My wife and I recently spent four days camping with our church youth group. My wife was in charge of all the meals including purchasing the groceries, food preparation (slicing, dicing, etc), cooking and clean up. I helped with getting camp set up, organizing youth activities, leading activities, tending the campfire and all the other activities needed to keep a camp of 27 people from being a chaotic mess. Organizing camp and cooking for 18 young people definitely qualifies for an adventure in RVing by itself, but there was more adventure awaiting us. After lights out (midnight) the first night, high winds began blowing through the area toppling tent poles, blowing camp gear (chairs, tablecloths, etc.) around and shaking the RVs. Flapping tent flies and roof vents prevented anyone from having a good night’s sleep. Not only did the wind blow the first night, but the second and third night, too. By the last evening everything in camp was either tied down or weighted down. Good thing I brought several long lengths of twine.
Wind or no wind, you can’t go wrong sharing the Gospel or camping with a youth. Camping with a bunch of teenagers in high winds rates as a double 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.