Apr 19, 2019

How to Work Full-Time From Your RV

Living out on the road isn’t for everyone - but if you’re interested, the lifestyle is becoming more accessible and attainable. Many people think you have to wait until retirement to commit to full-time RVing - but times are thankfully changing. The number of full-time RVers is growing rapidly, especially among millennials, and we don’t see this trend dying out any time soon. You might be asking, “but how is this possible?” We’ll show you how to be a full-time adventurer while still getting a steady paycheck.

Ask yourself, are you willing to change jobs or learn new skills? 
If you’re a police officer, teacher, or something of the like, chances are you won’t be able to do your job while working from an RV. If you have a job that requires you to be there in person, it might be time to consider a career change. Before making this huge lifestyle transition, think about the different skills you have and how you can translate them into a new on-the-move career. Taking a skills aptitude or career test can be extremely helpful if you’re looking to change jobs. 

Get creative and do your research
Consider joining or creating a full-time RVer Facebook page or forum to get helpful tips from people who are already living this lifestyle. Read blogs, watch videos - arm yourself with all the knowledge and information you can before making the jump into full-time RVing so you can know exactly what to expect.

Here are a few blogs, videos, and groups we recommend:
● Follow Your Detour

Go remote
Many people come into work each day but can do their entire job from a computer. If you’re lucky enough to have a job like that already in place, consider asking your boss if you would be able to work remotely. You could even sell it by offering a trial period that could potentially move into a permanent remote gig. The beauty of a remote job is that you can work virtually anywhere that has access to WiFi. You’ll want to invest in a WiFi hotspot if you’re out on the road, and make sure that each place/campground you stop has quality Internet access. We suggest trying out Verizon's MiFi device, as they tend to have the best connectivity across the country. If you don’t have a job that will allow you to work remotely, consider searching for remote positions online or take a look at websites like Freelancer.com or Upwork for available freelance positions. 

Work seasonal or event-specific positions
When working out on the road, it can be a good idea to have multiple income streams. Seasonal work can add to your remote or freelancing salaries. Consider taking on a few seasonal jobs as they become available. Event/festival jobs usually have openings in the summertime and you can even plan your travels around them for extra income. Make sure to plan you seasonal jobs well ahead of the actual event so you can secure yourself a spot. Check out a few of our favorite RV-friendly festivals here.

Create content for others
Content is king on the Internet, and when you drop everything to become a full-time RVer people take notice and want to hear more about your lifestyle. Try pitching yourself as a guest blogger to various publications for a price. You’re going to learn A LOT out on the road, so why not share that knowledge with others who might want to take the leap themselves? Blogging, photography, and creating content can be a great way to add to your revenue stream. You might not make the big bucks right off the bat, but if you’re producing quality content, people are going to take notice.

We’re here to tell you that working full-time from an RV is possible. You no longer have to wait until your golden years to travel the country. We get that you might not drop everything and quit your job tomorrow, but we hope this article has opened your eyes to the possibility of working from the road. We are all about encouraging adventure and truly believe the time to explore is NOW.

We want to hear from you. Do you work full-time from your RV? Are you considering taking your work on the road? Share your experiences in the comments below and if you’re interested in being a contributor/freelancer on our RV Trader blog, reach out to editorial@rvtrader.com for more information.
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Tech Tip: Steps to Maximize Your RV’s Tires

For many RVs, tires can be the weak link that disrupts travel if not properly maintained. Quite often, overloading is the cause of tire failure.

Follow these simple steps provided by tire expert and FMCA member Roger Marble to increase your chances of problem-free travel.

Initial Steps
Once you take these two initial steps, you’ll only need a few minutes each month to maintain your properly inflated tires.

1. Know the proper tire inflation pressure for your RV.

2. Ensure that your tires are always inflated to that level.

But how do you find out what your proper inflation number should be?

Determining the Correct Tire Inflation Pressure
First, it’s important to note that the proper inflation level is unique to your RV. Following the suggested inflation levels provided by the manufacturer on the tire certification label is only the beginning. The manufacturer’s suggested tire inflation pressure is based on an assumption, but only you are able to determine the true weight of your RV during travel.

To learn your RV’s true weight, pack it with all the items you expect to carry on your trip – clothes, fuel, food, water, family members, and pets. Then visit a scale that can weigh your RV and provide weights by individual wheel position. This is important because the required air pressure is based on the load on each individual tire. You also can book an appointment with the Recreation Vehicle Safety and Education Foundation (RVSEF) at most FMCA events to obtain individual wheel weights.

