FMCA RALLY RECAP

The thought of attending an RV rally is something that just doesn’t excite our family. We have attended a few NAARVA rallies, and even an FMCA rally two years ago. Check out the links to those blogs here. Neither of those rallies were particularly family-friendly. Honestly, we just didn’t see the value in attending these types of rallies in the future, but when the invite to the 97th FMCA’s International Convention and RV Expo arrived in my email box, I must admit I was interested. Over the past few years, there has been so much buzz in the RV industry, and unless you were hiding in a cave, it would be impossible to have not heard about the recent explosion of sales and interest in RVing. With the average age of RV ownership dropping into the mid-forties and nearly a million RVs being sold in the past 24 months, we were very eager to experience these changes firsthand.

 

 

 

Not to mention that FMCA themselves had recently undergone a massive change. FMCA, after a membership-wide vote, would now be allowingtowable RV owners to join. For the first time, towable owners can actually join and be full-time members enjoying all the great benefits that the FMCA offers.

 

Heading to Perry, GA….

 

As life happens, there was a family conflict and we had a choice to make, either I attend the rally alone or we don’t go at all. I was too curious not to attend and knowing that a friend of mine was coming down in his rig from D.C., I figured I would have some company. I set out with our dog, Ebony, for the drive down to Perry, Georgia. I have to admit I was nervous heading south, and it wasn’t because I was driving by myself.

 

 

I was nervous because for the first time in my five years of RVing, I would be boondocking for multiple days. I know many of you are probably laughing at that statement. What do you mean by boondocking for an extended period for the first time? Yes, 99.9% of our RVing in our first five years has been at campgrounds. Yes, we have had, enjoyed, and been spoiled by full hook-ups.

 

 

Hopefully, boondocking would be just one of the many new experiences I would enjoy at this rally. If you haven’t  been to the Georgia state fairgrounds, it’s a massive place and perfect for a rally of this size. I read some preshow posts that reported over 2,000 rigs would be camping at the show.

 

 

 

As I arrived, I was greeted and escorted by golf cart to my camping area.

 

I was assigned Lot I 42ndStreet. I was impressed already by the street names and signs at an RV rally. After setting up quickly, I assessed the area around me. There were plenty of open spaces for the dog to walk and plenty of rigs were around me. I chose to camp out in the 24-hour generator access, as my knowledge of boondocking was limited.

 

 

 

There’s an App of That Too…

 

After I settled in, it was time to explore the campground. After texting my friend and learning he was still a few hours away, I grabbed Ebony and we walked around.

 

 

Not far from where we set-up, we came across a group of NAARVA members, called the Fun Seekers. I could tell from their set-up they were veterans of rallies like this. I then proceeded to the main area and checked in, got the rally schedule, and picked up a map of the campground. I also found out that FMCA was using a cellular app for the first time. I downloaded the app to see if it would be effective or just a dud.

 

 

 

 

 

I will admit I was very surprised how useful the app was during my stay. This was another big step forward for FMCA.

 

Meeting Some of Those Mysterious Millennials…

 

Off in the near distance, I noticed a Type B parked by itself and wondered why they were there by themselves. I made a mental note to see if I could meander over and do some investigation. My chance came the next evening while walking Ebony. I noticed there were two dogs outside the Type B, and of course, Ebony was attracted to the idea of going to meet some new dogs so I allowed her to lead me close to the rig. One thing I have learned from my years of RVing is RVers typically are very friendly people. As we got closer, the dogs started barking, and so did Ebony. To my surprise, two young ladies popped out from the rear of the RV to say hello. I don’t know why I was surprised, but I have to admit I was. Maybe it was the stereotype of two women camping all by themselves.

 

 

 

However surprised I was, we struck up an incredibly fun conversation. The Livingston sisters happened to be first time attendees at the FMCA rally. They came there to learn about the RV they have owned for a few years. They had a full-schedule of seminars they planned on attending. We visited for over an hour. It was fun to learn about their experiences traveling in a Type B. Two women and two big dogs; they are braver than I am.

We exchanged information to keep in touch. I hope to see them again on the road soon.

 

Vendors, seminars and so much more….

 

One of the best things about attending a large FMCA convention is there is always plenty to see, do, and have done (to your rig).

 

I was having my tow bar serviced. During the service, they noticed a major safety problem. They were kind enough to send me into the vendor hall where I was able to purchase a new tow bar (at a show discount). They even sent a tech right out to my rig to install it that afternoon!

 

 

There was a list of over 100 different seminars to attend. Topics ranged from full-timing, RV maintenance and RV solar systems (which I attended) just to name a few.

 

 

The vendor hall was filled with hundreds of vendors selling all the items you knew and did not know you needed to enhance your RV experience. Of course, I walked away with a few new items that I absolutely needed to make our RVing easier. I dare you to try not to buy something…

 

There was also a good-sized RV vendor section featuring hundreds of the newest RVs if you wanted to upgrade your current rig. There were some big-time dealerships like NIRVC and Camping World. I spent a lot of time checking out the RV my wife has been trying to convince we need in our lives. She fell in love with it at the Florida RV Super Show this year and it would be the second RV for our family.

 

The Hymer Active 2.0 loft addition just might be the perfect 2ndRV for our family. Now, if only I could just pick those winning lottery numbers, I can place the order.

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts…

 

As Ebony and I drove away from the Georgia fairgrounds, one thing struck me clearly, the needle has definitely moved over the past two years. Seeing towable RVs camped side-by-side with the motorhomes was refreshing.

 

 

While the bulk of the attendees I interacted with were of the retired age, I did notice a significant increase in both minorities and younger RVers. What was my biggest takeaway you ask? Make a FMCA convention a meetup with friends.  You can couple new learning in seminars with getting work/upgrades on your RV, all while hanging out and having fun with friends. The experience is furthered when you are surrounded by thousands of other people who love RVing.

 

I will definitely be attending another large FMCA convention. Next time, I will make sure to invite plenty of friends to camp with us!

 

Keith Sims

Soulful RV Family

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How to Filter Dirty RV Water?

If you’re anything like us, drinking clean water while traveling full time in an RV can be a BIG challenge. It’s often overlooked, too. That is, until you drink a big ole cup of nasty RV water! Today we’ll be reviewing three RV water filters at three different price points. We’ll dive deep into the […]

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Hidden Gems Off Highway 2 In Washington

I have seen Deception Falls many times while driving over Stevens Pass along Highway 2 in Washington State. I had even slowed down a few times to get a good look and snap a photo of it as I crossed the bridge below it.

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Deception Falls. Photos by Dave Helgeson

However, it wasn’t until I actually stopped at this roadside picnic area during a recent RV trip that I realized I had only seen the tip of the proverbial iceberg.  Below what is visible from the highway bridge are additional cascades, falls, and pools as the creek makes its way into Tye River, all of which are located in an old growth forest with moss-draped trees and boulders.

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A half-mile trail with numerous footbridges guides you past interpretive panels and some of the best water features, but you will want to explore some of the side trails leading to hidden gems along the way.

Deception Falls makes a great place to stretch the legs while RVing over the pass and is suitable for all members of the family, including your four-legged traveling companions on a leash.

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I researched how the falls obtained its name but didn’t find any references. My thought is that it’s named Deception Falls since you think you are stopping to see one waterfall discovering there are many more.

You will find Deception Falls just off Highway 2 west of Stevens Pass. The falls are on the south side of the highway, while the parking lot (suitable for larger RVs) and picnic area are on the north side of the highway. You will find the turn off at N47° 42.906  W121° 11.750

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Being deceived in a pleasant way, just another adventure in RVing! In the next installment, we visit the Iron Goat Trail, learn some history, and look at places to camp while exploring the west side of Stevens Pass in Washington State.

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Read more about waterfalls in Washington: A Gem Under The Freeway

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Top 5 Best Travel Trailers Under 2,000 lbs


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One of the main aspects about a travel trailer before buying it is to look into its weight. And while there are tons of travel trailers out there that easily top 5,000 or maybe even 10,000 pounds in weight, you’ll need something lightweight if your towing vehicle doesn’t have a lot of horsepower to speak of. With that in mind, we present the top 5 best travel trailers under 2,000 lbs.

