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New Nomadic Content Streaming Platform Expands Horizon With Addition Of A New Episodic Program Titled Less Junk < Even More Journey

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julie Bennett
Email: thebennetts@rvlove.com

LAS VEGAS, NV – Today EPIC Nomad TV announced yet another planned large-scale content expansion, further positioning the new network as an innovative juggernaut of nomadic visual media. ENTV is developing a new episodic program with a working title of Less Junk < Even More Journey with a scheduled premiere for the first season targeting the end of 2018. 

Less Junk < Even More Journey features YouTube celebrities Nathan, Marissa and Hensley Moss as they explore the country in their Airstream. Nathan and Marissa rose to internet fame through their YouTube channel Less Junk < More Journey and are considered one of the largest full time RV channels on YouTube today. Their channel is approaching 75,000 subscribers with more than 13,000,000 views, cementing their place as an incredibly influential power couple in social media circles. They document their journey with a regular vlog that reaches tens of thousands of viewers with every new upload.

“Nathan and Marissa have mastered the art of story telling through visual media and we’re extremely excited to be working with them to tell their epic story in a lengthier format,” said Eric Odom, President of Programming for EPIC Nomad TV. “Viewers will enjoy the same family adventures they’ve come to know and love watching them on YouTube, but in our environment we’ll be able to provide a lot more perspective as to what full time nomadism via a recreational vehicle is really all about. And what it’s about for them.”

The first season of Less Junk < Even More Journey enters production in the summer of 2018. The season will be directed by Nathan Moss, produced by Eric Odom and distributed by EPIC Nomad TV. The network will feature a plethora of shows that include Exploring The Free Life (By YouTubers Exploring the Local Life), Ghost Town Nomads (YouTubers Hebard’s Travels), Small Kitchen – Big Feast (Julie Bennett of RVLove), 1st Class RV Adventures as well as its flagship project RV Nomads – The Movie.

“Being a part of ENTV means having a voice in the RV community. It means sharing our story of living with less to gain so much more in return,” said Marissa Moss. “Living a full time nomad life has changed us as a family. We no longer rush through our week only to recover on the weekends. Every day is a new adventure. We don’t have much, but what we do have helps us live a life of making memories.”

In discussing their nomadic journey Nathan Moss added that “Having a life of Less Junk and More Journey means no longer letting material things hold us back. When we buy something new, we know it comes at a price. Not just the price on the tag, but our time for research, taking care of the product, repair & maintenance, and then continuing the cycle with “what if there is a bigger and better version of this?”. Putting making memories before making purchases has recalibrated our life in a way we never thought possible. We want this same message of less junk, more journey to pour out of our lives onto the screen of anyone wondering if there is more to life than the 9 to 5. Life is short. It’s all about the journey and having no regrets!”

EPIC Nomad TV launches during NomadFEST 2018, a gathering of hundreds of RVers in Wellington Texas for the premiere of the RV Nomads movie.

More information is available at:

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The RV Nomads Motion Picture Project Has Teamed Up With What Many Nomads View As The Uber For Boondockers

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Julie Bennett
Email: thebennetts@rvlove.com

QUARTZSITE, AZ – Today Nomadic Life Films announced a new partnership between the film project and Boondockers Welcome, a service that provides a venue for RVers to connect with local people on their travels, while adding variety and options to their camping experiences. The Boondockers Welcome platform is described by many within the RVing community as an “Uber for boondockers” and is seen as a perfect fit for a film documenting the lives of full time RV Nomads.

The team behind Boondockers Welcome was enthusiastic about the new partnership and extremely supportive of the project. “It’s a great idea and the timing is right – with RV sales at record highs (and a shortage of enough campsites to accommodate them) the industry is at an important crossroads,” said Boondockers Welcome Founder Marianne Edwards. “We hope the film brings attention to the possibilities and realities of life on the road and the variety of reasons so many people in North America are choosing it.”

Edwards went on to say that “Movies often find a broader audience than a web site or youtube video. We already have some hosts who are not RVers themselves, but I’m not sure how they came across our web site the first time. Hopefully the film will introduce our service to others like them – those who want to host just for the opportunity to meet RVers and hear their stories.”

The Boondockers Welcome platform experience has been utilized by the RV Nomads crew and the team found it to be a wonderful experience. “We stayed with some amazing hosts in Texas thanks to Boondockers Welcome and were rather surprised with how unique and positive the entire experience can be,” said the film’s Producer Eric Odom. “We were made to feel at home and we did. Our hosts went out of their way to help us be comfortable, and even invited us to their home for a patio chat and viewing of a super moon in the starlit sky.”

