2017 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally

River Plantation RV Resort

Sevierville, Tennessee

May 8 - 14, 2017



2017 RV-Dreams Spring Rally Information

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

For Spring 2017, we are pleased to announce that we are once again partnering with the River Plantation RV Resort. We had our 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Spring Rallies at this wonderful location just outside Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains and they all 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 eleven 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.



Registration for the 2017 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally is NOW OPEN!!

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Rally Details

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

    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 campfire at our site 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 a 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 Group Activity To Be Determined


    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 a 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 a group campfire or other 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 a 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 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. 


    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. :)


    Rally Pricing* (Does not include accommodation costs):

    $340 for 2 people
    $170 for 1 person
    $410 for a family of 3 (includes 1 child under 18)
    $480 for a family of 4 (includes 2 children under 18)

    Prior Rally Attendee Discount: All attendees of the 2017 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally that have attended any of our twelve previous full educational rallies receive the following pricing:

    $270 for 2 people
    $135 for 1 person
    $340 for a family of 3 (includes 1 child under 18) 
    $410 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, 2017 (although it will likely sell out before then).

    If you cancel, $80 per adult is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remainder of the registration is refundable for cancellations prior to April 15, 2017.

    Note: If you have to cancel, we can apply the non-refundable portion to a future rally registration if you wish.  We believe we'll continue to do at least one a year for the foreseeable future, but no guarantees.

    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 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 2017 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 2017 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 $31.50 per night plus tax.
  • Riverfront Sites are $33.50 per night plus tax.
  • Signature Riverfront Sites are $35.50 per night plus tax.

    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 three days before and three days after the Rally (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 $31.00 per night plus tax for the Small Cabins and $66.00 plus tax 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.

  • Hotels

    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 8. 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.


    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 2017 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally is NOW OPEN!!

    Click Here To Register