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Girl Camper Founder Janine Pettit describes her passion for helping women start RVing in Podcast 053

Girl Camper started with one woman’s dream. Janine Pettit loved being outdoors and wanted to encourage other women to join her on some adventures. Today, the group has taken on a life of its own with nearly 50 chapters around the country. She explains how Girl Campers are going places and doing things


Experienced RVers Randy Lehnhoff and Marjory Snyder join newcomer Megan Raphael on Episode 052

Randy Lehnhoff and Marjory Snyder have held a variety of jobs from Alaska to Key West with stops in California, Iowa and Phoenix. But of all the places they liked the most, Utah tops the list and they explain why. Megan Raphael and her husband They have a smaller 22-foot travel trailer and take it on several extended trips every year. But, they’re investigating the full-time lifestyle or at least opportunities to be on the road for longer periods of time.


Dave Meuer joins Brett and Connie Ridgway in describing their full-time RVing plans in Episode 051

The first interview is with Dave Meuer, a gentleman from Albuquerque who has been traveling for decades with his wife and six kids as they visited nearly 30 states. The second guests are Brett and Connie Ridgway, who are from Katy, Texas. They had four children who are all grown and on their own, so the couple is ready to play.


Ronnie and Marci Stacy join Olen and Jeanette Criswell in discussing their plans in Episode 050

Ronnie and Marci Stacy, who are from Dayton, Ohio. They have been weekend warriors for quite a while, but plan to embrace full-time RVing this spring. Olen and Jeanette Criswell, who are from Peoria, Ill. He, too, is going to retire in 2020. However, neither of them wants to spend retirement sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch.


Trey Selman discusses RV safety on Episode 049

Trey Selman is the executive director of the RV Safety and Education Foundation, an organization that teaches people how to operate their recreation vehicles safely and to follow weight guidelines. Trey describes their RV Academy and the type of online training it provides that includes RV basics, driving safety, tire and weight safety. RVSEF is planning a conference in May in Elkhart to discuss a number of safety-related issues and offer some live training.


Deborah Cole and Dee Kettleson describe their Workamper Rendezvous experience in Episode 048

Deborah Cole was already retired and waiting for her husband to follow her lead. They have been camping for years; first in a tent, and then in a popup before upgrading to a 27-foot travel trailer. Dee Kettleson has been married 44 years and has two grown sons and seven grandchildren. The family started tent camping when their youngest son was just six months old. They both attended Workamper Rendezvous last October and describe what they learned and how it is preparing them for the RV...


Episode 047 – Howard and Linda Payne describe 14 years of Workamping

Howard and Linda Payne are natives of Louisville, Ky. They both worked professional jobs when, in 2005, they turned 42 and realized they wanted more freedom and flexibility in their lives. They bought an RV and hit the road that August. Since then, they have worked nine different workamping jobs and have some great stories to tell.


Tom Ramler describes Workamping jobs at Northeast Texas Community College

Tom Ramler hires workampers to maintain the facility in a variety of different jobs. For example, they might do handyman repair in the dormitories. They can feed livestock used in the agriculture classes. They may work in greenhouses or mow the grass around campus.


Jamie Allnutt seeks volunteers for RV Disaster Corps in Episode 045

Jamie Allnut is the program director for the RV Disaster Corps, an organization that sends groups of RVers to various disaster areas, but only after the initial cleanup is completed. These folks are unique in that they are helping coordinate and orchestrate the volunteer effort on behalf of a broader outreach. These volunteer workampers staff reception centers and long-term recovery centers by organizing where other volunteers will serve.


Marc DuCharme describes Xanterra jobs at Glacier National Park

Mark Ducharme is the general manager overseeing the Xanterra operation at Glacier National Park. He is seeking workampers to staff hotels, restaurants, bars and retail operations throughout the park. Xanterra also hires drivers for its 33 distinctive red buses which shuttle visitors and employees around the park.


