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About RV Pioneers

RV Pioneers is your resource guide for everything you need to know about living the RV lifestyle.

Whatever your level of experience, you’ll find answers to all your RV-related questions here.

Our Purpose

We know the freedom and joy of hitting the road in an RV. We also know how overwhelming it can be to get started. RV Pioneers is here to make RVing more accessible and less intimidating. We want more people to be able to join us in this lifestyle that we are so passionate about!

Our Values

Education

No matter how much experience you have with RVs, it seems there is always something more to learn. While we aim to help educate others about recreational vehicles of all kinds, we also strive to be learners who stay abreast of new trends and developments in the RV world. We want to make your journeys the best they can be!

Research

When we recommend a product, you can trust that we have read the reviews, watched the tutorial videos, compared brands for quality and value, and often tested the products ourselves. We do the leg work so you don’t have to. We would never recommend anything that we wouldn’t install, use, or love in our own RVs.

Quality

We are committed to providing quality information about quality products. You can trust us to provide in-depth articles that are accessible and accurate. We do not represent specific brands and we are not advertisers. We are fellow RVers who know that high-quality equipment is necessary for a high-quality experience.

Community

RVers are first and foremost a community. We come from different backgrounds and walks of life, but we are united in a common love of RV travel. One of the benefits of community is sharing and learning from the experiences of others. Welcome to our community! Feel free to share your tips, insights, and journey stories with our audience too!

Our Mission

Our mission is to help more people join us on the road in an RV and to make sure that those who do have a great experience.

Whether it’s heading to a favorite local campground on weekends, renting an RV for the cross-country road trip of a lifetime, or leaving it all behind to live in an RV full-time, this lifestyle offers the freedom to explore combined with all the creature comforts of home. It is truly something special.

It can also be intimidating. Getting started, there is a lot to learn all at once which can seem overwhelming. Even experienced RVers find themselves constantly learning, as there are a lot of moving parts and a lot that can go wrong. But this shouldn’t keep anyone off the road!

What you need is someone who can come alongside you, from the early stages of choosing which RV is right for you, to where to park it as you travel, to replacing or upgrading things along the way.

If you’re in the process of choosing an RV, you might find these articles helpful:

Once you have your RV, we can help you figure out where to go!

Time to upgrade an appliance or replace something that’s worn out? These guides can help you choose the best products to make your RV more comfortable:

This is just a sample of all the ways we can help you make your dream of RVing a reality and make sure your reality is like a dream once you get there.

About the Team

RV Pioneers has assembled a team of experienced RV enthusiasts to write about what they know best. These are the people who sit around the campfire talking about the new macerator pump they just installed, or their plans to upgrade their battery bank to do more boondocking. They have been there, done that, and they want to help you do it too.

Keep in mind that being RV experts isn’t enough! They are also gifted communicators who are able to take what they know and put it into words so that others can benefit from it. We have all met those people who are really knowledgeable but no one understands a word they say. Our writers are the opposite. They know their stuff and they also know how to share it in a clear and accessible way.

Cacie Wright

Cacie Wright is a full-time traveler making her way across the states in a trusted Class A motorhome, “Lolita.” She typically rides shotgun while her husband is at the wheel and her “camper cat” enjoys the view from the dash. Cacie enjoys sharing everything she has learned and continues to learn concerning the RV life. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find Cacie reading, hiking, or on the search for coffee.

Christine Lindstrom

Christine Lindstrom is a full-time RVer. She loves traveling the country with her husband and three children and hopes her writing can help others discover the joys of the RV lifestyle.

Why are you giving advice on RV Pioneers?

The RV lifestyle has given so much to me and my family and I’ve learned so much along the way. I’m so thankful for the people who shared their experiences and helped me get started, so I want to pay it forward and be one of those people for others. I’ve also learned some things the hard way, and I’d be happy if others can learn from my mistakes.

What is the most off-grid location you’ve ever visited?

