Monday, June 27, 2011

Women RVers learning, teaching about life on the road at RV Owners Seminar

This past weekend more than 100 RVers gathered at the 14th annual RV Owners Lifestyle Seminar in Kelowna, BC.

The three-day event featured scores of technical and lifestyle workshops on how to live happier and wiser on the road. Three of the women presenters were Arlene Janssens, Joei Carlton Hossack and Julianne Crane.

Arlene Janssens of Salem, Ore., retired after 30 years as a manager with Oregon's social services, and started her own consulting business. She is a workshop leader, church consultant, inspirational speaker and developer of anti-poverty programs. Twelve weeks after purchase of a new motor home, her husband was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. After his sudden death, Arlene learned to drive, maintain, and enjoy the home on wheels. She's been traveling solo since 1997; driving to the tip of Baja, throughout Alaska, and many of the lower 48 states. She is a member of various RVing clubs and wrote a monthly column for Bounders United for several years.

Joei Carlton Hossack of Surrey, B.C., is a solo, full-time RVer. She has been on the road in an RV since 1989 and RVing solo since the death of her husband in June of 1992. She travels and shares her knowledge with others through seminars and public speaking events and the six books she has written.

Julianne Crane of Spokane, Wash., writes about the RV lifestyle, people and destinations. For more than four years she wrote “Wheel Life,” a weekly column for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Currently her work can be seen on,, and

Photo: From left: Arlene Janssens, Norma Arlin of Mossyrock, Wash., Joei Carlton Hossack and Julianne G. Crane (Photo by Jimmy Smith).

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