RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #629 ~ July 18, 2010

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RVers Workers On Wheels Newsletter #629 ~ July 18, 2010

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Update from Your RV Workers On Wheels Newsletter Editor

In this issue, I give brief answers to several questions I've received. Be sure to follow the links back to the website to get my full replies. There, too, you can read comments that others leave, along with posting your own thoughts. It is good to have multiple perspectives. Besides that, you often think of and post things that I've overlooked.

If the links carry over onto a second line, please copy the entire link, and then paste it into your browser address bar. That should take you to the correct page.

Wherever you are in your work and travels, we wish you joy and prosperity,


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Current Job Openings for RVers

Here's a sampling of the most recently listed job openings.

~ OK - Salary Plus RV Site for Caretaker at Sailing Club
~ TX - Salary and Benefits for Manufactured Home and RV Resort Manager
~ CA - 14 Hours Work per Week for RV Site and Electric
~ MN - RV Site and Some Pay, Immediate Campground Job
~ PA - Work 15 Hours Per Couple, Per Week for FHU Site

The freshest ads are on the July Job Listings page.

~ July Job Listings

For the archives of previously posted job listings, see the monthly job index page.

~ Job Listing Index

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Workers On Wheels Blog

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~ Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers Blog

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Working RVer Tip

One business may have many varied and unrelated jobs. For example, a grocery store may need a cake decorator, someone to stock shelves during the night shift, and someone to work in the babysitting section.

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New Pages On Work-For-RVers-And-Campers.com

Workampers Advising or Offering Ideas to Campground Owners

When workampers advise campground owners as to what's the best way to run their business, is there bound to be friction? Is it possible for the workers to offer opinions without offending the boss? And, just where is the line between an employee making a suggestion and where it turns into the employee telling the employer how to do things?

A working RVer wrote about the owners of a particular campground, "They misinterpret your ideas and/or comments as if you are telling them how to run their business."

What's the difference?

~~ Voice your opinion on the website -- and read what other RVers and campground owners have to say.

~ Advice or Ideas?

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Working RVer Tip

Jobs for RVers are oftentimes the same as those sought by students. You may find that advice geared to high school or college students also applies to you.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Workamper Barter Rates

~~ An RVer asks: I am currently working as a workamper in California. The owners here charge us 100 hours a month for our site, then pay is $8.00 an hour after that.

I was wondering how in the world they get by with charging workampers $800.00 a month for our site and how they expect anyone to make a living.

Am I insane or is this just absolutely crazy or what? And if so, what can we do to stop this? I'm just puzzled and need some direction.

~~ I answered in part: This time, my answer favors the campground, even though I personally believe 20-some hours a week to work for a site is too many. My answer also provides simple solutions for getting changes made and offers a work around until those changes come to be.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer -- and add your comments -- on the website.

~ Workamper Barter Rates

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Ways RVers Make Money

Here's a sampling of work RVers can do to cut their expenses, earn a living, and pay for their travels.

~ Vendor at motorcycle rallies
~ Sell RV tours
~Tow truck operator
~ Internet promotion
~ Campground pool maintenance

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Watkins Bus. Info

Part of our income comes from my being an Independent Watkins Associate (ID #362289). You could be one, too.

~ Buy or Sell Watkins Products

~ Use and Tell Team Building Method

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Working RVer Tip

"Will work weekends." Those three words may open lead to numerous offers that other job seekers don't get.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Winter Work for a Newbie

~~ Douglas B writes: This will be my first time applying for work camping work.

I am living, but not working in, a campground in NH until it closes down Oct. 11th. At this time, I have not seen any "winter season" workers wanted ads and I do not know if they will want me to come before end of December or early January to train or start. Yet, I need to make a reservation, for a fall stay, ASAP. Any info about usual requirements for newbie workers, winter work, etc., would be big help.

~~ I answered in part: Although there are positions that start all the time, any time throughout the year, many winter season positions start in mid to late October and in November. Your timing with your current park is probably about perfect.

I'm going to add this, just to clarify -- reservations are a want, not a need, as far as finding a site goes.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer -- and add your comments -- on the website.

~ Winter Work for a Newbie

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Working RVer Tip

Be confident that you have something to offer an employer.

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Employer Profile

Fireside Inn Cabins

Fireside Inn Cabins is a family owned business in the midst of a Colorado recreation area. Summer activities range from horseback riding to trout fishing, rafting to sitting around the campfire. Among the winter activities are skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, and sleigh rides. Add to the mix several nearby museums, restaurants, golf, and historic Indian ruins. And, for those traveling with horses, they have stables and an exercise pen right there at Fireside Inn.

There is currently an opening for an assistant couple. The assistant couple helps the front desk and housekeeping employees. They also help with general operations.

The position pays a salary and provides housing.

~~ Read more about this on the website.

~ Fireside Inn Cabins

If you hire working RVers, tell us about your business.

~ Submit an Employer Profile

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Words of Wisdom from Workers

What Will You Retire To?

~ Ken Evoy says, "We never retire for good... not until we expire for good!"

~~ Read more on the website about what retirees are doing these days.

~ Retirees

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Working RVer Tip

Consider diversifying, so that your income comes from several sources.

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Your Working While RVing Questions Answered

Workamping with No Experience

~~ Fran asks: How does a person get started workamping with no experience? Who will give us the break needed to start learning?

~~ I answered in part: You need to give yourself that break. I'm betting that you do already have experience. If you are talking about campground or RV park work, what kinds of things do you think you'll be asked to do there?

The duties vary, but typically, you'll be expected to do some cleaning. You've done that right? If so, you have experience there and you can state so on your resume. It doesn't matter if you've cleaned your home, cleaned the bathrooms at church when you volunteered during Vacation Bible School, or if it was at a campground.

Do you have basic computer skills? Mowed your lawn, ran a weed eater, and tended to your flower beds?

You aren't really going out there starting workamping with no experience after all. Have some faith in yourself.

~~ Read the longer version of my answer -- and add your comments -- on the website.

~ Workamping with No Experience

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Working RVer Tip

Even if you are working for a huge company, your boss is still human. A little empathy can go a long way. If you don't know how things look from your supervisor's perspective, ask.

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Workers On Wheels Back Issues

If you've missed some of our newsletters, you can still find many them on the website.

~ Previous WOW Newsletters

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Positive RVing Attitudes

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. ~ William James

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. ~ William Bragg

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