This video, from the founder of RV52 is VERY short. 60 seconds. But I think it will help you understand what RV52.com is about and maybe let you know that it is OK to interact with the site – there is a real person behind the curtain.Tweet This:Ole Marlan over at @rv52 seems like a pretty cool dude. Check his site out: http://rv52.com #RV
For the NON-Video-Viewer Types – RV52.com is:
- A FREE resource for RVers
- 25,000 RV Park or RV parking place listings (free to list, free to edit, free to view)
- 2K+ Attractions or fun things to do listings (free to list, free to edit, free to view)
- 1K+ RV Dealer listings (free to list, free to edit, free to view)
- A blog from a crazy guy (me)
- 1000’s and 1000’s of how to videos and tons of how-to information about RVs
- 1000’s and 1000’s of Video of RVs (boring unless you are shopping for an RV – then handy)
- A bunch of strange, quirky, and fun tools and pages by me. Hard to explain, just go look
- A potential resource for helping people in the RV business have more online success, potentially addressing the following questions (to get started, just hit the contact button)
- How do I get more website visitors to my RV Park/RV Dealer/RV misc/RV blog website
- I get visitors to my site. I think I have something valuable to offer – how would I make money?
- How do I make an eBook? How do I make videos? How would I get start on anything Techy?
- How do you do a website? I’m don’t do websites for people. I’m not an artist. I’m a businessperson. I will tell you how to get these people to do what you need to do and tell you how to make your stuff cool. RV52.com is in the top 10% of all websites in the world for speed. I know what I’m doing. Most people who offer website building services actually don’t. Check out RV52.com web speed at your favorite speed checker web site. No its not perfect. But it is pretty good.
- How do I make custom wordpress plug-ins that will work for my business. I don’t do this, but I’ll map out your strategy so you can go talk to the people who will do it and not lose your shirt.
- Just stuff like 1-5. But more.
- A resource for advertisers. Look at the bottom of my page. I offer sections on my site for RV Park advertising, RV Dealer advertising, RV advertising and RV accessory advertising. I do this through Google Adwords. You can see my numbers. No, I’m not the biggest web site in the RV space. But I’m not chump change either. I’ve got nice traffic and I’m growing.
Hopefully that gives you an overview of RV52.com. The rest of this page is human interest. Boring for guys, but gals tend to enjoy.
Short form… RV52.com was borne out of a divorce.
For the people who want to know EVERYTHING:
How RV52.com was born
When I first met Sheri, she was a little hesitant on our first or second date to tell me where she lived. A big part of that is because she lived in a little RV. It was a fairly good sized 2008 Puma 29FKSS Travel Trailer.
I, however, lived in an apartment, mostly because I had recently went through a divorce and in my world, you either lived in a house or an apartment and after divorces, apartments are the landing zone of choice.
A different way of thinking
You could think of me as the “typical close-minded middle American mindset”. I knew about trailer houses, sometimes called single-wides, but I simply was not interested in that type of living for a number of reasons. So it was apartment or house.
But Sheri opened my mind to something different. An RV was something different entirely. RV’s were luxury goods (by many standards) that you buy along with your boat. RV’s were SMALL. Unlike trailer homes, RV’s weren’t low income affairs trying to grab as much square feet as possible – no RV’s represented something completely different. RV’s are inherently mobile – constructed for durability while trailer homes represented fixed location (no different than houses or apartments).
Sheri’s RV represented something completely new : Living small by choice. It made me ask questions. It made US question how much we needed. RV’s make you completely re-examine place and permanence.
Marriage changes everything
Sheri and I married in 2009 and within a short amount of time, she talked me into trying the Puma RV. It was too small for a family, but for the two of us, it was a great experience.
I was hooked. And I knew in 2009 that I had a blog topic that I could write about, pretty much the rest of my life. I also wanted to write a blog because if I can’t make a successful (whatever that might be) blog, then I would have to question my existence in a world that openly accepts my MBA.
RV is more than a Vacation “house”
And so I write. I write about the RV, the parks, our mistakes, and our successes. Its more than a hobby. It is a lifestyle and a belief system (living small, free, economical, and more) and I can write about it a long time.
One oddity you may find is I do lots of these little videos. Both of parks and of RV’s. I like playing with the video and I think video speaks volumes where I might be at a loss for words.
I would love to hear from you as I journey and journal. Your suggestions and inputs are important to me.
DISCLOSURE : This blogs goal is to be honest and forthright in all we say or do. So we have no plans to push crappy products or parks, unless we don’t know they are bad and only find out later, like the RV mats from Walmart. All that being said, if we put links to products and you buy the products you should assume we will be compensated for it. A prime example is that we use Amazon affiliate links copiously.