Once you know the load being carried by each wheel position, you can determine the minimum inflation pressure needed to carry that load. We recommend visiting www.rvsafety.com to help guide you.

In addition, you can find a “helping hand” by visiting the FMCA forums, where you can find threads specifically dedicated to RV tire maintenance .

Determining the Cold Inflation Pressure
You will also want to be sure to determine your tires’ minimum cold inflation pressure (CIP). Visit tire manufacturer websites to find your tire brand and a table that has your tire size. Once you find that, look for the inflation level that carries your load or greater. This is the minimum cold inflation pressure, and it is recommended you go up in inflation by about 10%. Changes in air temperature, for example, can cause minor fluctuations in tire pressure, and increasing the CIP will help to eliminate the need to adjust tire pressure each time these fluctuations occur.

Measuring Tire Pressure
When measuring your RV’s tire pressure, try to make sure the tire is cool and in the shade. Ideally, the tires will have not been driven on or exposed to sunlight for at least 2 to 3 hours. That usually means the best time to check your tire pressure is first thing in the morning or late in the evening once you’ve settled in after a day of travel.

Getting started is always the hardest, but by making tire maintenance — and measuring the PSI of your tires — part of your travel routine, you can greatly reduce the risk of experiencing tire failure while on the road.

And don’t forget — FMCA members are eligible for discounts on Michelin, BF Goodrich, Hankook and Continental tires. Members have reported saving hundreds on replacement tires! Learn more.

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This information is for educational purposes. FMCA shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.

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RV News Roundup

As always, we are here to keep you informed with the latest RV news - and there’s A LOT to catch you up on, particularly when it comes to new models. Check out this month’s top RV-related headlines below.

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Tesla Camper Wants to be Fastest RV in the World - Tesla is known for its electric cars, but now the company is branching off into campers with its Tesla Model S-based motorhome prototype. Creator Travis Rabenberg wants the motorhome to reach a top speed of 150 mph and have a range of 200 miles. Rabenberg’s goal is to break the Guinness World Land Speed Record for an electric motorhome. This camper looks pretty wild but will include some basic comforts of home like a toilet, sink, bed, water storage, and 350 watts of roof-mounted solar. Read More.

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This App-Controlled Camper Can Haul a Smart Car -
Last month at RVX, Chinook Motor Coach debuted their new Trail Wagon. This new model is a mix between a toy hauler and a camping trailer. The camper is app-controlled and can fit a smart car inside. The trailer was made to haul extra gear and provide sleeping space, with a queen bed that converts into a couch when not in use. By downloading an app on your smartphone you can easily control the unit. With the touch of a finger, you can drop the ramp door, control the TV, and lift and lower the bed. There will be two Trail Wagons available - one with a square front and another with a rounded front. Pricing will begin at $38,000. Read More.

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Winnebago’s New Camper Van is Here - Winnebago also had their time to shine at RVX with the reveal of their new Class B camper van called the Boldt. This new, four-season coach was inspired by German explorer Alexander Von Humboldt. The Boldt is built on a 24-foot Mercedes-Benz chassis and has a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine. The two floorplans are called the 70KL and the 70BL - both including a sleeping area, a galley kitchen, and a dining area. The Boldt also gives travelers flexibility with their flex bed system that can convert the bedroom or living area spaces into different configurations. The MSRP will be close to $185,000, and should be available this summer. We are excited to see these out on the road and try one out for ourselves! Read More.

Sleep Number Debuts Mattress For RVs - We love to get out and adventure, but there’s nothing like coming back to the RV after a long day of excitement. Sleep is important when you’re out on the road, and sleep number is helping RVers get the best rest possible with the debut of their mattress specifically designed for RVs. The Comfortaire r3 features Sleep Number’s signature DualAir technology, which allows users to adjust the firmness on each side of the bed. The design is now lighter and easier to assemble. The r3 comes in five RV-compatible sizes, so there’s sure to be a size that fits in your RV. Read More.

New models galore this month! We love filling you in with the latest RV happenings - and there is always something new happening in the industry. Let us know what your favorite story was in the comments below and stay tuned for next month’s edition of our RV news roundup.
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