By Chuck Woodbury
Free listings for RV inspectors
We increasingly believe that anyone who buys an RV, new or used, must get it professionally inspected before buying, much the same as home buyers get a home inspected. If you are a trained, licensed inspector from the NRVIA or a knowledgeable RV mechanic who does inspections we will list your location and contact information for free. Learn more.
Want a bigger audience for your blog?
We are opening our website to RVer bloggers, those already blogging but who would like a much larger audience. Please let me know if you are interested. We will provide you with access to a special section of RVtravel.com where you can blog to your heart’s content.
We’ll publicize your most interesting posts, which should send hundreds if not thousands of our readers your way. If your blog attracts a significant audience we can help you make money from it. Please contact me for more information — firstname.lastname@example.org . Be sure to include a link to your current blog (which must be related to RVing). It’s a bonus if you’re already familiar with WordPress (but not necessary).
Free publicity for your RV park and bargain camping for readers
If you own or manage an RV park and would like to offer a discount for our member-readers (those who voluntarily subscribe), please let me know. Below is an example, courtesy of my friend Alan Warren, who owns the Big Chief RV Resort in the Texas Hill Country.
There is no charge for your park to participate, so it’s free advertising. We’re not interested in 10% off offers, that’s not good enough. How about providing a “stay one night get the next night free” offer? Or, as Alan has, provide a free night (chances are most people will pay to stay longer) with no strings attached. We want to provide our members with genuinely great deals, not tiny discounts that are almost meaningless. We can make up a simple coupon for you at no charge.
Why we “preach” sometimes
I am 100 percent against 20-year RV loans, or loans with no money down — and I say so all the time. Here’s one example why: Listen to this one-minute excerpt from The RV Show USA where a woman really messed up when she financed her RV. We shared this yesterday in our newsletter, Beginner’s Guide to RVing, but you, too, really should listen.
Here’s the scoop: Six years ago a woman bought an RV for $90,000. She put zero down and financed it for 20 years. Then, after six years, she needed to sell the RV. She took it to consignment dealer PPL Motorhomes in Texas. Here, according to PPL owner Diana LeBlanc Link as interviewed on The RV Show USA, is what happened — how the woman needed to write a check for $40,000 after selling the RV just to pay off the loan!