2016 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally

River Plantation RV Resort

Sevierville, Tennessee

May 2 - 8, 2016

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2016 RV-Dreams Spring Rally Information

Welcome to the information page for our fourteenth RV-Dreams Educational Rally. Read on for details!

For Spring 2016, we are pleased to announce that we are once again partnering with the River Plantation RV Resort. We had our 2011, 2014, and 2015 Spring Rallies at this wonderful location just outside Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains and they both sold out quickly.

An RV-Dreams Rally is primarily educational with social activities and fun mixed in. It includes several seminars from Linda & I based on our ten years of experience as full-timers, our own research, interviews with other full-timers, and the wealth of information from our Forum. Below you will find a preliminary itinerary.

In addition to seminars, we will have open rig walk-throughs, a welcome dinner, a potluck, an Italian dinner night, a final night catered dinner with dancing & entertainment, a farewell breakfast, and lots more! Also, it's important to note that 20% - 30% of our Rally attendees do NOT have an RV at the time of the Rally, and many find it very beneficial to attend BEFORE they make the purchase of their home on wheels. SO, TO BE CLEAR, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE AN RV TO ATTEND.

Also, due to the success at prior rallies, we are once again bringing in the RV Driving School to present their "Driving Your RV Safely" seminar. AND they will be offering their private driving lessons before and after the Rally (additional fee applies).

In addition, we will have Trey & Susan from the RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) at the Rally to provide wheel-by-wheel RV weighing services (additional fee applies) for those that are interested.  They will also be presenting the RVSEF Weight & Tire Safety seminar.

And, for the first time, Coleen Elkins, owner of 24-7HealthInsurance.com, will join us to present a seminar on Health Insurance For RVers.

Coleen is a full-time RVer and has been in the insurance business for over 20 years. We are proud to include her in our seminar line-up for this Rally.


We apologize, but the 2016 RV-Dreams Educational Rally sold out on January 28.

We often have some cancellations, so if you would like to be added to the Waiting List, please click the following link:

2016 Spring Rally Waiting List

We will contact each person on the Waiting List in the order they signed up.  Often there are last-minute cancellations, so the more flexible your schedule, the more likely you will be able to attend.

Rally Details


With the addition of more seminars, including those presented by RV Driving School & Coleen Elkins, we lengthened the Rally by a day in Spring 2015 and it worked out great. So, we will once again be starting on Monday in order to give folks a little more time to relax and have some free time for gathering outside of our scheduled seminars and events. Our daily starting times will be a little later and our seminar ending times will be a little earlier.

The Place

Come join us at the River Plantation RV Resort in southeastern Tennessee. The park is 30 miles from Knoxville and only 10 miles south of I-40.

We are partnering with them to provide our website visitors, Journal readers, and Forum members - our RV-Dreams Family - with a great location to come together for fellowship and a lot of RVer education.

River Plantation RV Resort offers:

  • Full hook-ups with 30/50 amp service
  • Big Rig Friendly interior roads and sites
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Propane
  • On-site Cabins for those without RVs

    Our seminars and nightly events will be held at the large on-site Conference Center.

    The Area

    Sevierville is where "Smoky Mountain Fun Begins!!" The town is 30 miles from Knoxville and 90 miles from Ashville, NC only ten miles south of I-40. We should have great weather with warm days and cool nights.

    For those that come prior to the Rally or stay a few days afterward, there are tons of activities for every type of interest. And the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a few miles away.

    Tentative Itinerary
    With the addition of seminars, we've decided to add a day to this Rally to help spread out the intensity and to allow for more free time for getting to know each other better.

    As we get closer, we may move the seminar schedule around a bit, but the content will remain the same (just maybe on different days). Also, we typically have various impromptu events that we schedule right before the Rally or even during the first couple of days.

    3:00 - 5:00 Welcome, Check-in, and Social Time

    6:00 - 7:00 Catered Welcome Dinner

    7:00 - 8:00 Rally Overview & Introductions

    8:00 - 9:00 Icebreaker

    9:00 - 10:00 No Right Way To Full-time - Evaluating The Options

  • In this seminar we emphasize there is no “right way” to full-time. We explore many of the different ways people live the full-timing lifestyle and provide some insight into what might work best for you.

