2015 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally

River Plantation RV Resort
Sevierville, Tennessee
April 27 - May 3, 2015

2015 RV-Dreams Spring Rally Information

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

For Spring 2015, we are pleased to announce that we are once again partnering with the River Plantation RV Resort. We had our 2011 and 2014 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.

Also, due to the success at our 2014 Fall Rally, 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).


For details, keep reading or, if you are ready to register, click on the link below.

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Rally Details


With the addition of more seminars, including those presented by RV Driving School, we have decided to lengthen the Rally by a day. So, we will 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. We hope these changes enhance the Rally experience even more. :)

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 highs around 70 and lows around 50.

    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. 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 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.

    10:15 - 11:15 Understanding RV Insurance & RV Extended Warranties

  • In the first half of this seminar, we discuss the unique aspects of RV insurance and what to look for as full-timers. In the second half of this seminar, we explain the differences between manufacturer warranties, extended warranties, and extended service contracts. In addition, we provide advice on what to look for in an extended service contract, what extended service contracts typically cover, and how to get the most out of an extended service contract.

    11:30 - 12:15 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.

    Lunch on your own

    1:30 - 3:00 RV Weight & Tire Safety

  • This seminar is an adaptation of the very popular RV Safety & Education Foundation's seminar on these subjects. We will emphasize the safety aspects of proper RV loading and the importance of proper tire inflation. We will also provide some information relevant to the purchase of new tires and the purchase of used RVs.

    NOTE: Unfortunately, RVSEF will not have a weighing team available for RV weighing at this Rally, but they will be at our Reunion Rally in North Carolina at the end of May.

    6:00 - 7:00 Catered Italian Dinner

    7:30 - 9:00 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. You can schedule your lesson from their website or by clicking on this link: Schedule Your RV Driving Lesson Here.

    11:15 - 12:15 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 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

    1:30 - 3:00 RVing Basics II - 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.

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

    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 - 11:30 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.

    Lunch on your own

    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 OR RV-Dreams Family Feud

  • These "game show" take-offs have been adapted to RVing, and which ever one we choose 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 For The Ladies - You 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 ladies the confidence to drive their RVs.

    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.

    8:30 - 9:30 Internet On The Road

  • Technology is changing fast. Get the latest information on how to best access the internet on the road keeping in mind costs of equipment, recurring internet access charges, methods of connecting, and how that all fits with your internet needs.

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

  • This seminar includes 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):
    $295 for 2 people
    $150 for 1 person
    $355 for a family of 3
    $415 for a family of 4

    Prior Rally Attendee Discount: All attendees of the 2015 RV-Dreams Spring Educational Rally that have attended any of our eleven previous full educational rallies receive the following pricing:
    $225 for 2 people
    $115 for 1 person
    $285 for a family of 3
    $345 for a family of 4

    * - There are no partial deposits. The entire Rally amount is due at time of registration. Registration must be completed by March 31, 2015 (although it will likely sell out before then). If you cancel, $70 per person is NON-REFUNDABLE. The remainder of the registration is refundable for cancellations prior to March 31, 2015.

    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 2015 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 2015 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 65 sites set aside:
  • Standard (181 - 189), (195 - 215), (217 - 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).

    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 our Rally locations always sell out very quickly, but there are lots of hotel options near the venue for those that don't have RVs, and we've recently worked a deal for 25% off at some local condos (details listed below).

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

    Small Cabins: SOLD OUT!!

  • 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: SOLD OUT!!
  • 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.

    Special Condo Discounts

    Also, we have worked out a deal with Condo Pigeon Forge. They have three condo complexes that are between five and seven miles from River Plantation, and they are offering a 25% discount for the entire length of your stay as long as you are attending the Rally.

    In addition to discount coupons at area attractions and restaurants, guests also receive a FREE Entertainment Rewards Pass which allows guests to experience a few of the most popular area attractions FREE of charge.

    For more information and reservations, click on the link above or call 800-429-4361.

    when making reservations either online or by phone to receive your 25% Discount*.

    *NOTE: You MUST be registered for the Rally to receive the discount. We have a verification procedure in place.

    Whispering Pines Condos has 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom condos. It is the only resort of the three with one-bedroom condos, so it will be a prime choice for many. It is located about 15 minutes from River Plantation.

    Cedar Lodge Condos has 2 and 3 bedroom condos and is also located about 15 minutes from River Plantation.

    Bear Crossing Condos also has 2 and 3 bedroom condos and it is the closest of the three resorts to River Plantation.

    when making reservations either online or by phone to receive your 25% Discount*.

    *NOTE: You MUST be registered for the Rally to receive the discount. We have a verification procedure in place.

    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 27. 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 the last three rallies.

    RV Weighing (Optional) - $60
    We will do RV Weighing sign-ups after our RV Weight & Tire Safety Seminar. Though we highly recommend this service, it is completely up to you. If you choose to be weighed, we are under contract with the RV Safety & Education Foundation to charge $60, part of which supports the work of the non-profit foundation.

    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. :)


    For details, read through the information above, OR if you are ready to register, click on the link below.

    Click Here To Register!