Sheree says....

We have just attended our first (and the very first RVDA annual) RV learning weekend. What an eye-opener.

The good news is that we made many smart decisions like installing solar power and an electric fan.

The bad news is that we made some mistakes like using tap water instead of distilled water to top up the coach batteries.

About 90 people, mostly couples, attended the RVDA event held east of Red Deer, Alberta at the Ol' MacDonalds resort on Buffalo Lake.

Friday was reserved for arrival and a "meet and greet," while Saturday and Sunday were stuffed full of seminars overflowing with must-have info for the newbie and seasoned RV owner.

Don't know how to empty the poop chute (the black water tank)? That was covered in all the gory details. (Kidding) Dumping the holding tanks is not as scary nor as disgusting as it might sound. Clever tips shared by John Clarke and KC (2 Guys RV Education) makes the process simple and sanitary.

Want to boondock off the grid? Never let plugged-in power stop you from adventuring again. Doug Grafton of Carmanah Technologies gave a packed schoolroom the lowdown on batteries and solar power. We had already installed a solar panel when we purchased our rig, but we still had questions. Doug visited our motorhome, took a look at our set-up, answered our questions, and gave us his stamp of approval.

Other seminars included RV plumbing, towing tips, rig customizing, RV insurance, and RV checklists. All were well attended.

Saturday night included a hearty beef dinner, entertainment, door prizes, and a bonfire.

Sunday was still full of seminars into mid afternoon, but we were allowed a late checkout time by the resort, so no rushing was necessary. That's good since a black water tank dump was part of our "strike camp and get going" ritual. No rushing that.

David and I wish to extend our heartiest thanks and congratulations on a very successful first-time event to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Alberta. We look forward to many more of your educational get-togethers.

Special thanks to John and KC (2guysrveducation), Doug Grafton, and the folks with AVIVA and RV Direct insurance.

BTW, the Ol' MacDonald resort is very pleasant. An early morning walk to the lake is a must. Especially for birders and photographers. A feast for the ears and eyes.

Our messy but very comfortable Gypsy Turtle abode


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