    10:15 - 11:00 Emotional Aspects of the Full-timing Decision

  • This seminar is a discussion of what to expect from your heart as you announce your plans to full-time, prepare to full-time, transition to full-timimg, and even after you hit the road. Very few seminars deal with this issue, but everyone goes through some surprising, but normal, feelings in the process.

    11:15 - 12:15 Buying An RV - Pros, Cons & Must Haves

  • In this seminar we discuss the pros and cons of the types of RVs in a full-timing lifestyle. In addition, we suggest features to look for that we consider "must haves" in any full-timing rig.

    Lunch on your own OR bring your lunch to the Conference Center and join us for a question & answer session

    1:30 - 3:00 RVing Basics I - Hooking Up Utilities, Dumping Tanks, RV Systems Overview, Safety, & Checklists

  • This seminar is for the less experienced RVer although we're pretty sure everyone will learn something new. Performing certain tasks and having a basic understanding of your RV can prevent some problems and help you troubleshoot issues later on.

    6:00 - 7:00 Catered Dinner

    7:00 - 9:00 Group Activity To Be Determined


    9:00 - 11:00 Driving Your RV Safely - RV Driving School

  • This is a must seminar for everyone! You’ve been driving since you were 16. You have driven your RV for years. Basically, you feel you are a really good driver. Let’s talk about how safe you are as you drive your RV. This seminar covers bad driver habits and how to make sure we are safe driving our RV. This is highly recommended if you are going to have a “Rally” lesson before or after a rally.

    NOTE: Behind The Wheel Driving Lessons will be offered before and after the Rally.
  • $250 Rally Lesson (3.5 Hours)
  • $445 Private Lesson (2 Days, 4 Hours each day)
  • $635 Private Lessons - 2 People (2 Days, 6 Hours each day)
  • $250 Backing Assistance (3.5 Hours) Click on the link or banner above for details.

    11:15 - 12:30 RVing Basics II - Driving, Towing, Hitching/Unhitching

  • In this seminar, we discuss basic tips and techniques to take away some of the anxiety of driving and towing an RV and hitching/unhitching. We will touch on topics not covered in the prior seminar and we hope to have hitching/unhitching demonstrations during the Rally.

    Lunch on your own OR bring your lunch to the Conference Center and join us for a question & answer session

    2:00 - 3:30 RV Weight & Tire Safety - RVSEF

  • This seminar discusses proper loading of your RV to make sure you are safe going down the road and so that you avoid the other problems that arise from being overloaded.  In addition, there is a detailed discussion of RV tires and tire safety to help you ensure the "foundation" of your RV is solid.

    The rest of the day and evening is "FREE". We may have a group campfire or other optional impromptu event.


    9:00 - 9:45 Selecting A Home Base

  • All U.S. full-timers have to be a resident of some state. This seminar provides some guidelines on what to consider when making that very important choice. We'll discuss the most popular domicile states for full-timers and why they are the most popular. Also, we will touch on how your selection of "Home Base" affects your insurance choices.

    10:00 - 11:15 Health Insurance For RVers - Coleen Elkins, RVer Insurance Exchange

    RVer insurance specialist and health insurance agent Coleen Elkins presents this seminar on the very important issue of health insurance for RVers. She will discuss options as well as the importance of home base selection with respect to health insurance.

    11:30 - 12:00 Understanding RV Insurance & RV Extended Warranties

  • Due to the addition of the very important health insurance seminar, we will present a shortened version of this seminar hitting the highlights of RV insurance and extended warranties.

    Lunch on your own OR bring your lunch to the Conference Center and join us for a question & answer session

    1:00 - 2:00 What Does It Cost To Full-time?

  • The cost of full-timing is so important, but it is not easy to find real information on the subject. We'll show you some real numbers and how you can adjust those numbers for your planned lifestyle.

    2:15 - 3:15 Working On The Road

  • We pack a lot of information into this seminar. Why work on the road? What are your options for working on the road? What types of jobs might you find? How do you find jobs? How do paid jobs compare to volunteer jobs? What are the tax implications of workamping?

    6:00 - 7:15 Potluck Dinner

    7:30 - 9:00 Road Tested
  • This take-off on "The Newlywed Game" has been adapted to RVing and promises to make you laugh. :)

    9:00 - 9:30 Basic RV Maintenance I - Engine/Chassis, Tires & Wheels, Axles, Brakes, & Exterior

  • This seminar provides a very basic overview for the RV owner to help keep the RV in good working order for maximum safety and to prevent the need for major, costly repairs later.

