One Year Full Timing

One year ago today we started out full time in our RV. We left the DFW area and spent the fall and part of the winter in Port Aransas as work campers.

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We left Port Aransas in January to go back to Dallas area to take care of my daughter that was having some medical issues. Stayed in DFW until February and headed to Lake Murray in Oklahoma to work at the state park. That only lasted a few days because what they told us via email and phone was much different than when we arrived. We left Oklahoma and visited a few friends and family in East Texas and headed to Marathon in far west Texas in March. We worked in Marathon for 6 months and went down the road to Alpine where we are now.

Dislikes about RV life: We don’t have a tow vehicle yet, so we have to drive separate now. Hopefully that will change soon, but the pickup has come in handy for extra storage. Laundry is somewhat a chore since we don’t have a W/D in the motor home.

Likes: Great way to live on the cheap. Where we park is our home with great views, and if want to change views we move. Having to leave and take care of family allows us flexibility and keeps us out of hotels. Working as we travel allows us to stay as long as we wish and really get to know the town and enjoy everything there is to offer.

Work Camping experience: The job can be much different than explained to you. A lot of parks take advantage of you and have you work much more than needed for your hookups. Ask a lot of questions and get the job description in writing as well as the expected hours.

Conclusion: Its a great way to see places that you have always wanted to visit. We have met some interesting people and made some great friends. Where we are at now it gives us the chance to experience the Big Bend area for as long as we want. Most visit for a few days and have to leave. There is a lot to see and do and living here gives us the flexibility to take it all in. We love the lifestyle and plan on continuing and traveling to more places in the future.

 

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Back in Texas-Oklahoma State Parks are NOT OK

Yes, back in Texas. Friday morning we had our orientation explaining our duties to work at a campground in Lake Murray State Park. To summarize it wasn’t anywhere near what was explained to us via phone and email a few weeks ago.  Beautiful campgrounds, but crazy, rude, disrespectful people in charge of hiring work campers. We got up Saturday morning, packed up and headed back across the Red River. Our advice to work campers thinking about Oklahoma state parks-Don’t do it!! It’s a typical bait and switch scam. Don’t believe what they tell you before you arrive. You will be working long hours for those hookups. They only care about how many people they can squeeze into the campgrounds and charge you for everything. Even Pay Showers in the bathrooms!! The park hosts are taken advantage of and treated like dirt. Enough said-Lesson learned. Good riddance Oklahoma State Parks.

Our new park below…Bonham State Park

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Sunset over the lake at Bonham State Park