2019 Event Speakers
We’re so honored to have the following RV industry experts and influencers share their wealth of knowledge with you!
Go Pet Friendly
In 2009, Amy Burkert launched Go Pet Friendly, a website that makes it easy to plan trips with pets. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband, Rod, chucked their former life as accountants and moved with their two dogs, Ty and Buster, into a Winnebago. For nearly 10 years they've enjoyed exploring America's highways and byways together.
Amy profiles pet friendly destinations from their travels and shares practical tips and advice on traveling with pets on the Take Paws blog. She also self-published the award-winning book, The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip, which highlights the #1 pet friendly attraction in each of the lower 48 states. With more than 200 full-color photos, the book serves as an inspiration for people hoping to travel with their pets and provides the tools they need to plan their adventures.
Phil & Stacy
You, me & The RV
Phil and Stacy's travel journey did not begin with the purchase of their RV. It actually began in 1988 when they joined the world's greatest Navy. Phil enlisted from Colorado and Stacy from Georgia. They met in Yokosuka, Japan and married two years later in San Diego. They have both visited many countries around the world separately on the Navy's dime and together on vacation.
After their two kids flew from the nest they decided it was time to hit the road and explore their own country. You know what happens next, they sold it all and hit the road in May of 2018. They are living their someday today and hope you are living yours as well. You can join them for fun, laughter and adventure on their YouTube channel, You, Me & the RV or their blog, Today is Someday.
mountain modern life
Katie and her husband, Eric, hit the road in 2016 after transforming their outdated RV into a mountain modern motorhome. They are passionate about creating a home you love, regardless of square feet and share rustic modern design, DIY projects, tiny home hacks, along with RV tips and tours over on their website, Mountain Modern Life. Their goal is to inspire others to create the environment they’ve always wanted, whether that’s through design, a certain lifestyle, or a combination of both.
Ben & Rebecca
His & Hers VLOGS
Their ultimate passion is traveling the world and inspiring others to fulfill their dreams. If it involves an adrenaline rush, a unique culture or trying something new, you’ll find them there. Sharing their travels began with an Alaska blog in 2014, followed by a YouTube channel in 2015. Fast forward to 2019, after four years of exploring North America, they’ve upped the ante and are preparing to go international to drive their 4x4 Overland Vehicle around the world.
With a YouTube following of over 55,000, they recently launched a new website as the Hub of all they offer to the traveling community including free and paid courses, e-zines and ebooks, extra videos not found on their YouTube channel and more!
Tom & Caitlin
mortons on the move
Tom and Caitlin gave up the stationary life for one where they are constantly on the move. They are full-time travelers and digital media producers, and would love to have you join their journey! In 2018, they spent the year working on the RV Nomads - The Movie, the full-time RVing documentary, plus planning and managing the premiere event, NomadFEST. They learned a lot about film-making and coordinating bigger productions, and about what they want to focus on their their lives and work.
This year, they’re taking a Lance Truck Camper up through Canada and Alaska to the Arctic Ocean and using their film-making experience to create an extensive reality-based web series of our adventure in a project they've called "GO NORTH". In early 2019 they also joined the production of The RVers, a new TV series to be broadcast on PBS and the Discovery Channel starting in the fall of 2019.
more than a wheelin’
Camille's grandparents taught her to "go to school, get a job, and buy a house" which is exactly what she did until she walked away from a twenty year career in corporate America. In the past two years, she and her husband, Bryce, have been full-time RV nomads, traveled 24,000 miles, and visited 30 states—all while learning how to create income streams, re-invent themselves, and stay married in 240 square feet.
They launched their travel blog, More Than A Wheelin' which opened doors to partnerships and opportunities. Camille also leveraged her background in career development and counseling to create Remote Work School to teach nomad hopefuls how to work remotely, and Blogging Camp (in partnership with 3 other RV nomads), a coaching program for rapid blog success. In addition to earning income through their courses and coaching, they've experimented with options trading, freelance writing, contract and consulting work, and recently, Camille partnered with a staffing agency to help place nomads into remote jobs.
