Full-time RVing- What’s it like?

We moved to Milton in 2003. Before we became house parents in Live Oak and Tallahassee, we lived and worked in Milton, Florida.

We went full time RVing and Workcamping in April 2018

Since that time we worked 5 months in Virginia, a short time at a site in Florida, 3 months in Savannah, spent a month in North Carolina with our oldest son and his family and now we’re back workcamping at a campground in Milton. Our younger son and his family live here in Milton.

We get a lot of questions about full-time RVing. I thought I’d answer a few of them in this post

The most frequent question is “Where do you put all your stuff?” If you think about it, most of us don’t need all the stuff we have. I can definitely say the closets and the basement ( the compartments beneath the RV) are not big enough. Before we took off, we had several garage sales and sold things on facebook and craigslist. And, we have a storage unit in Milton. Most everything we have in storage is stuff we need to keep. We have tubs full of photo albums, memories,Christmas traditional items, some household items, clothes we change out seasonaly and a few things we could probably get rid of but I want to keep.

We keep rearranging things in the RV thinking to better utilize the space. We’ll eventually get it, or we’ll find more we can do without.

Our R V has a set up bunkbeds. I moved the top mattress to the bottom bunk and put my computer, a file cabinet and my printer on the top and use it like a stand up desk. On the bottom bunk we have a couple baskets that we use for temporary storage for different things. This has been a great use of that space.

Our bedroom closets are small, but we’ve found, especially when we’re workcamping, since they usually supply us with shirts to wear, we tend to wear a lot of the same things over and over. We’ve been able to weed out some more clothes and donate or store them. It’s easier to not buy new clothes when we know there’s no place to store them. As far as laundry goes, we have a dirty clothes basket in the hall between the bedroom and bathroom. Most campgrounds have a laundramat on site and a housekeeping washer and dryer. Workcampers usually either get a laundry allowance or free use of the housekeeping washer and dryer.

Food storage is also limited. We do have several kitchen cabinets and drawers and we put some canned and boxed goods in a tub in the basement of the RV and it works out pretty well.

Some RVs have full size refrigerators and freezers. Ours does not. Here’s a picture of our fridge. We were making frequent trips to the grocery store. We’ve slowed down on our grocery trips to the grocery store since we purchased a new 100 quart cooler that is supposed to keep ice 8-10 days. So far it’s working. Since we’ve only had it a few days I’ll let you know later how it works out and I’ll give you more information on it in case you want to get one. That pretty much covered the storage questions we get.

Another question we’re asked is “How can you live in something that size all the time?” We don’t live in the camper, we live out of the camper. I admit there are days we spend most of time inside either because of heavy rain, very high or very low temps. We have lawn furniture outside and usually enough to do around the campground or in the area that we don’t need to just stay in the camper.

We’ve always looked for dog boarding places wherever we are so we can visit people or explore the area without having to get back to take care of him and resenting him for cutting into our time away.

Rarely have we found a place that Sarge didn’t like. He’s almost 11 years old so he’s not as active as he used to be so he’s ok napping in a kennel or in the R V for longer periods of time.

And, the last question for today. “What’s workcamping and what do you do?” Workcamping means you camp at different RV resorts, campgrounds, state or national parks and work while you’re there. They’re all different. We base where we go by what we want to do in the area, what’s the weather usually like during the time we may be there?, is it a paid position or vounteer work?, what is the work exchange for the site? – which means how many hours do you need to work to cover the site . What are the paid hours? Are there laundry benefits? And, what if any, are the other benefits?

I know there’s other questions about how we get our mail, do our banking etc. Since this post has already become a little lengthly I’ll address those things in another post.

See you later – Enjoy today!

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Working, Touring and Movies filmed in Savannah

We arrived at our work camping site near Savannah on January 2, so we’ve been here now a little over 6 weeks. We’ve got about 6 more weeks to go before we move on to our next location. But, while we’re here I want to see everything Savannah has to offer! We went to Savannah again last week for a part of the day with a traveling nurse we met that’s also staying here at the campground while she’s working here for a couple months. We enjoyed walking around the downtown squares again. I still have a few more things to tell you about Savannah but it will probably be in the next post.

One thing I have to remind myself about work camping is that it does mean you’re supposed to work, too. Even though we choose where we want to go and we get to tour and enjoy the area, we did commit to work X number of hours each week. I’ve been averaging about 23 hours a week. Dave’s been working about the same, maybe a little more. We work in exchange for our campsite as well as pay for hours over an agreed amount of work time.

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We’re here now. Where’s the…?

We arrived in Savannah at the new work camping site. As you may already know, our 10-year-old Weimaraner travels with us. Since we don’t want to miss out on exploring the area, one of the first things we do is look for a dog boarding place. This is helpful to have so we can enjoy the new location, use daycare if we’re going to have a long day or if we want to go away for a few days.

There are several places we actually start looking for and in no particular order. But, the first two things we needed to do was get the laundry done and get some groceries.

The laundry was easy since there’s a laundromat on site. Google searches are great when you can just say “grocery stores near me” or “dog boarding near me”. I kind of like Food Lion grocery stores and there happened to be two nearby. We also got a list of dog boarding places to check out by doing the google search for boarding places near me. Let me tell you, most of them look a lot better in the pictures! I think we spent 2 hours driving around looking at kennels. We found one that seemed ok. We checked it out by taking Sarge there for a few hours of “doggy daycare” while we checked out a little of Savannah. Sarge played outside the entire time we were gone, got a little muddy, they cleaned him up, dried him off and everybody was happy. So, that’s the one we’re going to stay with.

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