The RV Nomads team now views Boondockers Welcome as an essential part of their travel planning resource list. The travel schedule for 2018 production of the film includes multiple stops with Boondockers Welcome hosts and organizers couldn’t be happier with the service the platform provides.

Edwards added that “Being on the road breeds kindness, generosity, and easy friendships among fellow travelers. It’s also a great equalizer – people aren’t measured by the size or cost of their RV when sitting around a campfire. These are facts that we presume the film will somehow convey. What could exemplify it better than RVers with a home base inviting travelers to visit them there – with no expectation of being paid in anything more than gratitude and a pay-it-forward spirit?”

“Many RVers see Boondockers welcome as a sort of Uber for boondockers,” said location/set director John Hebard. “It connects nomads with hosts, it provides a robust review/rating system so everyone involved has a good understanding of who they’ll be staying with or who will be staying at their home, and it generally makes the entire process as friendly as possible.”

The cast YouTube channels featured in the film include Less Junk < More Journey (67,000+ subscribers), RVLove (18,000+ subscribers), Drivin’ and Vibin’ (19,000 subscribers), Hebard’s Travels (3,500 subscribers), Audrey Callahan (2,600 subscribers) and the official RV Nomads crew with over 1,000 subscribers. The group also includes bloggers from Camp Addict, More Than A Wheelin and Always On Liberty.

The film, scheduled for premiere in October of 2018, documents the epic lifestyle of those living full time in recreational vehicles. The cast includes a wide range of backgrounds, all RVers who live and work full time on the open road. The films sponsors include Escapees RV Club, RV SnapPads, The RV Water Filter Store and is being produced by Nomadic Life Films.

The movie website is at openroadrvnomads.com and information about ENTV (the streaming network/platform for the film) can be found at epicnomadtv.com.

Boondockers Welcome is located at boondockerswelcome.com

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Whether you are a full-time or weekend warrior, breakdowns are a dreaded reality for many hitting America’s magnificent roadways. However, with a little preparation ahead of time, you can save yourself and your loved ones a lot of headache in the unfortunate event of vehicle issues.

Listing out tried and true gadgets that with not only help keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of a breakdown, RV Love provides real-world advice to you navigate your way through this frustrating part of RV life.

“First tip, use the safety gear you have.”  States Marc Bennett as he recalls his very own recent RV breakdown.

Watch RV Love cover these 7 must have items below:

Click here for RV Love’s Free ‘Safety Checklist’

This is one of those wonderful moments that every RVer (now matter how clean) has (or will unfortunately) experience at some point full-timing… You crawl into bed, finally get perfectly cozy for the night and then it happens…

Cue the sounds of adorable yet highly destructive little feet tap dancing in the ceiling of your RV. Now what?

If you’re like me, your next step (after immediately verbalizing some sort of profanity) is to jump directly on the internet and search for tried and true methods to quickly rid your home of these devilish little intruders. But what if you are out of service range for your phone or mobile hotspot?

It’s time to get creative.

With a little knowledge beforehand as to what mice like and conversely dislike, you can solve this potentially major problem rather quickly with one powerful magic weapon and unleashing your inner MacGyver.

Before I get to the magic ingredient you should keep stock of on your rig (and no I am not selling it here), I would like to give a shout out to that ‘those’ friends we are always discount and brush off. You know, the ones that are always touting the plethora of benefits pure essential oils provide and trying to convince you that you can replace this or that with a special cocktail of said oils. Yeah… They are 100% right on at least one of the oils. That magical ‘wonder oil‘ being pure peppermint oil.

So without further ado, here is how I was able to resolve my mouse issue quickly and effectively before it became a bigger problem.

Supplies used for mouse eradication:

  • Essential Oil Disfuser
  • 100% Pure USDA ‘Organic’ Peppermint Oil
  • Paper Towel Torn into Strips (One Strip for Each A/C Vent)
  • ‘Shoebox’ Sized Plastic Tote/Organizer with a Lid
  • Broom
  • Drawer
  • Box of Random Items
  • Dog Food

After calming down and realizing that cursing heavily was not enough to entice my furry intruder to leave on his own, I sprung to action with the knowledge that rodents hate peppermint with a passion. I grabbed my peppermint oil from the my container of essential oils and tore multiple strips, then placed one drop of oil on each strip. Additionally, I fired up my diffuser and loaded it with peppermint oil for good measure.

