In our full time lifestyle, we frequently get asked how and why we do what we do. We also get asked if we truly enjoy what we do. The truth is, with us workamping, it is very similar to our Navy careers in many aspects which just made the transition that much easier. The hardest part, and it’s only at the beginning truthfully, is how to manage years of accumulated things.
Our full time lifestyle reminds us very much of our Navy days. We transfer periodically to a new location, have a new chain of command as well as new co workers. We have a relatively set schedule which does include some longer than normal days, kind of like standing watch in the Navy, we sometimes have after hours duty.
One of the biggest differences fulltiming as a workamper is the working aspect. Sounds a bit silly right? Let me explain, while in the Navy, we had a certain set of rules and procedures that guided us through our day regardless of what department we worked in. We also had a standard of performance that was expected and encouraged in order to grow professionally and to have an opportunity to be promoted. We are finding that to be the complete opposite of true in the workamping world. Each and every campground is different and while some of the concepts are the same, the way to reach the end goal can be quite different campground to campground. This isn’t a deterrent for us, as we see it as a challenge, but it can be a little frustrating at times when we have spent 20 years of our adult lives with structure and discipline.
Another difference that is obvious but still leads to many scratching their heads is the fact that we live in our RV. While most campers do understand, there are a number who absolutely do not see how you can live in a camper 365 days a year. Well, that’s quite simple, we follow the sun and the warmth. Despite many RV manufactures claiming their RVs are designed for all climates, I can assure you having tested that theory twice, RVs and winter really do not mix. However, all in all, living in our RV really isn’t any different than living in our house with the exception of size and mobility.
We have all the comforts of home with us wherever we go. We have a kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom. What more do you really need? The best part is that our backyard changes more often and we have been mostly pleased with our set ups, locations and neighbors. We have pictures on the walls and our grandsons drawings on the fridge. We have a very limited number of knick-knacks and a small section of wall space carved out for our “I love me” wall from our Navy days (military folks will understand).
The most difficult aspect of living in the RV full time is, in my opinion, the lack of privacy. Our rig is 38.5 feet long and about 12 feet wide with then slides opened up. That’s it and that’s considered a “big rig”. The biggest units out there are 45 feet long. Ironically, I find our RV a little too big only because we are not in it very often and the bigger the rig, the harder it is to find spaces to accommodate. Many RV parks were designed in the 1960-1970 era when RVs were less than 30 feet long.
The truth is, we are happy, we enjoy traveling and the past 6 years have taught us that just like in the Navy moving around every 2-4 years that you don’t need a lot of stuff, you don’t need fancy things and you have to focus on the truly important things like making a life and making memories. No one is going to remember how big your house is or how nice your clothes are, they will remember the good times you had together. We had great careers in the Navy and we continue to look forward to our second career in the camping industry.
There is a whole big country out there to explore! Get out there and explore it!