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- Who We Are | RV on Call
Who We Are Hi my name is Pete Sullivan, owner and CEO of RV on Call. I love RVs. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm with others and learning as much as I can. I live in Durham, North Carolina, with my wife, son, dog, cat, rabbit, six chickens, and Irma: our 22 foot Winnebago Micro Minnie. RV on Call services summary . Part-time business, full-time passion. RVs are having a moment. The pandemic added fuel to an already-expanding industry, and rental services like Outdoorsy and RV Share allow tentative owners chance to try before they buy. According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Survey of Manufacturers , 55,014 units were sold in September 2021, an increase of 32% compared to September 2020, setting a new all-time high for the number of RVs shipped in any previous month and quarter. A record number of rigs are on the road and owners can now manage units with the ease of an AirBnB. Despite its remarkable the growth (or perhaps because of it) of RV industry suffers from a languishing support sector. In his article, The State of RV Repairs (11/30/21), Marc Bennett described six reasons why it is so hard to get into an RV Repair Shop, citing supply and demand, the nature of RVs themselves (rolling earthquakes), and the shortage of RV technicians. In Episode 262 of The RV Podcast (2019), Mike and Jennifer Wendland discussed the causes and potential solutions for addressing the 21-day delay to get an RV repaired at an RV dealership or service center. And that was pre-COVID. Highly skilled RV repair technicians cannot keep up with demand. RV repair shops charge high hourly rates for premium services. So where does that leave the rest of us that just need help with routine tasks? You wouldn’t hire a contractor to maintain your yard, so why go to an RV shop for general upkeep? RVing is fun, but let’s face it: a house on wheels requires constant attention, and moving thousands of pounds of weight down the highway is serious business. The joy of RVing is the journey as much as the destination. Some call it a chore-cation, but RVers know that the more love you give your rig the more it loves you back. But life gets busy some times. Does that mean you should you still take those trips? Yes, but we shouldn't neglect our rigs. It’s almost like the RV industry needs the equivalent of a property manager. This is how RV on Call was born. Some folks might need help because they are new. Some folks might just not have the extra time to do the job. Some folks might just not want to deal with the aftermath of the trip. My business is intended to support busy RVers juggling work and family and play time, or those who are frequently renting their units to others and don't have time to handle the clean-up and turnover themselves. I worked for 16 years as an urban planner , and now work as an IT manager by day and on nights and weekends I maintain RV on Call. This is my part-time passion project. I love everything about RVs and the RV community and am constantly learning how to do it better. How can I assist in your journey?
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- Tailgating and music eventsIn How to Use an RV·January 28, 2023RVs can be a great option for tailgating and music events because they provide a comfortable and convenient base camp for the event. Some features that make RVs well-suited for tailgating and music events include: Amenities: RVs typically have a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping quarters, which can be useful for tailgating and music events where there may not be many facilities nearby. Comfort: RVs provide a comfortable and private space to relax and take a break from the event, as well as a place to get ready and change clothes. Entertainment: Many RVs have built-in entertainment systems, such as TVs and sound systems, which can be used to watch the event or listen to music. Convenience: RVs can be parked close to the event, eliminating the need to find lodging or drive back and forth. Tailgating: RVs can have outdoor spaces, like a patio or awning, which can be used to set up a tailgate party. Group events: RVs can also be used by a group of friends or family to attend events together, providing a shared space to hang out and enjoy the event.149
- 2019 Winnebago Travato 59K (Class B campervan)In For Sale by Owner·March 22, 2023Dreaming of trying out vanlife? Libby is looking for a new owner! We’ve been making memories together since I purchased her from her original owner in September 2020. Now that my circumstances have changed and I’m no longer living a nomadic lifestyle, she’s ready for her next chapter with you! She’s traveled from Crested Butte, CO, to Key West, the Barrier Islands of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina to Vermont lakes and mountains, and lots of amazing stops along the way. At 21 feet she’s easy to park and handles easily. I’ll miss her dearly, but she deserves to be with someone who can take her on new adventures! Get all the deets here: https://travatolibby.weebly.com/1053
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- It's Not the RV, It’s You: How Your Mindset Influences RV Satisfaction
