About RV Pioneers
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 is to help more people to 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:
- A Complete Guide to RV/Camper Models and Classes
- New vs Used RVs: What to Consider and Which to Choose
- How to Find the Best Class C RV
- How to Find the Best Class A Motorhome
- How to Find the Best 5th Wheel RV
Once you have your RV, we can help you figure out where to go!
- Finding the Best RV Parks, Resorts, and Campgrounds
- Best Boondocking RV Options for your Next Adventure
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:
- How to Find the Best RV Mattress
- How to Find the Best RV Kitchen Sink Replacement and Upgrades
- The Ultimate RV Shower Head Buyer’s Guide
- RV Washer/Dryer Combos Buying Guide: Which is best for you?
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 Founder
Jim Mulligan is that guy everyone in the campground knows for being friendly and helpful. It takes him forever to walk the dog because he stops to talk to everybody along the way. He’ll come right over to help if there’s a problem, and whether it’s a flat tire or a roof leak or a broken refrigerator, he’s there to offer his experience, encouragement, and usually just the right tool.
Jim bought his first RV – a little, old travel trailer that he bought on a whim – nearly 20 years ago. He had no experience with RVs and learned how everything worked through trial and error. Often a lot of error. He only planned to use it a few times a year, to visit family now and then and maybe an occasional fishing trip.
Eventually, he figured out how to empty his black tank without needing a shower. He moved on to more advanced maintenance like replacing the anode rod in his water heater and properly winterizing his little rig. As repairs were needed, he learned how to do those too. He had always been handy and his trailer quickly turned into his favorite hobby.
Those occasional fishing trips turned into several weekends a month exploring local state parks. He fell in love with the RV lifestyle, from the freedom to travel to the community he found along the way. In 2012, when he was offered an opportunity to work remotely, he jumped at the chance. He upgraded to a newer, larger rig, sold his house and most of what was in it, and hit the road full-time. He has never regretted it for a minute.
As he has traveled the United States – and he has now visited all 48 continental states in an RV – he has met and talked to a lot of people. He noticed that he was having similar conversations with fellow RVers across the country. Whether it was about maintenance or repair concerns or a desire to upgrade something to be a little more comfortable, everyone wanted to chat with someone a little more experienced first. They were looking for advice or reassurance before making a major purchase. Jim often found himself turning into that listening ear and voice of experience.
He also met a lot of non-RVers in his travels, many of whom would say, “I always wanted to do that, but…” The reasons for not doing it varied, but many were based in fear of the unknown or lack of RV experience. He often wished there was a way he could help remove these barriers that were standing in the way of people pursuing their dreams. He knew what they were missing out on and wished there were more resources available that could make it a little easier to get started.
Jim Mulligan decided to create the resource he was missing: RV Pioneers. In his mind, as he developed it was all those conversations with RVers looking for help and with those dreaming of hitting the road as he had. He’s still that guy in the campground that everyone seeks out for advice, but with RV Pioneers, he can help so many more people then will ever cross his path.
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.
But 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.
Since he was just a kid, his family took him on many RV adventures which led to his sense of adventures in his own
RV, that he bought, repaired, updated and used for years traveling the country. Today, Ben has been traveling full-time for over two years now. He has used multiple types of RVs to get him from A to B. From the Rocky Mountains to the beaches of California, Ben has traveled far and wide, and now, as a freelance writer, is sharing all of the info he has collected over the years.
Cacie Wright is a full-time traveller making her way across the states in a trusted Class A motorhome, “Lolita.” She typically rides shot gun 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 is a freelance writer and 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.
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.
We are here for you! We invite you to contact us directly and let us know how we can better serve you in your RV journey. Hope to see you on the road!