small business comes to you courtesy Doug, Susie, Audrey and
Tate Reeves. It is powered by two financial 'engines'.
The first is advertisers, and is the larger of the two.
The second is voluntary yearly donations.
We push out
somewhere between 255 and 260 editions per year - something I've
done give or take since January of 1996.
It's the same
business model as a magazine, with one exception. Where
they MAKE you pay for it BEFORE you read it, we ASK you to pay
for it on the honor system AFTER you've (hopefully) enjoyed it
for 12 months. If the stat
software is to be believed, the typical reader here averages 7
minutes browsing the front page and forums each day. I'm
hoping to convince you that one penny per minute is a fair
exchange of goods and services.
Seven cents per
day times 365 days equals $25.55 (I'm hoping you'll send $25). Seven minutes per day
times 365 comes to 42.5 hours of online RV enjoyment, RV
motivation and RV networking.
analogy, one cup of
coffee per month ($2.08) for a place you might visit every day.
List of 2015 donators
(1,039 as of 8/29/2015)
(a.k.a. Tracking your
Our daughter Audrey's
SMU-themed VAF cap, safety glasses and lab coat.
A. Reeves photo.
cumulative GPA 3.804
3.681 this term. She starts her junior year in the fall,
is working in the
Research Group lab all summer, and is third from left in the
HERE at this
Why I don't fly
much, or go to fly-ins, and flew 25 hrs last year (less
Regular 'ol Cashflow 101. Daughter in
college. The current plan is biochemistry major /
world languages minor at SMU, most likely with graduate school. In other
words, more expensive than our house. No, 'm not
doing OSH, or SnF, or really anything for the next ten
years. And I'm OK w/it.
I can pretty much
guarantee that if you send in a donation over the next
few years, it will be spent on helping this wonderful
young woman become a productive member of society. Then
we start it with the Tater....
1996 w/tail kit.
Latest Reeves Family News:
Two pages of notes from our daughter's freshman Biology
class at SMU. She did this at home on a Saturday
"pre-studying". [ed. I can pinpoint the moment
when I realized my daughter was smarter than me.
It was seeing these... dr]
$25USD in some scrap paper
with your name on it somewhere.
No middleman fees and instantly ready to go
back into my local economy at the businesses that offer our family
cash discounts - farmer's market, gas station, restaurants,
doctor (5%), dentist (10%), optometrist (10%), clothes, etc...
You'd be surprised (source).
It stands an
equally good chance of being handed to our son Tate at a rate of
$4/day for lunch money at school.
Local cash discounts slightly outweigh credit card transaction
fees (next option).
Delta Romeo, LLC.
P.O. Box 270321
Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321
takes 3% of the money coming in (4% from outside U.S.), but from
a paperwork/accounting standpoint, it's pretty painless for me
to track who sent what with a 1-click download. I know
I'll get the spelling right, because it's whatever you typed it.
It doesn't require much manpower to stay on top of, and if you
can get some air reward miles, even better.
You can use a
credit card from pretty much any country, and you don't have to
have a PayPal account, making it the easy choice for those
outside the USA. 90% of eBay purchases use PayPal (eBay
owns PayPal). It's secure.
made out to
'Delta Romeo, LLC'
(if you're in the USA)
Delta Romeo, LLC.
P.O. Box 270321
Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321
*Why does VAF use an honor system business model?
- any United
States citizen who has EVER been in
no-shit, bullets coming at you combat.
You know who you
are, and I will never be able to thank you enough for
protecting my way of life. Please enjoy the site free for the
rest of your life.
currently serving in the United States Armed Forces
- police officers (past or present)
- current Kindergarten thru grade 12
- firefighters (salaried or volunteer - past or present)
employed by Van's Aircraft
- anyone acting as a moderator in the forums
- My Mother-in-law.
- anybody currently
- the (2) renters at 'theVanCave'
The simplest explanation I can offer is because it's less work for everyone
involved, it keeps the non-corporate vibe intact, and it helps preserve my sanity. Forcing anyone to pay just to
view or post introduces another colossal layer of complexity, and changes
the vibe. Hello
unintended consequences. I
this site to be different from everything else. The non-corporate vibe thing is very
important to me - it has to do with the 10-yr old inner
child in me that I want to protect.
Also, when I
have to go look up my username and password for some website
just to see a dang site, I want to put a shoe through the
monitor. I vowed to never make this site be that.
Three more reasons...
First, as a United States citizen who is VERY appreciative of those who defend(ed) my freedoms, the 'exempt from donating' category
at left is of
primary importance to me. Who would setup and maintain the list of
thousands of free combat veteran accounts? How do you verify their credentials?
This all implies employees, and an office, and status meetings,
and peer reviews, and a thousand other things that a) gets us off topic and
b) killed large
parts of my soul
in a previous corporate life. I'd have to charge much more to
cover the increased overhead, just so I could net the same
amount. It becomes an episode of ‘The Office’ every
day. Thank you, but no. I do it this way for my own simplistic,
Second, it releases me from
the ‘I paid my money so this is the direction I expect you to go with the
site’ back and forth. If you don’t feel you got $25 in value during the
past 12 months, don’t pay. On the other hand, if you visit often, post, saved
or earned money on something in the classifieds, don't fit
in one of the exempt categories and still choose
not to pay, well, I don't even know what to say to that.
Q: Ever hear
wire was invented?
A: Two pilots got in a fight
over a penny.
Third, this honor system business model allows those who are on the fence
regarding getting into the hobby to virtually ride along, for years if
that’s what it takes. The soft sell approach gets people involved in the
hobby and sells kits. Having to pay just to see what’s inside right there
at the beginning, right when you're just getting interested, is a major buzzkill.
Thanks to those that ‘pay their tab.’
Things I'll never
do with VAF:
You'll never have to click through a pop-up
ad to see any page. There will never be an ad that moves
your screen over to the side and starts talking to you.
When you go to the front page, it won't start talking, or
dancing around, or try to get you to buy some car or cable
service. You'll never have to login just to see the dang
story. I'll never start a VAF
or put together a VAF lawn tractor discount.
It's focused only on RVs and the people who fly and build them.
$2.08 a month. I
don't think anyone can argue that isn't an outstanding value!
2014 Donation lists: (Cash/Check
Thank you for supporting
our family's small business,
Doug Reeves (and family)
(worked out a barter deal with something I was hunting for...)
- Clements, Jon -
Dalton, David - Karpayev,
10yrs - Rosales, Paul - Schoen, William -
Settle, Curtis (Bill) - Thorne, Mark - Webster, Tom
Lastly, in the 'Rolling
the Eyes' category...
I appreciate the
sending me some insignificantly small amount in order to get your
name on the list of contributors.
Having said that, I only
actually list and consider those names of people who donated at least
$25/yr. In other words, if you sent ten cents via PayPal, your name will not appear on the site as
someone who donated. Yes.....it has happened...by a couple of
people with 1,000+ forum posts. They each
used a credit card to send ten cents. What they don't
realize is that PayPal took the entire ten cents for their
processing fee, so in reality they just spent a few minutes
typing in their credit card information for nothing.
Well, they did spend some of their money....just not on me.