What puts an RV on the list: It’s always a task to make a top 5 list since there are so many good choices, even when you narrow the list down to something very specific such as ones that are under 2,000 pounds. The ones that made it have a good build quality, critic reviews, user reviews and are the latest variants available so you get the state-of-the-art features along with good support!

The Top 5 Best Travel Trailers Under 2,000 Lbs:

  1. Riverside Retro Travel Trailer
  2. Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro Travel Trailer
  3. Palomino Palomini Travel Trailer
  4. Jayco Hummingbird Travel Trailer
  5. Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro Travel Trailer

#1. Riverside Retro Travel Trailer

Great For Some Good Ol’ Camping!

View All Riverside Retro Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
18 1937-6100 lbs 2-6 13-32 feet

Why we recommend the Riverside Retro travel trailer: With its checkered floor, bright colors and a birch wood furniture, the riverside retro is definitely living up to its name. It sports 18 different floorplans to choose from, 2 of which are actually under 2,000 pounds: the Retro 155XL and the Retro 509 Jr, which means you’ll definitely have something among the bunch which resembles the layout you had in mind.

Feature-wise, you’ll find this camper to be very durable, feature-rich and expandable, as are all of our top 5 choices for this list. It has the interior look inspired by the retro American ambiance as discussed above, but also has relatively modern features to keep you up to speed with the times. A 15,000 BTU AC, USB charging ports, solar powered prep, electric jacks, roof vents with rain sensors and a 14-inch awning are just some of the reasons you should consider this awesome camper, not to mention a good amount of expansions added to the mix as well!

Key Features:

  • 18 different floor plans available
  • 6.0 Cubic foot refrigerator
  • Mini blinds with birch valance or curtain toppers
  • 16,000/20,000 BTU Furnace (depending on single or double axle unit)
  • Aluminum cage construction
  • 15 amp solar port

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#2. Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro Travel Trailer

Lightweight Traveling Made Easy and Affordable!

View All Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
7 1133-3161 lbs 2-4 11-21 feet

Why we recommend Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro travel trailer: If you need something where you don’t have over 10 floorplans to choose from but the ones that you have are all light enough to be towable, then the Forest River Flagstaff E-Pro is right up your alley. Only one of its seven floorplans is actually over 3,000 pounds in dry weight, meaning you get a camper that’s super easy to tow and can still keep it spacious and (in some floorplans such as the Flagstaff E-Pro 16BH and the Flagstaff E-Pro 17PR ) even manage to house a perfect ‘family of 4′ in it!

Starting with features on the outside, you have the standard yet durable Aluminum construction coupled with vacuum laminated roof and walls and a fiberglass cap. You heard it right, a fiberglass cap which is unique for a travel trailer for its price range. Step on inside and you’ll see that it amazes just as much by having most of the stuff you’d expect and then some. Lots of storage, which is especially necessary in smaller campers, murphy beds (depending on floorplan), Wi-Fi range extender and a modern interior are just some of these. Needless to say that it also has expansions for those who want to improve its features right away or later down the line!

Key Features:

  • 7 different floor plans available!
  • Recessed cooktop with flush mount cover
  • Tinted bonded frameless windows
  • 20,000 BTU furnace
  • Outside speaker
  • Nitro filled radial tires

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#3. Palomino PaloMini Travel Trailer

The Mini Trailer That Makes Camping A Breeze!

View All Palomino PaloMini Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
10 1979-3866 lbs 3-6 16-21 feet

Why we recommend the Palomino PaloMini travel trailer:  Sporting something like a 16 feet length and having a sleeping capacity of 3 people and still keeping the dry weight under 2,000 pound is a feat that very few can achieve, which is one of the strong reasons to prefer the PaloMini by Palomino. If you want a better sleeping capacity at the expense of slightly higher weight but still well under 4,000 pounds, then floorplans like the PaloMini 177BH and the PaloMini 179BHS should set you in the right direction!

Sleek looks and the super-durable material aside, one of its floorplans has a toy hauler so you can load your bikes and whatever else you need on it. Inside you’ll see the full extent of features added into this travel trailer by adding more storage space, a regular-sized refrigerator, bunk beds (depending on floorplan), 13,500 BTU air conditioner, 20,000 BTU space plus a huge amount of options to improve its capabilities later down the line.

Key Features:

  • 10 different floor plans available
  • Fully-walkable roofs
  • Residential-style cabinets
  • Vacuum-bonded construction
  • 13,500 BTU roof air conditioner
  • Pillowtop memory foam mattress

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#4. Jayco Hummingbird Travel Trailer

Airy and Affluent!

View Jayco Hummingbird Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
8 1545-2990 lbs 2-4 18-19 feet

Why we recommend the Jayco Hummingbird travel trailer: While the Jayco Jay Flight SLX is the most popular when you’re looking for travel trailers under 5,000 pounds, its cousin, the Hummingbird, shines under 3,000 and 2,000 lbs category. While technically the Hummingbird 10RK is the only one which is under 2,000 pounds, the others come as close seconds such as the Hummingbird 16FD and are still relatively lightweight.

Of course, a lower weight on the scale is not the only pro about this camper. On the outside, it has marine-grade exterior speakers, rear camera, a grill and power awning with LED light which doubles it as an excellence tailgating travel trailer. Head on inside and you’ll see that the Hummingbird also has a cooktop with glass cover that can be used as extra countertop space, a folding picnic table to enjoy sandwiches outside or inside, residential style countertops, 18,000 BTU furnace and many others. This definitely makes the Hummingbird one of our top picks in the best travel trailers under 2,000 pounds.

Key Features:

  • 8 different floor plans
  • G-20 tinted safety-glass windows
  • 30-amp service with detachable power cord
  • Outside grill propane quick-disconnect port
  • 2-burner recessed cooktop with glass cover
  • Decorative window treatments with pleated nightshades

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#5. Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro Travel Trailer

An All-Time Favorite of Lightweight Campers!

View All Forest River Rockwood Geo Pro Travel Trailer Floorplans!

No. of Floorplans Unloaded Weight Sleeps Length
7 1133-3161 lbs 2-4 11-20 feet

Why we recommend Forest River Flagstaff Geo Pro travel trailer: If the floorplans of the E-Pro were still lacking something that you needed, then the Geo Pro is the one you should be looking at. It isn’t far off from the E-Pro, only being 1 feet shorter in maximum length but otherwise offering the same weight ranges and sleeping capacities. The Rockwood Geo Pro 12RK is the under 2,000 pounds model but if you’re okay with just hitting a teeny 20 pounds above that mark, then the Rockwood Geo Pro 14FK has a dry weight of 2,020 lbs which shouldn’t be too difficult to tow either.

You’ll notice more than a few similarities between the Rockwood Geo Pro and the E-Pro when it comes to features, too. For instance they both feature Forest River’s proprietary Wi-Fi range booster, have outside speakers, 6-sided aluminum cage construction and so on. You do get a 20,000 BTU furnace with this travel trailer, but for some reason, they haven’t included an AC, which can be fixed since you can add one as an expansion to it, among others which improve existing features or add new ones. All in all, the AC part aside, there is nothing to complain about the Rockwood Geo Pro and is truly one of the best travel trailers under 2,000 pounds!

Key Features:

  • 8 different floor plans available
  • Tinted bonded frameless windows
  • Magnetic baggage door catches
  • Vacuum laminated roof and walls
  • Nitro filled radial tires
  • Coleman stove and grill combo

Virtual Tour:

 

Check out these similar RV reviews!

Top 5 Best Travel Trailers Under 3,000 Pounds

Top 5 Best Quality Travel Trailers With Bunk Beds

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Instead of worrying about the total weight of your RV and towability issues, this list can help you relax and focus more on the features and your other requirements from a travel trailer when you’re in the market to buy a travel trailer!

BEFORE you head to a dealer to see these trailers, download your FREE RV Buyers Worksheet for help keeping track of:

  • The feature must-haves that are important to you and your family
  • Which brands or manufacturers you like
  • Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
  • Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
  • BONUS Resources: Trade-in values, tow vehicle ratings, and finance options

Share with us your favorite travel trailers under 2,000 pounds in the comments below!


