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Lakefront Campground Aerial Video… and We Have a TPMS Winner!

Lakefront Campground Aerial Video… and We Have a TPMS Winner!

Someone just won a $700 Tire Pressure Monitoring System in our latest RVgeeks Giveaway! Was it you? Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find out.

 

Besides RVs, we have a fascination with flying. In our “pre-RV” life, we were fortunate enough to own our own plane (Peter’s been a pilot since 1989). Our Bellanca Turbo Super Viking, a powerful & fast retractable-gear bird, warped the time-space continuum to spirit us to some pretty cool places. Like Niagara Falls, Chicago’s Meigs Field, Cape Cod, Florida… and the Bahamas (twice).

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Peter & John with zero-one-bravo in 1999.
And no… we do not dress alike on the RV!

While full-timing is wonderful, lack of a home base does demand certain sacrifices. If you’re never in the same place for very long, where would you hangar a plane? And how do you afford the high cost of flying when you’ve quit your corporate jobs? So when we hit the road, the Viking, sadly, had to go.

We all have priorities in life. The quality of life that full-time RVing provides, with its low cost of living and freedom to wander at will, are very important to us. We’re not about to give that up just so we can afford “stuff” again. Not even cool stuff, like a plane.

We still attend air shows and remember our flying experiences fondly, but we’ve recently had our eye on another type of flying. A kind of flying that’s compatible with full-timing: a quadcopter. Not only would that allow us some virtual flying fun, but being into both videography and scenic beauty, we could capture aerial footage of places we travel in our RV.

By coincidence, we were recently contacted by one of our RV park website customers, Silverline RV Resort in Winthrop, WA. They had a guest in the park last summer, with… you guessed it… a quadcopter. Silverline is a beautiful lakefront park in the North Cascades, so there are some cool aerial views to be captured.

We were provided with the above footage to embed on Silverline’s website, but we also wanted to share it here. We’re likely to get our own copter soon, and hope to capture aerial video of the beautiful spots we’ll be traveling to this summer in the Canadian & U.S. Rockies.

We know we’re primarily “How To” kinda guys, but would you also appreciate seeing some aerials of fantastic places to take your RV? And of course some great RV parks, too? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Thanks to Bob & Wanita Putnam and family for the great video. If you’re ever in the North Cascades, our customers (and friends), Dan & Kristi, who own Silverline Resort, are wonderful people and gracious hosts with a really beautiful place to RV. Stop by and tell them we said “Hi.”

Now about that Giveaway…

Out of a record 5,841 entries, a hearty “Congratulations!” goes out to Roger & Anna V. (entry #897) who have  won a $700 Tire Pressure Monitoring System! We just got off the phone with them and they can’t wait to install the system on their 2013 Tiffin Allegro Bus.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered. If you didn’t win this time, you can still purchase a terrific PressurePro system by using the links below. And here’s a little secret to make you feel better… we’ll be announcing yet another new giveaway in just a few days. ;-)


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Jim Hummel

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

I've been following your site for a while now and I think I've watched every video at least once! You've been an incredible resource of information...and inspiration. I'm itching to try the RV lifestyle.

In reference to re-joining the flying community, I would humbly suggest hitting up the web site http://flitetest.com/ and their associated Youtube channel as they, like you, are a treasure trove of info and inspiration. And since you are geeks, I presume that you may want to "build to suit" a tri- or quad-copter for your needs.

In any case, thanks for all that you do! I hope that some day our paths may cross.

TheRVgeeks

Wednesday 25th of March 2015

Hi Jim! Thanks for your kind comments, and for turning us on to Flite Test! We'd never heard of it before. It looks really cool. Going through old photos of the Viking to find the one we used in this post sure did bring back a lot of great memories. :)

We hope you get the chance to join the RV community. It's a great way of life (which you can imagine, since we specifically gave up flying in order to do it)!

Michael

Monday 23rd of March 2015

Oh, my! Oh, my! The "goose bumps" have arisen!

I, too, am a Viking lover. First one was back in the mid-70's. and the second was in the early-80's. Absolutely the BMW of singles!

Thanks so very much for reminding me!

Regards,

Michael

TheRVgeeks

Monday 23rd of March 2015

You are so right Michael! Giving up the Viking was the hardest part of going full-time. Ours was a 1974 1731-ATC. When I started flying her, I had only flown Cessna 152s and 172s and Piper Archers. So I had zero time with retractable gear, constant-speed props or turbochargers and no high-performance sign-off. It was like going from a learners permit to the Indy 500! lol I had a great instructor, and went on to put about 500+ hours on 01B in the four years we owned her. Great experience that we will cherish always.

Fred Hawthorne

Monday 23rd of March 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euAeV0LDKfo. No aerial in this but if you ever wander to the maritimes, a tripe to Cape Breton is well worth it. This year I have added a DJI Phantom 2 Vision + drone to my equipment. We will head back to New Brunswick this Sept south through the St John River Valley, along the Bay of Fundy and north to the Miramachi.

In Canada as long as the drone is 2 kg or less, it does not require licence, but does require $ 100,000 liability inse.

TheRVgeeks

Monday 23rd of March 2015

We spent an entire summer in the Maritimes, and Cape Breton was our favorite place of all. Glorious! Thanks for the Canadian quadcopter info.

Kent Roberts

Monday 23rd of March 2015

Great idea to add video of various RV parks along with your wonderful educational videos and info. Keep it up.

Keith Merryman

Monday 23rd of March 2015

I continue to learn from your instructional video's and for you to add video's of great places to visit is a plus! Nothing wrong with being creative when it comes to sharing your opinions, experiences and friendships in the RV community. Thank You!

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