I just returned from 5 days at the RVSEF (RV Safety & Education Foundation
) conference that was held in Colorado Springs, CO. The bottom line -- It was Awesome!
It so surpassed my expectations – I cannot imagine a better RV conference to learn about RV’ing, full-timing, maintenance, troubleshooting, safety (of all types, including fire safety), and driving. A little context…
Background: I purchased my first new-to-me motorhome about a month ago and will be taking a year-long RV trip with my family soon. Yes I know, I have a lot to learn and not much time to do it!
Conference Highlights: The list of instructors is at Instructors | RV Safety.com
. They were all incredible. A few standouts for me getting ready to go on the road for a year include:
- Walter Cannon (RVSEF Executive Director) and Randy Biles (RV Industry Expert) taught me to drive, including parallel parking and backing into camp sites. Before driving school, I had not put the motorhome in reverse! Also, Walter has forgotten more about tires and tire safety than most people will ever know – he had a very helpful seminar on tire care.
- “Mac” the Fire Guy checked out my motorhome with me, told me what I should and should not be concerned about as well as where to put carbon monoxide sensors and smoke sensors (much faster response time units than what my coach came with) as well as what fire extinguishers to use. He also gave a great fire demonstration with gasoline, diesel, and propane. I feel much better about being prepared for fire risk.
-The “Gary’s” – Gary Bunzer (the RV Doctor) and Gary Motley (Motely RV Repair in OK) had fantastic seminars on maintaining and troubleshooting so many aspects of RVs – 110V and 12V systems, generators, appliances, propane systems, fresh water and waste water systems, and more. Both Gary’s were very kind to answer many specific questions I had about my coach. I know at a large rally I would never had such access to these expert technicians.
I could continue but won’t since this is already getting long – all of the instructors were simply great. They shared practical information and were very accessible.
I paid all of $199 for this conference – I can’t imagine the price staying so low for what I got from it. I am not in any way related to the conference or receiving compensation form them – I just received so much value I want to make sure others know about it. I stumbled on it when I was looking at Mac’s website about fire safety.
So, if you have an opportunity to attend an RVSEF conference, look into it.
Anyone attend an RVSEF conference in the past?