Cultivating the right mindset will help you get the most out of your RV trip. An RV adventure begins not at the destination, but the moment the planning and packing begin, and through the return trip home. Even the most well-prepared person will experience hiccups when Rving. And learning to cultivate the right mindset will help you and your companions enjoy the adventure and adapt to challenges that arise with the RV lifestyle. By incorporating the RV soft skills of a positive outlook, being flexible, and communicating well, you can maintain a healthy a nd realistic mindset that will make your RV experience the best possible. If you cultivate these mindset shifts during your next RV trip, you’ll have the best experience possible. A healthy and realistic mindset throughout the trip helps us cope with problems, maintain a positive attitude and maximize enjoyment Contents Harness a Positive Outlook Be Flexible When in Doubt, Communicate Harness a Positive Outlook A positive outlook is the first key to preparing your mindset for your next RV adventure. Even a newer, well-maintained RV will have issues at some point. Things rumble loose on the highway inviting problems. If we anticipate that problems will inevitably happen, they are less likely to spoil our experience. There’s no such thing as a perfect RV trip. Embracing an adventurous spirit and a positive outlook and accepting that problems will occur helps everyone keep a calm and realistic perspective. Be Flexible Flexibility is vital for maintaining a healthy RV mindset. Unexpected issues will inevitably arise during your trip. From closed roads to inclement weather or unexpected vehicle problems, challenges will arise. Practice flexibility and you’ll be able to adapt better to overcome these issues. Flexibility can also help you stick to a budget while traveling so you can enjoy your adventure without spending a lot of money. When in Doubt, Communicate Ongoing communication is the key to making your RV experience the best for you and your loved ones. So often arguments and tensions arise due to a lack of communication or misunderstanding. Be open to discussing and communicating throughout your trip planning and travel process, and you will help everyone enjoy the trip more. Traveling is also a great opportunity to boost your interpersonal skills with those close to you as well as with new people you encounter during your trip. If you cultivate these mindset shifts during your next RV trip, you’ll have the best experience possible. Cultivating the right mindset will help you get the most out of your RV trip. An RV adventure begins not at the destination, but the moment the planning and packing begin, and through the return home and unpacking. A healthy and realistic mindset throughout the trip helps us cope with problems, maintain a positive attitude and maximize enjoyment. And you’ll enjoy the many benefits of a great trip, including more passion, confidence, and curiosity that carry over into the other areas of your life. Bon voyage! ****** Enjoy the read? There's more for you at RV on Call - join our Community! We maintain an RV discussion forum and a library of premium digital products. Site membership is free, which provides access to the forum. Paid members also get discounts on RV parts and supplies. Explore membership benefits and sign up today! You can also join our mailing list to receive future blog posts and service updates.
- How to Create a Complete RV Travel Itinerary + Useful Planning Tools
Creating an RV travel itinerary is a key soft skill you won’t find in your owner's manual or in a fancy newbie's book. Yet, having one will help you make the most of your time, prioritize your favorite activities, estimate expenditures, and even ensure essentials aren't left behind. Basically, an itinerary is an organized outline for a journey. It focuses on how and where you’ll spend your time and has plenty of leeway for unforeseen circumstances. But with so much to consider, writing an RV trip itinerary can be daunting, even for seasoned RVers. In this post, we will show you how to prepare an RVing itinerary so you can have a harmonious and fulfilling trip. Contents Choose an Editing Tool Harness the Power of RV Trip Planning Apps Research Your Destination Divide Your Document into Sections Get Input from Family and Make a Plan for at Least Three Consecutive Days Include a Packing List Be Flexible Include a Backup Plan Print a Hard Copy Choose an Editing Tool While you can use a pen and paper to make your travel itinerary, a simple program like Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel will help you share the plan with your travel companions. Plus, a digital copy is easier to access and update from different devices. Harness the Power of RV Trip Planning Apps Apart from a spreadsheet program, there are other tools that are a must-have for anyone organizing an RV trip. Visit our Media Guide Resource to discover our compilation of over 350 RVing mobile apps, websites, books, magazines, podcasts, films, and YouTube channels. Below are some of the ones related to trip planning: AllStays - Finding private and public campgrounds and RV amenities even without internet. Campground Views - Virtual tours to help you see and book campsites. RV Spot Drop - Sends you canceled or unsold sites at the most popular RV parks to your inbox. Campendium - Locating paid RV campgrounds, free camping opportunities, and their reviews. CampNab - Alerts you when a spot opens up in your preferred RV campground. CampSpot - Discover and instantly book campgrounds, RV parks and glamping spots. RV Life's Trip Wizard - Finding routes that match your RV's dimensions, discovering points of interest on the route, and reading campground reviews. ToGo RV - Use pre-made RVing checklists and find the best RV mobile service, nearby campgrounds, attractions, and service centers. Research Your Destination Using the tools above, collect all the information you can about your upcoming trip. That includes the best routes to the destinations, contacts for campgrounds to stay at, RV rental owner contacts, attractions to visit, interesting