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)




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










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


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



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)



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