VA is finally moving…

Well, after 3 months of waiting for the VA to reopen my disability claim, I have had my first Compensation and Pension evaluation.  I went on Monday to have my hearing evaluated.  I must say that this was the most comprehensive hearing exam I have ever had.  Over 90 minutes of multiple hearing tests.  At the end the doctor said she could not discuss the results, which I understand.

I did ask her if the VA worked with Siemens hearing aids and could they adjust mine.  Her answer was yes, but it probably would not do any good.  I then asked her if the VA had anything that would work for me, her answer was, “probably not”.

So, her answering my questions answered a lot of other questions as well.  It is no wonder I have been married for 44 years, I can’t hear when Daisy is yelling at me 🙂

On another note, my daughter Daisy and her family were here to visit Disney.  As soon as I can get some pictures uploaded I will post about her visit.

What a Day!

Daisy and I went to Tarpon Springs, FL today.  Its about an hour and 50 minutes from the campground and was the largest sponge port in the Country.  They have small cruises from the port as well as a museum and a movie.  Lots of shops and some good eating places.  Parking was cheap today ($3 all day).  Went through the museum and watched the movie.  Even learned some stuff.  After Daisy’s starts getting her Social Security check we are going to take one of the boat cruises out to the light house.

On the way back, we stopped and ate at BD Mongolian BBQ.  This is a must return to place.  If you have never had Mongolian BBQ, think create it yourself stir fry.  BD’s does it right.  You start with the pasta (rice or wheat), add the meat (about 20 different kinds), then the veggies and finally the sauce(s).  When everything is ready, you take it up to the grill and they cook it for you.  Watching the cooks is almost a show in itself.  Sitting down to eat they serve you either rice or Tortillas.

To make this even better, they offer a military discount.  BD Mongolian Grill is in Lakeland FL.  It is a franchise and they are around the Country.

DWG the Perfect RV Based Business

In my last article I talked about the Perfect RV Based Business and its requirements.  I want to make myself clear, we are talking about a business where you and you alone determine what you will do, how much you want to make and even if you are going to work or not. This is not a click ads and someone will pay you or hold a party for someone else and receive a few gifts type of thing.  I am talking about a real business where you are in charge.

Dri Wash n’ Guard has been around since the early 1990s.  They are an international company with product sales in many countries.  Corporate Headquarters is in NV.  The main drive is environmentally friendly products, primarily waterless cleaners.  That is all I will say about the company at this time.  The main purpose of this article is to show you why DWG is the perfect RV based business.

Following the previous article, the first point for the perfect business is a business that allows you to work with or without you spouse. Now some of you  won’t understand why this is important and others will.  Being able to work with your spouse doubles everything.  Your spouse might be better at demonstrating how to use the products in the RV while you prefer to do the exterior.  Your spouse might be better at talking to people and generating interest while you are better at showing rather then talking.  Your spouse might be an idea person while you are a doer.  Regardless, having your spouse help doubles what you can do alone.  Even the washing and polishing of the RV goes quicker when the spouse is able to help.

Now lets take the second point, employees. One of the advantages of DWG products is that they do not require water.  A simple one step process cleans, polishes and protects.  This is great for RV as it cuts down the time required to clean and polish the rigs.  Since it doesn’t require water, you can maintain the RV regardless of whether or not the campground allows washing of the rigs.  This is the bases of a service based business.  You can hire some younger folks to do the work and you keep the profits.  For example, on the East Coast, to wash and polish an RV they charge around $10 a foot.  Our 38 ft motor home would cost us $380.  It takes about 6 hours for two of us to use DWG products on the roof, sides and chrome.  If you hire two younger folks at $20 an hour to clean the rigs, you make $140 profit.  Work with the campground and a local school to hold a fund raiser.  The money the kids would earn goes to the charity or is split between the kids and the school.  Either way you make your profit.

Now no business will succeed without making money.  Business principles I learned in college stated that in order for a business to be successful it had to make money.  Having multiple streams of income means that they business would be better able to survive if something happened to one stream of income, say a large customer stops using your product.  I learned this the hard way back when I was doing computer consulting.  I had a great customer, he was buying desktop and servers custom built from me.  Everything was fine until he got a huge order from a new trade school.  They orders 200 desktop machines and 8 servers.  Naturally I got the order, but I needed funds to purchase the parts to build that many machines and the wait for the client to pay me when I delivered.  The problem was called cash flow.  I got a line of credit from the bank, built the machines, delivered them to my client.  It took him a month to get them to the trade school.  Now the trade school was in start up mode.  No students yet, which meant no income or negative cash flow.  So they did what most businesses do and didn’t pay for the computers, which meant my customer couldn’t pay for the computers, which meant I couldn’t pay the loan.  My major customer was costing me money rather than making money and my major stream of income dried up.  Yes I had other customers, but they were minor compared to this one BIG customer.

