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Gardening in Your RV; How to Grow a Garden on the Go

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One of the things I miss from my Sticks and Bricks life, is my garden. The ability to walk outside and harvest fresh grown, organic produce for free is something I know a lot of full time rvers miss.  So when I saw Ashleigh Priest’s pictures of her “garden on the go” on the Fulltime Families Facebook Group, I got very excited and asked her to write an article on just how she made her mobile garden a reality. Here’s what she had to say:

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Rver Rver, How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

2015 has brought my family a few epiphanies. We had a rough winter for 2014. Too much of it was spent in our camper, as this Floridian family tried to adjust to a Minnesota winter.  It seemed something was always happening. First our truck needed an expensive repair. Our water access port kept busting every couple of weeks. The truck broke down a second time. A third time. We were behind on all bills.  Bad weather, meant work days missed and money was tight.  Some weeks we had to decide between food or paying the cellphone bill. Food obviously came first.

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RV Garden

Boy food is ridiculously expensive! How do people with large families do this?

Here’s epiphany number one.

If only we had a garden we could have healthy food. Too bad we travel.

March came around and my back went out. I’m young. This should not happen. It’s always attributed to my weight. Yes, I’m very unhealthy.

This was epiphany number two.

I NEED to get healthier! I really wish we could have a garden. How can this become something we can do?

I did research. Joined gardening groups on Facebook. Asked if anyone in the traveling groups have a garden. The limited replies I received were in the “that’s a cool idea” vain..  and if I followed through with the garden to keep everyone posted.

Garden on the Go

Garden on the Go

So, I got to work.

I planned out what I wanted to grow. What I’d use for containers. How to make my own compost (what’s a better fertilizer than compost 😉 ).

My original plan was to build planter boxes from pallets, have holes on both sides, put some rope through the holes, and make a loop on each side.

Then take two 2x4s, drill 7/8 inch holes in them and put a wooden dowel in the holes after putting the dowels through the rope and hang up the planter boxes. The 2x4s would have a rubber covering on the top and lean against the camper.

Phew! Let me say if that sounded like a lot of work, it was! With two toddler boys, I was already stretch thin. I got two planters built and that was that.

I planted sweet peas and green beans in the boxes.

Then I simplified.  I used four 5 gallon buckets to plant tomatoes and corn in. Everything got covered at night because there were still cool nights.

Then we got a surprise snow! That storm killed all my plants except my sweet peas. I decided to wait until May to replant.

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This time I had a different plan.

I bought some storage tote boxes, soil, pea pebbles.

I took my original 5 gallon buckets, and with a hammer, and a nail, poked 4 holes in the sides of the buckets at the bottom. I put about 3 inches of pea pebbles in the bucket then filled up the bucket about 2/3 full with soil and added my seeds for corn and tomatoes (I feel like I just did this lol). Finally, I watered the seeds and set them aside.

I replanted green beans in the wooden box I used before. I watered them and put the box aside.

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I was ready to expand my garden.

Butter crunch lettuce, spinach, green bell pepper, parsley, and basil seeds were all planted in the storage totes, which had been prepped like the buckets, with several holes and pea pebbles topped with soil.

In one tote, I planted the lettuce and spinach together. This way I have an instant salad with the combination of these greens.

The other box was a little more tricky. I went to Dollar Tree and bought two long, plastic planter boxes. I poked holes in them. Next I filled the tote box the way I did the other containers. I then grabbed two pieces of broken concrete blocks we had laying around and placed them on top of the soil in the tote box. Afterwards I placed the Dollar Tree plastic planters, each on the concrete pieces. There was space in between these, which is where the green bell pepper was planted. In one planter I put seed for basil and the other for parsley.

So far everything has sprouted wonderfully. I’ve harvested two large handfuls of sweet peas already. My lettuce has been harvested for salad as I please. My corn is growing along with my tomatoes. My last box has just sprouted in the last couple weeks.

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The dirt on dirt.

I mentioned compost earlier. We made our own compost as well. We bought a Roughneck tote box (I think like 3 gallons) in dark blue. We have put in things such as used coffee grounds and filter, banana peels, orange peels, egg shells, ashes, mud, corn husks, and whatever else we thought of. We then bought fishing worms (don’t judge) and added them to the box as well. We read that the worms help aid in the breakdown of the matter and their excretions are good for the soil. I will be adding some compost to each plant this week.