Dan & Lindsay McKenzie
follow your detour
'Dan and Lindsay McKenzie have been traveling the world together for 10 years. They founded Follow Your Detour after facing life altering news that inspired them to embrace and take a detour in life. Their detour led them to full-time RVing in April of 2016 and they’ve been traveling the U.S. and creating their own path ever since.
They provide tips and resources for other couples interested in finding their own version of “The American Dream” and creating a not-so-cookie-cutter life. Their budgeting program Finance Your Detour teaches the budgeting process and provides the budgeting tool they’ve used to eliminate their debt, save money, and build the life of their dreams.
Dan and Lindsay are also co-founders of a membership community called Nomad Collab to help other couples design and sustain a location independent lifestyle.
Julie & Sean Chickery
Julie and Sean are a couple of perpetual travelers who have been living and traveling full-time in their fifth wheel since 2014. After each serving 20 years in the US Air Force, they knew they wanted to keep moving and experience even more of this beautiful nation. Sean & Julie travel slowly and intentionally as they work remotely from their rolling home.
They run Chickery’s Travels and YouTube channel, have authored a book on the financial aspects of full-time travel called Full-Time RV Finance, and conduct seminars related to RV travel and budgeting at RV shows across the country. Their goal is to help others prepare financially for the RV lifestyle and share the tips they used to become debt free in just two years.
The Virtual campground
Author of Tales From the Black Tank, Liz Wilcox is an Army wife turned RV entrepreneur. When she’s not out exploring the US with her family, you can find her telling jokes and swapping stories. She is a firm believer in the power of the campfire and refuses to settle for suburban survival.
At the end of 2017, she gave up personal space in return for personal freedom, hitting the road in a 2007 Jayco Greyhawk. As a full-time RVer, she has a passion for creating community among campers of all kinds through humor and storytelling. You can learn more and become part of her movement at The Virtual Campground.
Aaron & Lauren
Aaron and Lauren launched into full time RV travel in November of 2019 and hit the road with their two kids, Casen and Calista. They travel in their 42 ft. fifth wheel, chasing adventure and fun! Their website provides information on full time travel and documents their journey.
Aaron builds websites and does digital marketing for small businesses. Lauren is a photographer and writer, creating content for RV Repair Club and RVshare.. Less than a year into their journey they wrote an eBook, Instagram: How To Grow Your Audience Authentically And Start Monetizing Your Account. They love meeting new people and inspiring others to simplify in order to live larger with less, just like they did.
Aaron & Tina Jones
Residing in Arizona for more than 20 years convinced Aaron and Tina that summers would be great somewhere much cooler, once they became empty nesters. That day came in early 2017; they sold their home along with most of their belongings and hit the road full-time. Currently travelling in their Bighorn fifth wheel, with 2 cats and their Great Dane Maggie, the Jones’ are on a mission to visit all the national parks and many other special places in between.
Their online presence includes most major social media outlets as well as a YouTube channel where they share travel and RV maintenance videos. Driven by curiosity and a love for travel, income diversification is critical to this couple’s full-time living success. As a US Air Force Veteran Aaron is accustom to a full plate. Aaron currently works remotely as a Software Engineer in the financial sector, is a certified financial coach managing the couples Financial Coaching practice, and is currently working to establish their new Mobile RV Technician business. As a “retired” mom, Tina is the talent behind the JonesN2Travel brand that she has built from the ground up.
Alongside the JonesN2Travel brand the couple also hosts a Facebook group for the RVing community, Mid-Life RVers.
Andy & Lezlie
Andy & Lezlie became full time travelers in July 2017 and haven’t looked back. Lezlie started a resume writing business in 2014, which grew to include Andy by 2016, and allowed them to hit the road while working remotely. Andy, a former high school band director, also picks up side jobs like selling fireworks in central Florida and workamping in West Yellowstone, Montana.
Before hitting the road, they had no experience RVing, so they took 18 months to plan and research all of the details. They decided on a 35’ fifth wheel trailer and a Ram 2500 to tow it with- plenty of space to feel like a home. Their main goals for traveling include following nice weather, good internet service, exploring awesome places, and discovering local craft foods and drinks. They prefer boondocking (dry camping) in the middle of nowhere to staying in cities and resort-type places. Alongside Andy & Lezlie is their adventure dog Jax, a 70 lb husky/akita mix, who never misses an opportunity to ride in the truck.
Dan & Lisa
always on liberty
Dan and Lisa, co-founders of Always On Liberty, have always had nomadic spirits. After 40 years of combined military service in the United States Coast Guard and Dan's short stint in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they set out for the open road on their two Harley Davidson motorcycles. A decade later, they sold it all to hit the road in an RV! In their 6th year as full-time RV nomads, they are still trekking the Country in RV #3, their 25' Winnebago View Motorhome.
Dan and Lisa collaborate with several RV industry and component manufacturers as Brand Ambassadors, Influencers, and Product Evaluators. They work to help bridge the gap between companies and customers by sharing their experiences and evaluations. Through their Blog, YouTube Channel and social media connections, they inspire dreamers, new RVers as well as seasoned nomads to become more creative in their RV living spaces. From organization and storage, interior decor, maintenance and modifications, to boondocking and adventure, they show how it's done. And when they're not writing or working, they love to explore the byways and backroads of America one mile at a time!
ed’s rv repair
After 12 years in the Army, Ed Wilcox wanted more to life. Together with his wife Liz and their daughter, they hit the road. Now he owns Ed's RV Repair. Certified by the RVSA, he serves not only local campgrounds, but the online community through consult calls. With knowledge and experience only a full-time RVer would have, he created a course to help keep your dream moving, Fix it Yourself RV.
Eric & Tami Johnson
Eric and Tami Johnson sold their house and quit their jobs back in 2014 in order to travel full-time. They have been on the road for 5 years now and are spending the summer in their 50th state, Alaska. They love Jeeping, Alabama football, and spending time on the water.
As the owners of TechnoRV, they visit RV shows and rallies during their travels and run the online portion of the business from the road. They have an office and warehouse in Mobile, Alabama where their family lives. They are instructors for Escapees RV Boot Camp and RV Online University, and they enjoy presenting seminars at RV shows as they travel.
Heidi & Mark Bodette
loving the rv life
Heidi and Mark are adventure travelers who sold their house of 30 years. They retired in December 2018 and are living full time in Destiny, their Tiffin Allegro Red motorhome. All of North America is now their new backyard! Being avid outdoor adventurers, they wanted to make sure Destiny could handle boondocking without always relying on the generator. Mark installed their solar system with over 1000 watts of solar panels and 600Ah of lithium batteries.
Heidi is an RV quilter and when weather permits, you can find her quilting outside and enjoying the view! They started a blog called Loving the RV Life which covers the topics of RV Life, Boondocking, RV Gear and Quilting.
moving forward adventures
Kenny has been living in a class A motorhome for over two years with his wife Sabrina and small dog, Belle. They document their travels on their Youtube Channel, Moving Forward Adventures. Kenny is also content contributor for Winnebago Life, creating articles and videos about the RV lifestyle, maintenance, tips, tricks and destination overviews.
He is also the co-creator and co-host of Beyond The Wheel Podcast with Sean Chickery, where they explore the behind the scenes workings of the RV industry to find out how people, products and services are making it easier than ever to RV. Kenny also took the NRVIA RV inspector course in September of 2017 and became a certified inspector. He and Sabrina love the RV lifestyle and the community that surrounds it.
