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- Oct 10, '09 by roamingessentialOn traveling as a nurse living in RV:
I'm a nearly 30 something, married, and we home-school our kids. Want to start "road-schooling" and I'm looking for positions either travel nursing or as a temp in various places at different times of the year....
only 2 problems I'm running into: 1) Im an LPn and 2) I can't find a suitable motorhome in my area...I know, I know, that sounds rediculous but we need a Class C that sleeps 6 and is 'older'. Virtually impossible to find in the midwest right now....
So my questions to you veteran RV travelers are:
Know anyone wanting to sell a Class C? and Do you have any recommendations for facilities that would let me work seasonally during the year? We REALLY love the 4 corners region, want to see the Pacific coastline, and have family in Denver and Sebring.... so basically anything not north east or midwest!
- Oct 11, '09 by sissy56I don't know about traveling as an LPN, you can always go online and fill out applications for different travel companies, as to finding a class C that sleeps six, try RV.net you could also take a travel assignment and take the housing and look in different areas of the US for a used RV. The southern states FL, AZ, and CA might be the best places to look since the economy has hit there the hardest. Good luck.
- Oct 11, '09 by RNERHOUSESUPORHow long do you want to stay in one place? Living in a Class C for very long would be one hundred times longer feeling, especially if there are 4 children. My fifth wheel toyhauler is fine for my daughter and me so far. She is nearing the teens and may not appreciate the closeness as much in the future. I am trying to resolve that before it happens. Knew a family that lived in their 5th wheel all summer. They had a "Bunkhouse" for their 4 children ages 2 to 12. Don't think I could do that either, but they each had a bed.
Keep looking at different RV's you may find one that will fit your needs.
I have met LPN's working on travel assignments but not for a long time. Surgical techs, Physical Therapy and a few Rad Techs are the only non RN's that I have met. I have my winter assignment after working a Perdiem job for the summer. I start in January. Good luck in your search.
- Oct 11, '09 by EmergencyNrseJust bought my 1st Class A.
I don't think I put as much research into it as I needed to. After tax, tag, title now what do I do with it?
I'm told they can't be parked on the street. Here in San Diego they will give you 72 hrs in one spot. If you come back too soon they ticket you. I was hoping for more flexibility but it looks like I'm headed to a campground.
Campgrounds... you can't stay in the same park for any longer than 3 weeks then you have to move on. I'm unsure as to how much time you have to spend away before returning. What a shell-game!
This is going to be fun.
- Oct 11, '09 by roamingessentialThanks! I will keep all this in mind.... (we only travel with 2 kids during the school year I just need the extra two spaces for our girls if they are traveling with us for short trips) appreciate all the suggestions....
- Oct 12, '09 by RNERHOUSESUPOREmergency Nurse,
Before you head off to a campground try looking around in your area for an RV Storage space. They should me much less expensive than a Campground and you can leave it parked in the same spot as long as you pay the rent. Can't live in it while there though.
I have made it through my first sub freezing spell. It didn't last too long but it's still in the 40's for the next week. Came a little earlier in the year than I expected but with the help of my Dad, we got things ready in an afternoon. Still have a few things I want to do but nothing extremely urgent unless the temps dip below 0 degrees. That will be the real test.
I'm looking to make the second biggest purchase since the Toyhauler purchase. I have an 1999 Ford F350 Dually with the 7.3 Diesel that I thought would be big enough for any trailer I purchased. Yes it will pull and stop the trailer but in the Mountains I just don't feel the same as I do on the flat roads. Have started looking at the HDT's (Heavy Duty Truck). Met several folks at a rally in Kansas two weekends ago and am getting ready to replace the Ford with a Volvo 770. Wish me luck,
- Nov 11, '09 by sheneeRNWow!! This is a great thread!! My husband and I are seriously thinking about getting an RV and traveling. We have an 11 year old daughter that we would home school. He is an IT manager but the company he works for has recently come up for sale and he is thinking about doing come on-line classed to further his educaiton. I am begging him to hit the road for about a year!! The info on here is just wonderful!! Thanks to all the RV travelers who posted thier stories!!! :spin:
- Nov 11, '09 by EmergencyNrseQuote from sheneeRNWow!! This is a great thread!! My husband and I are seriously thinking about getting an RV and traveling. We have an 11 year old daughter that we would home school. He is an IT manager but the company he works for has recently come up for sale and he is thinking about doing come on-line classed to further his educaiton. I am begging him to hit the road for about a year!! The info on here is just wonderful!! Thanks to all the RV travelers who posted thier stories!!! :spin:
Mine is a "vintage" model and am running into some problems as a result of it's age. I didn't consider that many places will not allow you inside their park if your rig is older than 10-years. There are other RV grounds that cannot handle anything over 40'. Many things to consider before you buy...
I'm not living in it yet so there isn't much of a problem. I wanted to get some experience with motor homes before I actually put down big money on one.
I figure I will be breaking, repairing, and shaking down all the problems associated with the lifestyle. This way for me it won't be so expensive and I'll get a lot of experience this way. Hard to drop a quarter million $$$ on something you don't even know how to handle. (In my other life I drove a beer truck).
Later though, I'm talking Monaco, Tiffin, Alfa, Fleetwood, Newmar, Itasca, Prevost... Diesel Pushers!
Here is a place that has lots of information for newbies and future RV-ers.
Be sure to read stuff in the "Beginning RVing" forum.
- Nov 11, '09 by sissy56Even the new diesel pushers can have problems, The ECU on our 2006 Cross Country died in Palm Bay, FL. had to have it towed to Orlando for $600, the tow truck broke both our mirrors off, $460 (thankfully it was covered by the tow company) Cummins couldn't program their own part, so freightliner fixed the problem for $330. After a week we were finally on our way. In spite of all the problems this is the only way to live for us. I tried a permanent job only lasted 5 months, now I'm back to traveling. There's just too much country to see before I can grow roots.
- Nov 28, '09 by rodggangHey everyone,
We did a travel assignment in North Carolina and just loved it, but then came home to Iowa and took a staff position due to the economy. I am getting the itch again and ready to hit the road. I have been updating my profiles with my companies and will start seriously looking after the first of the year. It looks to me things are opening up a little with jobs again....Are you having any problems with finding assignments?
We have a 36' Excel fifth wheel with slides and it worked great for us. We have looked at upgrading to a motorhome, but can't find one that is setup as nice as our fifth wheel. We are also thinking that motorhomes are great for traveling long distances, but when you get there the fifth wheel is a better option....What do you guys think?
I love this website....so much great info!