Faith on the Road; Keeping it ALIVE!

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We have been on the road for the past five years.  One of the hardest things has been the realization that we have not been able to attend church services on a regular basis.  Finding congregations of our own denomination has been difficult.  This is made most difficult by the fact that we are often over 50 miles from the nearest congregation.

How do you keep your faith alive?

Please let me know if you receive this post.  I’m trying to work out the bugs in my blog!

Thank you!

David

Faith On the Road

As a Workampers, we are on the road and changing campgrounds every 3-6 months.  This makes it hard to become a member of a local congregation where you prefer to worship.  How do you keep your faith alive and vibrant?  How do you “refill the spiritual tank?

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Thank you!

Blessings!

 

 

 

Know Job Expectations BEFORE You Sign on the “Dotted Line!”

What tools or supplies are MY responsibility to provide?

Sometimes you take a job “just because” you need the work.  You take shortcuts that you normally wouldn’t take just for expediency sake!

Be sure to ask questions about tools required for the job; what tools and supplies are you required to provide to do the job. IF you have to use your own materials; i.e., duct tape, zip ties, scotch tape, notebook paper, printer paper, scotch tape, etc., will your items be replaced?  What supplies do you have to supply if you run out; staples, liquid paper, notebooks, three ring binders, etc. If you’re the Maintenance Man do you have to use your own ladder, hammer, step stool, compressor, air gun, hoses to get a job done if not already provided.

If you do use your own supplies and tools, you deserve to be compensated! Not all employers do so. Today I did a job and to meet expectations I had to use three rolls of my own duct tape. I have had to use my own drill, drill bits, extension cords and other equipment. This adds up quickly! As an example: one large roll of duct tape ($8.00 x 3= $24.00), one roll Gorilla Tape 3” at 100 foot roll ($11.00),  special compressor oil–one quart ($5.00).

Some tools or equipment to do your job may be your personal responsibility; know this BEFORE you start the job. Usually these required tools are limited to a tool belt with measuring tape, pliers, hammer, Phillips screwdriver, straight slot screwdriver, and a lumber pencil. These tools vary if you are doing plumbing, installing fixtures, repairing motorized equipment, or electrical repairs.

If you have a 90 day trial period, which we often will agree to or request ourselves, before deciding to extend your stay submit your receipts and provide detailed notes as to who, what, when, where, how, and why. Expect some discussion and possibly some refusal to compensate or give you what you need to replace your materials.

To have a rewarding and profitable experience, be sure you are not caught having to deal with this after the fact! IF you decide to stay until the end of the season, be sure to have a written agreement spelling out what IS supplied by the owner/manager, and what IS required for the worker to provide. Cover all your bases!

Any input or questions you might have, please share with me using our Comment Page (“Comment” link at the top.)

David

 

You Didn’t Land Here by Mistake!

You have an interest in working and camping at the same time or you would not have clicked on my Blog page!  Right??  Admit it!!  You are here on PURPOSE!!!  Let’s see if I can help you find “purpose” in your PURPOSE!!!

Let’s tackle the first word: “WORKING” …. but wait, you want to “retire” or “exit the working roller-coaster.”  What if I told you that this “working” can be something that YOU control; when, where, how long, for how much, and ENJOY IT!!!

Let’s tackle the second word: “camping“, that is what you brought you here in the first place, the PURPOSE (interest) behind clicking on the link! What if I told you that the two word combined create a new (to you) RV’ing Lifestyle concept!  Working a job you choose, that you want to do, for a time or length that YOU specify, and where you select to live for a period of time.  And yes, you can be “RETIRED” and still work and enjoy it!!

You choose the duties: janitor, camp host, volunteer service, maintenance, shuttle driver, ranch hand, etc.

You select the time or length: one week, one month, three months, six months, a year, one project.  You select the option to return if all went well and you have that option. OR not!

