Neil W. LeKander, author of "The RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide"
is a longtime recreation vehicle (RV) enthusiast having been exposed to
the joys of the lifestyle by his parents as a youngster. Neil
and Pat (wife of 47 years) have traveled extensively by RV
(approximately 300,000 miles to date) and owned a series of RVs (often
more than one) for more than 35 years. Neil and Pat have lived
full time in their classic motorhome, "UNDO", for the past thirteen
years (since retiring) while writing this and other books, speaking at
RV shows and rallies and enjoying their travels throughout the USA and
Canada. Neil is a lifelong racing fan with a passion for building
and driving automobiles and is an avid enthusiast of all things
As you can tell from the following photos,
"UNDO" has now been joined with a new addition, ("Lil UNDO") a smaller
class "B" travel rig as modern as UNDO is classic. Lil UNDO is now a
full-fledged member of the family, in fact, as of this update it has
now taken the lead role in our RV life as we have regrettably sold our
beloved UNDO. Here's hoping that UNDO truly enjoys its life with a new
owner who enjoys the pleasures of this great RV as much as Pat and Neil did over the past 15+ years.
This new RV addition illustrates
one of the ways the author actually suggests RVer's adapt to the
various influences that might affect their RVing life. In this
case the cost of fuel/travel and the difficulty of driving a large RV
as one grows older are positively benefited by downsizing the RV
allowing the RVer to continue with his/her chosen lifestyle for many
additional years. Doing this has not diminished the enjoyment of
our RV travel to any noticeable degree and is, in fact, exactly where
Neil and Pat started RVing long ago.
|Neil & Pat's coach "UNDO" in Utah || "Lil UNDO" at Devils Tower, WY || "UNDO-squared" |
formal college degree is a BS in maintenance engineering. He is
also is a certified engineering technician, a licensed aviation A &
P and R & E mechanic and a licensed pilot. Most importantly,
Neil is a recent retiree from a major USA tire company following a 32
year career as a wheel/brake/tire design and product support
engineer. Most of that career was spent in various field-based
positions around the USA working in direct support of customers helping
them to resolve operational problems and to derive the maximum economic
value from those products. Neil's employment presented the
opportunity to lecture extensively on maintenance topics and to work
towards the advancement of professionalism of maintenance
personnel. It also provided the opportunity to write a series of
books with an emphasis on achieving "excellence in the maintenance and operation of those company products."
that background it was only logical for Neil (and Pat) to combine those
lifelong interests by joining A'Weigh We Go®, an RV weight safety
program, as the West Coast weighing team for a three year period to
utilize those skills for the betterment of all RVers. That
program with its day-to-day contact with RVers, RV manufacturers and
learning of the multitude of problems faced by RVers prompted them to
compile much of what they heard expressed by RVer's into this vitally
important book, the product of several years effort.
years has seen many changes within the RV industry and now a
corresponding change in Neil and Pat's RV life. With these changes Neil
has become more aggressive in putting forth the RV Safety message by
attempting to spread the message far beyond what is possible by one
First through a happy encounter with officers of
the CMCA (Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia) during a USA RV rally
it was determined that "The RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide" would be a worthwhile addition to that clubs offerings to their members. As a result of that chance meeting the "The RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide"
was rewritten to provide an important contribution for that club's
member benefits package and to a large degree the books contents were
republished in monthly installments in "The Wanderer" the club's terrific magazine. You may wish to check out the CMCA at www.cmca.net.au to observe this wonderful RV club in action.
that effort, Neil had devoted most of his free time to the Escapee's RV
Club, an organization well known for its care for and support of the
RVer. Lecturing on the subject of RV Safety and offering "The RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide"
at Escapades around the country has been a routine for many years. In
addition, Neil joined the famous Escapee's RVers' BootCamp program
as an instructor in the areas of "Weight & Load Management" and "RV
Tire safety" providing truly essential information for all new
or experienced RVers. "The RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide"
is the official handbook of this all encompassing RV educational
program and is provided to all Boot Camp trainees.
The success of this cooperative program with
the Escapee's RV Club led to Neil joining
the staff of Escapees with the assignment of establishing a "new"
and even more effective RV weighing program. The work on this critical
program is now complete and "SmartWeigh®" in now in operation at
various Escapee functions around the country, and at several permanent weighing sites around the country. What has evolved from
this effort is a full-featured RV weighing program more accessible to
RVers everywhere. The SmartWeigh® program does not require industry
funding to continue, offers even greater weighing accuracy and provides
even more useful weight data and analysis than all previous programs.
Plan now to utilize this essential safety service ASAP. Check the
Neil and Pat travel the country today they continue to seek the input
of the RVers they meet along the way to add detail and personal
imprints to "The RVer's Ultimate Survival Guide."
Please feel free to share your RV safety stories when you see them "on
the road". Just look for "Lil UNDO" as you travel; be certain to
wave or say hello.