free account to view)

 

Girl’s Guide To RVing With A Toad – Great blog post for hooking up a car to a tow bar

 

 

RVing Basics – RV Safety & Checklists

 

rvsafety.com – RV Safety & Education Foundation (Wheel-by-wheel RV weighing schedule, safety videos, and more)

 

Escapees SmartWeigh Locations (Wheel-by-wheel RV Weighing)

 

NHTSA Manufacturers’ Database (Use first two digits of DOT Code on tires to find manufacturer and country of origin)

 

ChangingGears.com Checklist Samples

 

 

Selecting A Home Base & Insurance Considerations

 

Choosing Your RV Home Base (book) (Updated 2014)

 

Popular Mail Forwarding Services

 

Escapees RV Club Mail Forwarding (Locations in Texas, South Dakota, & Florida)

 

MyDakotaAddress – Madison, SD

 

America’s Mailbox – Box Elder (Rapid City), SD

 

Dakota Post – Sioux Falls, SD

 

Your Best Address – Sioux Falls, SD

 

MyRVMail.com – Crestview, FL

 

St. Brendan’s Isle Mail Forwarding – Green Cove Spring, FL

 

 

Health Insurance

 

RVerHealthInsurance.com (#1 Health Insurance resource for full-time RVers)

 

ehealthinsurance.com

 

Medicare Supplement Brokers

 

RV Insurance & Extended Warranties

 

Our Detailed RV Insurance Pages

 

RV Insurance Quote From American Adventure Insurance (Our RV Insurance Partner)

 

Miller RV Insurance

 

 

RV-Dreams Extended Warranties Page

 

Extended Warranties Quote Request (Wholesale Warranties, Our RV Warranty Partner)

 

 

What Does It Cost To Full-Time?

 

Our Financial Information Page (Links to our yearly expenses & budgets, sample budgets, and more)

 

Our Downloadable Excel Spreadsheets (Different levels of spreadsheets with built-in formulas for financial tracking)

 

 

 

Working On The Road

 

Our Workamping Pages

 

Workamper News Memberships

 

Workamper News Special Offer

 

Volunteer.gov (Federal portal for finding volunteer positions;  Use “Housing/Amenities” dropdown to search for positions with campsites, RV pads, etc.)

 

Coolworks.com – Jobs For RVers

 

Recreation Resource Management (Over 400 Camphosting jobs across the country)

 

Caretaker.org (Property caretaking in the U.S. and across the world; Some have RV spaces)

 

Habitat For Humanity – Care-A-Vanners

 

DOVE – Escapees Red Cross Volunteers

 

Faith-based volunteering

 

NOMADS

 

RVICS

 

SOWERS

 

 

 

Basic RV Maintenance

 

Walter Cannon – RV Safety & Education Foundation  http://rvsafety.com/

Gary Bunzer – The RV Doctor http://www.rvdoctor.com/

Gary Motley – Motley RV Repair http://www.motleyrvrepair.com/

 

Michael Witt – Master Certified RV Tech; & Owner of RV Trailer & Motorhome Repair

http://www.rvtrailerandmotorhomerepair.com/

Mark Polk – RV Education 101 http://rveducation101.com/

Jack Mayer – Solar, electrical, internet & cellular, Heavy Duty Trucks, New Horizons Ambassador  http://www.jackdanmayer.com/

Mark Bruss http://www.dmbruss.com/

RVBasics.com (Steven Fletcher & Fran Crawford) http://rvbasics.com/

Mac McCoy – RV Fire & Life Safety

http://macthefireguy.com/

 

Internet On The Road

 

RV Mobile Internet Resource Center

 

 

Choosing Campgrounds

 

RVParkReviews.com (www.rvparkreviews.com/)

 

Federal Campgrounds Reservation Site (www.recreation.gov)

National Parks – http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm National Forests – http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/finder.shtml BLM – http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html Corps of Engineers – http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/visitors.cfm

 

PassportAmerica (50% off discount membership)

 

Escapees RV Club Parks & Parking –  http://www.escapees.com/Parking/Default.aspx

 

 

UltimateCampgrounds.com (Over 22,000 public campgrounds)

 

FreeCampsites.net (freecampsites.net/usa/)

 

CasinoCamper.com (www.casinocamper.com)

HarvestHosts.com (www.harvesthosts.com)

BoondockersWelcome.com (www.boondockerswelcome.com)

 

CampsitePhotos.com (www.campsitephotos.com)

Allstays (www.allstays.com)

 

FreeCampgrounds.com (www.freecampgrounds.com)

Wheeling It (wheelingit.wordpress.com) (Great campground reviews including free spots, boondocking spots, etc. – Mostly in the west)

 

RV-Camping.org (www.rv-camping.org)

 

Boondocking & Solar

 

RV Solar Solutions (Greg Young, Full-time RVer & Mobile Solar Installer)

 

AM Solar (Our preferred west coast solar installer)

 

Palmer Energy Systems (John Palmer, good Florida solar installer)

 

Jack Mayer – RV Electrical & Solar – (Technical detail for RV electrical & solar)

 

 

How we are working towards full time RVing