How does this apply to your DWG business?  First off you have multiple streams of income right off the bat.  You make a 20-40% retail profit from every product that you sell.  You have the capability of having a service income from cleaning RV, cars, trucks,
buses, planes, boats, ATV and just about anything else that needs to be cleaned, such as business store windows.

You can sell to other businesses, such as the campground store where they sell to their customers.  This is wholesale business.
You give them a  discount and they sell at whatever price they want.

Each DWG dealer has the ability to use the company website to sell products or you can create your own Internet Store.  I use both.  You can see my store at http://our-rv-adventure.com and click on Our Store.

Now an income that is unique to home or RV based businesses is bonuses.  Every multi-level marketing business has some form of bonus.  Bonuses are helpful when you business starts to grow and you have some volume in sales, either from your own sales for from your group (we will talk about that in a minute).  Many MLM businesses will use bonuses as the means to making the majority of the money in their plans.  Face it when you and your group are selling tens of thousands of dollars a month a small percentage bonus still is a nice additional stream of income.

The last income I want to discuss is business duplication income.  This is the income from helping others build their own business.  Think of it as another form of wholesale and bonuses combined.  It is fairly easy in principle, you find and help someone start their own DWG business.  You sell them products at what ever level discount they are at withing the DWG business (20%, 30%, 40%) and you keep the rest (depending on whatever level you are in the business).  For example, Daisy and I are Directors (40% discount level).  When I sign up a new dealer, they are at the 20% discount level.  They buy products at 20% discount and I get paid an additional 20% ( my 40% – their 20%).

So for example the new dealers sells $1000 in one month.  They would make $200 ($1000 x 20% = $200).  I would make $200 from their sales ($1000 x 40%= $400 – their profit of $200 = $200 for me).  In addition, depending on my bonus level their sales plus
my own sales might get me a bonus of 10% meaning I would get at least another $100 at the end of the month.  This is why MLM is so popular.  Imagine if you have 5 dealers in your group.  All of them selling $1000 a month in products.  You could make an additional $1000 a month from wholesale profit and another $500 a month in bonuses without doing any selling yourself.  Of course that is just an example.  No group of people would ever sell exactly the same and your level within the business will dictate the wholesale profits and bonuses.  But it does show the potential.

If you noticed that in the example in the last paragraph, I did not sell any products in order to make the bonuses.  There is a requirement that you must purchase products each month in order to be eligibile for bonuses.  This is handled by DWG very easily.

They have an autoship program that each month will ship you a set of products for a set price, normally around $100 – your discount level.  By being on autoship, that covers all product purchased for any of the programs. So you can see, your monthly inventory, if you will is only $100 – your discount level or $60 in my case.

None of us know everything about a new business.  Even if you know all about your service or products, there will be parts of the business that are new to you.  This is where training and support come into play.  Without a good training and support network you will be forced to play the trial and error method which means you will make costly mistakes and spend a lot of time learning how or where to find the information.

DWG offers a lot of training and support options all of which are free.  There is a weekly certification program that covers a lot of material over the 6 weeks of phone based classes.  In addition the company website offers lots of free information on products, business opportunity and history of the company.  If none of them help you, you can contact your sponsor, the company itself or the certification trainer via email and phone.  All of which are free of charge.

DWG products are the heart of the business.  In 1990 DWG invented Waterless Cleaning Technology.  Today that same technology is driving our business around the world.  Our products fall into two categories, Home and Auto.  Don’t let the Auto throw you any of our products can be used in a wide variety of ways.  Just about every product has multiple uses.  I use the waterless car wash on glass, plastic, paint and more.  In fact about the only place I haven’t used it is on my tires, we have a product for them as well.  This business is built on a very simple demonstration called Squirt the Dirt.  It is a 30 second demo in which I have the customer actually use the products on part of their vehicle or home.  I like the hood, but I want a them to tell me where they have a problem cleaning, then I choose the product, explain to them what to do, then have them spray, wipe and buff.  So far I have yet to have that fail.  Once they see how easy and how well it works, they buy. Its called the Salesman in the Bottle.

Finally, there is the question of do I need to spend a lot of money on inventory?  The answer is its up to you.  The company website allows your customers to order when ever they want and have the products shipped to them.  Which means no inventory required.  However, many people are I want it now type.  Also a new customer won’t understand what it is they want and probably won’t order.  For that reason I carry a limited amount of products for the quick sale.  Depending on how you want to build your business you may want to carry some for setting up at flea markets, garage sales or car shows.  The point is, inventory is up to you.

