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What does it cost to RV? Answer: Whatever budget you have to work with

October 27, 2012 by Bob Difley · 3 Comments 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminBy Bob Difley A lot of new and wannabee RVers ask “What does RVing cost?” Of course, that is a question that–depending on how you look at it–either has no answer or has infinitive answers.  My approach to that in my classes and writing has always been to define what the individual asking the question means by RVing. There is a whole lot of cost difference between the young family that invested in a second-hand pop-up tent trailer and the retired couple that sold their mega-mansion and invested in a rig designed for fulltiming. And fulltiming here is their definition–something as close to their standard of living as they can get in an RV. That might be a 45 foot luxury motorhome built on a Peterbilt truck chassis and memberships in the fanciest (and pricest) RV golf resorts. If that defines you, congratulations. Money and income is probably not a consideration for you since you likely have enough to support such an RV lifestyle. But for the rest of us, the answer to how-much-does-RVing-cost lies within the definition of your version... Read more



Looking for Work? Become a Woodall’s Rep Team

June 8, 2011 by Woodall's · 1 Comment 

Woodall’s Campground Directory is seeking applications for couples who would like to work from their RV. As an independent contractor, you will be asked to sell advertising to RV parks and campgrounds as well as RV dealers and attractions in your preassigned territory. Although many territories work primarily in spring and summer months, some followup is required through the end of the year. In order to be eligible, you must travel in an RV, have sales experience, own a computer and be able to work full time during your peak selling period. Experience with the Internet and smart phones such as the iPhone, Android or Blackberry is a plus. Come join the fun Woodall’s team of evaluators and sales people, and help finance your RV travels! To find out more visit Become a Woodall’s Rep Team.  Read More →



RVers guide to slashing campground expenses

October 8, 2010 by Bob Difley · 14 Comments 

By Bob Difley Unless you’ve been out in the boonies for several months, way beyond the reach of a radio signal, you know that the recession is not quite over. Joblessness is still somewhere near the top of Mt. Whitney, services have been cut to the non-existent, and a nervous populace is burying money under the mattress rather than spending it. OK. So (1) How can we RVers work the current economic situation to our advantage, and (2) How can we save more and spend less until this mess is over? A look at how RV park and campground managers think and function and how they act in response to their supervisors putting the handcuffs on all spending might cast some light on how to turn their apparent inability to get things done (can’t buy supplies or parts, staff cuts reduce amount of labor available, can’t work the employees overtime, can’t pay outside contractors, etc.)  into our personal opportunity. As you travel around, tune in to the campgrounds and RV parks that you stay in–not to what you like about them, but what isn’t getting done. You will undoubtedly discover litter that needs to be picked up, grass to be mowed, brush to clear, trails to be maintained, weeds to pull, office files needing to be organized, an empty host position not filled, needed repairs to infrastructure (plumbing leaks, door hinge broken, sprinklers not working, painting restrooms and office), and much more. You are likely to find these lapses more at government run... Read more



RV volunteers – feeding at the public trough?

May 13, 2010 by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak · 41 Comments 

The headline reads, “Campground Hosts: Volunteers spend summers on government’s dime” at the Camp Verde Bugle. Citing a long-time volunteer in the Prescott National Forest, the article implies that Dave Underwood is getting a smoking deal for free! The article says, “For volunteering to keep an eye on things and make sure everyone is comfortable, Underwood is provided an RV spot, complete with running water, electricity, propane and sewage disposal — all free — from the first of May to the end of October.” What the article doesn’t say is the value the government gets in exchange for their site. Not only that, not all sites have such amenities. Many lack electricity and propane is often not included either. If the government had to pay an employee to do the same tasks, it would far exceed the value of the site. At even $10 an hour for 40 hours (and many hosts are effectively on call 24/7), they would pay $400/week or $1730/month plus ante up extra for benefits. Is that site worth $1730 a month? Hardly. You could live in a resort with a pool, hot tub and bocce ball for less than that. (See”What is a campsite worth?” to see how value can be figured.) Read more  Read More →



Can RVers save our parks and campgrounds?

