NOMADIC LIFE BLOG

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DATE: August 10th, 2017
CONTACT: Press Office
EMAIL: openroadtoday@gmail.com

NOMADIC LIFE FILMS ANNOUNCES MARC & JULIE BENNETT OF RVLOVE JOINING RV NOMADS MOTION PICTURE PROJECT

PROMINENT YOUTUBERS, SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS POWER-COUPLE & FOUNDERS OF RV SUCCESS SCHOOL TO TAKE LEAD ROLE IN FILM PROJECT 

(MILWAUKEE, WI) – Nomadic Life Films, the studio behind RV Nomads (www.OpenRoadRVNomads.com), an upcoming feature length cinematic documentary exploring the full time RV movement, announced today that Marc and Julie Bennett will join the project in an expanded capacity. The Bennetts will take part in the film’s story arc as full time RVing cast members and will help manage development for the production studio. They will also serve as project advisors as production begins in 2018.

Marc and Julie are well known in the full time RV movement, having successfully established their brand (RVLove) as one of the most visible and respected resources for RVers of all stripes. They also founded and manage the RV Success School, a learning system considered by many RVers and industry brands to be on the leading edge of online training for RVers of all levels of experience.

Aside from being experienced and respected full-time RVers, the creators of RVLove.com and personalities behind their popular YouTube channel, Marc and Julie Bennett bring a combined wealth of business and marketing experience to the RV Nomads film project. In their previous careers, they have both worked on inspiring, high profile projects backed by a passionate movement that has helped elevate each project’s success,

Until recently, Marc Bennett was Director of Operations for a highly successful e-commerce company that grew from zero to nearly half a billion dollars in sales in 4 years, working with the executive team to support the company through an exponential growth period. Prior to that, Marc was Program Manager and Contest Judge for the internationally renowned Body-for-LIFE fitness contest (based on the book by New York Times bestselling author Bill Phillips) and recruited, inspired and trained high caliber representatives for the transformational Body-for-LIFE movement. Marc’s first experience in a luxury RV was when he led a high profile national tour traveling the USA in a fully wrapped Body-for-LIFE branded Prevost Class A Motorhome to maximize media publicity while distributing prizes to Champions (contest winners) around the country while managing a multi-million dollar budget.

As a communications and marketing entrepreneur, Julie Bennett worked and promoted several internationally renowned bestselling authors and was involved in the related grass-roots marketing campaigns for 3 documentaries in niche markets, including the smash hit The Secret which grossed over $65M in domestic DVD Sales, What the Bleep Do We Know, a viral marketing sleeper hit that grossed over $16M globally and Indigo, which played in 603 locations around the world and grossed $1.2M. Julie built a startup company, taking it from zero to $1M in revenue in 3 years, as it became a leading industry brand in the area of personal transformation. She also Project Managed the PwC Forbes Global CEO Conference in Sydney, Australia and managed the public relations for job site Monster.com and parent global advertising agency TMP Worldwide.

Marc and Julie bring to the RV Nomads story an incredible sub-narrative of entrepreneurship that will translate on film in a powerful way. Their partnership with the studio will push tremendous new potential into the mix as the motion picture begins to gain steam going into the 2018 production and full release phases.

The Bennetts live in a 2012 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36’ gas motorhome and tow a 2006 MINI Cooper S Convertible for exploring and running errands. Their YouTube channel boasts more than 15,000 subscribers and nearly a million and a half video views. Their combined social media reach as influencers is extraordinary and the content they publish is highly regarded by RVers and industry alike.

Their partnership in the film project is monumental and the studio is thrilled to be working alongside them as the movie begins to take shape.

For more information visit www.openroadrvnomads.com.

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Nomadic Life Films, in partnership with Square House Creative, is today releasing details of initial distribution platforms that will be available for the RV Nomads motion picture. While the studio is working with a distribution partner to promote the project to content platforms such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, the film will always be available through the platforms described below.

There will be two initial versions of the film released to the public when the final cut is approved in the fall of 2018.