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RVFTA’S GUIDE TO BUYING A NEW RV

Narrowing Down Your RV Type: 5 Questions That Will Help You Find the Perfect RV

 

If you are in the market for a new RV, we’ve got some pretty great news for you: there are more options out there than ever before. From lightweight travel trailers to motorized RVs with powerful diesel engines, there is something for every shopping budget.

There’s also something for every camping style. If you want to hold on to the rugged outdoors experience, there are RVs specifically designed for off grid adventures. More interested in feeling like your RV is a luxury vacation home? No problem! Plenty of new RVs come with stainless steel appliances, reclining living room furnishings and residential design features.

But here’s the bad news: you probably have to pick just one RV to buy, and that can be pretty overwhelming.

 

We are here to help you through the process. Over the course of years of podcasting, blogging, and presenting at RV events, we have talked with thousands of RV shoppers. We’ve listened to the lessons that they have learned, and learned a few of our own along the way as well.

 

Want to find that perfect RV? Well, the first thing you have to do is narrow down the RV type (or class) that will work best for your needs. Here are five questions you should ask that will help you decide which RV type should be on your short list.

 

Note: If you’re still trying to learn what all the different RV types are, check out Go RVing Compare RVs tab. You can also check out our post, Which RV is Right For Me?

 

  1. What’s your price range?

 

Okay, in a perfect world there would be no budgets, right? Unfortunately, money matters and we all have a general idea of how much we can afford to spend on an RV purchase.

There is something out there at every single price point, from $7,000 folding camping trailers to $30,000 travel trailers to $200,000 motorhomes. Once you have settled on a comfortable shopping budget, it will be much easier to narrow down your options and focus on the rigs that are in the running for your first purchase.

  1. What is your current tow vehicle situation?

 

Now, this is important! If you currently have a truck or SUV that can tow an RV, you are in good shape to buy a folding camping trailer, travel trailer, or fifth wheel. Make sure you check what your vehicle can tow before buying the RV though. Don’t take someone’s word for it—use the VIN number to get an accurate number. There can be a wide variety of towing capacities for the same automobile model because of optional packages.

However, if you don’t already have a tow vehicle, carefully consider a motorized RV purchase. The price of a tow vehicle plus towable RV can easily be equal to a Class C price. There’s no reason to give up that great commuter car if you don’t really want to!

  1. Who will be traveling in the RV?

 

We’ve seen something common at dealerships and RV shows. Some folks shop thinking about anyone and everyone who may at some point join them on their travels. It’s a good idea to focus on shopping for the people (and pets) that will be in the RV mostof the time. If you’re thinking about towable RVs, would everyone in the family have a comfortable seat in the tow vehicle? If looking at motorized RVs, make sure there are seatbelts for all travelers and think about where you would place necessary car seats.

  1. Are you a road tripper, destination traveler, or seasonal camper?

 

We tend to be road trippers, heading out for weeks at a time and visiting lots of different locations. This means we like an RV that is pretty easy to hitch and unhitch. We also don’t want to worry too much about height restrictions when traveling around our native northeast region.

 

Some folks, however, love to take their RVs to just one amazing spot and set up camp for a week long vacation. For them, a spacious fifth wheel might fit the bill. Traveling in more urban places? Check out Class Bs. Want to cover a lot of distance in comfort and style? Class Cs or As are often perfect cross country options.

  1. Do you prefer private or public campgrounds?

 

If you are new to RVing, this may be a tricky question to answer, but here is a quick tutorial. In general, public campgrounds tend to be more rustic and natural. But they also tend to be older and less modernized. So if you know you want to stay in state and national parks, make sure you don’t purchase an RV that is too big for the majority of the campsites. The rule of thumb is to stay under 30 feet if you want to camp mostly in public campgrounds.

On the other hand, private campgrounds often offer pull thru campsites that can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet long. So if you know you prefer modern amenities and full hook ups, go ahead and get that larger fifth wheel or Class A.

