RV's anyone??? - page 4
by RNERHOUSESUPOR 81,986 Views | 312 Comments
Haven't traveled for almost 7 years. Am contemplating a return. Don't want to do the extensive move every thirteen weeks thing I did in 1990's and am thinking I want to purchase a "Toy Hauler" to bring my garage and toy's with... Read More
- 0Jul 25, '06 by RNERHOUSESUPORFinally made it out of town to visit Harper Camperland, anyone heard of it? They had one of the Super Class C motorhomes there. I have sort of given up on the "Toy Hauler" , and had thought that the Super C would be the way for me to go. After looking at it I'm not sure. They had two on the lot. One a "buy back" and the other new. Both had the same floorplan and were nice enough, until I stepped into the used diesel pushers (DP) that were parked right next to it. There just seems to be so much more room in the DP. They only had one used Class A Gas, and it wasn't in very good shape and they had one New Class A Gas, that wasn't too bad. How do you decide on which one to buy. There are so many pros and cons with each of them and I am having trouble weighing them out. I have checked with a couple RV sites but it's hard to sort through all the information. I guess I will have to keep on looking. Thanks for allowing me to vent.
- 1Jul 25, '06 by nightingaleRNERHOUSESUPR:
I do not know anything about RV's but I can speak of shopping. Whenever I make a purchase greater then (usually) $500, I force myself to mull it over. I try it on so to speak in my mind. Your purchase is unusually large and important and it sounds like you are already making that mental "list" of pros and cons.
Most often, IMHO, the purchase of a home is ultimately emotional and gives us joy, pride, and peace. I hope by laying it out here, you get the reinforcement you need to feel good about your purchase.
Good luck to you. I am envious, We have three teens to go in educating, before we can make a beeline for the highway.... I do live vicariously through many of the posts here on AllNurses
Happy Travels to you.
- 0Aug 22, '06 by RNERHOUSESUPORLast weekend I may have found the RV for me. It's a 2001 Rexhall Aerbus. 39 foot with a 330 Cummins Diesel and 6 speed Allision automatic. There is a front and rear slide and a unique floor plan. Any trevelers know anything about this type of unit? Thanks in advance for any replies. Hope to see you on the road soon.
- 0Aug 24, '06 by trvlnRNI origionally posted on the first page. I am the traveling RN living in my 40 foot Safari Panther double slide diesel pusher. Sorry I haven't checked into this web site again sooner....a lot of good postings here. I am currenlty half way though my Florida assignment....and as always I am getting eager to hit the road again. My husband jokes with me....says I should make my assignments 8 weeks instead of 13. We just love getting on the road and seeing new places. I had a blast traveling from the West coast to the East coast last June. I took six weeks off to make the trip...it was so much fun....saw a lot of great places along the way. After this assignment completes (early October) I am planning on taking a few weeks of to travel up and down the Eastern coast line. Have to stop off at Cape Cod...and get up to Portland, Maine on this venture. I actually just got my Mass. RN license...so I might make a travel assignment stop there if anything looks interesting. Otherwise...who knows. My husband and I are always talking about all the different places to go....there are so many options. I've had fun here in Florida....I must have landed in the golf cart capital of the U.S. They have seperate roads for them....it's hilarious....lots of unique golf carts out there....interesting area (central Florida...huge retirement area called the Villages) but very warm in the summer and thankfully no hurricanes or tropical storms thus far. I plan to stop and say hi to Mickey Mouse before I leave as my husband and I love amusement parks. So we're going to check out Disney Worlds campground too.
You were talking about different sites to look at RV's. There are lots of them. Some I really like are RVTraderOnline, RVSearch, RVHits, etc. Most importantly....I also always look up anything I'm thinking about buying on the Nada guides (don't enter any options) just search the basic price....if buying...try to buy at low retail or better. The most important thing about buying an RV or trailer is buy at the right price as they do depreciate. I've walked away from many RV's I was interested in buying because the price wasn't good enough. I'm glad that I have done so....as I have never been "stuck" in an RV that was worth less than my loan payoff....thus enabling me to "move up" with different purchases at later dates.
I'd love to get together with other traveling RN's on the road. Perhaps we should start a annual RN RV ralley or something. Would be fun to see where others are traveling. It is also fun to caravan places with other RVers...have done that too. My husband and I were also thinking of Alaska for a summer....that trip will take some serious planning however and think we will wait a couple of years before that one....but I'm sure we will make the trip. We will definately caravan that one. Happy Travels!