  • Free On-Demand: The full movie will be available in a high definition ad-supported format available for unlimited streaming via RV Nomads TV.
  • Premium Multi-Platform On-Demand: Viewers can purchase an ad-free high definition unlimited streaming option that will come packed with a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary, deleted scenes and additional bonus content. Physical versions of the film will also be available for purchase, including a limited edition DVD and/or Blu-Ray. The premium version of the film will also be housed at RV Nomads TV.

Let’s take a closer look at ways you’ll be able to watch the movie.

WATCH THE MOVIE FOR FREE!

Our goal from day one has always been to tell this amazing story and make it available to as many viewers as possible. The story arc is designed to be entertaining and informative for both those who have been RVing for some time and those who may be just learning about it or starting to consider it. It’s a powerful story and we want it to reach a wide audience.

With this being the case, we’re going to take a leap of faith and make the movie available for FREE!

To watch the movie for free all you’ll need to do is visit the official free on-demand stream site that will be hosted on the RV Nomads TV website. The streaming page isn’t there yet because the movie isn’t finished. But when it’s ready you’ll be able to gather your friends and family and stream the movie in high definition as many times as you want!

The video player works great with desktops that airplay to TV’s, mobile devices and smart TV’s with web browser capabilities.

How can we afford to do this? There will be a few ads thrown into the mix. While putting a few ads in the timeline is probably not our favorite thing to do, the reality is this is a very expensive project and streaming high definition video isn’t cheap.

UPGRADE TO PREMIUM AD-FREE

Those wanting to watch the video in a lot of other environments and applications, with a lot more goodies thrown in and no ads, can certainly do so by purchasing the premium version of the film.

This on-demand high definition version will be available via the following:

  • Roku
  • Apple tvOS/iTunes/iOS
  • Amazon Firestick
  • Google/Android
  • Web (Direct)

The premium version of the movie will include a mini-documentary from the Producer and Director showing the production process, how this all got started and what all went into the making of the movie. It will also include deleted scenes and a plethora of other bonus content.

In addition to the premium streaming version, viewers will have the option of purchasing a limited edition DVD and/or Blu-Ray.

Note: Those pre-ordering the film through RV Nomads Gear will not have to re-purchase and will be sent a password to access the premium version of the film.

We’re very excited to be entering production for the film and we can’t wait to share this story with the world!

Open Road Today is home to Nomadic Life Media, LLC and Nomadic Life Films, the production studio behind the RV Nomads motion picture and RV Nomads TV.

When our team began transitioning to full time RV life (a full year process and we’re almost on the road) earlier this year we were completely enthralled by the lifestyle itself and the movement behind it. Saying we were hooked would be an understatement. We would meet all day, talking about the thrill of it all, and then stay at the office through the evenings binge watching RVer YouTube channels.

We were starving for content. We wanted to know the story. We wanted to consume the adventures others were going on. We wanted our own feelings about nomadic life confirmed by others and we wanted to see the journey through the perspective of those out there actively living it.

YouTube was and is a great start. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans living the full time RV life, so it isn’t a surprise that a lot of them are documenting their journey through film. In short personal form, RVing YouTubers have it handled.

But when it comes to long form episodic shows and feature length films… good luck finding something to watch. Netflix, Amazon and the major networks haven’t touched the story. At least, not in a compelling way that most RVers can relate to with broad appeal.

This was before we decided to take the plunge with major investment into producing the feature length film RV Nomads. This was before we decided to produce RV Nomadic content of any kind. This was at a time when our staff had decided to collectively prepare to buy RV’s and eventually hit the road. The plan was to take our marketing operation with us and work on the roam.

But the question kept plaguing us. With such an epic story to tell about a movement that appears to be exploding in growth, why is there not more long form entertainment focusing on RV life? Amazon and Netflix, for example have a plethora of documentaries on virtually any topic you can think of. Anything, that is, outside of the RV life.

Which is bizarre. The RV industry is experiencing record growth in ways no other industry is seeing. Hundreds of new RVers hit the road every day. The RVIA estimates there are nearly 1,000,000 full time RVers today. Granted, a big bulk of those are likely stationary, but the fact remains there is a consumer market well into the millions of Americans who live the RV life in one way or another. Full time, part time, weekend warriors, you name it.

