After undergoing cancer surgery and chemotherapy, Peter realized that his life might not go according to the standard operating plan, which for many involves working until the age of 65 followed by a relaxing retirement. So he and John sold their house, cars, plane (Peter is a pilot) and just about everything else they owned, bought an RV and hit the road.
The plan was to live off of savings for two or three years, then settle down in a wonderful new location, which Peter and John figured they’d discover during their travels. After two years on the road, they both decided that they loved RVing more than any one place, and hatched a plan to continue traveling indefinitely. With zero previous RVing experience, they purchased what they felt was an acceptable starter coach. After a couple of years on the road, they’d learned enough about motorhome travel to know exactly what they wanted from their next coach.
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With that, Peter & John custom-ordered their current coach, a 43′ Mountain Aire 4304, and took delivery on May 17, 2005. In the nearly 10 years since, they’ve never once regretted their choice. As a matter of fact, their Mountain Aire has become quite famous. Although Peter & John’s “day job” involves designing websites for RV parks and campgrounds, most RVers are probably more familiar with their motorhome how-to-videos that feature their Newmar coach. With nearly 6.4 million views and more than 34,000 subscribers, the RVgeeks channel is one of the most popular RVing channels on YouTube.
While the Geeks aren’t professional technicians, they’re very mechanically inclined do-it-yourselfers who have become incredibly proficient in managing RV systems. They’ve learned a few things the hard way, sharing their techniques so that you don’t have to!
Although most of the RVgeeks videos feature their 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire Class-A motorhome, many of the subjects they cover apply to every class of RV. Their goal is to help others go DIY, allowing RVers everywhere to save time and money while experiencing the satisfaction that comes with maintaining their own coach.
The way Peter & John started making how-to-RV videos was very organic. In 2010, they invited a couple of friends to join them on a 10-day road trip through Southern Utah’s National Parks. Their friends had no prior RVing experience, but it didn’t take long for them to become hooked! Within a year, they purchased their own RV, also a Newmar. It had come so well-recommended that it was an easy choice!
Of course, being new to the RV lifestyle, these friends had a lot of questions for the only other RVers they knew. Since Peter & John were located on the opposite side of the country, they decided to demonstrate the operation of several RV systems, then upload them to YouTube for their friends to watch.
But it occurred to them that videos about dumping tanks, sanitizing fresh water systems and getting connected at RV parks might be something other new RVers would appreciate, too. So they created the RVgeeks YouTube channel and started uploading videos. Within a year, their views and subscribers had taken off.
This year, they created their own website, TheRVgeeks.com, to better connect with their viewers. They not only post their video content, but also share their favorite RVing gear, all of which they use themselves. One of the site’s most popular features are the giveaways, which provide visitors with the opportunity to win hundreds of dollars worth of great equipment for their rigs.
So whether you’re an RV newbie, a summer traveler or a seasoned full-timer like The RVgeeks, their videos will help you get more out of RVing. To find out more, visit The RVgeeks website at TheRVgeeks.com or their YouTube channel at YouTube.com/RVgeeks.