Find a niche in the RV community and you’ll find strength

group of attendees from RV Entrepreneur Summit
The RV Entrepreneur Summit 2019 attendees. (Photo by Joe Hendricks Photography)

The RV community is huge, so finding your proper niche is going to help you find strength for whatever trek you have planned. That’s partly why we attended the RV Entrepreneur Summit at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville State Park.

It was a busy, fun-filled week that left most of us drained from information overload and inspirational highs. (We have a video on our YouTube channel with more on the summit and the amazing state park.)

Support without judgment

Taking a group hike together provided an opportunity for attendees to get to know each other and bond over a shared trek.

One of the things I got out of the trip was that there are really supportive people who attend this summit. So many people come from different backgrounds. And many are in different places in their lives. That’s why we saw such a variety of rigs that people are traveling in. They range from the giant Class As, buses and fifth-wheels to the Class Bs like we drive and tear-drop trailers towed by SUVs.

people standing outside a Class B RV van
Attendees at the RV Entrepreneur Summit wait their turn to see our rig as part of the summit’s RV tours. (Photo by Joe Hendricks Photography)

A great thing about this mashup is that nobody is ever judgmental. It’s all about “ What’s your current situation?” and that’s great. There is no perfect rig or setup for everyone. It’s really more about what works for you at that moment or that stage of your life. Everybody around you might be thinking: “I could never travel that way.” But out loud, they are generally saying, “Wow, good for you. Glad to see you out here.”

Not everyone that uses an RV has this mentality — after all, RVers are a microcosm of society as a whole. We have found, in particular, that social media and some of the anonymity that comes with that is a detriment to being supportive of RV neighbors. But if you can connect with the right community, and find a way to elevate each other, your experiences will be that much more fun and enjoyable.

Folks you should know

A few people I would point out as fantastic examples of this are Heath and Alyssa from HeathandAlyssa.com, Mark and Trish from Keep Your Daydream, and Liz from The Virtual Campground. All played a big role in the RV Entrepreneur Summit this year.

So fun to meet Heath and Alyssa — the RV Entrepreneur champions!

Heath and Alyssa Padgett are real drivers of entrepreneurialism in the RV community. For the past few years, they have created and hosted the RV Entrepreneur Summit. It was one of the best conferences Jessi and I have ever attended because of its content and camaraderie. The way they operate their summit, their Facebook communities, and their blog shows Heath and Alyssa are dedicated not only to finding success for themselves but to helping others find personal and professional success, as well.

We have “met” Marc and Trish via phone for a project we’re doing together — but it was awesome to finally see each other in person!

Mark and Tricia Leach are inspiring to so many people through their Keep Your Daydream YouTube channel, blog, and recently relaunched podcast.

If you ever have a dream of doing something and aren’t sure if you can actually pull it off, check out what Mark and Trish have to say. I find it impossible to come away from their work without feeling inspired once again. Thanks to them, I am staying on course to live a life of freedom. Jessi and I want to make our choices, not the choices society thinks we should be making.

Tales from the Black Tank is a fun book by our friend Liz Wilcox from The Virtual Campground

Liz Wilcox from The Virtual Campground is a ball of energy, a loving person, and a promoter of all things fun and excellent regardless of who created them. If you are in any community on Facebook with Liz, you will see her sharing information plus congratulating and motivating people. She has had her share of strife — after all, she wrote a book called Tales from the Black Tank. But she has come through them all with an amazing outlook on what life can be when you surround yourself with the right people.

RV nomads are strong apart or together

What is interesting about the RV nomadic community, is that they aren’t often together in person. Even when they are, they are all there in different ways. As Jessi pointed out in our RV Entrepreneur Summit video, some people are living in an RV full time and traveling constantly. Others are living in an RV but stationary for long periods of time. Some people in the RV entrepreneur community that we met during the summit are weekenders. Others define themselves as part-timers or some-timers. Some people are full-timing by themselves while others are traveling with seven kids.

If you want to find a niche to belong to inside the larger RV Community, maybe try narrowing it down to the RV nomad community or the RV entrepreneur community. They say when you have a blog or YouTube channel that you should narrow down your focus to reach the right audience. I think that’s true in some ways with life, as well.

You can’t be friends with everyone and you can’t please everyone on social media or in person. So just be you. “You do you” was a key message we picked up at the summit. After all, the overall theme for this year was “Create Your Own Rules.” You will find people who are satisfied with what you’re doing and happy for you. They will want to help you continue your success because they know if you succeed then the community succeeds.

We share, you share

We take our treks and want to share them with you. Our YouTube channel is to show you what this world has to offer if you’re willing to go look for it. But we’re just as curious to hear about what everybody else’s treks are, too. So leave a comment and tell us where you want to go. Where do you want to take your life rather than waiting to go where life takes you?

One of our most satisfying treks was hiking up Divide Mountain during our trip to Glacier National Park.

As we often like to say, Keep on Trekin’. Get out there and do your trek. We met people recently who are hiking the Appalachian Trail. We’re not ready to do that yet. But a lot of people looking at us probably think, “they must be really good at hiking.” Of course, we enjoy hiking, but we’re not  ready for the AT. That’s not stopping us from doing what we can do now though.

What’s holding you back?

So think about your trek and share it below. Or if you don’t want to do so publicly, drop us a line. Think about what you want to do and what has been holding you back. Maybe you don’t want to share it with us, but share it with someone. Talk to a close family member or friend. At a minimum, say it out loud to yourself while looking in a mirror.

Because once you say it out loud, it becomes more real and tangible. Then you can start to figure out what is truly holding you back. You might just find out that it’s you. If that’s the case,  that’s not so bad. You can convince yourself to do something easier than convincing other people.

Good luck with whatever trek you have planned — or for planning whatever trek you want to take. I hope to see you out there.

 

6 thoughts on “Find a niche in the RV community and you’ll find strength”

  1. Oh my word! Y’all are good friends to have! Great article and I’m so honored to be included. 🙂 I like what you said about us being strong apart and together!

  2. Awesome article! My hubs and I have debated whether to get into the blog/vlog/entrepreneurial aspect of our RV adventure and I think (for now) we’re just going to be us, but I’m so grateful for all of you that do so that we can be supportive of and be a part of that community! You are so right though about the strong together or apart. Having built online relationships with several content creators, we do feel like we a part of a community!!!

    1. Dang it, I really thought I didn’t miss any grammatical flubs. …we are a part of a community. Lol!!

    2. Thanks Monica. We appreciate the support. We debated too, and decided we wanted some type of record of our travels, and video/blog seemed to be a good way to do that. If we were going to do it for us, might as well share it with the world. And it provides us a way to give back and show others a unique perspective on traveling, especially all the random historic places we like to visit. Thanks for reading!

    3. I’m personally glad to hear another full-time RVer say they aren’t doing a vlog/blog. I was beginning to think it was mandatory 🙂

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