    9:30 - 10:15 Basic RV Maintenance II - Batteries, Appliances, & Generators

  • Batteries are the heart & soul of an RV, and proper maintenance helps prevent a myriad of problems that can be traced to battery issues. In addition, we discuss how to keep appliances and generators running as they should.

    10:15 - 11:00 Basic RV Maintenance III - Plumbing System, Propane System, & Safety Considerations

  • In this seminar, we discuss simple maintenance of water heaters, fresh water systems, holding tanks, valves, and more. Also, we talk about annual tests of the propane system as well as ways to make sure the built-in safety features of your RV will function properly in an emergency.

    11:15 - 12:15 Both Partners CAN and Should Drive Your RV - RV Driving School

  • This seminar discusses the reasons why it is best to have two people that are able to drive, and it will help give those that are a bit timid about driving their RV the confidence to do it.

    The rest of the day is a "FREE DAY".

    We may have some impromptu group activities or special seminars you can take part in, or you can join your new friends for a get-together or local touring, or you can just relax. It's all up to you.

    9:00 - 9:30 Internet On The Road

  • Technology is changing fast. This seminar will provide an overview of internet connections and provide resources that will help you get the latest information to determine what is best for you when you are ready.

    9:45 - 10:45 Choosing Campgrounds/RV Parks

  • This seminar includes an overview of all the types of camping available and provides tips on finding campgrounds and RV parks that fit your RVing lifestyle.

    11:00 - 12:00 Boondocking/Solar

  • In this seminar, we lay out the basics of boondocking. We talk about what you might need for extended boondocking and discuss solar/battery set-ups. We also discuss holding tank management and other aspects of parking without hook-ups.

    Lunch on your own

    1:00 - 5:00 Open Rig Walk-throughs (Voluntary)

  • This is one of the most popular events at our Rallies. Several attendees graciously open their rigs for inspection and there is an opportunity to tour "lived in" RVs. See what RVers do to modify their rigs for their lifestyle, see how storage space is used, and feel free to ask questions.

    6:00 - 7:00 Catered Dinner

    7:00 - 9:00 PARTY!! We'll conclude the Rally with dancing, games, and more fun. We'll watch the Kentucky Derby and carry the Derby theme through dinner and the party.

    8:30 - 9:30 Full Farewell Breakfast
    Time for hugs & handshakes and a few final words from your hosts

    Though much of the content is geared toward the education of full-timers and future full-timers, everyone is welcome and we guarantee even the most part-time RVer will learn something and have a great time. :)

    Rally Pricing* (Does not include accommodation costs):

    $320 for 2 people
    $160 for 1 person
    $380 for a family of 3 (includes 1 child under 18)
    $440 for a family of 4 (includes 2 children under 18)

    Prior Rally Attendee Discount: All attendees of the 2016 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally that have attended any of our eleven previous full educational rallies receive the following pricing:

    $240 for 2 people
    $120 for 1 person
    $320 for a family of 3 (includes 1 child under 18)
    $380 for a family of 4 (includes 2 children under 18)

    * - There are no partial deposits. The entire Rally amount is due at time of registration. Registration must be completed by April 15, 2016 (although it will likely sell out before then). If you cancel, $80 per person is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remainder of the registration is refundable for cancellations prior to April 15, 2016.

    The Rally registration fee includes all 18 seminars, four catered meals, entertainment, and use of the Conference Center for registration, seminars, and meals.
    RV Sites

    Reservation Information

    The Rally registration DOES NOT include RV sites or other accommodations. We have set aside 65 RV sites and all of the on-site cabins at River Plantation RV Resort, but you must make your own reservations. Note that reservations will not be confirmed by the RV park until you have registered and made your Rally payment. We will provide names of registrants to River Plantation so they may confirm that those making reservations are properly registered for the 20165 Spring Rally.

    Once you have registered for the Rally, you can give River Plantation a call at 800-758-5267 or 865-429-5267 to make your reservation. Be sure to tell them that you are with the 2016 RV-Dreams Rally. :) Rally Rate For RV Sites

    All sites have 50/30 Amp electric with full hook-ups, cable, and Wi-Fi.