I have been asked how we will transport our garden when we move. We have a bumper pull travel trailer so we are able to put the garden in the bed of the truck. We have a contractors topper on our truck so the garden will be protected during travel. As for crossing borders, we’ve never been somewhere we have been stopped, so we will address that if we ever encounter that problem. So I will say, use your best judgement and plan ahead.

Another option would be to place your garden in your shower during moves.

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I’m excited to see how well our traveling garden does. I hope to have enough of a harvest to give me the opportunity to learn to can as well.

For those considering gardening on the go, this is my first garden ever. I have not killed the plants this go around (so far). If you put your mind to it and do some research, you can do it! Happy trails!

Ashleigh Priest is a proud wife of a union pipe welder/fitter. Mother of two rambunctious toddler boys, traveling this great land since 2011. Always looking for the best in life to make my family the happiest and healthiest it can be.

You can find her on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ashleigh.huggins1?fref=ts

Meetup in Austin, TX – You’re Invited!

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Fulltime Families & Ditching Suburbia Meetup in Austin, TX

Dreamers – Meet Doers.

Think about ditching the suburbs? Meet families currently fulltiming in their RVs – living on the road and schooling their kids along the way.

Currently a Fulltime Family? Other families would love to know what life on the road is like – tell them your stories!

Wonder what it’s like to go back to the suburbs? Meet some folks who’ve done that as well!

Cost?

Free!

We’re just asking you sign up so we have a better idea of the size and makeup of the group coming.

Date?

17th January 2016.

Time?

We’ll be there starting around 10:30AM.

Potluck eating starts at 12:00.

Stay until..whenever!

Where?

Dick Nichols District Park, 8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749.

The park has playgrounds, trails, ballcourts and more. We have a ‘just down the street’ backup location in case of inclement weather (we’ll announce that if the forecast looks unfavorable).

What to Bring?

  • Drinks
  • Dish to pass
  • Chairs
  • Outdoor games & sporting equipment
  • Stories
  • Questions

What To Get?

We’ll have a small giveaway of fun prizes:

Tickets

  • Select 1 ticket per family.
  • In the ‘special requirements’ field let us know your family structure (2 adults/4 kids) etc.

Sign Up!

On the following page use the ‘Organization’ Field to let us know your blog/road name (ie ‘DitchingSuburbia’).

 

Is 2016 Your Launch Year?

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Get the Tool to turn your Dream into a Reality.

Let 2016 be the year you launch your family on the ultimate adventure!

 

What will yours be filled with?

“Our Journey Journal” is a one of a kind journal for the trail blazing family.
The prompts in this book have been thoughtfully compiled to help you and your loved ones, with each step of this lifestyle transition.
You’re about to embark on a huge adventure and within these pages is your place to record:
your reasons
your hopes
your desires
your impressions
your reservations
your achievements
your downsizing efforts
your bucket list
your packing guide
your budget
your home on wheels shopping experiences
and ultimately your launch.
With timelines, interactive projects, worksheets and
places to include family photos, this book can be the catalyst to
a whole new life for you.

 

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Journaling and preserving your impressions through your own hand writing now,
will help motivate you through the more challenging times and
will surely become a treasured keepsake for generations to come.

 

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Give yourself, your family and your future generations the gift of
your insight into the aspects that encouraged you all to take this
leap of faith and the steps that allowed you to realize this monumental goal.
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Be intentional, live the life of your dreams, and tell your story.

 

Available in e-Print on Demand or Professionally Printed Spiral Bound Edition.

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5 Steps to Get Your Life Off Hold and On The Road

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If you’re new to the idea of full-time RV traveling with your family, we understand you may not know where to start. In “How to Hit the Road” and “Our Journey Journal,” these detailed steps are outlined to help families set a foundation of success for their adventure. The Roadschool Moms duo gives an overview of the top five steps for getting your life off hold and on the road.

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Step 1 The Big Idea

Figuring out why this idea is attractive to you? What do you find appealing about full-time rv travel? What is your motivation for researching this lifestyle option? Once you have established that you are not in-fact running away from something (which doesn’t work) and have your priorities aligned you can move on to step 2.