You select where you want to live: close to the grandkids, close to mom, in a State Park, at an amusement park (as a concessionaire); a favorite state, a region of the USA (South during the winter, North during the summer).

Another aspect you can control to some degree is future income; do you want to donate your services to a worthy cause, OR do you have obligations that require that you make a certain amount to supplement your fixed income?

You can do the above as a “Workamper” and enjoy the freedom that it offers.  Did I also mention you can have FUN in the process!!!  The wife and I have been doing it now for five years and we love it! We have tried the “volunteer” or the equivalent of “swap for site and services”, and we now select only jobs that meet our financial needs.  We also try to make sure that we allow sufficient time between jobs to enjoy time with family and to get RV maintenance and repairs completed.

To be successful you need to KNOW what your needs are, what you require in funding, what you need in comfort.

Do your homework!

Do your research, and then put your plan into motion.

Do it with PURPOSE!

Any questions or comments please leave a comment!

David

 

 

 

The “Big Questions”

The BIG QUESTIONS!!
“What Is It I WANT in Retirement?”
“What Am I WILLING to Sacrifice?”
“How do I do it or ‘Get There'”
“What is it I WANT in Retirement?”

The first question: “What is it I WANT in retirement?” Or, “What is my DREAM?”

Your first thoughts are most likely the most accurate. The most common answer is “I want to travel and see the United States and it’s beauty.” You may live in the west and have never stepped outside your state. Your children or relatives may live outside the state and you haven’t seen them in years. Whatever the definition of “Travel” you come up with, start here.

The second question: “What am I willing to sacrifice?”

This question must be answered by all members of the immediate family you live with. Your wife may have different “sacrificial lambs” than you have! You may find that your offspring (if you have any) may have certain things that they definitely feel they CANNOT live without. Write all of these down and take serious thought over each item being considerate of “compromises” that may need to take place. Make a detailed list of each consideration or compromise and then discuss options.

Along with this question, include the family pets, do we keep “Fido” or do we leave him with a relative? Pound? Or give him to a family friend that will love him and still be “in the family.” In our case, “Tiki” our seven year old cat, became our “workamping partner.” We then had to make adjustments that applied to keeping a pet on the road. We will discuss this more in a future post.

The third question: “How do I/we get there (the achievement of our dream?”

This question will most likely take the deepest thought on everyone’s part. Each person’s feelings and concerns must be honestly addressed. Deep seated emotions, convictions, concerns, on each person’s part usually surface. To come to “agreement” may take some time; days, weeks, month’s, even years! You may have to “agree to disagree!” in order to maintain harmony in the family!

The fourth question: “What is it that I/we WANT in Retirement?”

Again, your discussion must be honest and open with ALL persons involved in this solution. Keep in mind that if you have kids that are going to be part of this new adventure, you want their experience to be a very positive one as well. Their “wants and wishes” are paramount to keeping peace and harmony inside a very small space!!

The significant other, we will assume the spouse, may NOT retire when you do, as was our case. I retired earlier than I had planned due to health reasons, and the wife retired over a year later. The fact that we had a significant amount of time to consider this lifestyle change, I went immediately to doing my RESEARCH!! The question, “What is it that I want in retirement” became extremely important…to both of us.

We both agreed that we wanted to be as happy as possible. We also wanted our adult offspring to give us their blessings as well. This was going to be a HUGE and significant change of lifestyle. From living in a “bricks and mortar” home to living in a “box on wheels!” One that could take us miles away from where they choose to live. Grandma and “papa” would no longer be a close drive away.

Another desire was we want to TRAVEL and see friends, family, and relatives that we haven’t seen in years. That means travel to Florida to see the grandkids, to California to see the wife’s family, Arizona to see my family, and visit college friends in AZ, CA NM, AL, NC, LA, and other places along the way. It also includes visiting State and National Parks, Scenic Byways, and heritage sites.

These are ALL very big question’s.

