RV Lifestyle eZine




Helping to Make Your RV

Lifestyle Run Smoothly


    December 2016

    Issue #347





  • RV Basic Maintenance Classes
  • RV Driving School
  • Good Sam RV Super Show
  • ​Geography Trivia

In February and March 2017, there is a convergence in the desert, unlike any in our short RV lifestyle history, offering opportunities to attend a driving school and get basic RV maintenance training. FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) and the Escapees RV Club fill the month of March with several opportunities to learn more about the lifestyle. Good Sam is throwing a Super RV Show party in February.


Take advantage of this rare opportunity to follow the sun and learn more about your RV.

FMCA Academy RV Basics Event

March 6– 8: Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, Chandler, AZ

New to RV ownership? This two-day workshop is a great confidence-builder. You can relax and enjoy your new rig without worrying about the small stuff.


FMCA membership not required. Spaces are limited so register early.


Keep up with technology and equipment used in the latest models. Find out what you need to know if you’ve upgraded to a newer motorhome or trailer. Technology and equipment change constantly, and we’ll share what you need to know.

Get real-life solutions for all kinds of RV troubles. Avoid do-it-yourself snags with new ideas (and reminders, if you are taking RV Basics as a refresher class).

PLUS: Do others rely on you as The RVer who knows everything when you travel? Then consider attending RV Basics with your travel partner, so you both are up-to-speed on critical knowledge…how the fresh water system operates...how to maneuver the RV with a tow vehicle on the back... even what to do if a fire breaks out in your rig.


Top 10 Reasons to attend:



Expert instructors


Great location--Chandler, AZ


Complete "tip to tail" education on motorhomes and trailers


Be safe, be smart - great investment for only $250/person


Your friends will be there!


"Smell-proof" your RVing


Fit your RV to your lifestyle


Disaster prevention


Replace myths with knowledge


You'll have FUN!

FMCA 95th International Convention

March 7 – 10: Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, Chandler, AZ

FMCA International Conventions are really big shows. They represent an enduring tradition of camaraderie shared by folks who enjoy motorhome travel. Imagine going to one place where you can meet others from across the continent who share your interest in motorhoming.


Tour the newest motorhomes showcased by major manufacturers and dealers; see the latest RV products and accessories displayed by hundreds of companies; learn about operating and maintaining your motor-home; and enjoy quality entertainment.


The vendors include Cummins, Onan, Girard Systems, Blue Ox, Hendersons’s Brake, Roadmaster, King Satellite and many more. RVing Women has a booth this year.

“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” - Thomas Jefferson, American lawyer and Founding Father

Escapees RVer Boot Camp

March 16-18: Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson AZ

This boot camp provides an in-depth study of RV safety, operation, and information. This intensive RV training course grows in popularity with every session. It's fun, informative, and yields priceless information for RV travelers. Visit the Boot Camp page for more information, or call 888-757-2582 to register. Don’t delay: Seats are limited and Boot Camp sells out fast!


No Escapees RV Club membership required.


Folks are encouraged to attend who don't yet have an RV, because the time to learn about RVs is before you buy one!


The Boot Camp program provides you with a lot of useful information about RVing. There are also seminars focused on choosing an RV, and using an RV for the first time, if you need that information. Many aspects of RV safety, operation, tips, gadgets, and maintenance are addressed.


Boot Camp is intended to be general info about RVing, presented in a fast paced and fun environment. The camp is not focused on any one type of RV, but instead, provides information that is useful to all RVers, so the course is equally applicable to motorhomes and towables.


Those who complete the program are awarded a special graduate badge. Upon completion of the program, drive with confidence, knowing that your RV knowledge stands the test of life on the road.


RV Driving School


The RV Driving school offers lessons before and after the Boot Camp event. eMail them at info@RVDrivingSchool.com to learn more about their training. They offer a special course for women,

Women--You CAN & Should Drive Your RV.”

Escapees RV Club Escapade

March 19-24: Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson AZ


Join your SKP friends in the desert Southwest for a week of fellowship, fun, and first-class RV education as the 57th Escapade returns to Tucson, Arizona.


Culturally rich and steeped in true “Old West” tradition, Tucson once again promises a warm Southwest welcome to Escapees RV Club and Escapade attendees.