Note: You’re probably wondering if my rig smelled like Christmas threw up at this point and the answer to that question is yes, yes it did.

The next step I took was to take the paper towel strips with the oil and to place them in each A/C vent (making sure there was a portion still hanging out that I could grab when it was time to remove them) then to close the vent. I repeat this step with all but one vent.

My last step took a little more creativity, this step was to create an irresistible trap.

For my ‘trap‘ I elected to use the humane option of a shoebox sized plastic container with a lid and dog food directly under the remaining vent that was left open to tease my furry nemesis… But how was I going to keep this firmly adhered to the ceiling? The solution was surprisingly easy.

(The lid being easily accessible is important as you will need it to ‘seal’ the trap later.)

I grabbed my broom and placed the base of the inside of a random box, then set that box on an open drawer to give it tension with the broom’s handle against lid of the container. My trap was now set.

See Below:

Ok… I know, this trap looks pretty ghetto. But it was seriously effective.

Within less than five minutes I noticed my furry nemesis poking his tiny little nose out of the enclosed vent and at that point it was game over. Once my intruder smelled the mouse equivalent of a free Thanksgiving dinner he jumped into the box. I moved the broom and quickly sealed the container with the lid to ensure he did not go back into hiding.

Naturally, I was relieved and promptly set an additional trap just in case but luckily for me Baron von Whiskers was the singular stowaway hiding on my rig.

So now that you know how to trap a mouse in a pinch, here are a few methods that may help deter furry invaders to begin with:

Mothballs: It is widely theorized that rodents hate the smell of mothballs due to the pungent odor emitted by the active ingredients naphthalene and (or) paradichlorobenzene. While a majority of pest control companies have posted blogs disputing the effectiveness of using mothballs to repel rodents (likely because they just want your business), there are many individuals that swear by this method.

Because of the previously noted pungent odor emitted from mothballs and possible health risks associated with their active ingredients, this method should only be used in the outdoor storage compartments under your RV. To use this method, try placing mothballs in small containers with vent holes in the under storage compartments of your rig to deter rodents from entering.

Seal Off Anything Safe to Seal Off: Rodents are opportunists, be sure not to give them an opportunity to enter your RV if you can help it.

While completely sealing off all possible entrances is virtually impossible, you can make intrusion more difficult for this pesky freeloaders to take up residence. One highly effective best practice in rodent prevention is to insure that your storage doors are always fully closed when you are not accessing the contains underneath your RV. Additionally, make sure any small openings (that are not intended to be left open for ventilation or drainage) are properly sealed and replace worn seals to storage doors and slides if there are noticeable gaps developing.

For small gaps and openings, steel wool or fine mesh wire make for effective rodent roadblocks.

Do Not Unknowingly Offer Free Meals: Again, rodents are shameless opportunists so it is imperative you do not unknowingly offer them a free meal. Whether you are full-timing and dropped your rig off at the shop for a few days to have service work completed or you are a weekend warrior and you are placing your rig in storage, it is a best practice to remove inciting dry-goods (such as bread, cereal, rice, beans, flour, instant potatoes, etc.) from your cabinets.

To protect your pantry from these furry-terrorists while you are occupying your RV, be sure to store your dry-goods in airtight containers.

Have a pet? Make sure to keep their food in airtight containers as well and make sure to pick up that food bowl after meal time.

Keep it Clean: Good housekeeping is an imperative step in rodent control so use this as extra motivation to stay as tidy as possible… Wash those pesky dirty dishes sitting in your sink now and save yourself a headache tomorrow.

In addition to the the previously noted tips, sweeping the kitchen floor and taking out the trash nightly, as well as wiping down countertops after every meal will help make mice get the point that the ‘Kitchen is closed.’

More things to consider on the topic of keeping things tidy, mice love shreddable nesting materials such as old newspapers, napkins, paper towels, they also love to build nests in wood piles, BBQs, etc. With this in mind, be sure not to leave nesting materials close by your rig and check your covered BBQ regularly.

Have tried and true rodent control methods of your own? Share with us in the comment section below.

Looking for a truly unique RVing experience? Watch Drivin’ and Vibin’ review their stay at Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton, California.

Located roughly one hundred miles away from Los Angeles in the beautiful rolling hills of Central California, the Flying Flags RV Resort feels worlds apart from the busy and often hectic daily grind California is well known for. Featuring a long list of amenities at the resort itself, Flying Flags RV Resort is also conveniently located near a plethora of truly unique tourism opportunities.