Millions.

Furthermore, the vast majority of RVers are not watching standard cable/network television unless they’re at a campground that includes the service as part of the full-hookup amenities. They’re likely watching content streamed online (provided there is cellular data service or strong enough wifi).

So where is the entertaining content designed for this huge market of content consumers? Why is there such a huge void?

Part of the answer is the economics of the entertainment industry. To make this point we’re going to take a look at the Travel Channel show Big Time RV. It’s a high end episodic production that targets a small, niche market of high end RV consumers.

Check out the last three posts on their main site.

Million Dollar RV Pictures, $100,000 Dishwasher Pictures and a post about getting 500 Horsepower for under $400K. It’s an extremely well produced show and very visually appealing overall.

But let’s face it, this program is targeting a small niche audience that can afford $500,000 rigs. It’s not designed for the masses within the RV lifestyle. It probably costs more to produce a single episode than we’ll spend producing a full feature length motion picture.

And with that kind of cost, the ad dollars required to support such a program are enormous. Of course, when your targeted audience may be in the market to buy $500,000 rigs, the ad dollars are justified with only a hand full of sales.

You see, advertising with such a costly program when the products being marketed are $25,000 travel trailers and $45,000 5th wheels just doesn’t work. The economics quickly get out of balance. It doesn’t matter if it attracts a larger, broader audience. It’s just not as cut and dry in terms of the sales justifying the ad rates needed to justify the high costs of production and air time on such a large cable network.

So those of us wanting content exploring the daily life of the average RVer are left out of the picture. Hollywood and the cable networks in Manhattan aren’t interested in us. Their high end production teams and extraordinary overhead require them to spend a truck load of cash to produce 22 minutes of content, so much cash that they’re forced to demand huge sums in ad dollars to support such content.

Hence niche big spender shows like Big Time RV. Shows that still provide value and entertainment to their targeted audience, but don’t reach the broader RV movement. Not even close.

They don’t need to.

So here we were stuck looking at this huge void. On one end of the spectrum you have a lot of great YouTube content in short form and on the other you have high end content targeting an audience most of us don’t fit in. What about everything in the middle? What about the rest of us?

That’s why RV Nomads was born. And while RV Nomads is currently our primary focus, as it should be, trust us when we say… RV Nomads is just the beginning of something special brewing here at ORT.

We’re currently exploring multiple episodic programs to run alongside our feature length motion pictures. By the end of 2018 our studios will be rolling out a wide range of entertaining productions designed specifically for the RV community. We’re looking at multiple shows, additional films and various other relevant programs. We’re laying the framework for a full scale independent content network.

It’s going to be exciting, folks. Buckle up and get ready for an amazing ride!

-The ORT Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 16th, 2017
CONTACT: Press Office
EMAIL: openroadtoday@gmail.com

 

RV NOMADS MOVIE ANNOUNCES FULL TIME RVER COUPLE SEAN & JULIE CHICKERY TO JOIN CAST

COUPLE SERVED 20 YEARS IN U.S. AIR FORCE THEN MOVED INTO AN RV

 

(MILWAUKEE, WI)Nomadic Life Films, the studio behind RV Nomads (www.OpenRoadRVNomads.com), an upcoming feature length cinematic documentary exploring the full time RV movement, announced today that Air Force Veterans Sean and Julie Chickery are joining the cast and will appear in the movie. The film is set for a tentative release in the fall of 2018 and will tell the story of the full time RV movement like it has never been told before.

Sean, a Doctor in Health Science, is a Medical Research Study Manager, and Julie is a Content Manager. The couple work full-time from theirHeartland Cyclone 4200 Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler, working together to juggle professional careers with a heavy dose of adventure whenever and wherever possible.