You need not be an Escapees member to join the fun at Escapade!


First-rate RV education! With more than 80 educational seminars, classes, and workshops, there is something for everyone. Fascinating featured speakers and discussion panels round out the line-up. Included this year is the Full-time Lifestyle 101 series with soon-to-be or wanna-be full-timers in mind!




Make the first trip in your RV to one of these events.


Take the driving school session, get your RV weighed, and attend one of the RV basic classes. You now have the confidence to really enjoy the RV lifestyle. It is the adventure of a lifetime.


Good Sam RV Super Show


The Good Sam Rally is the biggest and best RV show of the year. Novice and experienced RVers get a chance to meet industry experts, find great bargains on RV products and enjoy camaraderie with fellow RV enthusiasts.


Phoenix International Raceway
Phoenix, Arizona
February 23-26 2017




This annual RV event features:

  • Good Sam BBQ Showdowm
  • Ride or drive in a real NASCAR style racecar with the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience
  • Ralph Miller from Camping World in Chattanoga presents seminars on RV basics (towing, safety tips, etc.) and a class on “How to Drive a MotorHome!”
  • Variety of kids activities: Carnival rides, face painters, petting zoo
  • Music & fireworks

Vendors include:

Newmar, Airstream, Dynamax, Forest River, Holiday Rambler, Northwood, Daycruiser by Midwest Luxury, Weekender, Jayco, Winnebago, Weekender MP2 Luxury Vans, Monaco, Keystone, Four Winds, Thor Industries, Pleasureway, Eclipse, and K-Z.



"Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" this eBook (or paperback) covers maintenance of all the basic systems and much more is included. Find out how the air conditioning and hot water heater works! How do you perform simple maintenance on the generator, hydraulic levelers, and the roof. Learn the best way to maintain the septic system, find out how an inverter or converter works...and more! Click HERE for more info! eBook or paperback available.



Join the thousands of women traveling alone in their RV and live the adventure of a lifetime.  Everything you need to know to get started is included:

"For Women Only: Traveling Solo In Your RV,

The Adventure of a Lifetime"

It is a simple life and all under your control. Click HERE for more information on this eBook.





People Trivia

1. Which explorer first reached the South Pole?
a. Robert Peary
b. Ernest Shackleton
c. Roald Amundsen

Hint: This Arctic explorer was born in Borge, Norway


2. I conquered the world in less than 80 days. Who am I?
a. Phileas Fogg
b. Nellie Bly
c. Harriet Quimby

Hint: This adventurer was a woman.


3. Since my death, my home welcomes more than 600,000 visitors a year, making it the second most visited private residence behind the White House. Who am I?
a. Elvis Presley
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. Michael Jackson

Hint: Graceland was purchased in 1957 for $100,000.


4. In my native Brazil, I am a national hero, and in the larger world, I am considered by many to be the greatest soccer player of all time. Who am I?
a. David Beckham
b. Diego Maradona
c. Pelé

Hint: This standout athlete played on four Brazilian World Cup teams.


5. On May 29, 1953, I became the first person to summit Mt. Everest. Who am I?
a. Edmund Hillary
b. Steven Everest
c. James Whittaker

Hint: This mountain climber was born in New Zealand.


1. Roald Amundsen. After failing to beat Robert Peary to the North Pole, Roald Amundsen set his sights on the South Pole, arriving on December 14, 1911.
2. Nellie Bly. Phileas Fogg was an imaginary character from a Jules Verne novel; Nellie Bly was an American journalist who circled the world in 1889 in 72 days.
3. Elvis Presley. Although more than 30 years have passed since his death on August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley’s popularity shows no signs of fading.
4. Pelé. Pelé was named Athlete of the Century by the world's combined National Olympic Committees in 1999, though he never played in the Olympics himself.
5. Edmund Hillary. Edmund Hillary, a beekeeper, and Tenzing Norgay, an acclaimed Sherpa climber, were the first to successfully climb to “roof of the world.”



  Healthcare and the RV Lifestyle” provides information on the important elements required to help you deal with healthcare on the road. Find out what you need to know and how to use this information. Click HERE to find out more.






Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, "The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True" is an eBook that contains the answers. Click HERE for more information about this eBook.