Yes you can! Your dreams of living full-time in an RV and making a living as you travel and enjoy your favorite hobbies and pursuits are possible. In this episode of the podcast, we explore the options and learn the ins and outs of living a simpler, more satisfying life.
Kevin wants to make a living out of an RV. How can we do it? I answer, sharing how many ways there are to do it. I specifically refer him to http://roadtreking.com/8 and my interview with Steve Anderson, who runs Workamper.com, which is dedicated to matching employers with RV workampers. As Jim explains, Workampers are adventurous individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping.
Karl asks about “E-Treknology.” We share how long batteries will last, how solar charges the batteries and how long it takes to charge them. We talk ore about it in http://roadtreking.com/11 from the National RV Show in Lousiville, KY when it was introduced in December
Then I answer a whole bunch of other questions sent in by email:
Craig from North Carolina says: Just read your recent note on how bad the weather is for RVing. My son and his wife just came up from Mexico to BC in their RV in the last two weeks and the weather was excellent. FYI His most concerning incident was not in Mexico but in Oregon. They went to sleep one night in a Home Depot parking lot. To make a long story short they ended up surrounded by 3 police cars – town ordinance against RVing overnight. Our RV Roadtrek trip to Mexico last year was similar. The incident for us with in a California state RV park. I was approached by a young man wrapped with chains with a big stick who alleged that I was from another planet. He asked me to take off my sunglasses so he could see the whites of my eyes. I fortunately passed the test but was subjected to a lecture on the environment.
Bruce and Grace write: Mike, I enjoyed your article on Park Model camping. That is exactly what we do and have been doing it for several years. We have a park model RV in Detroit Lakes MN and a park model RV in Surprise AZ, and we have a 2008 Roadtrek Adv RS for traveling back and forth, attending rally’s, trips to state parks and campgrounds, camping with grandkids, etc. And we love it! This live style is a very excellent way for one to spend their retirement years. We keep a car at both our summer and winter locations, but the yearly combined mileage of both cars does not even come close to what we put on our Roadtrek. I wonder how many retirees are enjoying this lifestyle? It’s growing in popularity, as written about by JG Van on the blog at http://roadtreking.com/park-model-camping/
Barak asks: Comments: Hey Mike Great blog and podcast. Quick question...would you have any recommendations for "test driving" the RV lifestyle? I'm 52 and about 4 years away from retiring so I'd like to explore that way of living. Thanks, and safe travels, Barak I suggest calling dealers and arranging to rent one.
In News of the Week, we talk about two incidents this week in which RVers were seriously burned. And we warn about the dangers of l
leaving propane on when the vehicle is moving.
In Traveling Tech, we talk about a cool gizmo: Never worry about setting the thermostat before you leave the house again! The NestHome Thermostat senses when your home is empty and automatically adjusts the temperature to avoid unnecessary heating or cooling.
Compatible with most home heating and cooling systems, the NestHome Thermostat is simple to install and easy to use.
With several energy saving features, Nest allows you to stay on top of energy usage and reduce your monthly energy bill.
Within a week of setting up the device, it will learn your personal schedule and program itself to adjust to the temperatures you like. You can also control the temperature of your home from your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
You can even pair the Nest with other smart home accessories from Verizon Wireless to manage your energy use and effortlessly adjust settings to maximize energy savings.
Visit your local Verizon retailer to learn how you can use the NestHome Thermostat to conserve energy and reduce your heating and cooling costs.
Also visit Roadtreking.com/vzw for stories about how technology can enhance and improve your life.
Off the Beaten Path hears from Victor, who shares with us a recommendation to stay at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Florida, where there is a 16-mile bike trail that runs from Gainsville to Hawthrne, Florida
And in our Interview of the week, we meet Mark Rickert, a guy in his early 30’s who travels around the country pursuing his passion of skydiving, living fulltime in his Roadtrek Class B RV while earning a living via the Internet.
In between, he does about 250 skydiving jumps a year. He’s visited 11 different states since last August.
Mark offers valuable tips on how to truly follow your dreams, see the country, enjoy life to the fullest and have all the comforts of home with you all the time.
To do so successfully, however, one must become a minimalist.
“You just don’t need nearly as many things as you think you do,” he says.
Mark was a six figure a year software developer who traded in a cubicle for a 1998 Roadtrek 190 Popular.
He says money is not his main goal, enjoying life, traveling, skydiving and making new friends are higher priorities. He says he tries to bill about 20 hours a week to clients, and he has developed a number of his own iPhone apps that he sells through his company appropriately called Off the Grid Apps.
Mark shares his nomadic lifestyle with us and offers hints and tips on how you can do it, too.
Complete show notes and links at http://roadtreking.com/24