Step 2 People Prepping

You may be the only one in your family who thinks full-time rving is a viable option. The second step is making sure every one’s to on board. Set aside some time to discuss this idea with your significant other and use this time to LISTEN to their thoughts about this transition. Before you bring this idea up to your extended family and friends, you may want to listen to our show on Dealing with NaySayers and Negative Nellies.

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What will yours be filled with?

Step 3 Get Your Ducks in a Row

A. Stop buying things immediately. Start out with a personal commitment to not buy anything for one week. After that accomplishment, vow to not buy anything for two weeks, and then one month, and so on and so forth.
B. Start purging. Weeding out unnecessary, unused, and unwanted items is a never ending process in this lifestyle. Begin with small areas, such as a single drawer or a specific cabinet. It gets easier each time. The more items that are pared down now, the less that will have to be dealt with later.
C. Get out of debt. If you have debt, work hard to get out of it. We suggest Dave Ramsey’s FPU, a great program for families with debt.

Step 4 Set a date

The date motivates! Come up with a reasonable launch date and post it everywhere! This will give you an opportunity to take baby steps toward your goal in an intentional manner. A goal with no date is just a dream. A dream with a date becomes an inevitable reality.

Step 5 Come up with a money plan

Assess your current sources of income and determine if any can be modified to a location independent opportunity. If not, come up with location independent income stream. Several shows dedicated to this topic exist over in the Roadschool Moms archives. Mentoring services to families seeking the transition to a full-time rv lifestyle are now being offered by Kimberly Travaglino, owner of Fulltime Families. Together with Kimberly, you can come up with a lucrative independent income stream that can fuel the adventure of a lifetime. Kimberly only takes three clients in a season. If you are interested in more details, head over to fulltimefamilies.com/mentoring to complete the contact form.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’ five quick steps on getting your life off hold and on the road, tune into the August 30th episode of Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

Full-Time RVing Family Top Tips for Choosing a Domicile Residency State

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Fulltime RV families have the opportunity to declare any state in the union as their domicile or residency state. With all the choices, this freedom and flexibility can be leave the decision maker in a state of confusion. While the choice is by no means a permanent one, determining the best option for declaring a domicile state the first time will save time, money, and lots of headaches.
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In “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full-Time RV Dreams a Reality,” topics like residency, physical address changes, and mail forwarding are discussed in great detail. In this special mini-series, the Roadschool Moms team shares the top five facts to be considered when choosing a state of residency:

1) State Income Tax. These states are free of a state income tax:

  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Alaska

2) Homeschool Laws. The states that consistently rank best for homeschool freedom and recognize parent autonomy in education are:

  • Alaska
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Note: For fulltime RVers, the status for state income tax and homeschool laws are the top two considerations when choosing a domicile state. A quick comparison of the states that are the best fit in each of these areas above show three options that overlap in each category: Alaska, Florida, and Texas. Therefore, we will discuss only these three states for the remaining evaluation of this important subject.

3) Driver and Vehicle Registration. Ease of vehicle registration and driver’s license renewal are important factors in this decision making process. Alaska, Florida and Texas are all fairly equal in this category. But, Alaska’s remote location makes it the obvious choice to cross of the list next.

4) Annual Vehicle Inspection. Florida has no annual vehicle inspection while Texas does have this requirement. The caveat is that if you are out of the lone star state, you do have one week to get the vehicle inspected in Texas when you return.

5) Health Insurance Rates.
On the part of the controversary regarding health insurance rates, Texas provides a better, more economical option. Florida statistically has an aged population; therefore, it has one of the highest health insurance rates in the country.

While these five areas of concern are the most common to be considered, a family’s unique circumstances often come into play. All things considered, the majority of roadschoolers that make up much of the fulltime family community, pick between Texas and Florida. In the end, Florida seems to win this overall debate when the Florida Residency Rates for theme parks are factored into the decision. Overall, a thorough research of choosing a domicile by evaluating state income tax, homeschool laws, driver and vehicle registration procedures, annual vehicle inspection requirements, and health insurance rates should provide a clear answer for choosing a state for residency for the immediate future.


To listen to the Roadschool Moms’s take on choosing a state domicile, click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/5-tips-for-choosing-domicile-and-residency/ or subscribe to Roadschool Moms over at iTunes!

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

This show was produced by Forge Fire Media.  The Roadschool Moms recommend Forge Fire Media for all your audio needs.