“As working professionals, we’re especially excited about participating in this project to share with others that they don’t have to wait for retirement to pursue their dreams,” the couple said in response to being signed on for the film. “We are proof that you can continue your professional careers and enjoy your life while traveling around North America. After serving 20 years in the US Air Force, we’ve also grown to love travel and meeting people from all walks of life. One of the things we really enjoy about full timing is meeting other RVers from all walks of life, exchanging stories, and realizing we are part of a larger community. “

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are beginning to see the full time RV life as a solution to personal woes brought about by a sense of being locked down to the “rat race” of traditional living. RV Nomads is being produced to explore a cultural shift happening across America and the Chickery story is an important part of the overall picture.

Sean and Julie live on the open road with their cat (Callie), moving along at their own pace and enjoying the freedom of full time travel. They prefer full hook-up campground stays and have been living full time in an RV since 2014.

Their travels are documented via their website ChickerysTravels.com (www.ChickerysTravels.com) and their Facebook page Chickery’s Travels.

Nomadic Life Films looks forward to telling the Chickery story through RV Nomads. The film producers firmly believe viewers will be entertained, informed and extremely fascinated when learning about their journey of extraordinary personal discovery through the full time RV life.

For more information visit www.openroadrvnomads.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 12th, 2017
CONTACT: Press Office
EMAIL: openroadtoday@gmail.com

 

RV NOMADS MOVIE ANNOUNCES SOLO RVER KELLY BEASLEY TO JOIN CAST

SHE SOLD EVERYTHING AND HAS LIVED IN A TRAVEL TRAILER FOR 2 YEARS

 

(MILWAUKEE, WI)Nomadic Life Films, the studio behind RV Nomads (www.OpenRoadRVNomads.com), an upcoming feature length cinematic documentary exploring the full time RV movement, announced today that solo full time RVer Kelly Beasley is officially a cast member and will appear in the movie. The movie is currently moving into an early production phase and is scheduled for full release in the fall of 2018.

In 2014 Beasley decided to sell most of her belongings, purchased a travel trailer and moved out of her three bedroom home in favor of full time life on the open road. For the past two years she’s been on a full time adventure, exploring America’s back-country and living a nomadic life of freedom wherever she wants, when she wants and how she determines.

“I came to a crossroads in life,” Beasley said. “I could either trudge forward with the same old same old, or I could make RV life a reality. If I gave up a few things, I could gain so much more. Now I live on the cheap, and will be spending money on things I WANT to spend it on, not on travel to and from work, a too-expensive rental or mortgage, high electricity bills, home repair, clothes to appear nice at work, etc. Life is more exciting. I haven’t been depressed a day on the road.”

Beasley’s life changing decision is one tens of thousands of Americans are now joining her in. Full time RV life is catching on across the nation and many RVers now view it as a minimalist movement to unplug from traditional life in favor of more control over how they live.

“A sleeping giant is waking up,” said a spokesperson for Nomadic Life Films. “A cultural shift is happening and many Americans are beginning to realize they’ve been misled on what the American dream is. It doesn’t have to be about extreme debt, 60+ hour work weeks and pre-determined routine. The digital age has made it possible for us to choose a simpler life with a lot more liberty to do as we choose, when we choose to do it.”

Indeed, growth in the RV industry is breaking records. In an economy where many retailers are struggling to identify consumers willing to spend, recreational vehicle sales totals are beating virtually every other consumer goods industry. RV life is quickly becoming more mainstream, and as it does the number of those who choose to live it full time is dramatically increasing.

Beasley and her dogs spend most of their time “boondocking” off the beaten path. She prefers remote camping spots where she can enjoy solitude, beautiful views and the ability to explore areas where fewer venture due to the off grid nature of these locations.

She documents her journey through her personal website at RVChickadee.com (www.rvchickadee.com) and manages a popular RV guide website at CampAddict.com (www.campaddict.com).

Nomadic Life Films looks forward to telling Beasley’s story through RV Nomads. The film producers firmly believe viewers will be entertained, informed and extremely fascinated when learning about her journey of extraordinary personal discovery through the full time RV life.

For more information visit www.openroadrvnomads.com.

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If you’re RVing solo with a dog you might have a passenger seat that doesn’t get used. Not by humans anyway. And as all dog owners know, the little guy probably wants to be up front with you while on the move.