Bill and Chris Latimer outline their Workamping plan in Episode 043

Chris and Bill Latimer are from California and have been camping much of their lives. Last year, they bought a 40-foot fifth wheel and started living in it as they downsized from a much bigger home. The Rendezvous showed them how to find and apply for workamping jobs. Ideally, they are looking for jobs that would allow them to work three days and fish for four.


Tim Martin discusses a Workamping opportunity with Kitchen Craft in Episode 042

Tim Martin is a sales representative for Kitchen Craft, a company based out of West Bend, Wis., that produces cookware of all types and sells it at big events like RV rallies, fairs and campgrounds. Tim explains what makes the cookware so unique and why people like to buy it. He also outlines ways in which people can make money on the road by doing what he does – demonstrating the products and taking orders.


Episode 041 features Johnny and Tracy Bercegeay plus Tommy and Martha Payne

Johnny & Tracy Bercegeay are from Louisiana and they have been full-time RVing for a little more than two years. They are nowhere near retirement age, and their only source of income is their ability to do seasonal jobs as they crisscross the country. Our second guests are Tommy and Martha Payne, from Tyler, Texas. They are just getting started in the RV lifestyle now that Martha retired and Tommy sold one of his businesses.


Episode 040 features Kyley Moody with American Land & Leisure

Kyley Moody is with American Land and Leisure, a recreational property management company that serves as a concessionaire for the U.S. Forest Service. The firm also oversees campgrounds in California state parks as well as those owned by utility companies. Kyle explains the hiring process and what workampers need to do to apply and set up interviews. He also explains how workampers can better present themselves to ensure a good interview and increase their chances of being hired.


Episode 039 features Dennis & Tracie Utley plus Robert & Jessica Weyman

Today we are going to talk with two couples who are active dreamers in that they are gathering information and developing a plan to hit the road on adventure. Dennis and Tracie Utley have lived in Peoria, Ill., for most of their lives where they raised four children, who are all married and starting families of their own. The second couple, Robert and Jessica Weyman, is from Texas, and they are also planning to hit the road soon. Robert worked as a high school principle and Jessica worked as...


Episode 038 outlines the new Dreamer’s Journey by Workamper News

Rendezvous is like a bootcamp for workampers. It packs a ton of essential information into a week’s worth of training to prepare people to launch on their journey as full-time RVers and workampers. But, all that information can still be overwhelming for people who don’t have RVs, but are just thinking about embracing the lifestyle. Steve Anderson will outline the new Dreamer’s Journey, an online training program that takes place over a 12-week period. It features 24 coaching sessions with an...


Episode 037 features Bay Shore Camp & Family Ministries

Jeff Parsons is the executive director of Bayshore Camp and Family Ministries, which is located along the shores of Lake Huron, about two hours north of Detroit in the thumb of lower Michigan. Bayshore hires workampers to help serve meals, manage the camp store and oversee the mini-golf course as well as help with mowing and landscape work. Workampers even help check campers in and out every week.


Episode 036 – Bill Linsenmeyer from Your Best Address

Bill Linsenmeyer is the owner of Your Best Address, a company ideally suited to support RVers and workampers. The company helps RVers set up residency in South Dakota, get a driver’s license, register their cars, register to vote and even handles all their mail while traveling.


Episode 035 features workamping business owner Jill Sessa

Jill Sessa has certainly figured out how the system works and how to bypass years of banging her head against a wall trying to climb some corporate ladder only to retire when she’s too old to really enjoy the things she likes to do. Jill explains how she creates structure in her day in order to be able to see some amazing things and enjoy some incredible adventures, but also work the 15 to 20 hours a week necessary to maintain her business and lifestyle.


Episode 034 features James Jenkins with Guard 1 Services

Guard 1 Services provides security to the oil industry by staffing gates through which trucks and oil workers pass every day. The firm pays at least $150 per day, and includes a full-hookup RV site. The company prefers to hire couples because the gate must be staffed 24 hours a day.