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In case you missed it, we have published a new page to help answer any questions about workamping you may have!

Workamping Questions and Answers

After working as workampers at various different jobs, and writing about our workamping experiences, for more than seven years, we have added a Workamping Page here in the LiveWorkDream blog!

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Got questions about workamping?

Ever wonder what workampers do? Well, that depends on the type of workamping job.

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When we left Eureka, California in June 2007, we never wouldda imagined that seven years later, the road would go on forever (and the party would never end).

Jerry with Jim sporting his new trucker cap.

When we left, our Dodge Ram had 24,000 miles on it. Today it’s nearing 140,00 hard-driving, tow-haulin’, rock and rollin’ miles from the west to the east, north to south and back again. Oh the places this truck has seen!

And then there’s the Arctic Fox. Seven years later this 245N is holding strong and proof that it’s high resale value is worth every penny. I can’t say the same about some of the components that aren’t made by Northwood (more on that in an upcoming post), but for the most part this is one damn tough boondocking machine. We still love it, though we’re looking to get a slightly larger, 27′ Arctic Fox that can accommodate my growing jewelry business.

2007 Arctic Fox 245N almost as tough as Wyatt Ray

Finally, there’s us. Seventeen years married and still learning so much about life, each other, getting along in a small space and how to make the most of every day we have on this earth. The yin-yang groove is the way we roll and much like our permanent road trip, it’s a never-ending journey with unexpected twists that keep life interesting.

Jim, Rene & Wyatt: permanent tourists

The biggest lesson we’ve learned: The road CAN go on forever. Which path will you take today?

Cheers to 7 years full-time RVing!

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As we approach the seventh anniversary of the day we started our fulltime-RVing lifestyle, many people are curious about how we managed to hit the road and stay on it before retirement age. Recently we shared tons of insight about how we planned the financial, emotional and logistical details of our road trip dream with Guarantee RV, one of Canada’s top RV dealerships.

Canada's Largest RV Dealer

Guarantee RV did a fantastic job putting together our best photos and tips to become a full-time RVer. Check out our interview and the next time someone asks you how to hit the road for good, point ‘em here:

The Guarantee RV Blog:
Preparation for Maintaining the Fulltime RVing Lifestyle
with Jim Nelson and Rene Agredano

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

A big thanks to Guarantee RV for putting together such a terrific interview, and sharing lots of our photos to go with our story.

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I haven’t written about jack shit for far too long, so I figure I’d write write about, well…jack shit.

The way I see it, if you haven’t done something stupid with your rig, you just haven’t been full-time RVing long enough.

I’m not too proud to share our latest idiot maneuver, with hope that others may never repeat it.

RV scissor jacks

What happened?

After enjoying near solitude for nearly two weeks while boondocking for free near Big Bend, Texas, we stowed everything and hopped in the truck. We had never detached from the fifth wheel since there was nowhere for us to go anyway there in the middle of nowhere. But we’re just using that as an excuse to justify not following proper departure procedure protocol.

The truck was in 4WD when it first wouldn’t move after releasing the brake. Only after dropping it into two wheel drive, and barley moving when applying the gas did the two of us realize what we had done. The second we turned to look at each other, in unison we yelled Fuck!

I jumped out and sure enough, the jacks were down. And behind them were a couple of trenches, a couple feet long and a couple inches deep. They were deep enough to make retracting the jacks impossible. After digging out both jacks from the hard desert rock with a screwdriver, and using a socket wrench to slowly ratchet one of them back up, we were finally on our way.

Free RV boondocking Black Gap Texas

What a way too complete such a beautiful stay. But you know what, neither of us freaked out. If you choose to live the nomadic lifestyle, you must learn to cope with one hard truth. It is what it is. Shit happens.

Some of that shit you can avoid, if  you think about what you’re doing and keep on your toes.

Complacency kills.

Maybe we’ve learned from our mistakes. Or, chalk it up to complacency.

In our previous life, Rene once told me that the majority of motorcycle accidents involve bikers who have been riding for more than ten years. Now I know this is true for Full-time RVers too.

New Arctic Fox 245N

The second time I ever hitched up our trailer at the curb of our old sticks and bricked, I backed into it with the stabilizer jacks down. The legs on our brand new trailer bent slightly forward. No real damage was done. It was just enough reminder to always remember to raise them first.

Until about seven years later, that is. Maybe we need to start using our pre-flight check pin ribbon.

What have you done that you’re not to ashamed to share?

Replacing the jacks was easy enough.

The harder part was getting replacement trailer stabilizer jacks  that matched the bolt pattern exactly to avoid at trip to the shop for a welding repair.

The hardest part was swallowing my pride while doing the repair.

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75 steps. That’s how far it was to get from our front door to the campground outhouse during our stay at Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.

Black Gap is an undeveloped piece of rugged desert paradise in the Big Bend. No sissies allowed here. But if you’ve got what it takes, and your rig is small enough to fit in the headquarters campground, the only public outhouse in the entire area is available for your use. It’s a genuine Clivus Multrum so even on the hottest days it doesn’t stink or attract flies.

We love the solitude and scenery here and as a bonus, camping costs nearly nothing, just a $12 permit that’s good for six months. There are way more secluded places for small RVs in Black Gap, but we opt for the spot near the outhouse. By using it instead of our own latrine, we can reduce our water consumption and extend our stay from a typical 7 or 8 days to nearly two weeks!

Even when you’re conscientious about water usage, it’s unbelievable how much of this precious resource goes toward toilet flushing. Sure, some boondocking RVers will flush with gray water, but we found that using dish water to flush the toilet is just nasty. And although eco-groovy RVers like to talk about how cool RV composting toilets are, only few RVers are crazy brave enough to actually use one. Based on RV composting toilet reality checks like this one, we’ll pass, thanks.

Yeah, it’s inconvenient to walk 75 steps to the outhouse. But having this kind of scenery all to ourselves for as long as possible is totally worth it.


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