Jason & Abigail
Sell it all, and convert a school bus into an RV? That's what Jason and Abigail did, and in August of 2016 they took to the open road as Our Wandering Family, and along with their three boys, left sweet home Chicago behind for a life of adventure. Since then, they've built careers focused on their love for theater, travel and the National Parks.
They are the founders and editors of the RV Miles Network, which includes their personal travel blog Our Wandering Family, the RV and travel website RVMiles.com, and three weekly podcasts - RV Miles, America's National Parks, and the soon-to-launch See America, all of which are available on any podcast listening app. They also run Perform.Ink, a trade publication focused on theater communities across the country. They are parents, partners, roadschoolers, and fierce advocates and believers in our National Parks. They recently left the #buslife behind, and now travel full-time in their new travel trailer.
let’s travel family
Jill and her husband Tony, have been traveling full time in an RV with their 4 kids since early 2017. They are also travel bloggers and vloggers at Let's Travel Family, answering those RV living and family travel questions families have for them each week.
Jill and Tony hit the road ready for anything. They grew their connect with the RV community and in early 2019 Jill and Tony partnered with Fulltime Families and Mama Says Namaste to run the first ever RV Family Conference in Florida. They love helping other families to make their travel dreams come true. You see, they decided that they wanted to live each day to the fullest and help others to do so as well!
Jesse, Jenny, & Tucker
outside is calling
Did anyone ever ask what you wanted to be when you grew up? Like many couples, Jesse & Jenny found themselves working to pay bills, and not working the jobs they imagined as children. It’s easy to get off track, especially with societal pressure to trade freedom for the security of a steady paycheck. But at what cost? Jenny was a Florida elementary school teacher, and every year new rules would place her farther from helping children and closer to checking off meaningless boxes. Jesse, from his military experience, was a powerplant operator working for Orlando Utilities (OUC). Living in Florida they thought, maybe life would be more exciting in the Pacific Northwest. They moved to Oregon, but something was still missing. They yearned for a way to break free from their restraints and started saving money every chance they had.
In 2017, and with a new baby, they simply quit. Quit their jobs, quit the house, and quit making excuses why they couldn’t chase their dreams. Jesse, Jenny, and Tucker have been traveling ever since. From the Pacific Northwest to Florida then all up and down Baja, Mexico with no intentions of slowing down. They’re working on a few noteworthy projects which will launch on their website.
Jon & Teaya
traveling with the tompkins
After being shot in Iraq and almost losing his life, Jon decided he wanted to see the world and enjoy the life he almost lost. So in 2013 Jon, Teaya, and Madison started their traveling adventure. Now 6 years later and with the addition of two more little travelers (Mason, and Miles) they have traveled via RV, sailboat, and military planes.
Together they have visited all 50 states and several counties. Currently the Tompkins are full timing in Florida as they prepare for their next adventures. They share their family travels via their Facebook and Instagram.
Juan & Mary
the hungry cuban adventures
Juan is retired from his first career as a firefighter paramedic and his second career as a paella chef. Mary is retired from her career in nursing. After their kids left the nest and Mary overcame breast cancer they began to question what God wanted them to do with this stage of their lives.
At a conference for their family of churches they attended a class, Empty Nesters on a Mission. Small church plantings were inviting mature couples to be a part of these small groups and an idea began to grow to do this through a full time RV life. The house was sold and the adventure began. Please visit their You Tube channel, The Hungry Cuban Adventures, as they share a life that has been more than they could ever hope or imagine.
Kory & Denise
does size matter
Kory and Denise are an RV travel couple who are Busting Through the Myths of what traditional or trending RV lifestyles look like. They have thrown out the ideas that you have to be retired or live in your RV full time to live an RV Lifestyle. They have found a way to do it on their own terms and can’t wait to free you to do it your own way too.
They enjoy looking outside the box and showing that there is no right or wrong way to live just the one that works for you in the moment you are in. They have been living the RV Sometimer Lifestyle for the past 5 yrs and have been sharing their love of RVs, their adventures and how they do it on their YouTube channel and Blog, Does Size Matter RV, for the past 1.5yrs.