Now, you’re probably wonder what is this all going to cost.  DWG has several programs for starting your own business.  Everyone starts as a DEALER.  The basic cost is registration fee which is $44.65. Which get you registered and allows you to purchase all products at a 20% discount.  There are no products purchased and you are free to choose what products you want to try and/or inventory.  The other programs are a combination of products and include the registration fee.  The most popular is the Smart Start Dealer package for $238.95.  It includes a great sample kit (either home or auto) that has all of the common products for demonstration and training along with some products for resale.  Of course if you want to jump right in and move up the commission scale at the same time you can spend $795 or even $1495, get more products to inventory and receive a bigger discount on all future purchases.
If you have questions, want to see a demonstration or want to sign up as a dealer, please contact me at driwashnguard@outlook.com.  Let me know the best time and way to contract you and I will do my best to make sure you have all the information required.  If you want to look at the website please go to http://dwginternational.com and use the PIN code of 293305.

Perfect RV Business?

As RVers we have a unique set of circumstances.  We travel around the country meeting new people and seeing new places and we have limited storage space available.

Back when my wife and I were in a stick and brick home we tried numerous businesses.  AMWAY, AMSOIL, AVON, Consulting, Training, Website hosting and design, Embroidery to name a few.  All of them had an appeal and we made a little money.

The perfect business would allow you to work with or without your spouse.  Many RV based businesses do not provide for the spouse to actively help with the business.  Avon for example doesn’t really work well for men. Although I was an AVON rep in CA, I soon lost interest as the local police felt I was doing something shady.  The perfect RV business would be one where both the husband and wife had areas where they might help each other.  For example, manual labor done by the husband and sales performed by the wife or vis versa.

The perfect business would allow you to work with or without employees.  Very few RV based businesses allow for the hiring of employees.  This is a shame as it limits the income producing to what you alone can do.  Not every one wants or needs employees, but it is nice to be able to hire additional sales or service people when needed.  Imagine, you could have a business where all you do is travel and collect the bonuses each month while your employees sell and perform services on a per job or commission basis.

Income streams are the life blood of your RV based business.  When you have a stick and brick store, your income is usually limited to sales or service.  With an RV based business you really want to have as many income streams available as possible.  Some of those income streams are: Service, Retail, Wholesale, Bonuses, Internet Sales and Business Duplication Income.  Service and Retail are pretty self explanatory.  Bonuses are common to almost all RV based businesses and vary based on performance.  The more you do the higher percentage your bonus will be and the more extra income you make.  Almost all of these businesses are geared toward helping others start their own business and those your ‘group’ sales increase and you make more money from the bonuses.  The down side to this is that the bonuses start over each month from zero and if you have a bad month, then your bonus suffers.

As it was pointed out with bonuses you need to make a sales quota in order to get the bonus.  Some RV based businesses also require that you meet a certain sales quota each month or you loose your standing with the company.  The ideal RV based business would be one with no monthly sales quotas as you will be traveling and enjoying the local areas and may not want to work the business that month.

No one knows all aspects of running a business.  In the beginning you may not even know much about the products or services you will be offering or even how to run the business.  The ideal RV based business should offer free training, especially for new owners.

As with free training, free support is also a major consideration for the person starting an RV based business.  The last thing you want is to have to give your credit card or give up some of your hard earned bonus to find out the answer to a question or how to do something business related.  So the Perfect RV Based business should offer Free Support.

Paul Getty once stated that the secret to success in business is to have products or services that everyone needs or wants.  So the perfect RV based business would allow you to offer something that appeals to all.

With our limited storage space an unique requirement for the perfect RV is that there be little or no inventory requirements.  That does not mean that you can’t inventory products, but you shouldn’t be required to have inventory on hand or be required to purchase a certain amount each month.

Finally, since many full time RVers are retired and on limited income, there should no be a high cost to get started.  This is a business so some expenses will be required.  Things like business cards, samples, flyers, car decals, advertising etc are to be expected.  However, large expenses for business start up cost should be avoided.

Of course I didn’t write this article just to get you thinking, I do know of the perfect RV based business.  In the next article I will explain why Dri Wash n’ Guard IS the perfect RV based business.

Safari has a LEAK

Our 2007 Safari (pictured above) has a leak. Seem that water is coming into the slide and leaking on the sofa. We have slide toppers and when I looked under then there wasn’t near enough water for the amount leaking on the inside. After some looking and talking with the wife, we think we know where the leak is and how to correct it. Last year the curbside slide leaked onto the bed. Turned out that there was a break in the seam on the end of the slide that allowed the water into the slide and then onto the bed. So I will get my eternabond tape and seal the edges of the roadside slide (once the hurricane and weather passes).

