Gaylord Maxwell’s next Life on Wheels program is scheduled to begin Sunday (July 13) on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow.
The Idaho program, which will continue through July 18, is the largest in Maxwell’s annual summer series, which began in 1994.
Maxwell, who has had many stories published in Affinity Group Inc. magazines MotorHome, Trailer Life and RV Business during the past 31 years, also has two Life on Wheels programs scheduled for September in Pennsylvania and Iowa.
One will take place Sept. 7-10 at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa., and the other will be from Sept. 19-22 at Des Moines Area Community College, Ankey Campus, near Des Moines, Iowa.
What started as a single enrichment class taught by Maxwell has evolved into a five-day mega-event featuring 100 seminars taught by 50 experts on various aspects of RV life.
“I’ve been involved with RVs for almost half a century,” Maxwell recently told the Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash. “Over the years, I’ve created friendships with all the leading writers and technical experts in the RV industry. I merely call them up and ask if they want to jump in” and teach at the conference.
Although many classes address the needs of the full- or extended-timer, others are aimed directly at the beginner.
“Folks who make the enormous investment of buying an RV should have information on how to use these ‘fun machines’ most effectively and enjoyably,” Maxwell told the Spokesman-Review.
“This is not a trade show,” said Peggy Waterman, the University of Idaho’s professional development coordinator. “We don’t sell anything here. It’s strictly educational.”
The conferences offer classes on the “how to,” “what to” and “where to” of RVing; technical and mechanical aspects; and lifestyle enhancement.
About 600 people in 300 RVs are expected to travel to the Idaho conference from across the U.S. and Canada, the Spokesman-Review reported.
Those with rigs can set up camp on the UI campus. Those attending who do not yet own RVs can stay in nearby motels.
The registration fee of $189 per person covers courses and an evening barbecue. A $130 RV fee includes electrical hookups and water services. People who wish to dry camp (no power or water) on campus will be charged a $25 parking fee.
For information, call toll-free 866-LOW-GOGO (866-569-4646); e-mail Peggy Waterman at [email protected] or write to Enrichment Program, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-3224. For detailed information about courses, check www.lifeonwheels.com.