Aug 022018

Even though we are no longer actively RVing, we are still involved in the RV lifestyle through the blog, our many friends who are still on the road, my volunteer work as an administrator with the Living the RV Dream Facebook group, and our lifetime membership with the Escapees RV Club. Escapees continues to be the single best resource I know of for both new RVers and those who have been involved in the RV lifestyle for years.

One of the things I always urge new RVers to do is to attend one of the club’s RV Boot Camps, which can best be described as crash courses in the RV lifestyle. If you are new to RVing, these are excellent learning opportunities that you should not pass up.

The three-day long boot camps are led by instructors with many decades of combined RVing experience, and are designed to teach you everything you need to know to maintain and operate your RV safely. Topics include RV tire safety, RV weight safety, basic RV systems, fire and life safety, proper towing techniques, and more. Each event includes question-and-answer sessions where the instructors are happy to help anybody understand something that they don’t quite have a grasp on yet.

Just as important as the instructions during the formal class sessions are the social gatherings and community meals at boot camp, where attendees meet new like-minded friends. Quite often these friendships continue long after boot camp is over with.

Escapees Boot Camps are currently scheduled for November 9-11, 2018 at the Escapees’ Rainbow’s End campground in Livingston, Texas; February 1-3, 2019 at the Escapees’ North Ranch RV park in Congress, Arizona; March 1-3, 2019 at Lloyd Park in Grand Prairie, Texas; March 14-16, 2019 at the Pima County Fairgrounds in Tucson, Arizona; August 26-28, 2019 at Pine Mountain Resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia; and August 20-22, 2019 at the Mill Casino and RV Park in North Bend, Oregon. The events fill up fast, so use this link to register, or call (888)757-2582. Boot Camp is one of the best investments you can make in the RV lifestyle.

Now that I have my new computer set up and running well, I have been busy writing, knocking out another 2,000 words in my next John Lee Quarrels book yesterday. I told Miss Terry that since it’s so hot and sticky outside, summertime is a good opportunity for me to get a lot of writing done, then I can spend more time fishing and kayaking once things cool down to a tolerable level again.

While I was writing yesterday, Terry made a delicious peach pie, from scratch, as always. Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it was a real treat for the old taste buds.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day.

To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – You know you are getting old when you can’t walk past the bathroom without thinking, “I might as well pee while I’m here.”

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  2 Responses to “RV Boot Camp Learning Opportunities”

  1. As new fulltimers we attended the first Life on Wheels (no longer in business) seminar in Tucson in 2006. I had been reading Trailer Life and looking at rv discussion forums for almost a year when we hit the road. It was a great seminar and I highly recommend new rv’rs attend any seminar they can. We learned so much from Mac the Fire Guy, your seminars and the safety seminar presented by your friend that passed away. We are still on the road 12 years later and have no plans to stop until we have to or want to.

  2. We totally agree. In 2007 we went on the road with our first RV. The Boot Camp was not only informative but as you said the social experience was great. We made many friends there that we continue to cross paths with all over the country.

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