Staying 6 nights at the beautiful Flying Flags RV Resort, Kyle and Olivia experienced the many local wonders near by from the world famous Andersen’s Pea Soup, to the charming Danish village of Solvang. Enjoying locally produced wines in the surrounding community, Drivin’ and Vibin’ also explain what makes Flying Flags RV Resort one of the most memorable stays they have experienced on their full time journey.

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John and Laura Hebard of the YouTube Channel Hebard’s Travels had a rough week. It all began when their dually began showing signs of problems with the rear differential. Anyone who hauls a Fifth Wheel RV knows this is a big, big problem.

John took the truck to a local Chevy dealership in San Antonio to get it all diagnosed. The truck was left overnight for an inspection of the differential to see the extent of the work that would need to be done, as well as to gain an understanding of whether or not their warranty would cover the work. Work that will likely be very costly.

This morning, as John reports it, the Hebard’s should have gotten a call with news of the differential. They were hoping for good news, of course. An ideal outcome would have been that the work wouldn’t take long, would be covered by the warranty and wouldn’t cost anything out of pocket.

The call came, but it wasn’t the news they were expecting. The dealership called to inform the Hebard’s that their vehicle had been broken into as it sat overnight at the dealership. Their vehicle along with several others.

The Hebard’s describe the situation in full detail on their vlog update.

While having a stereo system stolen is terrible (one that included their back up camera), it could have been much worse. The Hebards had a large tool box in the vehicle as well as a generator on board at the time of the theft. The thieves appeared to be making quick work to steal stereos from multiple vehicles and move on.

Yes, the stereo would be covered by insurance. That said, there is a high deductible involved and a scenario that should have ended with differential work covered under warranty is going to end up costing the Hebards hundreds and hundreds of dollars in deductibles.

This is an important lesson for all RVers as John tells it. Never assume that because a large dealership appears to have its lots secured in well lit/safe areas that your vehicle doesn’t need to have everything of value removed before leaving it their. The same could be said for vehicles left at boondocking or “walldocking” locations. In the scenario the Hebards just went through there was no obvious sign that trouble could appear at any time.

Yet it did.

Be careful out there, folks.

Last Saturday we hosted an RVer gathering/meet-up just outside of San Antonio. We had an incredible evening of food, conversation, vlogging and social interaction. Those who came out included:

Some time ago I wrote at length about how RV Life provides for an escape from topics that serve no positive purpose in life. Such as pointless discussions about Hollywood rumors, fashion trends and the big one… politics. Of course, politics play a role in the lives of RVers. Especially when it comes to highway regulation, vehicle registration laws, income taxes, etc. But the whole “right vs left” nonsense is not really relevant. Maybe to an individual in a private setting of a voting booth, but not at the campfire.

Saturday there were ten of us huddled around the fire discussing everything from poop (what RVer meet-up is complete without hitting on the topic of poop) to rig weight, to favorite camping locations, organic food and everything in-between. I sat quietly and observed a lot of the dialog. I wanted to see where the discussions would naturally go.

It was all healthy social interaction. If the conversation topics weren’t designed to get a group of laughs they were built around ways to function better as an independent human. Discussions about how things break down and what the solutions are. How to minimize vehicle weight, how to shoot better video, how to market online, etc. All conversation on topics that serve an actual positive purpose in life. In the full time RV life.

You’ll occasionally see social media threads go haywire when a rogue RVer decides to unwisely inject politics into a conversation. But generally speaking, and as an overwhelming majority of scenarios, RVers know that today’s politics stand to divide us, not unite us. And as full timers… we seek to be united in our daily lives.

I have no idea what political affiliations the RVers who spent time with us have. I don’t care what they are. And none of them cared to share them. Because in those moments such affiliations don’t matter. It doesn’t matter if half of the group supports one party and the other half another. While there may be disagreements on that front, RV Life isn’t about finding areas in which we all strongly disagree and then focusing significant time building the momentum of such disagreements.

That act would be counter-productive and damaging to the healthy social interactions at work. So it’s incredible and amazing to me that unlike virtually any other community in our nation RVers have figured this out. It’s an unspoken code that politics have no place at the campfire. And when that code is followed everyone is united in a common set of principles, lifestyles and shared stories.

This is one of the aspects of the lifestyle I most looked forward to. I see what political divides are doing to society and I saw a community based movement that appeared unified in every aspect of RV living. How does it work? It works because unlike the rest of society RVers don’t mix the two.

As a result of this we all have a much healthier social environment. That in and of itself is very attractive to me. It’s profoundly compelling and lends itself to the organic power of the RV life.

What say you?

Eric Odom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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