While most of us are currently concerned about contracting swine flu while in contact with the public or using public facilities. My wife and I recently witnessed something that will make us think twice about drinking from a public drinking fountain even once the current pandemic passes. It seems the town of Downieville, California has a town dog. We met him several times while exploring town. He is a nice dog, he just has bad manners. As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words” or as Peanut’s Lucy would say, “yuck dog-germs”. Just think, I almost took a swig from that fountain! Avoiding flu and dog germs, it’s just another adventure in RVing.
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.