When you imagine that RV dream, what does it look like? Are you escaping from the city and heading for off the grid adventures? Maybe you’re driving all over this beautiful country, exploring urban destinations and national parks. No matter what your RV dream is, there’s a rig that will be perfect for it.

So go start shopping, and then we’ll see you at the campground!

 

Stephanie + Jeremy

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7 Ways Generation Z Is Different Than Millennials

Generation Z or “Gen Z” are those who are born after 1998, and guess what? They’re now influencing businesses because the oldest among them are entering university age or heading to work. And, if you didn’t realize it, the shiny new generation is larger than the Millennials, which businesses have been enamored with for years. The time has come to shift our gaze, as hard as it may be, from Millennials and begin to look at Gen Z because they are about to become the next marketing obsession.

Each generation has its distinct characteristics, and Gen Z is no different. Let’s take a look at some of the fundamental ways they differ from the Millennials because it will ultimately impact how your business markets to them.

  1. Give Them More Authenticity: Gen Z picked up on the same interest of Millennials to want to authenticity and transparency; however, Gen Z wants more of it. A great example of this in business is how American Eagle has discovered that it’s zero Photoshop policy has attracted fans from the Gen Z generation than Millennials.
  2. Conversation Comes Through Technology: Gen Z is interested in related to brands and businesses through technology. If you want to reach this generation of consumer, you need to tell them your story in platforms, such as Snapchat. Gen Z must have its devices, and they first relate to businesses through their devices and then in other ways. Think if mobile as the funnel through which you engage for everything with Gen Z, including even offering the news.
  3. Skip College, Straight to Work: Generation Z understands that they are living in a whole new world. More traditional routes, such as going to college, in their view don’t apply to them in the digital age. Gen Z is not interested in massive debt loads with student loans, and economists are expecting a high level of late teens to skip school and go straight into the workforce.
  4. Forget Teamwork: Millennials are known for their desire to be collaborative and work as part of a team in a shared experience. Not so with Gen Z. They are reverting to from earlier generations that preferred to compete with each other. Gen Z is not interested in sharing their workspaces, and the majority are not interested in collaborative “team” working environments.
  5. Independence is The Focal Point: Along with a similar vein of Gen Z eschewing teams, Gen Z is a much more independent generation. Gen Z is not interested in sporting any particular “hot” brands. Instead, they are individualistic, and they want others to view them as unique individuals. Businesses that are interested in marketing to the new generation have to think about storytelling that celebrates the individual.
  6. Business Risk Taking: Millennials were notoriously wary about starting their businesses, and the opposite is true with Gen Z. Gen Z is 55 percent more likely to want to become an entrepreneur in their own business than Millennials. It stands to reason that if many from this generation will not be going to college that many will want to become business owners–particularly because work trends continue to move from employment to freelancing, consulting, etc.
  7. Face-to-Face is Back in Fashion: Millennials have a stronger preference for communication through technology, such as chats, video conferencing or texts. However, Gen Z prefers face-to-face contact (which makes me happy). 53 percent of the Gen Z population favor to meet in person to discuss issues. How about that? What’s “old” is new again.

Generation Z is a significant segment of the population. In fact, Gen Z represents 26 percent of the population. The reality is that with its considerable size, and the fact that they were born in the digital age and think their WiFi connection is more important than even a bathroom, this brand-spanking-new generation is on the cusp of revolutionizing business and society.


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Do it Yourself Wind Power – Learn How to Make a Simple Windmill to Generate Energy

It is sad that we are suffering from this so-called energy crisis when we have all this free alternative energy around us. One of the free sources of energy is call wind, surprised huh, wind can easily be harnessed with windmills and do it yourself wind power generators. Wind power is a renewable energy source that will be around forever, and does not give off any toxins when making energy unlike Fossil Fuels. Being renewable means that we can harvest the wind all day and night for as long as we live, it will never run out. No matter how many windmills that you have build around your home, you alone will never stop the wind from generating energy.

With creating a windmill you could save thousands of dollars every month off your electric bill. You will be able to get off the electric power grid that just by making your own windmills. What would you be able to do if you save just 200 dollars a month from your power bills? The other great thing is, if you are saving money from one windmill you could easily make more and save more.