I guess that depends on your definition of “off-grid.” In a lot of places you can boondock (or dry camp) on public lands that are just outside the boundaries of national parks. Those have been some of our favorite places to just pull into a spot in a field and enjoy the view and the quiet. But we’re rarely alone in those places, and as digital nomads we try to stay where our big antenna can still pick up a cell signal. So some might argue that that isn’t truly off-grid. For us, off-grid means there are no paved roads to get there, there are no hookups, and we have easier access to hiking trails than a grocery store. Some of our favorites have been spots near Grand Teton National Park and Glacier National Park.

When was your first RV trip?

Does a pop-up camper count as an RV? If so, I was 12 and went with my friend’s family for the weekend. I fell out the side during the night and it wasn’t a great introduction overall. I definitely stuck with tent camping for many years after that, until my husband and I wanted to travel more when our kids were tiny. With babies and toddlers, we didn’t want to worry as much about the impact of weather so we decided to give RVing a try. We took a long road trip to try to get this wanderlust out of our systems, and at the end of 90 days when we had to go back to our “normal life,” we started making a plan to hit the road full time.

What is one piece of advice you’d give people starting their RV journey?

Start small. Rent before you buy, and try it out somewhere local. Approach it as something you’re learning and don’t make your first outing a high-stakes situation in a once-in-a-lifetime location. That’s too much pressure. If you have the opportunity to go out with a friend who has more experience, it can be great to have someone available to answer any questions that come up. And if you happen to fall out of the side of a pop-up camper, don’t write off the whole lifestyle for 20 years before trying again.

 

Kieran James Cunningham

Kieran James Cunningham’s first vehicle was an RV. 20 years later, he’s tried and tested over 20 models of RV and dreamed of hitting the road in at least a hundred others. In the past, he’s driven his motorhome from coast to coast across the USA (three times!) and through 21 countries in Europe.

Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell enjoys RVing with her family in their 45-foot Jayco Toyhauler. They’ve had some good times and bad and are sharing all of it on RV Pioneers so the readers can fix common problems and have better trips with their families.

Justin Caldwell

Justin Caldwell travels in an RV with his family in their 45 foot Jayco Toyhauler. He’s very handy and knows how to do DIY jobs to fix the RV if there are problems. He gives his best tips on RV Pioneers for how to RV full time or just have some weekend fun.

Jessica Lauren Vine – RV Expert

Jessica Lauren Vine RV’d as a child for 7 years and then took her family on the road for 2.5 years. Now she owns RV Idiots and blogs about all things RVs.

Why are you giving advice on RV Pioneers?

I am giving advice on RV Pioneers because I have years of experience RVing and want to share my knowledge and experiences with others.

What is the most off-grid location you’ve ever visited?

We went camping on some public lands but there were still some facilities there. I don’t really like going off into the wild too much.

When was your first RV trip?

I was around five years old when I went on my first RV trip and I don’t remember too much about it. I just remember it because a normal thing for me because it was a full-time RV life for me.

What is one piece of advice you’d give people starting their RV journey?

Get ready to experience some unexpected adventures and challenges. The best thing you can do is keep a good attitude and be ready to go through some things you might not think are ideal. You’ll create some of the best memories ever.

Jodie Chiffey

Jodie Chiffey enjoys the outdoors. She goes mountain biking and loves spending time in nature.

Why are you giving advice on RV Pioneers?

I love traveling and have always enjoyed the freedom I felt when traveling and I wanted to share that with others.

Do you ever camp off-grid?

I am not a big fan of camping off-grid. I like having hookups.

What is the most luxurious RV resort you’ve visited?

Le Château, located in France by the Atlantic coast

What is the most important advice you’d give to RVers?

Many people don’t start RVing because they’re worried about the initial investment. Instead of jumping in the deep end, try RV life by renting an RV first.

Coty Perry

Coty Perry loves the outdoors and likes to help others figure out how to enjoy more of it while they travel.

Why are you giving advice on RV Pioneers?

I want to help travel-minded people realize the potential of RV travel.

What is the most off-grid location you’ve ever visited?

RV camping in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

When was your first RV trip?

2014 in a travel trailer.

What is one piece of advice you’d give people starting their RV journey?

Study and learn mechanics as much as you can.