We’re coming to the end of our first year as full-time RV’ers and Kathy and I have taken stock of the decision we made to leave the stix-n-bricks world of home ownership and hit the road as Workampers.
We left our family and friends back in Ohio on Labor Day 2016 and headed west to Arizona for our first Workamping experience. This position was for Sept 15th to March 15th, 2017. I’ve written many posts about our experiences while working in Arizona, you can find them elsewhere on this blog. Here’s a link to a post on our workamping experience there.
We had a great time and made some great new friendships there and we’d like to go back to Arizona again in the near future. If you’re contemplating visiting Arizona, we highly recommend the central portion of the state near cities like Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Sedona, & Jerome.
These spots are far enough north of Phoenix to be a little cooler and less looking like desert, but in the winter you’re far enough south of cities like Flagstaff so the chances of snow are pretty slim.
Our 2nd and most recent gig is where we’re presently working and about to depart from (Sept 15th). We’ve had the pleasure of working at Pere Marquette Oaks RV Resort in (of all places) BALDWIN, Michigan.
This video below takes you on a bicycle tour of the park. It’s a beautiful lush green RV park full of towering oak trees, an in-ground heated pool, hot tub, picnic pavilion, laundry room, and club house.
We don’t have to park new arrivals, answer the phone, or take reservations. There is a rental manager for that. Kathy and I are responsible for maintaining the rest rooms, showers, pool, hot tub, club house and laundry areas.
Take the tour and find out a little more.
Although it’s only been a year, we’ve come to realize that we are really enjoying this lifestyle change. We have sold our home in Ohio (to our daughter and son-in-law), and will be registering as Texas residents this winter when we are there for our next (winter) workamping position. Texas is viewed by “those in the know” as one of the 3 best states to domicile in for full-time RV’ers.
We hope to continue this lifestyle as long as our health allows and recommend to anyone considering some sort of lifestyle change to think about hitting the road in an RV and workamping along the way, both to help keep active and contribute to the household budget. We look for employers/positions that ask for about 10-20 hours per week in exchange for a full hook-up site along with water, sewer, electric, cable, wifi, and laundry allowance. We don’t want to work 40 hours+, we’ve been there / done that.
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