Of course, I want to be happy, feel comfortable, provide for my wife and myself adequately, and the list could go on. Here you have to separate out “wants” and “wishes” and determine what exactly are the MINIMAL NEEDS and the WISHES that each of your travel companions come up with in their list. What can we get along without in this life? Do we really need a three bedroom house and a two car garage? The hard-to-keep-up big yard? Do we really need five suits, 25 dresses, twenty short sleeved shirts, 20 pairs of pants, twenty-three pairs of shoes, two pairs of boots, and the list goes on and on. Do we really need ALL the holiday decorations? What about the items we have never used in over 2-3-5-10 years? What is it that it REALLY takes to make us “happy” or “content”. In our case, being faced with losing it all, our list quickly became shorter and shorter. As we did you find that you revise this list over and over again!

“What CAN we do without?”

This is where we face the real difficult decisions, reducing 3,000 square feet of living space and storage (three bedroom house with two and a half car garage) FULL to the rafters! Cramming ALL of that or part of it into a 35′ Motorhome or travel trailer! Never happen!!! Some serious rethinking of “what we want to”, and “what we need to keep” to live comfortably must take place.

I’m sure many will stop right here and say, “that isn’t for me!” I couldn’t possibly give up all the memories, treasures, and keepsakes! Guess what though? When you cannot afford the monthly rent, utilities, commuting costs, etc., it calls for some TOUGH choices to be made! DOWNSIZING!! That’s what it is called, and that is what we had to do.

We now had a deadline, we had to notify the rental agency and the owner our intent to move.

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God Bless and keep the “Dream Alive!”
Dave

Workamping Opportunities!

“Workamping offers sometimes come to us unexptectedly!”

Workamping Offers often come to us at times unexpectedly!  What do you do when you have already committed to one owner and then another calls you with a better, more desirable offer or location?

Owners of RV Parks and Campground Managers contacting us directly!  These have been the most successful for us resulting in employment.  To enhance this experience we published a short advertisement in Workamper News and so far three job offers have resulted for this winter season!

We are excited!  One option was to work along the Oregon side of the Columbia River in a town called Boardman, OR.  The other was a location along the Pacific Ocean at the coastal town of Brookings, OR; both are excellent opportunities, but in order of receiving the jobs, we committed to the first.  It met all of our listed needs; Full Hook Up site (FHU), free cable with internet and WIFI, laundromat, swimming pool, hot tub spa, and other things like close to the Columbia River for fishing! All in exchange for 30 hours work PLUS a salary!

Now if you commit to a job, in all ethical fairness, you should keep that commitment, even if the one sounds better.  The second call may offer more money, more time off, nicer amenities.  An employer quits searching in most cases when they tell you “you’re hired” or “we will expect you here on…”.  They committed, you committed, you ethically are obligated to the principle of “first come, first served.”

What is your thoughts on this?  Each has their pro’s and con’s, each their location benefits, etc.  Both offer many of the same amenities you NEED and DESIRE, wages about the same, and other possible similarities. Again, what are your thoughts?

Dave

Welcome!!

You are here because you responded to a post on facebook, or a business card, for more information on workamping!

“Workamping” is defined as “working your way around the USA while living in and out of an RV.”  You can do it any way you want to, in any RV or mode of travel, working for salary, full time or part time, three days a week or 30 hours a week, it matters NOT how you do it or what you do it in, if you are “working a job” and living in a vehicle you are “work-camping!”

We have been hiring out as workampers now going on our fifth year and we LOVE it!  So much so I have enlisted as a “RVing Lifestyle Ambassador” with Workamper.com.

We will share a LOT of information to get you from the “Dreamer” stage to the “Workamper” stage.  Maybe you are already a seasoned camper with an RV; maybe you haven’t purchased one yet, but the interest to be a “Campground Host” is beckoning you to come “join the FUN!!!”

Stay tuned!!!  THIS SITE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION….but you can contact me anytime at:  scoutert38@gmail.com.