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Full-time RV touring

Seniors and Fulltime RVing

Changes in retirement income options, far-flung families and a desire for mental and physical stimulation exceeding an ordinary lifestyle are a few of the triggers that have cut loose a surge of responders to the call of the open road.

The infamous call of the open road has long been the domain of ‘drifters’ and long haul truckers, but they’ll have to make room for the retiring boomers of the ’60’s and their wildly diverse recreational vehicles (RV’s). In ever-increasing numbers, seniors are taking their lives to the road—and doing so ‘fulltime’.

Fulltimers, as folks who live year-round in their recreational vehicle are known, are fascinating, unique individuals with wide streaks of independence running through them and even wider streaks of ingenuity and curiosity. Their free-spirited approach to life has been translated into a mobile style of living and a flexible outlook on their tomorrows.

Changes in retirement income options, far-flung families and a desire for mental and physical stimulation exceeding an ordinary lifestyle are a few of the triggers that have cut loose a surge of responders to the call of the open road.

Many seniors found the fulltimer lifestyle could meet the adjusted requirements of early retirement and traded equity in their long-time homes for sensational rigs filled with cutting-edge equipment and luxurious accessories.

Other seniors re-evaluated their need for a static home place when faced with the reality of grown children living hundreds, or thousands, of miles away and their local network of family and friends had begun to dissipate. These seniors saw the fulltimer RV lifestyle as a way to more freely visit their family members while remaining comfortable and in control of their environment.

Still more seniors embraced life as a fulltime RV’er simply for the exhilaration of travel, meeting new people and learning about new places firsthand each day. Many of these seniors have parlayed entrepreneurial abilities and seasoned business skills into marketable trades—creating enough income to support them.

Many occupational opportunities exist for senior fulltimers, but, as with any revenue-generating effort, initiative and a little luck can go far. Some senior fulltimer jobs include:

  • ‘work-amping’ and property caretakers – the first is an exchange of duties for services at a park or campground (usually short-term); the second is like the first, only there is usually monetary pay as well as use of services (longer term)
  • seasonal work – this may involve exchange of duties for services, or actual pay, but will occur with seasonal activities – harvests, construction, etc.
  • casinos/tourist areas/tour guides – these jobs are temporary, pay a locally competitive wage and usually allow you to easily extend an unplanned stay
  • temp agencies/tax preparation – many temp agencies have national offices and can easily access/update your work history for new jobs/tax preparers can use their experience through an agency, or by contacting national tax preparation chains and targeting dates and locations of availability
  • theme parks/amusement parks – these bustling businesses welcome fulltimers, pay well and appreciate returning workers

Any senior fulltime RV’er with a computer and internet access can establish an online business capable of being quite lucrative. This type of endeavor is not limited at all by a mobile lifestyle—your imagination is the only limit here. Whether freelance writing, consulting, sales, seminars—whatever service or product you can dream up and gain a return on—you can do from our RV.

Another fascinating element of being a senior fulltimer is the incredible network of RV clubs across the nation, and in fact, around the world. Your state will have at least one RV club or association listed, and some areas have hundreds. Clubs may be based on RV makes (Winnebago, Airstream, etc.), nation-wide affiliations (Good Sam, Coast to Coast, Presidents), or specialties (geographical areas, handicapped persons, military), but regardless of their basis, every club has tremendous value to fulltimers. Clubs offer travel information, RV purchasing and use tips, the latest updates on great locations to visit, job opportunities and, best of all, personal experiences relayed by other RV’ers.

A mobile lifestyle can be as solitary, or as well connected, as you wish—with satellite radio, cell phone and PDA internet access and WiFi capabilities available, a senior fulltimer can plug in to the pulse of their world, or tune out and watch new horizons unfold.

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