Joe Cahn Makes His Living Tailgating

by RVgal 22. November 2011 05:59

In 1996, Joe Cahn sold his business, the New Orleans School of Cooking, and embarked upon a journey that can only be called “one of the best jobs in history” as the self-proclaimed Commissioner of Tailgating. The Commish bought a motorhome and set out to explore “the new American community” -- tailgate parties.

In the 16 seasons he has been "professionally tailgating," Cahn estimates he has visited more than 800 venues and clocked more than 800,000 miles.

WATCH CNN's video with the Commissioner of Tailgating.

FOLLOW The Commish all season long by keeping track of his schedule.

It just goes to show you that there are many ways to enjoy the RV lifestyle.  Get out there, buy a new or used RV, and enjoy all of the benefits that RVing has to offer.

RV Brings Fans and Wounded Veterans Together

by RVgal 3. November 2011 06:39

I just came across an article about an RV that brings tailgaters and wounded Veterans together. The RV is called the “Purpose Driven Rehab” - it's a chance for fans and wounded Veterans to enjoy a different type of tailgating experience. Wounded Veterans travel with the RV, and get paid to help set up and break down the RV. During the games they welcome tailgaters to come in the RV and play video games.

So if you are out there tailgating and see the "Purpose Driven Rehab", be sure to stop by and enjoy a game and great conversation with some Veterans!

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RVing in Mexico - Safe or Dangerous?

by Jenny R 8. March 2010 07:28

Thousands of RV’s cross into Mexico each year and there are many RV owners that love to travel to Mexico for RV Vacations.  And why not?  With Mexico RV Vacation prices as much as 60% less than in the United States and the warm year round weather, a Mexican RV Vacation can be wonderful.  Not to mention that people are starting to receive cheap medical and dental care just across the border.

However, with all of the benefits of buying an RV and heading south of the border to Mexico, the question remains, is it safe?  There are many indications lately that RVing in Mexico isn’t as safe as it once was.  What originally got me thinking about this topic is an episode of 48 Hours Mystery that I saw a couple of months ago.  In this video, a family in their RV is within visual distance of their home in San Diego when they are pulled over by “police”, surrounded by a gang of people, put through a night of turmoil, robbed of their possessions, and almost assassinated:



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After seeing that, I wondered, “Is Mexico a safe place to go RVing?”  So, I researched the topic a little more thoroughly and found that the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Mexico.  Originally issued in 2009 and then updated in 2010, the U.S. Embassy travel alert encourages U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to certain parts of Meixco and to advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution.  Another report issued by the Consulate General of the United States issued a warning about gun battles and kidnappings in Reynosa, Mexico.  Lastly, I found another news story from just last week speaking of a Canadian couple that was attacked by apparent fake police while vacationing in Mexico.

With all of these reports and warnings out there, why are people still RVing in Mexico? Even with all of the warnings out last year, many college students still spent spring break in Mexico.  Even with all of the warnings, many United States citizens drive their motorhomes across the border every week to pursue medical care.  Even with all of the alerts, some family friends recently kept their scheduled RV Vacation to a Mexican resort. 

So, is the risk of RVing in Mexico overstated?  Some people seem to think so.  In this article, Dennis Jacobs says that Mexican travel can be as safe or as dangerous as you like.  Basically, he says that if you take the standard safety precautions for safe travel to pretty much any destination, you will more than likely be fine.  Jacobs suggests doing your research, practicing self-restraint while in Mexico, understanding laws & social norms, and staying in groups. 

Another proponent of Mexican travel from the Full Time RV Blog, says “In fact it is statistically much safer than the USA and actually even Canada. Right now the USA is on the list of some of the most dangerous countries in the world to travel in.”

What do you think?  Are you staying out of Mexico and RVing elsewhere?  Is Mexico just as dangerous as you make it?  Is the United States just as dangerous or more dangerous for RV Travelers?  Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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Economy Down Means RVing Picking Up

by Jenny R 11. January 2010 05:22

In this case, the economy being down means that this family picked up RVing as a solution.

