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Jack and Shelby Tessar describe their love for people and RVing in Episode 272

Today I am interviewing a couple from Tennessee who have been enjoying the RV lifestyle for almost two years. They had owned an 80-acre, 10-building compound and took up RVing to get away from the pressures of maintaining such a large property.

Jack and Shelby Tessar have five children, the youngest of which is 19. They traveled frequently as a family, but never in an RV.

When Shelby was a young girl, she played softball and traveled with friends whose parents owned RVs. As a result, she grew up dreaming about having her own RV someday. Then, around Mother’s Day in 2022, she and Jack bought a fifth wheel and took their first trip by visiting a state park in Tennessee.

That’s where they fell in love with the RV lifestyle and decided to sell all but seven acres of their property to hit the road full-time.

Jack had been a certified financial planner for 20 years down in Florida. Shelby owned two businesses herself in Florida and Tennessee. As their parents got older and needed more care, the Tessars moved to Tennessee and started to build a family compound.

After falling in love with RVing, the couple sold most of the land, but created RV hookups on the remaining acreage, which Jack and Shelby use upon occasion along with their children, who also own RVs.

They use money from selling the property to finance their travel plans, but the Tessars are about to start a YouTube channel. Shelby operates a cleaning company serving AirBnB properties, high-end corporate clients and conducting estate cleanouts.

Their entire family has been involved in charities over the years. First they started raising money to support a school for blind students their son attended in Florida. Now they want to travel to small towns across America and help everyday type of people with their special needs.

This year, Jack and Shelby were participants on RV Unplugged, a reality competition premiering May 29 where 10 couples and one individual compete for a $25,000 cash prize.

Their YouTube channel is called The Bimble Effect, and the couple already recorded their first episode. To bimble means to walk at a leisurely pace and explore with no particular destination in mind, which is what the Tessars do in their travels.

People can connect with Jack and Shelby on Facebook or on YouTube. Be sure to root for them on Season Two of RV Unplugged. More details are available at www.rvunpluggedtv.com/season-two-rv-unplugged.

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That’s all for this week’s show. Next week I will be interviewing a couple who owns a campground in rural north-central California, and they are looking for Workampers, especially retirees. I’ll have that interview on the next episode of The Workamper Show. Thanks for listening!

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a former journalist who covered the recreation vehicle industry since 2009. He started podcasting in 2014 and enjoys interviewing people about ways to live, work and play in their RVs.

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