Wednesday, February 6, 2013
We have been here just 4 1/2 months… and here we go again! We are soon to be onto the fourth round of park “managers”. Couple #3 is out of here today. The time they last seems to be getting even shorter! The first couple lasted 2 months. Second couple 6 weeks. Third couple 5 1/2 weeks. