The official start of the RVSEF Conference wasn't until late in the afternoon, but we started weighing RVs of attendees shortly after 8:00 this morning. They came in sporadically, so we got some work done in the rig in between.
The weather was beautiful as we got started, but by early afternoon it had clouded up and was spitting rain. The temps dropped and the wind picked up a bit.
Fortunately, we avoided getting drenched.
A few folks signed up for the "Behind The Wheel" Driving Program which is composed of hands-on driving instruction and classroom instruction. The driving portions were completed yesterday and this morning.
The Conference officially began around 3:30 with opening remarks from RVSEF Executive Director, Walter Cannon. He introduced the instructors and all the attendees introduced themselves as well.
Then Bruce Hopkins, Vice President, Standards & Education Division for the RV Industry Association (RVIA) spoke on the function of RVIA. The RV Industry is self-governing to some extent because RVIA takes on the responsibility of setting standards and does manufacturer inspections to make sure those standards are being met.
A little after 5:00, we all went over to Pike's Peak Traveland where they were hosting a dinner.
Before dinner Mac McCoy, aka "Mac The Fire Guy", spoke about emergency escape windows in RVs ....
and then took everyone outside for a demonstration.
He had three ladies volunteer to demonstrate an escape.
After the escape hatch demo, we settled in for our grilled steak and chicken dinner.
After dinner, we had to stop and pick up some office supplies and make copies of our seminar handouts. We're doing ten seminars this week and looking forward to meeting all the attendees. It's amazing how we get a little extra boost of energy when we get in this educational environment with people that are excited about learning. :)
Well, that's about it for day one. It was a pretty typical evening once we got home. We got to bed at a reasonable hour and we start with our first seminar at 8:00 tomorrow morning.
Here we go. :)