We Have a Winner… New Driving Video Coming… Plus a Special Travel Announcement!

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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

Learn to Adjust & Use Your RV's MirrorsIf 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.


Quantas Airlines Airbus A380RVgeeks Abroad!

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. smile

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. wink

Stay tuned!
Peter & John


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      Thanks so much, Cherie! It’s getting close enough to seem really real now! Looks like you’re in a grande spot among the saguaros. We love it there. Lots of love to you and Chris.

  1. Visited Uluru and then friends in Sydney this past December (our first trip to Oz) and flew the Airbus A-380. What an amazing plane (don’t forget to check out the tail cam during takeoff and landing!) Hope your trip is safe and as fun as ours was. Looking forward to seeing some video, or at least stills, on your site.

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  2. Hello Peter and John!
    Just want to thank you both for your tireless efforts to share in the fun (and sometimes frustrating) adventures with living the RV life full-time!
    You have definitely struck a chord in me (and delayed my launch!).
    I have been upgrading my recently purchased diesel pusher, a 2001 7390 Tradewinds LTC (14,000 miles!)… getting ready to full time myself. This past weekend, I installed a four headlight upgrade to HID from Andrew @M4 Products: thanks for the discount, and your great LED upgrade videos!
    I would also like to thank you for the Excellent Driving School video! As a former professional driver, and Emergency Vehicle Driving Instructor, I want to tell Peter he did an amazing job conveying that crucial knowledge through video.. a difficult task alone, during one-on-one instruction! I admit, when I first started the video, I held my breath, thinking “Now he’s Really pushing the envelope…”, but was very surprised at how perfect the instruction and video was… WOW! Three cheers for the RVgeeks!
    Can’t wait to see your latest video on Tuesday.. the very day I hit the road for a week long shakedown cruise to Arizona!
    Have a wonderful cruise, guy’s!

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      Thanks so much for your kind comments, Steve. It’s so gratifying to hear from a fellow driving instructor that I hit the nail on the head with that one. You might appreciate something I don’t publicize much that you may be familiar with… Besides driving and teaching, I also competed in many American Public Transit Association Bus Roadeos, winning half a dozen trophies at both state (twice setting records for the highest scores ever recorded) and national levels. I always like to say that everyone does at least one thing well. My thing is driving! Thanks again for taking the time to make my day. :)

  3. If you arrive in Australia on or around April25 to May 1st,our Campervan Motorhome Club will be having the 30th Anniversary Rally, in Bathurst New South Wales. Look up CMCA Rally on the net. It is only a few hours drive from Sydney, hope you have fun in Aussi.

    Stephen

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      Thanks Stephen! We appreciate the info, but we’ll be back in North America by mid-April, so we’ll miss it this time around. We expect to love Australia, so hopefully this won’t be our only visit, and we can make it next time around.

  4. Awesome!
    Enjoy the adventure!
    Been to NZ “right next door” but never to the Big Island.
    Have fun, you both deserve it.

  5. Dang, I didn’t know you guys love to cruise. Kurt and I do also! We just returned from a 10 day Southern Caribbean. In June headed on our first B2B cruise in Europe. Would love to cruise with you guys one day!

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  6. As a retired photographer I under stand light color and lumens how do I relate this to replacing the bulbs in my 5th wheel. It is more than just base size……I just do not want to spend a bunch of money and sit around in dim light just to save some battery life…..Is there a chart some where to learn from??

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      Hi Robert. You will not sacrifice brightness for power in any way. Our LEDs are definitely brighter than the old bulbs, and still use a fraction of the power. Your best best to get exactly what you want as far as color and brightness is to check out the M4 website, and talk to Steve there. He’s really a wealth of knowledge and happy to help. Maybe start with one or two fixtures and order two different sizes of the same base. Our original trial & error order was perfect, ordering a couple of different sizes. Turns out that the brighter bulbs were perfect for work areas, and the smaller ones were great for more intimate areas. Since we use a mix of bright and brighter, and even a couple of color choices (warm & natural only… we don’t like the cool blue ones), we found a great spot for every bulb we ordered, and Steve is great about getting you the most likely ones you’ll be happy with. Our favorite bulbs are the Elite series. They come in many sizes, bases and colors and kick butt when it comes to brightness.

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