RV Dreams Educational Rally

May 1 – 8, 2016    Sevierville, TN


We made it to River Plantation in Sevierville the day before the Rally was scheduled to begin.  We have been traveling from Florida for the month of April.  We did not have a chance to meet very many new people along the way, probably because we were sightseeing every day and not spending much time at home.

I was beginning to feel like we were not going to meet any new friends until we got back to Florida this fall.  Not long after we got set up, these ducks came by for a visit.20160501_140806One female and 2 males.  I think Susie was courting 2 fellas at the same time.20160501_14081020160501_140932She decided to become our friend.  How nice was that?20160501_14162220160501_141819And they decided to stay awhile.

Then Cliff decided to ride his bike around the park and see if anyone was out.  He was ready to meet some people.  He saw a couple walking around and he stopped to chat. He told them our site number and invited them to stop by.20160505_180958And they did.  Chris and Heike are attending the rally and don’t even have an RV yet.  Still doing their research.  Very smart!!20160505_180943And right across the street from us in Lisa and Todd.

So on our first day, we have met 2 couples that will be life long friends.  Lisa and Todd have a motorhome and are full time RVers.  I don’t know why I did not get a picture of their home. Sorry.   And of course, these photos were taken later in the week and not on day one.

Okay, so the week is really starting off Great.20160502_152410Howard and Linda of RV Dreams offer Educational seminars at various times of the year and in many locations.  Howard asked me to make a sign and make it colorful.  It gave me something to do twice a day.  This Rally was so informative.  I would encourage anyone that is RVing or even thinking about RVing in the future, to attend one of these Rally.  We learned a lot about Basic RV maintenance and safety.  He still has the tentative itinerary on their website, look for 2016 Spring Rally.20160504_142538It was not just fluff, it was serious safety stuff.  That is Trey in the photo.  He taught about weight and tires.  I learned so much, it was great.20160503_182404I also learned that you can put your bread and cheese in a reusable bag and put it in your toaster and make a grilled cheese sandwich. Wow.  Okay, some stuff was fluff.20160507_080645This is Howard teaching about Internet on the Road.20160504_113847We love the mountains.20160505_073633Everyone has pets.  This guy works at River Plantation.20160508_070407Look closely, this cat is on a leash. And Sheryl walks him everyday.20160506_110424

And then we met Dawn and Roger and now our small circle of close friends at Table 7 is complete.20160505_180950What a great time this small group had this week.20160505_181010And I can’t forget about John. He is a solo full time RVer.  He was our neighbor.

20160506_102705Then we learned about inflatable kayaks.20160506_10371520160506_104444I see one of these in their future.20160506_134332This is wine I want to get when we get to Traverse City, Michigan.  Dawn and Roger shared it with our little group one night.20160506_163020On Friday, RV Dreams gave us a free afternoon. So we decided to go to The Island in Pigeon Forge and have an early dinner at Paula Deen’s new restaurant with our friends from Ohio, Colorado and Michigan.  It was very good and a lot of food.20160506_163105The Island has a dancing water fountain to music.20160506_163242There is a Large Ferris wheel.  I did not get on it.20160506_171147And of course, if you are in East Tennessee you have to try the Free Moonshine tasting at Ole Smoky Moonshine.  With live Bluegrass music outside.20160506_165542And we did!  There were 11 different moonshines, a whiskey and baileys kind of drink.


Leah was very sweet and Cliff gave her a kiss.20160507_124342Saturday was open house day.  Anyone could open their rig to visitors. Tracy and Lee really know how to organize. Their blog is Camper Chronicles.  They have a lot of good information on their blog too.20160507_165903The Rally is almost over, it is Saturday night, the day of the Kentucky Derby.  I had a lot of text messages from Nashville friends wondering why we were not in Nashville throwing the Derby Party.  I kind of miss that Derby Party, but this was a nice change.20160507_165908RV Dreams had it catered.  It was very nice.20160507_182828There were games.20160507_165929And Derby Hat contests.20160507_19362620160507_170048Lisa and Todd should have won.  Her hats were so creative.20160507_171449And we brought the Mint Juleps.

We had a great week.  Learned a lot and met some great friends.

Now we are off to Nashville for a week of doctor’s appointments, family and friends.  We can’t wait to see everyone again.