With the economy like it was in 2008 and 2009, there are more and more people turning to living in a RV and taking to the road out of necessity, not just out of choice. In the below video originally profiled on the NBC Today Show, this family of five from Washington State decided to live full-time in their fifth wheel trailer after he lost his job as a Vice President of a software company. Falling into the category of non-retired full-time RVers, the family decided to cut their expenses by selling their house, teaching their kids from on-line schooling, and paring down their possessions.  Doing these things cut their monthly fixed housing expenses to about $300 a month, compared to $3,000 a month in their sticks-and-bricks home.  With the economy looking up, the Dad - Dave - now has a job that he can do from the road, but they still see the benefits of going RVing.  It just goes to show you that you don't have to be retired or rich to enjoy the RV lifestyle.  Get out there, buy a new or used RV, and enjoy all of the benefits that RVing has to offer.

Green RV and Green RVing makes it to TV

by Jenny R 4. October 2009 14:17

 

Originally featured on HGTV Canada in 2007, this solar powered, high-style portable RV home, has only a 325 square foot floor plan. Packed in to this square footage is an upstairs, storage, kitchen and about any other amenities that you could possibly want in a motorhome. One of the best things about this RV is that it is environmentally-friendly and it is all-weather. The RV is built to fit into any climate, any time of year.Check out this site to see this and other unique RVs.

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RV Travel hits current kids show

by Jenny R 12. August 2009 02:01

When I was flipping through the TV channels the other night, there was a commercial shown for a new Nickelodeon channel show called "Glenn Martin,DDS". (and no, I really wasn't watching Nickelodeon, I swear!) It is a new animated series that centers around RV travel. The show, "Glenn Martin, DDS", premiere's on Monday, August 17th, 2009 on Nick at Nite. The show centers around the adventures of traveling dentist, Glenn Martin, and his family. After learning that his favorite childhood park is about to be destroyed, Glenn takes his family on a cross-country road trip to protest the demolition. Although the protest is ultimately a bust, Glenn and Jackie realize that the trip has brought their family closer together and they decide to keep on traveling. Along the way, Glenn discovers that hitting the road is more complicated than it sounds, and learns through various run-ins (with mobsters, the Amish, and psychotic navigators) that the road often hits back in unexpected and hilarious ways. Source: Nickelodeon

As in one of my previous posts, it will probably be debated as to whether this newest show is good for RV Sales and the RV industry as a whole. I suppose it will all depend on how the series and the characters are portrayed when the show airs. However, it does have the potential to spur a whole new generation of RV enthusiasts and with kids ability to pursuade their parents' purchases, who knows where the show might lead the RV market. According to The Kids Market in the U.S., a new report from market research publisher Packaged Facts, the buying power of kids tops $18 billion. Preschoolers aged 3 to 5, younger kids aged 6 to 8, and tweens aged 9 to 11 -- a compact consumer group that's nearly 36 million kids strong -- continue to pack a punch in purchasing power, which in 2005 was estimated to be $18 billion.

When you have your adorable-faced child in your ear constantly wanting something, it can sometimes be hard to ignore. Case in point, a forty-year-old colleague of mine had a junior-high-aged daughter that got it into her head that she wanted the family to buy a RV. Many of her friends' families had RVs and she wanted her family to get one so that they could be part of the fun at the local State Park every weekend. Since it was summer time, she had a lot of time on her hands. She would spend most of her days surfing the Internet checking out RVs and finding the motorhomes that she liked best. Then she would E-mail her RV finds to her father throughout the day. When that didn't seem to move him, she would call a couple of times a day, letting her father know of the "great deal" that she just found on a RV. "We had better move fast Dad or the RV will be snatched up!" She was more persistant that a used car, err...RV salesman!  So, let's see where kids buying power leads us when "Glenn Martin, DDS" premieres next week.

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Early Fulltimers from Sesame Street

by Jenny R 30. July 2009 09:37

I recently came across this RV video that originally appeared on the children's TV show Sesame Street, my guess, in the 1970's.

  

It is kind of a fun look at some "early" full time RVers. Notice though that the little girl rides a lot at the dinette, gets up and walks around the coach, uses the restroom, etc. I don't think that this is legal and/or safe in any State now, but I would imagine that it was widely accepted back when this video was made. Most of you can probably remember when cars did not come with seat belts and kids were not required to use car or booster seats. In addition, playgrounds did not have soft cushioned "floors" and we rode bikes with no helmets. It's amazing that we all survived.

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