How to Hit the Road and Our Journey Journal Bundle

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“I love all the options you provide for each stage in preparing my family to launch our full time rv life, but I’m really interested in what YOU did.  Can you tell me how you personally handle things like adhering to homeschool laws and how you finally chose the RV that fit your family?”

Each section of HTHTR Revised Edition now includes a “What the Traveling Travaglino’s Did” so we can share exactly what worked and what we would have done differently.

“You list a lot of options for making money on the road, but what have you seen families have the most success with?”

In the “How Can We Afford This” section, I’ve listed the opportunities that I’ve seen many families successfully support themselves with.  I also include the proven, trusted resources and providers of those opportunities.

I’ve added Family Activity Guides to help encourage your family to set goals together to achieve this dream.

I’ve doubled the “We’ve Made it; Now What” section, including information on:

  • WHAT’S OUR ADDRESS?
  • GETTING YOUR MAIL
  • HANDLING JURY DUTY
  • RENEWING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION(S)
  • INTERNET ON THE ROAD
  • VACATION MODE
  • THE ADJUSTMENT
  • MEETING OTHER FAMILIES
  • WHICH WAY DO WE GO?

And while I am thrilled with the this new version, I am busting with the spin off project that came out of this overhaul.

For years, I’ve wished for the perfect journal where I could record exactly why I felt compelled to uproot my family from all that was known and comfortable and trade our old life for all the uncertainty of life on the road.  A book that would challenge me to answer the questions that really mattered, to distill what I really wanted my life with my family to look like.  A book that spoke of not only what we hoped to achieve, but what we (all of us) gave up to pursue this life.

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Where, in my own hand writing, I would be able to convey my hopes and fears and dreams and aspirations.  A place to record our bucket list and accomplishments, with space to record contact information for people we crossed paths with.  A place to prepare for our journey that would stand the test of time and become a treasured keepsake.

This idea churned in my mind for several years, and then a designer who could bring it to fruition appeared.  Megan Jurvis, fellow full time traveling mom and graphic designer extraordinaire, assembled the scattered jottings and renderings of a tattered notebook into a work of art.

The result is “Our Journey Journal; How we made our full time rv dreams come true” a stunning professionally designed and typeset journal where you can record the events of this critical time.

What will yours be filled with?

What will yours be filled with?

“Our Journey Journal” is a one of a kind journal for the trail blazing family.
The prompts in this book have been thoughtfully compiled to help you and your loved ones, with each step of this lifestyle transition.
You’re about to embark on a huge adventure and within these pages is your place to record:
your reasons
your hopes
your desires
your impressions
your reservations
your achievements
your downsizing efforts
your bucket list
your packing guide
your budget
your home on wheels shopping experiences
and ultimately your launch.
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With timelines, interactive projects, worksheets and places to include family photos, this book can be the catalyst to a whole new life for you.
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Journaling and preserving your impressions through your own hand writing now, will help motivate you through the more challenging times and will surely become a treasured keepsake for generations to come.
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Give yourself, your family and your future generations the gift of your insight into the aspects that encouraged you all to take this leap of faith and the steps that allowed you to realize this monumental goal.
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We are currently taking pre-orders for these companion books.  For a limited time, you can get both the revised edition of “How to Hit the Road” and “Our Journey Journal” at an introductory sale price.

Choose Your Bundle

e-Bundle, formatted for your e-reader and print your Journey Journal on demand.

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Hard Copy Bundle, professionally bound editions.

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Both bundles also include the following enhanced media downloads:

  • Full time RVing Family Budget Worksheets
  • Full time RVing Children Wardrobe Lists
  • RV Packing List
  • RV Shopping Worksheets
  • Junior Journey Journals
  • RV Maintenance Checklists for Driveables and Towables
  • Roadschool Planner
  • Free Lifetime updates. You’ll receive free e-updates to both of these books for your lifetime.*

This is a limited time offer.  Both books will be released in e-version and hard copy on September 1st, 2015, at which time, prices will go up.  Secure the lowest prices and be the first to receive your copy. 

If you’re a previous “How to Hit the Road” reader, contact kimberly@fulltimefamilies.com for your free update.