  • We have the following 60 sites set aside, but others may be available upon request:

  • Standard (181 - 185), (195 - 215), (218 - 232)
  • Riverfront (422 - 435)
  • Signature - Riverfront with 20 X 70 Concrete pads (436 - 440) We will be on Site 441.
  • Standard Sites are $30.50 per night plus tax ($34.08 total).
  • Riverfront Sites are $32.50 per night plus tax ($36.32 total).
  • Signature Riverfront Sites are $34.50 per night plus tax ($38.55 total).

    Note: The Riverfront and Signature sites tend to sell out very quickly. River Plantation Resort has graciously agreed to give the Rally rate to all of our attendees for as many days before and after the Rally as you want (subject to availability). One night's deposit is required to hold the reservation. The deposit is refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival date. If you cancel within 72 hours, you forfeit the one night's deposit only.

    Cabins - Cabins at this Rally location tend to sell out in the first two weeks after registration opens, but there are lots of hotel options near the venue for those that don't have RVs.

    We have set aside all 8 cabins at River Plantation:
    Small Cabins - 4
    Large Cabins - 4

    Small Cabins:
  • Full Bed
  • Twin Bunk Beds
  • Cable TV
  • Heating/Air Conditioning
  • Close to bathhouses
  • Guests must bring towels and linens
  • NO Smoking
  • NO Pets

    Large Cabins:
  • Full Bed in separate room
  • Twin Bunk Beds in loft
  • Futon Couch that converts to full bed
  • Full Bath
  • Kitchen Table with four chairs
  • Microwave, Coffee Pot, Stove/Oven
  • Cable TV
  • Heating/Air Conditioning
  • Guests must bring linens and cookware
  • NO Smoking
  • NO Pets

    Rates are $30.00 per night plus tax ($33.53 total) for the Small Cabins and $65.00 plus tax ($72.64 total) for the Large Cabins. One night's deposit is required to hold the reservation. The deposit is refundable if you cancel at least 72 hours before your scheduled arrival date. If you cancel within 72 hours, you forfeit the one night's deposit only.

    Other Accommodations:

    Attendees get the most out of staying on-site, but if you don't have an RV, the cabins are sold out, and/or you just want to stay elsewhere, there are lots of options near the RV park.


    The closest hotel is the Mountain Aire Motor Inn which is at the top of the hill next to the River Plantation driveway. It's not fancy, but it's really convenient, clean, and reasonably priced.

    For other hotel and lodging options, check out the Visit Sevierville website. That website includes accommodation listings as well as discount coupons.

    NOTE: No pets are allowed in the Conference Center where all of our seminars and meals are held. Also, no pets are allowed in the cabins. So, if you need pet-friendly accommodations outside the RV park, check out PetsWelcome.com  or BringFido.com

    Additional Costs

    Rally T-Shirts (Optional) - $15 Each
    We will be ordering Rally T-shirts based on your selections during the registration process. Those that pre-order T-shirts will be able to pick them up and pay for them at registration on May 2. Please do NOT pre-pay for the shirts with your registration. Note: We will order a few extra shirts, but the only way to guarantee you get one is to pre-order as we usually run out of extras.

    Here are sample T-shirt designs from prior rallies.

  • RV-Dreams Logo Items (Optional)
    At check-in on Monday, our volunteers will be offering various RV-Dreams logo items such as hats ($15), visors ($15), and insulated tumblers ($10). We sell these at or below our costs and we appreciate you getting the RV-Dreams name out there.

    Wheel-By-Wheel RV Weighing (Optional)

    RVSEF will be on hand to weigh RVs as you leave the Rally.  The cost is $60 (collected by RVSEF) and it is optional, but we HIGHLY recommend that you take advantage of this service.

    Final Thoughts
    About two weeks prior to the Rally, we will send an email letter to all registered attendees providing details about what to expect.

    An RV-Dreams Rally includes a great mixture of experienced full-timers, new full-timers, savvy RVers, wannabe full-timers, and folks just exploring their options. The time before and after the Rally and the other times spent with other attendees can be as fun and informative as the scheduled activities. Life long friends are made at these Rallies and that's one of the reasons why we have return guests every time. :)

    SOLD OUT!!

    We apologize, but the 2016 RV-Dreams Educational Rally sold out on January 28.

    We often have some cancellations, so if you would like to be added to the Waiting List, please click the following link:

    2016 Spring Rally Waiting List

    We will contact each person on the Waiting List in the order they signed up.  Often there are last-minute cancellations, so the more flexible your schedule, the more likely you will be able to attend.