We present professional quality RV seminar nationwide to large and small groups since 2005. All our seminars are media-supported with images and text delivered via high-quality presentations. All are lively, interactive, and laced with humor (at least we think so).
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The following are variable-time seminars that are available in any sequence and will fit into virtually any time frame ranging from 15 minutes to 1.5 hours. Not all topics would consume 1.5 hours and not all could be done well in 15 minutes—however, an overview of the topic is presented.
We offer the following seminars. The top five (with the "*") are the highest crowd draw.
Description: Taking an RV to Alaska is different than any other trip. Based on his new book, “RVing to Alaska, 2nd Edition” Ron Jones provides “how to” information about planning and actually making the trip to Alaska by RV by yourself—no caravan. Unless you have taken an RV up there, this information will be new and different.
Learn about the differences, traditions, laws, and uniqueness in RVing in the “Lower 48” and northern Canada/Alaska including driving over frost heaves, road conditions, routes, emergency road service, where to go, visitor centers, putting your RV on an Alaskan Ferry, pets, wildfires, border crossings, packing extra stuff, about campgrounds, loonies and toonies, boondocking sites, wildlife, credit cards, historic mile markers, and moose droppings.
Description: "RVing to Newfoundland" is about one of the few places for RVers to go that isn’t conveniently done in a car, takes an extended length of time to see, and traveling by RV is the perfect method for getting to and visiting there. The easternmost Canadian province of Newfoundland is remote, not easily accessed, and is the perfect RV trip.
You will learn about…
- driving, highways, routes, ferries, schedules, cod, Vikings, moose, 9/11, icebergs,
- Labrador, moose soup, scrunchions, cod tongues, 30-minute time zones, washrooms, tipping,
- fuel, costs, campgrounds, boondocking, "gravel-pit camping,"
- some of the nicest people on the planet!
RVing to Newfoundland is different than any other trip. Ron Jones provides lots of “how to” information about planning for and taking this great RV trip. Alone or with a group, you can do this.
Description: Based on his recent book, "Fulltiming for New and Used RVers, 2nd Edition" Ron Jones presents a comprehensive overview of fulltiming including costs, handling finances, security and protection, staying in touch, what to take, how to get rid of the rest, weapons, how to get along, and where to go. Re-released in 2011, the newest fulltiming information is available. Whether you finally sold the house and really fulltime or are planning that long trip, if you are thinking about fulltiming or extended travel, this is for you.
Description: “You don’t know what you don’t know” so this seminar introduces experienced and new RVers to neat ideas, techniques, and tips to make your RVing easier, safer, and cost-effective—with no gadgets to purchase. A “must see” for new RVers! Join Ron and Sandy for a great presentation, wonderful pictures, real situations, and time for questions. You will learn to save money, be safe, and have fun! Based on his recent book, "All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing, 2nd Edition," Ron Jones presents a comprehensive overview of RVing and various systems in the RV.
Description: Using standard hand signals can save time, make parking easier, lower the risk of accidents, and keep you from scratching your RV! Learn… Stop, Straight Back, Go Left and Right, and This Far to Go. Plus, learning correct 2-way radio usage to ensure safe backing may keep you out of divorce court!
Description: You must operate the RV’s combination washer/dryer differently than the one in your home or laundromat. If you don’t, the problem is wrinkles—lots of wrinkles! Can you wash and dry wrinkle-free in a combination unit? Yes! If so, how do you prevent wrinkles? Come and find out plus learn to wash four king-size sheets or six pairs of jeans in one load—wrinkle free! There are no gadgets, products, or magic soaps involved in getting wrinkle-free laundry from your combo washer/dryer. It’s all in the “how.” Here’s how and why. Based on her recent book, "Wrinkle-Free RV Laundry, 2nd Edition," Sandy Jones demonstrates how to accomplish this with a great presentation and time for questions.
Description Guessing at the cost of fulltiming is iffy at best and can turn a good decision into a disaster. Lean how to accurately compare the costs of fulltime RVing with the costs of owning/maintaining a home. Learn about associated expenses like necessary accessories and those that are nice-to-have. Learn to consider and control campground costs ranging from boondocking to discounts to membership campgrounds. Based on a major part of his recent book, "Fulltiming for New and Used RVers, 2nd Edition," Ron Jones presents a comprehensive of fulltiming costs.
Description: Learn the limitations and maneuverability of any RV, how to practice and negotiate unusual hazards—focusing on both pilot and copilot becoming confident and competent drivers. “You don’t know what you don’t know,” so new and experienced RVers learn driving tips and techniques typically ignored, assumed, or unknown. Based on a major section of his book, "All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing, 2nd Edition," Ron and Sandy Jones present various techniques you can do to learn the limitations of your RV.
