We’re excited to be sharing three pieces of news today. Our latest giveaway just ended with someone winning $300 worth of M4 LEDs, our 2nd semester of RVgeeks Driving School is about to be in session, and we’re getting ready to embark on a really far-out RV trip.
M4 LED Giveaway
As usual, we’ve been boondocking a lot lately, where the reduced power consumption of LED lights is a great help, averaging about 1/8th the draw of our old incandescent, fluorescent and halogen lights.
Besides using a fraction of the power of those old-fashioned bulbs, LEDs are cooler, too. In the case of halogens, they’re a LOT cooler. Not to sound like we’re gloating to you non-full-timers-stuck-in-cold-climates, but cool lighting can be a major benefit even in winter, as it’s currently over 90° here in the Desert Southwest. Sorry for saying that out loud.
We love our LED lights so much that we’re not surprised at how popular they are with just about every RVer we know. So it’s also no surprise that there were well over 3,000 entries in our latest giveaway! A hearty congratulations goes out to Brian H, entry #1326, who’s won a $300 online shopping certificate to our favorite LED supplier: M4 Products. We wish Brian a fun time upgrading the lights on his 2005 Jayco Seneca!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and a special thanks to M4’s owner, Steve, for providing the prize. If you didn’t win, but still plan on upgrading your old lights, be sure to use the Discount Code “RVGEEKS5” to receive a 5% discount on your entire order at M4Products.com.
To view our helpful LED Your RV video series, here’s the playlist.
RVgeeks Driving School – Episode 2: Mirrors & Lane Control
If you saw our first RV driving instruction video on Off-Tracking & Rear Overhang (if not, watch it here!), you know that in a past life I (Peter) drove tour buses and ran the training program for one of the largest motor coach operations in North America.
You may have seen our Instagram teaser last month, where we provided a sneak peek of our GoPro shooting video from high up on the outside of our rig. The photo above is a still frame from that shoot, synchronized with a video of the right-hand mirrors from the driver’s perspective.
The response to our first driving video was really gratifying (thank you so much for all of your supportive comments). In the process of creating this type of content, we’ve discovered that sharing techniques that I’ve only ever explained in person is very different on video.
Without the ability for me to observe, analyze and adapt to a student’s responses to instruction, it’s been a challenge to script, shoot & edit in a way that clearly conveys the concepts in a set format. I’m not used to that, as teaching for me has always been an interactive give and take, rather than a fixed presentation. But I’m learning to adapt to that, and we appreciate your patience as we’ve taken the considerable time required to complete this newest installment to our satisfaction.
Mirror Adjustment & Use + Lane Position & Control will be released here this coming Tuesday. If you’re already subscribed, you’ll get an e-mail, as usual. We’re really proud of how it turned out and hope you feel that it was worth the wait.
Now for the announcement we’re most excited about. In less that two weeks, we’ll be putting our motorhome in storage for a while…. a month and a half to be precise. During that time, we’ll be flying off to a remote spot for a vacation (we know… it looks like our entire life is a vacation, but we do work hard, and a lot… just in various different locations).
The first part of the trip will be pure vacation: a cruise, which we know isn’t for everyone, but we love ’em!
After that, we’ll be on a combination work/play/adventure that we’re planning to share via video & Instagram as we go. It will be a (hopefully) epic RV trip, so we hope you’ll join us.
So where exactly will we be RVing? We’re going to keep a bit of a lid on the details until we get a bit closer, but the photo above should be a pretty major hint. As a pilot, I’ve always been a plane geek (you may have read that in our pre-RV days we owned a sweet Bellanca Turbo Viking). So we checked the inbound flight schedules and waited patiently, camera in hand, along the flight path into LAX. The payoff was several awesome Qantas Airbus A380 images. Let’s just say that we’ll be on that exact plane. :)
We’ll have an update pretty soon, and we already have some more videos scheduled for release while we’re cruising before our caravan holiday. That’s what they call RVing where we’re headed. ;-)
Peter & John