Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Dreams and Geeks

Last week we joined our neighbors, Howard and Linda, at their RV for a cookout with 2 other couples.  'Dreams and Geeks' That's what Linda wrote on the cake she brought.  Is that cute or what!

In case you don't understand the reference, Linda and Howard Payne are fulltime RVers and run the website/community RV-Dreams.  We met them at their first RV-Dreams rally in Branson, Missouri in 2008.  Since then we've crossed paths a few times and we can always keep up with them via their RV-Dreams Journal.  We've been able to hang out and get to know them better this month because we were both parked at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.

We are envious that Linda and Howard do a lot more 'Real' RVing than we do.  They make an effort to find beautiful campgrounds with what they call the 'It' factor.  You know, the ones where just looking out your window takes your breath away.  They spent last winter exploring Florida and visited several places that we didn't even know about!  I will use their blog as our 'todo' list of places to visit in Florida.  

We both are trying to support our lifestyle with our websites.  We chose to go the membership route - you must pay a membership fee to see all our videos.  They chose the free-to-all route and use advertising, donations, and rallies, to earn their living.  Their website is chock-a-block full of information for fulltime RVers and, especially the wannabees who haven't made the decision yet.  If that's you, be sure to check out their page 'Is the RV Dream Right for You?  They also sell some products like hats, cookbooks, and spreadsheets to track RV lifestyle expenses. 

Recently they've taken on another job .. that of working with RV SEF (Safety, Education Foundation) to weigh RVs properly - wheel by wheel.  Here they are weighing our rig after getting our custom furniture installed (more on that in another post.)

It is only because of this new job of theirs that they were here.  The fairgrounds definitely does not have the 'It' factor.  Well ... unless you add cow and horse sh .. before it!

We really enjoyed spending time with them and wish them well in their endeavors.  We're hoping to be able to  pop in to their rally later this year at the Hershey Thousand Trails.

Oh - and Thanks Linda and Howard for helping us initiate our new dining room table!

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