RV Safety Advocate RVSEF Marking 20th Year

February 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a safety advocate for the RV industry.

According to a press release, RVers, manufacturers, service centers, show promoters and insurance companies have all benefited from its services and dedication over the past two decades.

RVSEF’s precursor,A’Weigh We Go (AWWG), was created by John Anderson, who discovered that many RVs were leaving the factory decidedly overweight, risking personal and product safety. Subsisting solely on industry sponsorships, RVSEF has developed numerous safety seminars and driver training events at venues nationwide. In addition, RVSEF works closely with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), coordinating safety programs at the manufacturing and dealer levels.

Since 2010, RVSEF has presented an annual college-style event — the RV Lifestyle, Education and Safety Conference — for new and experienced RV owners. It’s the only learning event with representation from RV and supplier manufacturing ranks, retail dealerships and aftermarket service providers. Award-winning industry executives, authors, and educators make up the teaching faculty.

The 2013 conference will take place in Colorado Springs, May 14-18. RVSEF is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Merritt Island, Fla. For more information, click here.

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RVSEF Foundation Partners with RV-Dreams

June 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Safety & Education Foundation, (RVSEF), based in Merritt Island, Fla., has announced a partnership with Howard and Linda Payne, RV lifestyle experts who own and operate

“Howard and Linda will be providing the nationally recognized RVSEF Weighing Program at area rallies and events around the country,” said Walter Cannon, RVSEF’s executive director. “This partnership brings an additional outlet for RVSEF’s educational programs. The Payne’s reputation for positive education makes this a win–win for everyone, especially the RV consumer.”

The partnership will expand the reach of the RVSEF Weighing Program to locations and RVing events not normally attended by RVSEF, according to Cannon, thereby continuing the promotion of RVing safety and education to all RVers.

The RV Safety & Education Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, is dedicated to the improvement of recreation vehicle safety with a focus on consumer education. RVSEF began as A’Weigh We Go, (AWWG) in 1993 and continues to offer safety seminars, hands-on driver training and weighing services at many events annually.

Howard and Linda Payne of RV-Dreams, (, are full-time RVers and lifestyle advocates who present informational seminars and rallies around the country. Their website is dedicated to the use of RVs and for RVers in pursuit of a dream lifestyle.

For more information, contact Walter Cannon, executive director, RV Safety & Education Foundation, 125 East Merritt Island Causeway #209409, Merritt Island, FL 32952; (321) 453-7673; fax: (321) 453-3853; email: website:

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RVSEF Launches 1st Conference in Kentucky

June 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Safety logoThe RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) held its first Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference in Bowling Green, Ky., June 3-6. This conference, held at Western Kentucky University’s Carroll Knicely Center, was designed to provide a unique opportunity for RV consumers to meet and interact with industry experts.

Conference attendees represented a wide variety of RV experience levels, ranging from full-time travelers to regular RV vacationers, recent purchasers and even those who were investigating their first RV purchase, according to a news release.

The attendees were amazed at the level of expertise of the instructors and curriculum, as well as how well they were treated.

As one attendee said, “I really liked the selection of courses. There was more than I had time for, but I look forward to attending next year. I appreciated the great selection. I think RVSEF has assembled an amazing group of instructors; it would be hard to match the qualifications of these professionals, who are literally at the top of their profession.”

Another attendee said, “All participants were treated very well: with class and professionalism.”

Others commented that they learned more than they had expected. All wanted to know when and where the next conference will be held.

RVSEF put a lot of time and effort into designing this conference to be more like a college-based program, rather than a rally. This was accomplished by involving and utilizing the talents of instructors drawn from RV manufacturers and dealers to help present consumer classes in a positive educational environment. Much of the credit for the programs’ success goes to these talented instructors.

All attendees left with a better understanding of the RV units they currently own, or are looking to purchase, as well as the knowledge and confidence to better enjoy the RV lifestyle.

RVSEF is now working on the next conference. Keep checking the RVSEF website for updates and announcements: RVSEF can also be followed on

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