I'm going to tell you the different types of wind power systems so you can get a better understanding.

  • Large : These are commercial grade windmill that you see on the wind farms.
  • Medium : Simply a smaller than the commercial grade but not with the best parts.
  • Small : These are Fan Blades.

This is one of the most important things you should know if you plan on making a windmill to power your house.

When you have a fan blade system that is installed on the top of a tower or even you house roof, the blades spin to make kinetic energy, then the generator covers it into electricity to use for anything you want. The fan blades are connected to a shaft that is then connected to a wind power generator. If the blades of the windmill are not spinning fast enough no electricity will be generated. There may be times when the speeds of the wind increase so much that your windmill may break by spinning so fast. But do not worry; the windmill has brakes the automatically slow down the windmill if speeds are too fast.


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Factors to Consider Before Selecting Electrical Contractors

There is a requirement for electrical services whenever new offices and homes are built. Electrical contractors, who take up electrical work in flats, homes, building sites or new business establishments, provide electrical installation or electrical services. Even those who are renovating their homes look to electrical engineers to do things that they cannot do themselves such as installation of ceiling fans or security lighting.

Even for work outside of home renovation, electrical services may be required. For instance, when there is wire damage due to storms or hurricanes, homeowners will need the services of electricians. Although it may be quite easy to locate an electrical contractor to carryout electrical repair work on your home, selecting the right one can make all the difference. There are many factors to consider before selecting an electrician.

It is essential to select an electrical contracting professional who is thoroughly qualified to take up the job. It would be better if the contractor is a member of a reputed institution such as the Electrical Contractors of Ireland (RECI) as it can impart better results in the outcome of the project. The advice of friends and family can also be sought before hiring electrical engineer to perform the service. The accreditation of each electrical contractor must be confirmed. Customers must be provided with professional advice with regard to their electrical requirements.

It would be advantageous for customers to hire a full service electrical contractor company as it offers a range of electrical services at a cheaper price. These companies normally comply with all government regulations and are licensed fully. The electrical contractors working in these companies are fully equipped to install, maintain, design and repair commercial, residential and industrial electrical projects and electrical systems. Such a company provides all the supplies and electrical parts necessary for these projects. Generator installation, surge protection and lightning protection are some of the other electrical solutions offered by a full service electrical contractor company.

When it comes to electrical services rendered by inside electrical contractors, all electrical work both outdoors and indoors are managed by them within the limits of their commercial, residential or industrial arena. They may work with junction boxes, fuse boxes, electric wires, circuit breakers, outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, patio fans, outdoor fans, ceiling fan repair, recessed lighting and water heaters. They can also take up work related to home energy audits.

Outside or line electrical contractors can do more extensive electrical jobs such as transmission of power from power plants to substations, facilities and users. Electric generation systems such as power plant equipment and hydroelectric energy are also managed by them.

Many types of electricians such as journeyman electricians, apprentice electricians, project supervisor and estimator electricians can find employment in a full service electrical contract company. Apprentice electricians can get practical experience along with their training program. Journeyman electricians possessing state licenses can install, design, repair, modify and maintain electrical projects and systems. They can also repair concealed as well as external wiring, install and terminate cables, and troubleshoot commercial, residential and industrial electrical wiring based on technical sketches and details.

It is better to try to locate a qualified electrical contractor who not only knows his job but also is able to do it in a professional manner so that the project gets completed without hassles.


Source by Francesca Knap

Run Your Car on Hydrogen Gas With an HHO Conversion Kit

As gas prices continue to rise, people will continue to look for alternate sources of fuel to run their cars. Don’t let fuel costs continue to burn a hole in your wallet. Run your car on hydrogen with the help of an HHO Conversion Kit. Soon, we will all be driving some kind of Hydrogen Fuel Cars. Why not be the first one on your street to reap the benefits?

But what is a HHO Conversion Kit? Is it Safe? Where Can you buy them? These are all important questions. The answers are actually quite simple.