 

 

 

Dealing with NaySayers and Negative Nelly’s

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Naysayers Show ButtonAnyone that has ever aspired to be anything less than traditional has been faced with discouragement in one form or another. If you live in an RV fulltime and homeschool your kids, chances are you have already traveled on Negativity Highway with friends and family members. In a world where many look to others for the measurement of success, it is easy to follow the dreams of another. Commonly, achievements of the modern American family are based on the size of a house, the level of participation in extracurricular activities, and estimated annual income as evidenced by beautiful pictures on social media accounts.

As a fulltime traveling roadschool mom, I have faced my fair share of naysayers. In the beginning, I was respectful and complacent. I listened to the many forms of less than encouraging words and looked away from the faces of disapproval. To be honest, sometimes I wondered why in the world I wasn’t satisfied with the rat race that everyone else seemed to be enjoying. For many months, I tried to paint the picture of my life so that others would see it in the same light. When I came across this quote from author, John Eliot, I was immediately inspired:

History shows us that the people who end up changing the world – the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries – are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.

From that day, I found these five ways to intentionally CRUSH the naysayers from my everyday life:

Consider the source. I take a close look at cynical conversation and quickly analyze if I want to be where that person is in his or her life. If the person I am talking to is not an expert or has experience in the subject, I discount the advice being given. I do not let someone steer me down the path of their own dreams or more importantly, away from their own fears. A short evaluation of the naysayer’s background will undoubtedly lead you in the opposite direction.

Remember your vision. Think about your dreams. Tackle your fears. The best way to do all of these things is to surround yourself with enablers. Instead of facing negativity, invest your time with positivity. How can you expect to do amazing things unless you have amazing dreams? Reflect on your past, concentrate on the present, and look to the future while always keeping the prize in focus.

Understand your position. You are the person who holds the key to your destiny. Decide who you want to be, not what you want to be. Lewis Carroll once said, “If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will get you there.” By developing a strong sense of who you are and the goals you have for yourself, following a clear path to success will come naturally.

Safeguard your aspirations by keeping your goals from the killjoy that is waiting to tear apart your ambitions. Naysayers are skeptical in nature and will do nothing more than inject negative energy into your otherwise positive existence. They will point out all the horror stories that may possibly occur while weighing you down with emotional baggage. Your dreams are precious, keep them safe and free from the suffocation of a wet blanket.

Have faith.When I intentionally activate my faith, I am reminded that I will persevere. I am aware of my fears but do not let them serve as a guide to where I go or will not go. Fear is only faith that something will not work out. Do not let the naysayers voice of gloom snuff out the spark that ignites the fire of your dreams. Energize yourself with faith and carry on!

There will be trials and tribulations in everyday life. Routinely, road blocks will require detours in the journey ahead. Being intentional in achieving your goals and crushing naysayers from your immediate future will put keep you moving in the right direction of your dreams.


To hear more about tuning out the naysayers in your life and how Mary Beth and Kimberly handled this issue themselves click here: http://ultimateradioshow.com/dealing-with-nay-sayers-and-negative-nellies/

This episode produced by Forge Fire Media.  The Roadschool Moms recommend Forge Fire Media for your audio needs.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time, working in current events and featuring a mix of expert guests.

My Indy Dream Job – Exercise 2

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Exercise 2 is right here for you: Exercise 2 – Finding your Expertise

FREE Webinar – Save Your Spot!

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RV Maintenance – Ask the Texas RV Professor
Join us for a Webinar on October 6
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
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This is a FULL hour of “Ask the Texas RV Professor” with Terry Cooper for members of the Fulltime Families organization.Are there things that you want to ask the Master Certified RV Technician and instructor? Here is your chance to get FREE advise on what’s going on with your RV. The Professor will take any questions about the BOX of the RV…Everything behind the driver’s seat to the back bumper.
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Please pre-submit your questions. He will answer them in the order of receiving them.Terry Cooper has been in the RV Industry for over 30 years. He has worked all the way from manufacturing units (in his younger years) to teaching a full blown RV maintenance program at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX. He currently travels doing professional training at dealerships and teaches online via Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA.

The Professor is a certified trainer of Propane with the Texas Railroad Commission; Licensed Insurance Claims Adjustor; Owner of Mobile RV Academy which provides RV maintenance programs for the consumer.

Title: RV Maintenance – Ask the Texas RV Professor
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
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