local events, foodie stops, reviews, what to pack for the weather, RVing rules in the region, travel costs, and expected weather. Divide Your Document into Sections Open a blank page in your word-editing tool and create sections to note down what you’ve researched. Your rows can include the following headings: Travel Date - The first row should have columns of your vacation dates. Where to Stop - In this section, list specific places you’ll visit on each date in the morning, afternoon and evening, and note the route and entrance fees. In addition, factor in driving time and waiting time when approximating arrival and departure time. Where to Eat - List the places you’ll stop for meals on each date. Where to Stay - Campground you’ll stay, contacts, address, and rates. General Information - List things like contacts you’ll need on each date, interesting information about each stop, opening/closing hours, emergency numbers, and other expenses. Get Input from Family and Make a Plan for at Least Three Consecutive Days It’s time to fill the sections above with the actual plan. Consult your travel companions and note down activities for three consecutive days. Ideally, the spots you visit on a particular day should be close by to minimize travel time. Make sure you allocate each activity a time frame to avoid spending too much time in one area and missing out on other activities. Include a Packing List On a different page or section, add a packing checklist. It should include clothes that match the weather that’s forecasted in your destination and gear that complements the activities you’ll be doing. Don’t forget to add travel documents. Be Flexible While it’s smart to have time frames, you don’t have to create a strict schedule. Instead of rushing from one place to the next and restricting fun hours, leave enough time for you to appreciate each attraction. There are also days when you’ll need a day off, and sometimes you can deviate from your plan to check out a hidden gem. Include a Backup Plan Have a Plan B regarding the attractions you want to visit and places to stay. Record details of free campsites near your destination in case the campground you booked is closed or can’t be reached on time. Find and list alternative attractions in case you find annoying lines or extreme traffic near your target attraction. Print a Hard Copy To easily keep track of what you’ve done and what needs to be done, print the plan. A hard copy is easier to follow and tick. Also, electronics aren’t always reliable, plus not every place is safe to use a gadget. A Complete RVing Itinerary is Your Recipe for a Successful Trip. Take the guesswork out of your trip by crafting a well-thought-out RV road trip itinerary. Creating a precise plan will ensure you know exactly where to visit, how to get there, where to camp, and how much time to spend at every point of interest. Plus, with all details in one place, it will be easier to refine your budget. ****** Enjoy the read? There's more for you at RV on Call - join our Community! We maintain an RV discussion forum and a library of premium digital products. Site membership is free, which provides access to the forum. Paid members also get discounts on RV parts and supplies. Explore membership benefits and sign up today! You can also join our mailing list to receive future blog posts and service updates.
- Join RV on Call at the NCRVDA RV Show in Raleigh Feb 16-19, 2023!
Join us! RV on Call will be at booth #76 at the NCRVDA RV Show, February 16-19, 2023, at the State Fairgrounds Exhibition Center in Raleigh. If you have never been to an RV show check out the photo gallery below, which shows scenes from the 2022 RV show at the same fairgrounds location. We are so excited, this will be the first year RV on Call has a formal presence at the Progressive NCRVDA Raleigh Show and Sale, February 16-19, 2023, at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Show hours are Thurs-Sat from 10am-7pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm. The RV show occupies two buildings at the Fairgrounds - the Exhibition Center and the Jim Graham Building (which are connected via breezeway). RV on Call will be at booth #76 in the Exhibition Center, which is immediately to your left as you enter the RV show from the Exhibition Center’s main entrance and ticket window (left-hand side of panoramic photo immediately below). Regardless of whether you’re in the market for a new RV, the annual show is a big impressive display where all the major dealers in Central NC display their latest models and allow visitors to walk through any rig, ask questions, and explore - from tiny teardrops to Super Cs and Class As. Industry representatives and service providers are also on hand to answer questions. Photos shown below are from the 2022 RV show at the same fairgrounds location in Raleigh. We are most looking forward to the opportunity to meet with you, our customers, so please come say hello and tell us about your adventure plans for 2023. We will have swag on hand for your RV, and you can test your knowledge with our interactive RV quiz. And who knows, maybe we’ll even get to catch a glimpse of Winnebago’s new eRV2 prototype, which they claim is the most advanced all-electric, zero emission RV ever created. Come find us here! ****** Enjoy the read? There's more for you at RV on Call - join our Community! We maintain an RV discussion forum and a library of premium digital products. Site membership is free, which provides access to the forum. Paid members also get discounts on RV parts and supplies. Explore membership benefits and sign up today! You can also join our mailing list to receive future blog posts and service updates.