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We also post some tips about living in an RV and some tidbits about RVing and camping here. We also post notices here to let you know when we send out a new issue of either of our RVing newsletters -- the Workers On Wheels Newsletter (the one for working RVers) and our RV Life and Travel E-zine.
Be sure to read this week's Workers On Wheels Newsletter, the newsletter for working RVers.
Restaurants in Georgia. Down-home southern cooking! BBQ. Catfish buffets. Local, mom and pop cafes. Truck stops and diners. Soul food and seafood. RVing across Georgia is a foodies dream!
Restaurants in Tifton, GA. The local cafe with the best breakfast, a great place for seafood, and superb Mexican diner – we’ve found them and tell you about them. Plus, reviews of other eateries.
Read today's Workers On Wheels Newsletter!
Single RVers' clubs and organizations give solo RV travelers a special network. Whether the focus is on having fun at campouts or sharing RVing information, the groups form a support system.
Dollywood restaurants and food stops, oh my! Meatloaf stackers, cotton candy, fried green tomatoes, ice cream, fried chicken, caramel apples, beans and greens. Snack shacks to buffets, it's there.
Steam shows, threshing bees, engine shows, and old time power shows are some of our favorite events to attend while RVing. There are numerous old time demonstrations and farm collector shows.
Our free, weekly, Workers On Wheels Newsletter for working RVers went out today. If you subscribe, you should have received it in your email early this morning. (If you want to subscribe, we welcome you to do so -- you'll find the Subscribe link on each page of the WorkersOnWheels.com website.) You may also read it online at the link that follows.
Schulenburg, Texas, is often on our travel route to and from southern Texas. It's a good place to stop to eat. The Pilot travel center is a good place for RV services -- to empty tanks, and get fuels.
LED lights. What took us so long to replace the old, florescent tube lights with efficient LED fixtures in our RV? It was not knowing how much energy they would save and how much we would like them.
Lizard Creek host Bill Johns entertains with stories of what it is like to be a summer campground host in the Grand Teton National Park. He shares how he got started hosting at Lizard Creek Campground, and offers advice for RVers wanting to camp host.
RV financing stumps people. Recreational vehicle loans are available as both home loans and auto loans. A reader with poor credit asks my advice. While banks and credit unions are options, try cash.
Working RVers are a diverse group. Contrary to what some believe, not all working RVers are elderly retired couples who want to trade a few hours work each week for a campsite. That stereotype is just a myth.
Smoke wafting from barbeque cookers fills the air as we get close to Fulwood Park. The Rhythm and Ribs BBQ Festival is in high gear. Food trucks and vendor booths dot the park. Live music emanates from the stages. Meat cooking contestants have their entries well underway.
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Wind farm security. Christmas tree lot manager. Oil field gate guard. Restaurant cook, dishwasher, and servers. These are among the job openings that we posted the past few days. All of them pay hourly wages for all hours worked. All of them also provide a full hook-up RV space.
Also posted this past week are RV park jobs that pay hourly wages for all hours worked and give you a FHU RV site. And, for those who prefer to trade out work for their site, we posted some of those campground jobs, too.
Over at RV Life and Travel, we have articles about using your RV in emergencies. Bob and I averted crisis last week by relocating early to our winter destination.
Free! RVers love free things to do. Concordia, Kansas, tops the list with a free campground. Then, you can get outside and be active. Play tourist. Do some shopping. Learn the history of the area.
Today's Workers On Wheels Newsletter is ready for you. This is the newsletter we put out for RVers who want (or need) to work while RVing. It includes both work for site positions and jobs that pay hourly wages. Plus, tips, resources, links to articles, etc.
Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor
Disney jobs: join the magic, receive hourly pay, discounts, and free admissions. Disney is synonymous with dreams. The Walt Disney job information websites show how you can be a part of the magic. Cast members working for the mouse serve and entertain guests 24 hours a day.
No, Bob and I aren’t working at Disneyland, Disney World, or one of the other Disney properties.
I’m sharing this info because we keep hearing false rumblings that Disney no longer hires working RVers. Those rumors simply are not true.
Bob and I celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary this week. We've been on the road as full-time RVers much of that time. Our work has been unique, fun, and educational. Bob’s worked for a tourist steam train restoring a 1928 Baldwin 2-6-6-2T articulated Mallet locomotive -- it is the only 2-6-6-2T Mallet in service in the world.
Thump, thump, thump ... you feel their tail pushing them, you feel the sheer power of the big flat fish running. That is how Bob explained his day of halibut fishing to me.
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Fishermen, you are in luck! We have a brainstorming exercise that everyone can do to find work related to personal interests. However, we used fishing in the example. So, if you are a fisherman, you'll find some of it has already been done for you.
Electricity costs for campground owners are constantly rising. It is not unusual to find that they are installing individual electric meters at each site. There are ways you can keep your costs down.
Keeping your RV neat and tidy can be a challenge. Especially if you are a shopper. Especially if having a place for everything and putting everything in its place is a foreign concept to you.
Coleen recommends a SD mail forwarding service, specifically the Rapid City UPS Store.
RV boondocking means using the utilities on board the RV, rather than relying on electric, water, sewer, and telephone hook-ups. Boondocking is a good thing, using the RV's self-contained systems.
