The RV Entrepreneur Summit is a 4-day business conference specifically designed for RVers.
The conference consists of workshops, meet ups, and main stage talks all geared towards helping you start & grow a business that fuels a life of travel.
We bring together the smartest travelers we know to teach their expertise on topics like building your first mobile business, creating a team, scaling your company, blogging, photography, and more. We aim to find speakers from a variety of different careers and industries so no matter what type of business you’re pursuing, you can learn something new.
Being an RV Entrepreneur comes with an almost built-in contradiction, doesn’t it?
We want freedom. Being an entrepreneur gives us flexibility. Living lightly and being on the road does, too.
But being an entrepreneur is also about building something bigger.
As you start to see more and more freedom in your lifestyle, you have an ongoing challenge: Do you spend all your time exploring new places or do you put your head back down and work toward building the thing that you want to see in the world and creating more sustainable income?
There’s a tension between these two driving factors as an entrepreneur and as a human — to enjoy life in the moment or build something bigger.
Heath wrote more about this tension on the blog last year (and that was before Ellie was in the picture) and it’s something we talk about often as a team. This question of balance has been an important one for the RVE community which is why we’ve chosen to highlight it as our theme for 2020.
Situated along the largest lake in the Alabama Mountains is Lake Guntersville State Park. With waterfront campsites, hiking and mountain biking trails, and a resort-style lodge, this state park has every amenity you’ll need during your stay—including an onsite restaurant, bar, and gym. You can enjoy a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course, fly on the zipline course, fish off the pier, and watch a scenic sunset over the water. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles!
The first year of RVE Summit, there was one family. The next year, a few more. And last year, we had well over a hundred kids running around the campground and some of them even decided to take the weekend to start a business of their own. Which is what prompted us to come up with an RV Entrepreneur experience just for kids: RVE Junior.
Brought to life by our friends over at Fulltime Families, RVE Jr. will be a Friday-Saturday event for kids ages 10+. Over the course of those two days, kids will learn entrepreneurship lessons from speakers, try their hand at building a business, and hopefully make some awesome new friends.
Our goal with RVE Junior is to mimic the RVE Summit experience, but for the next generation of travelers and unconventional thinkers.
We want kids and teenagers alike to walk away from this weekend equipped with skills they can use for the rest of their life to start a business, get a job or create their own rules in life.
Check out some of the highlights from this year's event.
“Whoa! Blown away! Major thank you to Heath Padgett and Alyssa Padgett for getting us all together! We left with overflowing-full hearts and spirits from sharing the weekend with y’all. We’ve been traveling for 4 years and it can be really lonely. We finally met our people and we’re so excited to stay in touch with yall and meet up with you on the road.” —Lindsey N.
“In our four years and 75,000 miles of RV travel and attendance at numerous small and large RV rallies, we’ve had a lot of great experiences. But our recent weekend at the inaugural RV Entrepreneur Summit was the over the moon best.” —Don Cohen, WinnebagoLife
“I have a head full of so much information but the evening keynotes have been blowing my mind and filling up my heart and soul at a much-needed time. I’ve been choked up or in tears so many times this weekend, always in a good way. It’s so good to get a reminder that there are people out there lifting each other up and all working toward a common goal of living an intentional life.”
RVE 2020 will be held at Lake Guntersville State Park on March 19-22. Pre-conference festivities will kick off on March 16th, for you early arrivals!
No. Since not all attendees are in RVs, we do not book your accommodations for you. You can view camping and hotel options here.
No, we are only selling tickets for the full four days. No day passes or partial tickets will be issued.
Tickets are per person for this event. Because not all attendees live in RVs, we do not include accommodations in your ticket price. Accommodations must be booked separately.
Of course you can attend! We have attendees from their teens to their 70s who attend, and roughly half of all attendees are full-timers. You’ll fit in no matter what. Hotel, cabin, and tent sites are available onsite for non-RVers.
If you’re bringing your home on wheels, many attendees stay for a full week to enjoy time with community and pre-conference activities. If you’re flying in or staying at the Lodge, you can attend the full conference by arriving Thursday morning and leaving Sunday night.
You can check out the schedule for the week of the event here.
Of course not. This conference is for people who value travel, freedom, and the ability to earn a living from anywhere. This is what brings us together, age or working status doesn’t matter whatsoever.
Yes! We will have a co-working room set up at the campground. It will be open the week preceding the conference and remain open throughout the weekend.
Yes, we will accept refunds up to 60 days prior to the event—January 19, 2020.