First off, you might be exempt.  If you are, THANK YOU and enjoy the site free of charge for the remainder of your life.

If not exempt, use this site for 12 months, then pay $25 if you think the experience was worth it.  Note that you do not have to 'log in' to see can already see it all.  That's not an accident.


Hello and welcome.

Fifty two percent of small businesses in the USA are home-based (source: btm rt pg 2).  Ours is one of them.  This site 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.  Full time since early 2007.

It's the same business model as a magazine, with one exception.  Where they have paying advertisers and MAKE you pay for the magazine BEFORE you read it, we also have paying advertisers, but 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.  Using another analogy, one cup of coffee per month ($2.08) for a place you might visit every day.

List of 2015 donators HERE (1,336 as of 11/22/2015)

Daughter's College Updates
(a.k.a. Tracking your investment)

Our daughter Audrey's SMU-themed VAF cap, safety glasses and lab coat.   A. Reeves photo.

photo credit

Spring 2015:  cumulative GPA 3.804

3.804 cumulative.   3.681 this term.  She starts her junior year in the fall, is working in the Lippert Research Group lab all summer, and is third from left in the pic HERE at this faculty link.  Their research here.

Why I don't fly much, or go to fly-ins, and flew 25 hrs last year (less this year)

  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.

Senior portrait

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]


How to Donate(you might be exempt, read on....)

PLEASE do not start threads in the forums along the lines of 'People should donate!'  Donate if you think VAF is a good product, don't if you don't.  God Bless You either way.  I would kindly ask moderators to delete these threads if I'm offline for a bit and don't see them.  Thank you.  dr

  • VAF is our family's stab at American Small Business.  It provides 99% of our family's total income.  As far as I know, I'm planet Earth's only full-time Van's RV online community provider.
  • Our family has entered 'the college years'.
  • Ads on the site do not pull in what you might suspect.  I WISH I made what some folks on the internet think I do.  That would be sweet.
  • Over the 18 years this site has been online in various forms, best I can calculate is I've spent over $140,000 USD bringing it to you.

How to Donate
I prefer donations in the order below.  However you decide to donate, even if it's a bag of pennies,

1. Cash.  
$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 (

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).

mailing address:
     Delta Romeo, LLC.
     P.O. Box 270321
     Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321


2. Credit Card
PayPal 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.

Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate with a credit card.  After clicking on the 'Donate' button above, look for the link denoted by the red arrow in the screen grab below.


3. Check made out to 'Delta Romeo, LLC' (if you're in the USA)

mailing address:
     Delta Romeo, LLC.
     P.O. Box 270321
     Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321


*Why does VAF use an honor system business model?

Exempt from Donating:
picture courtesy

  • 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.
  • anyone currently serving in the United States Armed Forces
  • police officers (past or present)
  • current Kindergarten thru grade 12 teachers.
  • firefighters (salaried or volunteer - past or present)
  • anyone employed by Van's Aircraft
  • anyone acting as a moderator in the forums
  • My Mother-in-law.
  • anybody currently unemployed
  • 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 WANT 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, sanity-preserving reasons.

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 how copper
     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 wine club, 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 - Credit Card)  2013 Donations: 2,624 (cash/check - credit card).  2012 Donations
(previous years:  2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008)

Thank you for supporting our family's small business,

Doug Reeves (and family)


Lifetime Donators:
(worked out a barter deal with something I was hunting for...)
 - Clements, Jon  - Dalton, David   - Karpayev, Vlad   - Redmond, Robert  10yrs  - Rosales, Paul   - Schoen, William   - Settle, Curtis (Bill)  - Thorne, Mark   - Webster, Tom

Lastly, in the 'Rolling the Eyes' category...

I appreciate the resourcefulness of 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. has 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.