What is an HHO Conversion Kit:

Hydrogen gas, or HHO, is a flammable gas and can be used for fuel. When properly utilized, HHO can be used in your car to improve your gas mileage. HHO Conversion Kits are devices that when assembled and installed in your car, create a hydrogen generator that can be used to supplement typical gasoline fuel in your car. Hydrogen generators are an effective means to run your car on hydrogen. You’ll still need to get typical unleaded fuel from your neighborhood gas station, but you’ll cut the consumption of this fuel in half, if not more. HHO Conversion Kits are inexpensive to build and install. Even a novice handyman can do it. Hydrogen Conversion Kit manuals and/or ebooks tell you how to create a hydrogen generator from basic materials available at any hardware store.

How can you generate hydrogen gas from materials at a hardware store? Isn’t it more complicated? Not really. Hydrogen can be created by a chemical process called Electrolysis. Basically, you only need electricity and water. Your car battery can supply plenty of electricity, and water is just about free from the tap inside your home. You won’t need to create anything that sparks to burn the hydrogen gas. As hydrogen gas is created, it gets routed into the air intake of your car. From then on, your car’s engine does the rest with no additional changes to the parts of your car. That’s all you’ll need to run your car on hydrogen fuel. The unit is compact and it takes very little room under the hood of your car.

When you run your car on Hydrogen you’ll see many benefits:

– Improve your gas mileage up to 67%

– Reduce harmful CO2 emissions from your exhaust

– Smoother running engine

– Faster acceleration

– IRS tax benefits!

Is it safe?

When you run your car on hydrogen from a HHO generator, you face very little additional risk. Yes, you are creating a flammable gas, but this gas is sent directly into the engine. You car carries around a tank full of flammable gas all the time! The HHO generator creates the fuel on-demand, so there is no excess fuel to act as a hazard.

Where can you buy them?

Costs of the HHO Generator vary. Some ebooks say it can be built for $60, others for $150. At $60, to build an generator to run your car on hydrogen is equal to the cost of one tank of gas! That is an immediate return on your investment and time. If you are afraid of the manual labor to build the HHO generator, you can buy them for upwards of $5,000.

HHO Generators are an immediate solution to high gas prices. One can be built in just a few hours, and the savings begin immediately.


Source by Tim J Power

Customer Service Tips That Generate Referrals

How do you define good customer service? Does that simply mean the satisfactory marketing and sale of a product or service to a customer or does it mean something else? Is providing good customer service, good enough?

In these days of below average customer service, you may think providing good service will set you apart from the pack. Well, I am here to tell you that nothing less than exemplary service will help you succeed. By incorporating the “wow” factor into every successful sale, you will achieve greater profits and better customer satisfaction.

To achieve the “wow” factor, you must be honest, knowledgeable, friendly, professional and deliver on your promises. Do not over promise, but do not under promise either.

In addition, you must be able to provide a high level of service to everyone who comes in contact with your business. If you do, you’ll also get more referrals from your satisfied clients.

“Wow” everyone who comes into contact with you and your business. You want people to be blown away by the extraordinary level of service you deliver to your clients. Demonstrate your exceptional level of customer service by showing your generosity through gift giving. Your goal should be to deliver such a high level of service that your clients can’t wait to tell their family members, friends and co-workers about your company.

Everyone who comes into contact with your business is a potential client or referrer. Reward those who refer people to you by offering them a gift. Send gifts to all business associates in order to gain favor. This is a great way to build relationships with the people you rely on to do business. Look for a reason to send these people a thank you card along with a gift.

So, what types of gifts should you send? I’ll leave that up to your imagination, but here are some ideas to help you get started:

Movie passes

Starbucks cards

Flowers, houseplants

A ticket for a free car wash

Gift candles

Favorite recipes

Gourmet chocolates or gourmet popcorn

Successful sales people always make sure their faithful referrers are regularly and consistently rewarded. Set aside the best rewards for your top referrers. This may include:

Dinner for two at a fancy restaurant

Tickets to the opera or to a rock concert

A gift card

High end fruit or gift basket

Potted plant or flower arrangement

A personally inscribed pen

Yes, when it comes to gift giving the sky is the limit. The more personal the gift, the more likely it will be remembered and it will serve as a thoughtful reminder to your best referrers the next time someone is in need of your exemplary services.

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Source by Hartley Pinn