Princess and the Hurricane

Well it was one heck of a night. Princess finally fell asleep around 11 PM. I think the combination of drugs finally overcame her pain. Basically Daisy and I didn’t go to sleep until 1 AM. Around 5 AM Daisy got up with Princess as we had a pretty bad storm. I woke up long enough to find out what was going on and went back to bed. We are up now, getting our tea. Still raining. But winds and lightning are not an issue.
 
Princess has a slipped disk in her lower back. We are on a medication and limited movement routine for the next 2-8 weeks. Today, I will be doing something that goes against my very being and that is buying a crate/cage/prison for her. Limited movement for the first week is extremely important according to the vet and the papers we were given. She needs time to let the disk recover. Otherwise she could lose the use of her back legs and be in a lot of pain.
 
Your prayers for one of Gods creatures are requested. Thanks

We have a LEAK!!!

We have a leak in our Safari.  Its on the road side slide.  Dripping in at a pretty good rate above the sofa.  Checked the slide and there is hardly any water collecting on the slide.  We have slide toppers.  Granted there is a little pooling, but no where near the amount needed to drip at the rate that we are getting.

There is also a new crack in the wall above the slide.  Not sure if it is related.

20160829_161847 20160829_160837 20160829_160058Have to call the RV repairman.  Storms the next couple of days so we will pull this slide in until it can be looked at.

I need to keep this updated more.

We have left PA and returned back to FL.  Had a nice trip back.  Stopped in to see our new Great Granddaughter and Great Grandson, in NC.  Got an upgrade to a suite at Comfort Inn.  Was really nice.

Got “home”, picked up the rig and got set up.  Almost everything works.  Seems the ice maker doesn’t want to produce any ice.  Other than that we are in great shape.  Thousand Trails Orlando is one of our favorite places to stay.  We are here until the 7th of September, then down the road 3 miles to Lake Magic.

Have already been to Epcot 3 times this last week.  Think we have caught up with the major changes.  Still have to do the loop and see if any of the Country displays have changed.  I think the next stop will be Hollywood Studios.  I have a new battery pack to check out for my scooter.  Purchased an extended range battery so Daisy and I can stay longer at the parks.  Right now we get 3-4 hours before I run out of juice, with both battery packs I am hoping to get at least 9 hours or more.

Found out we have a leak on the roadside curb slide out.  It is coming in over the sofa.  We also have a slide topper so this might be working its way from the edge and down to the middle of the slide.  Will have to take a look at it once the rain stops.

 

Had to get away!!!

In the beginning of June we put our Class A in storage in Orlando and headed to PA to visit family.  Well after 30 days staying with family, we had to get away.  So we borrowed our son-in-laws truck (our old Dodge) and a pop up from our son (our old pop up) and headed to Chestnut Lake, Port Republic, NJ for a couple of weeks.

Boy has it been a while since we used a pop up.  This one is basically a tent off the ground with air conditioning.   Well, a little more than that, I mean we do have cold running water and lights.  I must say I enjoyed it.  Even the raining nights listening to the rain drop on the canvas.

Chestnut Lake is just North of Atlantic City on Route 9.  It is an old NACO park.  They have updated the pool and lounge which are pretty nice.  Down side is the lounge closes early.  8 PM during the week.  I suggested to management that they extend the hours, but they weren’t very receptive.   Our lot was in the trees (on purpose).  We had water and electric.  They pump out twice a week, but we didn’t need that service.

Met a few nice people.  Couple next to us had three large dogs.  He was in the hospital as the dogs broke his hip while he was walking them.  He got out of the hospital on Wednesday so only got to say hi.  They were moving from a Class C to a Class A.  Both were much older units.  Seems that the electric on the sites might need some help.  His AC wouldn’t work on 30 amps but worked fine on 50.  The rig is wired for 30 amps.

Another couple had just purchased their travel trailer.  I watch them try to find the “perfect” spot for over an hour.  They would back in, pull forward, back up and repeat over 20 times.  Each time they would try the awnings, slide and then pull out again.  I offered help, but naturally they declined.  After they set up at another site, I explained that I was a Certified RV Inspector.  Boy did that start the questions.  We had two appointments to go over their rig but both times they had left the campground to do something else.

I liked the campground but they don’t have much in the way of activities.  Candy Bingo was about it.  Nothing during the week.  The campground was about 1/3 full during the week but filled up for the weekends.

Bugs are terrible.  Poor Daisy was bitten up every time she left the trailer.  Geese are also a problem.  They are feeding and crap all over the place.  They also don’t seem too afraid of cars, dogs or people.

Well, time to close this one.  Have a good weekend.

Adventures of Daisy and Ray