April 2, 2010 by Bob Difley · 23 Comments 

By Bob Difley While I’m on the subject of senior discounts, camp hosting, and volunteering (last Saturday’s blog, Do seniors deserve public lands campground discounts?), why not re-think the whole idea of volunteering. No matter which side of the political spectrum’s talking heads you may choose to believe, the reality is that the economy and jobs are going to take a while to recover to where we remember. What that means is that much of the work of public agencies that is defined as “non-essential” will not get done because personnel will be too busy working on “essential” work–however that is defined. However, we RVers will quickly notice that this “n0n-essential” stuff includes keeping parks open, maintaining campgrounds, clearing trails, picking up litter, assisting campers, and being available to answer questions.  The forest service, BLM,  fish and wildlife agencies, Corps of Engineers, and our National Parks are all understaffed and could use some help. So here we are, RVers who, like turtles that carry our self-contained homes around with us, can live comfortably just about anywhere, and require little in the way of support services.  We have time on our hands, possess myriad talents and skills from a lifetime of work, have reached a time in our lives where we want to do something meaningful, be useful, give back to the community, try new things–and we can offer this wealth of talents and skills at a cost... Read more



Six Words About Your RV Life

September 24, 2009 by Evanne Schmarder · 58 Comments 

Hello intrepid travelers, Calling all wordsmiths, writers, witty individuals or families…can you condense your RV and camping experiences and expectations into six words? I double dog dare ya to share Six Words About Your RV Life!! Have you heard of the six word memoirs project from SMITH Magazine? In 2006 the fine minds behind SMITH Magazine offered aspiring writers, poets, those with something to say, and plain ole witty folk an opportunity to tell their story in six words. It’s said that Hemingway did just that when challenged to write a six word story. He came up with this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  Thousands of others from the famous to the neighbor-next-door have submitted their six word story in several SMITH Magazine projects including a series on Love & Heartbreak. And this got me thinking about my own six word memoirs…stories about my life on the road, as an RVer. My motto and the RV Cooking Show’s tag line is a mere six words – “Love to travel. Love to eat.” I quickly realized we all have a story to tell, a short ditty to share – especially when it comes to our RV and camping travels. So, with much anticipation and excitement I am delighted to introduce a special six word series – Six Words About Your RV Life. Think about your adventures and see if you can craft a six word memoir about your RV vacation, lifestyle, camping experiences. Leave your six words on my RVCookingShow blog or right here on this RV.net blog posting – Six... Read more



My RV and the Roadside Epiphany

July 9, 2009 by Brian Brawdy · 1 Comment 

Arches National Park and the Grand Canyon; all is a week’s work. Starting last week with WGN TV Chicago, I kicked off the Buried Logic “7 Sins of Summer Safety” media tour reporting for local news outlets and exploring along the way. I call it “bringing the far away to my own front door.” Actually, it’s bringing it to the back door of my Lance Camper. Read more  Read More →



And So We Hit The Road

April 20, 2009 by Nick Russell · 11 Comments 

I am honored to be asked to become a member of the RV.net blogging family, and I thank my good buddy Chris Guld from Geeks on Tour for recommending me to the folks who run this website. Over time I hope to bring you some interesting stories from our ten years on the road as fulltime RVers, telling you about the places we have gone and the adventures we have had along the way. My father always said that the best place to begin something was at the beginning, so for my first post here, I’ll share a little bit about how my wife and I made the transition from stressed out workaholic baby boomers to working fulltime RVers, in an article I originally published in our first edition of our Gypsy Journal RV Travel Newspaper, and resurrected for our 10 year Anniversary Edition, which was printed this week. Read more  Read More →



So, you want to be a Camp Host?

January 25, 2009 by Tony Cornett · 13 Comments 

From the desk of Firedude Well it can sure be an interesting position. I was a volunteer camp host on the central coast of California for California State Parks for nearly 6 years. During which time I hosted about 9-10 months of the year and traveled the rest. I thought I had seen it all in my 33 year career as a firefighter, but couldn’t have been more wrong! The position was great and I was allowed to set the schedules. We worked a 3 day on 3 day off (firefighter style) shift. That meant you worked 3 straight days and off 3 straight days leaving you time to go places, see things and even take short trips if you desired. This didn’t mean you had to be in the campground 24/7 by any means. My position consisted of a morning and noon camp check and be available to sell firewood at hours you designate (within reason) and available to answer questions etc. In reality it could have been done in a matter of 2-3 hours per day. You can put forth more effort if you wish and of course I did because I enjoyed it. I decided even though I was retired I wanted to stay active and not sit on my duff. In exchange you received your full hookup campsite and other perks such a free tours of Hearst Castle for you and friends, an annual swim party at the pool at Hearst Castle, a free day use pass for all Ca. state parks, free firewood and some others. Staff also put on a few BBQ’s per year as well and very enjoyable. In our sector there was NO maintenance or cleaning of restrooms... Read more



The cost of full-timing. Can you afford it?

January 5, 2009 by Tony Cornett · 20 Comments 

From the desk of Firedude The age old question comes up all the time in the forums and I get emails all the time asking “how much does it cost to full-time”? This question has so many variables it is hard to answer since we all have varying needs, desires and differing financial status. To come up with an answer that fits all is impossible. Read more  Read More →



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