- 0Sep 2, '06 by motomanRNQuote from scarpbooker06Hi, I just purchased a rv last week and I am planning on taking it to an assignment in Seattle. I like the idea of my own housing. I don't think I will come out ahead on cost though. Spots in an rv park aren't cheap. Hopefully it will work out. I have heard of others traveling with an rv and they like it.
wondering if you traveled to Seattle yet. I just bought a Rv myself and am going to take my first assignment in Washington State. Looking Forward to it. I am an Er Nurse. Any feed back on good Hospitals to check out or stay away from.
- 1Sep 3, '06 by trvlnRNQuote from motomanRNEver thought about traveling to Olympia, Washington? I just finished an assignment at their hospital out there. Though I don't work in the ER...I've heard their ER is very busy. The Providence St Peter hospital is a busier place than I'd ever expected. The area of Olympia and surrounding areas is very beautiful....and expanding....yet still has a nice little town....great seafood....and only an hour away from Seattle. I really enjoyed my stay there. I also stayed in a very nice campground called American Heritage (only open in the summer...probably too noisey in the summer....but they do have a few full hook-up sites in the off season for fully contained rigs). I stayed at American Heritage during the off season....and enjoyed it so much. I was in their RV park with only approximately 8 other RV/trailers. You are in the forest...with firepits at every site....very quiet and private. They are a family owned operation....very nice family. And they also have a sister RV park called Olympia Campground that is opened year round (in case you need to use their laundry or showers). The RV's are closer together at the Olympia Campground but I'd stay there in the summer time because American Heritage gets busy with family and tent campers at that time. But American Heritage is the place to stay if you are fully contained and in the off season. I think I paid around $400 a month and it included electric and everything. The hospital is only about 10 minutes away. There is never any traffic on that stretch of freeway...whereas Seattle has terrible traffic congestion.wondering if you traveled to Seattle yet. I just bought a Rv myself and am going to take my first assignment in Washington State. Looking Forward to it. I am an Er Nurse. Any feed back on good Hospitals to check out or stay away from.
- 0Sep 7, '06 by RNERHOUSESUPORThe Airbus got sold before I even had a chance to make an offer. Guess I should have made the offer pending financing before I left. Wasn't meant to be.
Talked to my recruiter today and am quite concerned about the pay in South Florida. It's only a couple dollars more than what I am making out in Western Kansas. I am sure that I will be working much harder on the travel assignment. Is it worth it? The other problem that I didn't expect is they are still paying the same amount for travel that they did when gasoline was around $1.00 per gallon. What's up with that?
So far I think I will be looking at Holy Cross in Ft. Lauderdale and JFK in Atlantis. Anyone worked in either the General OR or Cardiovascular OR's? I'd rather do the CVOR but can do General cases. I did a search for Holy Cross and saw some info on housing in the Ft. Lauderdale area. The dates were in 05 so I would think things are repaired from the storms of last year but if anyone knows different please let me know. I am thinking that I may have better luck getting the motorhome I want next spring in Florida than I will have here in Kansas. Thanks for any replies to my ramblings.
- 0Sep 28, '06 by moonrose2uBe prepared for the lack of strong aggressive medical care here in Florida. Besides the lower salaries, the care is sorely lacking. Unfortuantely, because of the influx of seniors to the area, those who really need the strong medical care, it has created a lackadaisical (did I spell that right?) view of medical care and support. Believe you me, when I first got here, I was in for a shock...a big one.
COL, I believe is not all that different from the midwest. The only thing I have found in which there might be a break is that it is easier to buy a house in Florida, and you get more bang for your buck when doing so. But other than that, I have not noticed any COL difference.
BTW, I am a house supervisor and PACU nurse, and the pace is tremendously low. When I first came to Florida, I took a 7.00/hr pay cut- but no choice. Husband was transferred.
- 0Sep 28, '06 by RNERHOUSESUPORMoonrose2u,
Thanks for the information. I lived in South Florida for 9 years before moving back to the midwest. Not looking forward to the traffic and overall busyness of the area. I had hoped that things may have changed with the medical care. I'm sure it will be a shock to me again. Have you worked at many hospitals? Any place you would recommend? Thanks