LTRVD0354 Techno RV

Techno RV owners Eric and Tami Johnson are the subjects of this week’s interview. We recorded it at the Tampa Supershow. If you need anything electronic for you or your RV, Techno RV is the best place to go for both sales and good advice as well as excellent after sales customer service.

We read the mail and discussed a potential safety hazard. If the person in the navigator’s seat places something on the dash, it could easily block the driver’s view of that side mirror. Even with a side view camera, once in the camera blind spot, you will need a properly adjusted side view mirror to see vehicles alongside.

We answered an inquiry about whether or not to buy a Thousand Trails membership. Our view is you should first have a Passport America membership. All the Thousand Trails parks are in the Passport system and you can visit them at half price. The next best thing is to purchase a Thousand Trails Zone pass that gives you access to around 20 of the Thousand Trails parks in a geographic zone for $525. Check out Thousand Trails at

Then we discussed the potential issues of purchasing a 17-year-old rig that had been unused for 7 years. Obviously, the tires and batteries along with all fluids from engine and generator would have to be changed out. I would also replace all engine belts as well. Then a serious investigation of all rubber gaskets and seals would need to be done. I would go over the roof thoroughly looking for cracking and bad caulk. If the price was right, it could possibly be a good rig to get through the years until retirement.

The new revision of our “So, You Want to Be an RVer?” is now available on amazon as both an e-book and paperback. You can win an autographed paperback copy in a random drawing on Nick Russell’s blog. Just go to and click on the Free Drawings tab to enter.

Next week another interview from the Tampa show as well as more tips and adventures.

Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.