Levi & Natalie Henley
henley’s happy trails
Levi and Natalie workamp around the country in their 26 foot motorhome with two cats. They have been on the road and making a living workamping since 2014 with no plans to stop soon. Along with writing for RV magazines, they also share their experiences and RV-related tips on their own blog Henley’s Happy Trails as well as videos on their YouTube Channel.
They have worked a wide range of jobs on the road including the popular Amazon Camper Force, the Sugar Beet Harvest in Minnesota, pumpkin patch sales, managed a Christmas tree lot, and almost every position you can imagine at campgrounds.
Matt & Diana
Matt, originally from England, and Diana, originally from Latvia, met in San Francisco in 2014. Their first trip together was backpacking in Yosemite where they fell in love with each other and the National Parks. After two years of planning, they quit their Silicon Valley tech jobs in July of 2018 and moved into an RV to hit the road full time. They are on a quest to visit all 419 National Park Units which includes National Parks, National Monuments, National Historic Parks and many others. Whether it's hiking, cycling or kayaking, they are always looking for ways to explore more. There is such amazing natural beauty all around us, and it has never been more accessible.
Their goal is to inspire you to explore the outdoors, and give you the information you need to do it. They share their journey and tips on their blog and YouTube Channel. Having engineering backgrounds, they also write detailed guides to electrical upgrades and other mods that they have done to their 25ft Outdoors RV travel trailer.
Battle born batteries
Sean Nichols is the Chief Operating Officer and a founding partner of Dragonfly Energy. In 2013 Sean and CEO, Denis Phares started Dragonfly Energy from their garages and haven’t looked back since. Sean has over 10 years of experience in the RV industry with a skill set that includes sales, operations, product development, marketing and so much more. His passionate demeanor has allowed for others to see why he specializes in Green Energy Products, specifically li-ion batteries, power inverters, solar panels and related components for off-grid & mobile power systems.
Many people know Dragonfly Energy’s consumer brand Battle Born Batteries due to the stories they’ve shared and people they’ve met. The company continues to work hard to accomplish all boondocking dreams for RVers, while getting rid of their “battery anxiety”. Through their Facebook and Instagram, you can see how the company allows others to get out there and stay out there!
Scott & Christina
our epic field trip
Scott and Christina have been full-time RV nomads since August 2018. They always loved traveling but during a trip to Jackson Hole in September 2017, they realized that the life they were living wasn’t how they wanted to spend the next ten years and that they didn’t want to wait for traditional retirement to make a big change. Less than a year later, they had sold their home and most all their possessions, left corporate careers, and had started a new life on the open road.
Since then they've been getting adjusted to life in an RV, starting a couple of business ventures, and working on creating content for YouTube and their blog. Scott and Christina love the RV nomad life and hope to inspire others looking to make a big change by sharing their experiences.
Shawn & Maley
north american nomads
Shawn and Maley have been married for 25 years and have raised 3 young men. Shawn dreamed of traveling full time in an RV for many years. Maley, on the other hand, was not necessarily always on board with this dream. One summer, she was open to renting an RV for a ‘test’ week. After that week, the ‘RV bug’ hit her and she was open to the possibility of being an RV nomad. In June of 2018, their youngest son left to join the Navy. They felt like this was the great time to make this dream a reality.
In August of 2018, they bought the perfect RV for them. Within a few months their home sold and they quickly sold or gave away all of their belongings. Shawn and Maley left on their full time journey in January of 2019 and are loving the nomadic lifestyle. They have both left their corporate careers and enjoy the freedom to continue to work part-time for themselves on the road. Currently, Shawn and Maley use their social media to update their friends and family on the highlights of their adventures. They look forward to sharing tips & tricks they’ve learned so far on the RV lifestyle soon.
