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3 Things About Full-Timing That Suck…

Deposits, health insurance and wifi are 3 things about full-timing that suck.

Deposits for RV parks.

We are not boondockers..at least not yet so unless we are driveway surfing, we pay to stay. Due to our connectivity needs, we try to pick places with good wifi and full hook-ups. Because of that we have to make reservations at parks along the routes we choose in advance (map and park reviews coming SOON). In order to make said reservations, we are typically paying at least one night’s rate in advance or in some cases (ahem…CALIFORNIA) the whole damn bill. Sometimes that reservation is made 6 months or more in advance and will likely change by a day or so as we accommodate for meetings and weather. As people who like to budget bi-monthly, this is a challenge. Especially if we are really wanting a certain park/area and have no alternative to pay up front. When did just holding a credit card not suffice or perhaps try making your cancellation/change policies a bit more strict?… SIGH.

We are currently members of Good Sam Club, KOA and Passport America. While they do provide some great discounts and even free nights, they haven’t been able to relieve the need to plunk down deposits.

Health Insurance.
We are self-employed and pay for private health insurance. As we recently moved our “home base” from Washington to Utah, our health insurance policy didn’t carry over. Once we started really looking into quality healthcare that is also affordable…we quickly discovered those two things are only possible if you don’t want to use your healthcare benefits anywhere other than your home state. As more and more people travel fulltime and those “regular” policies with a primary physician requirements don’t apply, why aren’t insurance providers getting creative to capture this growing group of the population willing to pay for quality nationwide benefits. I MEAN COME ON.

We are going to review plans at RVerInsurance.com as it is a one-stop resource for RVer specific insurance information. They have agents knowledgable and ready to help find us policies that match our unique needs. Additionally, we are reviewing the the Telemedicine  service option. It gives us remote access to phone & internet consultations with physicians for the more typical ailments (Cold or Flu, Sinus Infections, Allergies, Respiratory Infections, Bronchitis, Pink Eye, Urinary Tract Infections, Posion Ivy etc.) and they can write prescriptions as well! There are also discounts for dental, vision and prescription coverage automatically included all for $149 annually for both of us. This may become a great tool in the old healthcare tool belt.

Internet Connectivity.
I realize that not everyone cares about being connected on the road…but we depend on it for our livelihood. When you are in a park that promotes “free high-speed wifi” but really what that means when you actually arrive is “free, snail-speed, sometimes connects but only if you are parked by the clubhouse wifi”. I realize that parks are not required to provide Internet but if you say you will, make sure you are doing what you can to ensure that everyone can connect and not have to wait for your 200 neighbors to get off Facebook at midnight to get some work done.

We are chatting with Cherie Ve Ard & Chris Dunphy at Technomadia to find out what can we add to our little tin can to  boost signals, get more data and have our own hotspot to counteract this but it’s 2016 and people pay A LOT of money to stay at these RV parks…here’s an idea, put a little of that money back in the connectivity in your park. CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???

 

Have any tips or suggestion on anything listed above??? We would LOVE to hear it…leave us a comment or direct message us.

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Amanda Lewman

I am a funny, unfiltered, Navy brat with gypsy blood. I crave new places, faces and adventures. I am passionate about saving animals from abuse and neglect and our amazing planet from ourselves.
So much of my day is spent making lists in my head about where and when we will head to next and how can I make a difference. I quit corporate America and am now pursing my love of writing, photography and LIVING. I no longer believe in waiting for tomorrow…it has proven to be unreliable. So now, I am carpe’ing the *uck out of diem.

“Live long (and tiny) and prosper” … (also be a vegan)

Comments

4 Comments
  1. posted by
    Gina V
    Sep 21, 2016 Reply

    You’re paving the way for other people who want to travel full time. Wish I could wave a magic wand and all your wishes would come true, but I have a feeling you will encourage change just fine! Love your guts….Gigi

    Ps. ❌ boondocking! I will have a heart attack or become your stalker trying to checking in with you guys all day long. 😂

  2. posted by
    Rachelle
    Sep 22, 2016 Reply

    Great info! You write so well 😍🤓. Loved how you shared helpful avenues to try to address these problems. And I have to agree with Gigi- I don’t think we can handle you boon-docking yet. In fact, where you are is perfect for us 😂

  3. posted by
    Mush
    Apr 1, 2017 Reply

    soooo, inquiring minds want to know… why Utah? While I still own property there, it is one of two (looking at you CA) of the western states that I would NOT choose as a domicile. Did I miss something?

    • posted by
      Chris Lewman
      Jun 7, 2017 Reply

      Not our first choice either. It’s our only residency now that we no longer have a house in Washington. At some point, we may look at options through Escapees if it provides more benefits. How do you like being domiciled in CA?

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