Where Are We Now?
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FAQ and "How
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If you're not a fulltime RVer you may have quite a few questions about how we live. The idea behind this section is to anticipate those questions and answer them for you. Some people have already asked a few questions and the answers to those will be included here too. Naturally we'll update this from time to time as new questions are asked.
1. What do you do for a living? Are you retired? How can you live this lifestyle?
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1. What do you do for a living? Are you retired? How can you live this lifestyle? (2005)
I suppose you could say we're semi-retired. Chris is a little more retired than I am :-) but we're both still working.
I "retired" from the Air Force in 1997 and receive a monthly pension (about $1200/mo after taxes). I also own a small business (very small, just the two of us). I'm an independent recruiter, some call us "headhunters", and I earn a fee by finding new employees for my clients. Chris works with me. I usually put in 25 to 50 hours a week, and Chris does from 10 to 25 or so, but we don't do these with fixed schedules, like an 8 hour day. Often we get up early (6am) and work 3 or 4 hours before lunch, then we work some in the evenings, and especially on weekends. Since we avoid doing "tourist" things during peak times on weekends this fits well into our plans.
Several factors enable us to live this lifestyle. We're FAR from rich, but we've been richly blessed by God to have circumstances fall in place so that we can do this.
Lots of information here, so I'll give you a link to a story in the Technical and Projects section
The best advice is to first identify the things that you can make money at where you sit right now. Then, see if you can discover a way to do these things while fulltiming.
Many jobs can be done on the road -- some more easily than others. I think one of the primary reasons people quit fulltiming is they can't afford it. Be realistic with yourself, and research everything before you take the plunge! A great resource to start with is the forum on the Escapees web site; www.escapees.com Also, you'll find links to dozens of fulltimers who have blogs out there on the internet like we do, and many of them have several years of accumulated information. Learn from others mistakes ;-) UPDATE: for a wonderful list of other RVer web logs check out www.hitchitch.com/links.html
One option for those who are actually retired is "work camping". Say you have a good pension, and just need to make a little "fun money", or you want to save some money by getting free campsites. Lots of people supplement their income by working at the campground where they stay. Much more detail on this, so take a look at the following resources for information:
We're not as self-sufficient as we'd like to be yet, but we're working on it! Here are a few things we've done. I'll add to the list as we discover more ways to adapt.
Battery power is great, but it's very inefficient for appliances that generate heat or cold. So, unless you have a HUGE battery bank and cover your roof with solar panels you can't run things like electric heaters and air conditioners. It's also a big drain on the batteries to run a microwave, toaster, hot plate, or coffee maker.
We do now! :-) Click here for an alphabetical list of places we've visited. We update this as we go along.
I just started putting this in our blog at the end of each month, starting with June 2005. Will include camping and fuel stats only. Click here to see June 2005.
Here's a short answer to the question, "how much does it cost". The answer is "Whatever you have". We know people who fulltime on $1200 a month, and others who probably spend $6000 or more. Heck, one guy we met has a monthly RV payment over $4000.
Here's an article that will explain it all: Click Here
It could, but we're frugal gamblers. Over the years we've learned how to select games with little or no house edge, and how to make the most of the casino's hospitality. In January, 2006 we started another web site; www.casinocamper.com to share our experiences.