Description: Numerous tips, tricks, suggestions—but no gadgets—for increasing your mileage—gas or diesel. From getting the latest in software upgrades for your engine to cleanliness to driving speeds, learn how to save money – up to 15% in fuel costs—without spending any!
Description: One of the unpleasant necessities of RVing is dealing with dumping tanks. You do not want “poop in your pipe” so here’s the correct procedure for dumping and we don’t care how your friends told you to do it. RVers (and the boater’s of the world) made a conscious decision to carry their “crap” with them. Every once in awhile, you have to get rid of it and make room for more. Based on his book, "All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing, 2nd Edition," Ron Jones presents a humorous look at how to “handle” RV sewage.
Description: If convenience and cost savings are important to you, then boondock occasionally. After all, you paid extra for the systems to live comfortably without hooking up to water and electric. Learn the tricks to extend your stay including water conservation tricks and tips, extending battery power, and living well—equal to being hooked up to utilities. Boondocking adds an estimated 15,000+ additional places you can stay overnight plus the cost savings is wonderful.
Description: Hints and tricks to make your life comfortable, safe, efficient, and fun in an RV. Whether you are a weekender or fulltimer, you will learn numerous unusual ideas to be far more efficient when RVing. Based on his book, "All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing, 2nd Edition," Ron and Sandy Jones present a lively seminar to make your life easier while living in your RV.
Description: From rockguards to GPS to road atlases to sunscreens, get recommendations for good quality accessories from someone that doesn’t sell them. Based on his book, "All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing, 2nd Edition," Ron and Sandy Jones present a lively seminar to make your life easier while living in your RV without spending lots of extra money. This is the anti-gadget seminar.
Description: Before you spend that $20,000 or $200,000, make sure the RV “fits” you. Will your feet hang out at night, do you have to get on your knees to hook up sewage, will your cabinets open with the slides in, and other really important topics will be presented. Based on his recent book, "Fulltiming for New and Used RVers, 2nd Edition," Ron Jones presents a plan for carefully looking at an RV before you write the big check. You will be amazed at the ideas here.
I developed the concept for the “Mini-Seminar” for the Atlanta RV Show. The new concept was designed to present lots of information to the attendees but not take them off the show floor for long periods of time as “normal” seminars often do. We present a 15–20 minute seminar, on a different topic, every hour on the hour. We start on time and the joke is that if you are five minutes late, you’ve missed a third of the seminar. The same topic schedule is offered each day of the show.
Attendees plan for those topics that interest them, some are just walking by and stumble onto the seminars, still others will be at the first one and literally “mark” their chair somehow to ensure they will have a seat at the next session. Some have attended every seminar during one day and use the other two days for looking at RVs.
Our seminar topics have been presented to small (12-15) and large (500+) audiences nationwide. Seminars always end with time for questions.
Our seminars are believable and attendees trust the information. Therefore, the credibility of the information is solid. Attendees learn that we are not selling RVs nor RV accessories—we only sell the RV books we have written. Our focus is on the “how to” and designed to convey information about RV operations (including the on-board systems), lifestyle, and some specific travel. We do not promote nor sell gadgets. We do promote the safe, efficient, and cost-efficient use and operation of RVs.
None of our seminars are on DVDs or online. We believe in facing the audience in a live session.
Ron and Sandy Jones are full-time RVers and travel extensively. Ron is co-author with Rob Lowe for… “All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing, 2nd Edition” (©2011). Ron wrote "Fulltiming for New and Used RVers, 2nd Edition” (©2011), “RVing to Alaska” (©2010), “RVing to Newfoundland” (©2012), and his first eBook, “The Best RV Trips in North America” (©2013). He was a columnist for Coast to Coast RV Magazine, and has written feature articles for Motorhome, Highways, Escapees, and Family Motor Coaching magazines. Ron wrote many of the RV Tips for the Good Sam Club website and provided a monthly article for their CyberSam newsletter. Ron has been camping on wheels since 1962 and was one of the developers for the RV@Sea project—the world’s first theme cruise for RVers.
Ron has presented RV seminars nationwide including many at various FMCA International Rallies, several times at "The Rally" (Good Sam sponsored), the Pomona RV Show, and the Tampa SuperShow. Plus, he presented seminars at Lazydays (Florida) to both the general public and sales staff.
Ron did seminars internationally for industry, education, and the general public. He is retired military (Army), a retired Professor of Engineering Technology at the University of North Texas, and a retired Publisher.
Sandy Jones is a retired physics/chemistry/math teacher with 31 years in the public school system. A longtime RVer and current fulltimer, Sandy constantly did battle with the combo washer/dryer commonly found in RVs. After 2+ years of experimentation, she developed a process of obtaining wrinkle-free results with significantly large, family-sized loads in that machine. She has presented this information to thousands of RVers nationwide and wrote the popular book, “Wrinkle-Free RV Laundry, 2nd Edition” now available.
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