Tony & Melissa Flamia
hippie & the tech
Tony & Melissa were working around the clock "keeping up with the Jones". They thought that’s what it meant to have live “the American dream”. It was good for their finances and those making a percentage off of everything we had financed. The downside? They found themselves in a never-ending rat race where all of their precious time was spent trying to make for a better future they’d never get to live. Now they’re focusing on what they love first, true honest togetherness as a family, making experiences out of every place they go and doing it as a family.
Lance & Flo
wheelin’ with the wendes
Lance & Flo decided the “American Dream” of owning a home, with all the responsibilities and financial burden that goes along with it was not giving them the joy they needed in life. They started by camping on the weekends and really enjoyed being outdoors. In time, their love of camping developed into the need for travel but still had the ties of a home. They realized this was not the life they wanted to continue living.
In March of 2018, after research and watching countless hours of YouTube videos on full-time RV living, they decided to set a date to hit the road. However, Flo was not happy about spending one more dreary, cold winter in Maryland and they quickly changed “go time” from 1 year later to only 6 months! Only six months to get rid of everything, sell a house and move into a 40’ 5th wheel? Believe it or not they beat their goal by 4 days! Lance & Flo gave ample notice to their employers and discussed other options for income, only to find out both employers offered them remote work. The experiences and friendships they’ve made have been life changing. Their first year was quite busy, juggling work with travelling, purchasing a new rig while on the road and outfitting it with a complete solar/lithium setup, but all worth the efforts. They have since been living and working full time while travelling and haven’t looked back.
Chris & Donna
runaway with the clarks
Chris & Donna Clark have been living in their 44-foot toy hauler since February 2017. Donna is Retired from Verizon (the old GTE) and SAMS Club and loves, loves to talk about their 2 handsome grown boys who are also military veterans (US Army) and their 4 beautiful grandkids. Chris is retired from the Texas Air National Guard, with 10 years US Air Force, 1978-1988 and a Desert Storm/Desert Shield Veteran when he was called up in 1990-1991. Chris also retired from FEMA with more than 30 years of combined federal civil service.
Chris and Donna are also previous entrepreneurs, owning a successful home inspection franchise in Fort Worth, Texas for 10 years. They have been planning their RUNAWAY for their whole married life, almost 40 years and now they are Spreading the word of fun and adventure across this beautiful country of ours with their 19 year old kitty, Sissi.
Jon & Nadia
Jon and Nadia are full-time RV travelers, food lovers, and dream chasers who have set out on a journey to design a lifestyle of adventure, discovery, and learning. Prior to setting out on their journey, Jon worked in sales, while Nadia was a former teacher and, eventually, a marketing professional. Knowing they yearned to travel while building businesses that enabled the lifestyle, they decided to commit fully to pursuing their passions and chasing their dreams. Today, you are bound to find Jon with a camera in-hand, and Nadia creating illustrations, written content, and many other digital assets, while simultaneously enjoying a fine cheese and a glass of wine.
mama says namaste
As an unschooling mama of three, Ashley knows how much energy it takes to parent. Throw in the fact that she runs two businesses and her family is RVing the states full-time, and you have a recipe for chaos and overwhelm, right?
But she’s living proof that it doesn't have to be this way. No, her life isn't always unicorns and rainbows...but then again, she wouldn't have it any other way. Her magic secret? Communicate intention.
If you want to learn more about what Ashley means by this, dig deeper into her website. Listen to her podcast, check out the blog, and make sure you're signed up for the weekly newsletter for the summary of the best from the week.
Chad & Tara
Chad and Tara run the YouTube channel and Blog “Changing Lanes” where they create content for full time RV life as well as their travels and motorcycle rides across North America. Chad and Tara started their full time RV life in December of 2017 with their dog Daisy and motorcycle Lucile. Knowing they wanted to share their journey on Youtube, they practiced making videos in May of 2017, and launched their channel one year later in May of 2018. To date, they have camped in 80 locations across 24 states, and published 64 videos.