2018 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally

Nevada Treasure RV Resort

Pahrump, Nevada

April 23 - 29, 2018



2018 RV-Dreams Spring Rally Information

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

For Spring 2018, we are pleased to announce that we are heading west for the first time since 2013. We are partnering with the Nevada Treasure RV Resort in Pahrump, Nevada.  

An RV-Dreams Rally is primarily educational with social activities and fun mixed in. It is quite different that most other RV "rallies".

It includes several seminars from Linda & I based on our twelve years of experience as full-timers, our own research, interviews with other full-timers, and the wealth of information from our Forum. Farther down the page under "Rally Details", 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.

Check out our Rally Overview video below.


Registration for the

2018 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally

is NOW OPEN!!

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OR

Continue reading for more details about pricing, accommodations, and the itinerary.


Rally Pricing* (Does not include accommodation costs):

$380 for 2 people
$190 for 1 person
$420 for a family of 3 (includes 1 child under 18)
$460 for a family of 4 (includes 2 children under 18)

Prior Rally Attendee Discount: All attendees of the 2018 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally that have attended any of our sixteen previous full educational rallies receive the following pricing:

$300 for 2 people
$150 for 1 person
$340 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, 2018 (although it will likely sell out long before then).

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel, $80 per adult ($40 per adult for returnees) is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remainder of the registration is refundable for cancellations prior to April 15, 2018. 

However, IF we sell out, have a Waiting List AND fill your spot (with payment received), we will refund the remaining portion.


The Rally registration fee includes all 16 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 60 RV sites at Nevada Treasure RV Resort but you must make your own reservations. When you call, BE SURE to tell them you are with the RV-Dreams Rally BEFORE they begin the reservation process.

Note: You MUST complete the registration process and submit payment to us before making your reservation with the RV park. We periodically cross-check Rally registrations with RV park reservations. If you reserve a site under the RV-Dreams Rally without registering with us and making payment, you will not receive the Rally rate and your site will be subject to cancellation.


Once you have registered for the Rally, you can give Nevada Treasure a call at 1-800-429-6665 or 775-751-1174 to make your reservation. Again, be sure to tell them that you are with the 2018 RV-Dreams Rally BEFORE they begin the reservation process.

Rally Rate For RV Sites

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

The Rally rate for all sites is $35.00 per night (plus tax).

Nevada Treasure has graciously offered our attendees The Rally rate for up to five days prior to the Rally and five days after the Rally, so let them know if you would like to take advantage of that.

Your deposit amount is one night's camping fee, and be sure you ask about their cancellation policy.


Other Accommodations

As mentioned previously, many of our RV-Dreams Educational Rally attendees don't have RVs yet, and they stay in local hotels, B & Bs, cottages, etc.

Unfortunately, lodging is limited in the town of Pahrump, so make your reservations quickly once you've registered.

Note: We are trying to work with a couple of hotels to block out some rooms, so we'll update that information here as soon as possible.

Here is a link to the "Visit Pahrump" Hotels Page.

There are also several VRBO and Airbnb private house and room rentals in the area, so those are also an option.

Continue reading for more details about the location and itinerary.


Rally Details

The Place


Come join us at the Nevada Treasure RV Resort in southern Nevada. The park is about 60 miles from Las Vegas, about 60 miles from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitors Center, and about 60 miles from Death Valley National Park across the border to the west in California.

We are partnering with Nevada Treasure for the first time 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.

Nevada Treasure RV Resort offers:

  • Full hook-ups with 30/50 amp service
  • Big Rig Friendly interior roads and sites
  • Concrete sites with gravel pad for car/truck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Propane
  • Garbage pick-up
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Jacuzzi, Sauna, & Steam Room
  • Massage available by appointment
  • 6-Lane Bowling Center
  • The Area

    Pahrump is a small desert town about half way between Las Vegas and Death Valley National Park. 

    There are opportunities for hiking, scenic drives, golf, wine tours, ATVs, and, of course, gambling at one of the many small casinos. It's sort of a throwback to the early days of Vegas.




    Tentative Itinerary

    This Rally will officially start on Monday with check-in and a Welcome Dinner.

    Seminars will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Saturday afternoon we will have our very popular "Open Rig Walk-Through".

    On Sunday, we'll have a Farewell Breakfast as we end the Rally.

    The following is a tentative, detailed schedule.  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.

    Pre-Rally

    We always arrive a few days early, and we generally have a some type of gathering each night (weather permitting) for the early arrivals.


    Monday


    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

    Tuesday


    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-timing, 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 an informal question & answer session.


    1:30 - 2:30 Understanding RV Insurance & RV Extended Warranties

    In this seminar, we discuss a few tips for insuring your RV and discuss the coverages most full-timers have.  In the second half of the seminar, we'll discuss extended warranties and how to get the most out of them and avoid frustration.


    6:00 - 7:00 Catered Dinner

    7:00 - 9:00 "Your Favorite RV Gadget" Show-And-Tell and Door Prize Drawings


    Wednesday

    9:00 - 10:15 RVing Basics I - 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 hope to have hitching/unhitching demonstrations during the Rally. 

    10:30 - 12:00 RVing Basics II - Hooking Up Utilities, Dumping Tanks, RV Systems Overview, & Campground Etiquette

    The earlier seminar discusses getting to the campground or RV Park while this seminar discusses what to do once you arrive.  We also provide an overview of the systems common to almost all RVs and finish up with how to be a good neighbor in the campground.


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


    1:30 - 3:00 - RVing Basics III - Safety & Checklists

    In this very important seminar, we'll talk about various aspects of staying safe on the road.  We'll discuss the problems related to overloading your RV, and we'll touch on how to properly match trucks and trailers.  We'll also talk about RV tires, the foundation of our homes on wheels, and how to make sure they are properly inflated and maintained.  At the end we'll cover some additional safety issues and checklists. 


    The rest of the day and evening is "FREE". We may have an optional impromptu event.


    Thursday

    9:00 - 10:30 Selecting A Home Base & Insurance Considerations

    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, and we'll do an overview of the very important health insurance topic.

    10:45 - 11:45  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.


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


    1:00 - 2:00 Working/Volunteering 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?

    2:15 - 3:00 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.


    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. 


    Friday


    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.


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

    We may have an impromptu group activity 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. 


    Saturday

    9:00 - 10:00 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.

    10:15 - 11:30 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 at our Saturday night theme party (them to be determined).


    Sunday


    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. :)

    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 April 23. 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) and visors ($15). We sell these at or very near our costs, and we appreciate you getting the RV-Dreams name out there.

    RV Wheel Position Weighing (Optional)

    We do our best to try to offer this service at our Educational Rallies, but it's not always possible. As soon as we confirm we can get a weighing team to attend, we will update this page with the fees.

    RV Driving School (Optional)

    Just like the weighing service, we try to have an instructor from RV Driving School available to provide private lessons to our attendees. Again, we'll update this page when we know for sure that they can attend. 


    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. :)


    Registration for the

    2018 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally

    is NOW OPEN!!

    Click Here To Register



    Cancellation Policy: If you cancel, $80 per adult ($40 per adult for returnees) is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remainder of the registration is refundable for cancellations prior to April 15, 2018. 

    However, IF we sell out, have a Waiting List AND fill your spot (with payment received), we will refund the remaining portion.