But how do you make it so the seat is comfortable for the dog and safe at the same time?

Full time RVer Pippi Peterson has a simple solution. Just build a dog driving seat!

Our team will soon hit the road full time and we’ll have a lot of work to do while roaming. We have this website to manage and a movie about full-time RVing to film (Open Road RV Nomads) so there will be a big need for proper, efficient and very functional workspace in our coach.

This reality has us thinking through plans for heavy modifications to an RV for work. And in the planning process we’ve come across a lot of really cool mods others have done. Mods we just had to share!

The sources of the following images are unknown. These were found via social media and open source image directories. So if one of them is yours please let us know and we’ll add you in as the source.

Ok now let’s get to the mods! (In no particular order)

And don’t forget to watch the video at the end for some helpful ideas.

1) The Coffee Table Desk

2) The Office Nook

3) Laptop Drawer

4) Hidden Printer

5) The Full Office

6) Under Bed Office

7) Double Desk

8) Monitor Hack

9) Corner Desk

10) Double Desk With Leaf

And now for the bonus vid via Technomadia.

 

 

 

Shoes for cold weather, shoes for hiking, shoes for the campfire, shoes for swimming… it goes on and on. Yes, some of us use a single pair for all of the above. Some of us might just carry a solid pair of flip flops for most occasions.

But sometimes we need multiple shoe styles for multiple scenarios. And we all know shoes can end up creating road blocks in the RV. So what are a few ways to better store shoes while living in an RV?

RV Camping Hacks has a great post up with a list of 4 amazing ideas to help better organize the footwear. As they explain…

Shoe Storage can be a real challenge in an RV. Handling what seems to be exponential growth of shoes in an RV can be a tricky proposition.  Here are 4 excellent options to go from climbing shoe mountain to grab and go convenience.

Here’s the list with links to the full explanation.

  1. RV Shoe Rack from PVC (Click here for full story)
  2. Hanging Shoe Storage for Under $5 (Click here for full story)
  3. Wall Mounted Rack for 6 Pairs of Shoes (Click here for full story)
  4. Wall Mounted Shoe Rack for Roadtrek Agile (Click here for full story)

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When our team finally hits the road full time we plan on spending at least a month in and around the Grand Teton area. That part of the country is, in our view, second to none and so vast that an enormous amount of time could be spent there without being able to explore everything in great detail.

With the Grand Teton National Park on our minds, the timing of a new video put out by Long Long Honeymoon was perfect. This is a very, very cool video walking us through 20 huge tips on what to see and do while at Grand Teton.

Watch and enjoy the video, then scroll down for 10 stunning pics from RVers taking in the amazing beauty of the area. Oh… and be sure to check out Long Long Honeymoon’s blog!

10 BONUS PICS!

1- Via Wakeside Lake RV Park & Lodge

2 – Via Truck Trend

3 – Via Mud On The Tires

4 – Via Roads Less Traveled

5Via My California Dreamin

6 – Via New School Nomads

7 – Misadventures Around The World

8 – Via Salamanda Travel

9 – Via Emily Scott Robinson

10 – Gone With the Wynns

BONUS – We can’t NOT share an Airstream pic! (Via Sky River)

When I finally get out on the road full time I’ll have a very, very high energy dog at my side. He’s my buddy and keeps himself essentially attached to my hip at all times.

I know him well. I know his routine, I know his habits, his weaknesses and his strengths. But how well will he adapt to full time living in a small space? And how can I make his life a little better?

There are a lot of ways to answer that and we look forward to writing quite a bit about it here at ORT. In the meantime, though, HEBARD’S TRAVELS has a fantastic post and video out on the subject that I find well worth the watch. Some of the tips they offer may not be relevant depending on the type of rig, but this is still really good stuff.

From their blog:

If there’s one thing we’ve seen with RV’ers, it’s that they like pets. Dogs and cats are the usual, but we’ve seen people with birds and other exotic animals. I wouldn’t be surprised if half of the RV’ers out there travel with pets. Since so many people travel with pets we thought it would be a good idea to show everyone how we do it.

And the video… (couple bonus videos below)