To find out what it takes to be able to afford becoming a full-timer, I spoke
with Kathy Huggins. She and her husband John have been "living the RV dream" for
over seven years and host a radio show by that name at LivingTheRVDream.com. I
interviewed Kathy for my radio show, Talk Credit Radio. Here are the Huggins'
financial tips for a life on the road.
This is a great way for you to see the world. Of course, there are fewer career opportunities at the airlines nowadays, but you can also work for any travel-related business, be it Hertz or Holiday Inn, and get travel bargains.
So you know I’m not blowing smoke, I just called four RV parks. I asked if they would accept my business card when I registered and refer campers to me that needed a handy (wo) man. Three responded “Sure” and one replied, “Probably.’ Guaranteed source of income? No. Potential for income? Yes.
Three years ago, we invited friends to take a 10-day road trip through southern Utah with us. They fell in love with RVing and bought their own rig the following year. When the inevitable newbie questions arose, we were of course the perfect source of RVing expertise, and were happy to oblige (how handy that they bought the same year Newmar that we have). lol
Expenses are measured against the whole years income. With my writing being a part time income, reducing my total profit is to my advantage. It's not my fault that I occasionally lose money on an RV trip. I at least try to make it profitable, and in some cases I actually succeed in showing a profit off a trip.
LIVE LONGER--STAY PRODUCTIVE: Sightseeing is fun for a while. If you find you've gained weight or the brain is getting fuzzy, some structure may be a good thing. Many people find that having a structure to their life helps them feel better. It doesn't have to be a nine-to-five job, but having some things on the schedule help them stay active. RVers don't usually have regular appointments or club meetings so it can be easy to spend non-travel days sitting inside the RV, perhaps reading or watching TV. Some adapt but others feel fuzzy or miss interacting with people in a meaningful way or find they?re eating too much. Working or volunteering even two or three days a week can make a difference.
If you wish to work in the RV industry then you probably will search for camp host positions or any type of work in a campground or RV resort whether it is operated privately, federally, provincially or by a state. With the ease of having access to the internet it is easy to search the area you wish you be in and locate possible openings. Either make contact by telephone or email depending upon what you are instructed to do by the employer.
Where ever I go my camera and note pad are my constant companions. Snap a few pictures, jot down a few notes, and when I get home a series of articles will be written. There is no guarantee that the articles generated by this trip will exceed the expense of the trip, but guess what, it doesn't matter.
RV Sales of Broward also gives back to the community and has donated dozens of emergency trailers to displaced victims who were not insured or qualified for emergency housing during Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Andrew. Recently RV Sales donated an RV with gas and insurance to Pat Pedraja from Driving for Donors, who is currently driving across the country in search of bone marrow donors. Also included in our diverse cliental is the hit reality show Survivor, who requested over 170 units to be delivered to an undisclosed, deserted location. In addition to its charitable and celebrity work, RV Sales of Broward regularly sponsors classes at some of the top horse shows in the country, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Hampton Classic and the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic.