The Beginning

        We will begin by telling you about how we got started in the full time rv life. We are both retired, me from the USMC and my wife was a waitress for over 30 years. We met in 1999, I was a widower and she had just gotten out of a bad marriage. She was a secretary at a car dealership and I was making extra money by driving cars cross country for the dealership. We met there and after a lot of me chasing her we finally got together and late in 2000 we got married. We lived in a small house in Kentucky and bought a former resort that had been closed for many years. It was in bad shape and we completely rebuilt it as our home. It was a 2 story log cabin with a big in-ground pool, 2 large ponds and also had a triplex and a duplex on the property. We remodeled them and rented them out for extra income.

        We took several trips on cruise ships and both of us discovered we really liked traveling, but, on the cruise ships you would get to a port and only had time to see the city you were in. We did take a few long tours of the different places but it just wasn’t the same as having a car and going where you wanted to go. We bought our first camper and started camping, mostly here in Kentucky but we did take a few trips to Florida. Our first camper was a bumper pull, 26ft, Coachman coachmen camperwith no slideouts. We pulled it with a Chevy gas engine 3/4 ton 4 door pickup.

        In 2002 we decided to take a long trip to see family in the northwest, in Montana. We arranged to meet them in Glacier National part for a 4 day visit. This was their choice since they were from Montana and knew the area. We headed out for Montana, never driven that far before, much less pulling a travel trailer. We made our way out of Kentucky, into Illinois, then Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Wyoming and finally Montana. This was the longest vacation we had ever taken and did not realize just how far it was until we drove it. We arrived at Glacier and went to the Apgar campground right on Lake McDonald. We picked a site and was just amazed at how big the park was and how beautiful it was. Our family showed up a little later and we sat and talked around a campfire. They live in Montana and told us of all of the things to do in Glacier. We made plans for sightseeing trips and a hiking trip for the next few days. We were not fulltimers at this time, only campers on a vacation. We walked around the campground looking and talking with people and met what we thought was a park ranger. It turns out they were campground host in Glacier. They told us what they did and how much fun it was. They did not get paid much, only a $50.00 a month stipend. They wore uniforms and looked like rangers, carried radios and bear spray. Their uniforms were paid for by the park. Their rv site in the campground was the only site in the park with full hookups, water, electric and sewer. No other sites in the whole park have any of the services and the campground host received them for free while they were there.

         After talking to them we met a young lady who worked there also, she was in training to be a full ranger and helped run the campground. We ask her how did people get the jobs of campground hosting in the park. She said it was very hard to get one and that there was usually a long waiting list for the jobs. We talked to her for quite a while as she was a very interesting and lovely young lady. She said she would call someone and see if there might be any jobs available for the next year and let us know. The next day she gave us a name and number to call and when we did we were told to go to the park headquarters and fill out some paperwork for a background check. We did and we were told we would be a campground host for the 2003 season in Apgar campground. We were thrilled and really did not know what we had gotten ourselves into.

Will continue with more soon.

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8 Replies to “The Beginning”

  1. Love your adventure. Hoping to become a FT RV’r in the next 2-3 years. Have done pt my entire life, born into it. I am downsizing our brick and mortar (what a job after 33 yrs here). Enjoyed your boondocking post also. I have a lot to learn yet. But we are getting closer. The hardest is choosing the right RV for us. I’m the sole driver and supporter.

  2. Love the story! I can’t wait to see how it all pans out. I’m interested in all the places you have gone, one day I’d like to be a full time work camper as well.

  3. I’m so glad that I came across this delightful post. I’ve been wanting to live the full-time rv life, but never really knew how to go about it. It sounds fascinating and I can’t wait for your next post to find out all about becoming a campground host.

    Can you just pick a campground anywhere and apply for the position?

    1. Hello Barb, thanks for the review. As far as your question, you can call the campground and ask them if they use workampers. All campgrounds do not use them, but it never hurts to ask. The best way to find the jobs is to join one of the workamper job sites. There are several out there. Here is a link to one of the best, one that we have used on a continuing basis. Good luck and if you have any questions just let us know. https://www.workamper.com/

  4. Your story is very interesting. I love would love more information on how the the campground host turned out. Do you have any advice on where to find more long term camping opportunities or hosting opportunities? It seems like a very good way to vacation for free? I think a lot of people would be interested in this information!

    1. Thanks for the review. I will be adding a lot more of info on the site, including where to get the rv camphost jobs. We have over 12 years experience doing it and plan telling all we can to help others attain this lifestyle.

  5. Wow! This sounds like a really great adventure! I’m curious to hear where it leads! 🙂

    You and your wife sound like you have quite the life! I’ve always had a sense for travel and exploring the world as well…. and my first trip I took by myself was all the way to Thailand, and now I just want to see the world!

    But I have always dreamed to get a van or an RV and take a road trip across Canada, and check out all the parks!

    Looking forward to your next post! Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the review, we will be adding a lot more to the site to let people know about this lifestyle. We have 12 years of experiences to tell about and hope to make many people happy getting into this lifestyle.

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