Today's Workers On Wheels Newsletter answers the question, "Are there any jobs out there for working campers like me?" Plus, the usual tips, resources, and info on where to find current job openings.
When buying a used RV, look for water stains on the ceiling and walls. Water stains aren't just a cosmetic problem. They are signs of a leak. Leaks likely mean structural damage. Structural damage can be expensive to repair.
Respect campsite boundaries. Neither your children nor your pets should be allowed onto your campground neighbor's site. Teach your children to walk along the side of the roads or on sidewalks -- and to not run through anyone else's site. Your RV, including your slide-outs, and your vehicle should all be parked completely on your site. Same with your lawn chairs, bicycles, and other camping equipment, they belong on your campsite, not on your neighbors.
This week's edition of the Workers On Wheels Newsletter (our newsletter for working RVers and campers) went out today. Read it now, so you don't miss out!
It's easy to make big visual changes in small spaces -- such as an RV. Change the curtains, the bedspread, and put up a different wall hanging and you have a completely different look than you had an hour before. Even doing just one of those things can make a big difference.
I liked cooking with cast iron before we went RVing. After years of full-time RVing, I'm still cooking with cast iron. Some wonder about the weight and where to store it. When we lived in a traditional house, I kept my cast iron cook wear in the oven. So, the oven in the RV is the logical place to keep my cast iron fry pans, chicken fryer, and Dutch now. As for the weight, we make choices, and I think they are worth it.
When you start full time RVing, take along your favorites and use them. If your favorite kitchen appliance is your bread maker, you will still like using it the RV. If your favorite dishes are china, yes, take them along and use them every day in the RV.
RVers like to buy souvenirs, just like other travelers do. But, where do you put them? One answer is to buy your souvenirs at the grocery store, farmer's market, or shop that sells foodstuffs. In Georgia, we bought Vidalia onion salad dressing. In Alaska, we bought salmon and reindeer sausage. In Louisiana, it was Cajun seasoning mix. If you want something that can be kept, look for foods that come in decorative tins that you can keep and use for something else.
Before you head out on travel days, check the weather report for where you expect to be at mid-day, as well as where you expect to be at day's end. That info may affect when you get started, how fast you travel, and how long you take on stops.
The right tools and equipment can make your RV life and travels a lot easier, safer, and more fun. The following articles are about the gear and general supplies we carry in our RV -- and why.
RVing isn't just for the retired! Those of us still working can also enjoy full-time RV life and travel. The "secret" is to work while RVing. The Workers On Wheels Newsletter is all about helping you live your RV dream life. Here's today's edition of the WOW Newsletter.
Stay at campgrounds that are not advertised in the camping directories and tourist guidebooks. They often charge less because they don't have the high advertising expenses to cover. You can find them by watching for roadside signs, by looking for the parks themselves, and by asking people in the community.
Use sidewalks and established walkways, or the edge of the roads, to get from one place to another within the campground. Do not take short-cuts across another camper's site. Similarly, your kids should play on the site you rented, not on your neighbor's site.
Don't walk on the roof of your RV unless you know where it is safe to do so. You can damage the roof if you step in the wrong spot.
Turn your RV refrigerator into a message center and photo display. Replace the standard door panels with sheets of thin cork from regular bulletin boards. You can then use push pins to post photos, notes, reminder lists, etc.
Double up on savings by staying longer in one campground. First off, you save because you don't spend gas driving to another location. And, secondly, many campgrounds have a discounted rate if you stay a certain number of days.
Disposable washcloths are great in an RV. These are the kind made for medical patients or others who cannot get into a shower or bathtub. One brand is Attends. They are similar to baby wipes or wet wipes, but bigger and stronger. I use them for all sorts of things from a "sponge bath" to quick housekeeping tasks. If your RVing involves picnics or eating outside, they are better than napkins. We travel with water and we do use our shower. But, if we are boondocking and want to be extra conservative with water, or if we are just in a hurry, the disposable wash cloths fill the bill.
Partially (about two-thirds) fill plastic bottles or glasses with tea, lemonade, coffee, or juice and freeze them. On travel days, take one from the freezer, finish filling it, and you have a cold beverage for much of the day. Sure beats buying cold drinks at convenience store prices. It also eliminates the need to open your refrigerator or cooler, helping to keep things there cold.
You can have gourmet coffee while camping. Just sprinkle a little cinnamon in with the coffee grounds. It will give it a wonderful, gourmet flavor, without being sickeningly sweet. You don't need to measure exactly, but use about an eight to a quarter of a teaspoon of the cinnamon.
Leveling our RV, whether we are in our travel trailer or motorhome, is a simple procedure. It's quick, easy, and I didn't spend any money to buy leveling blocks. You may want a more high-tech way to level your rig, but this basic method works efficiently for us.
Tools and repair supplies are usually the first things we put into our RVs. You never know when you are going to have a mechanical breakdown or have something go wrong in the RV that needs fixing.
There are two things that I've never had too much of … fishing equipment and tools. When it comes to fixing, building, or remodeling something in the RV, I have what I need to get the project done.
My Little Giant Ladder is a tool I bought about 15 years ago at the Florida RV Super Show. I came across a dealer in the commercial area selling folding ladder systems.
Resealing my motorhome roof turned out to be a labor-intensive project. It is a 1987 model, so amongst the many other necessary maintenance items to do was to reseal the roof.
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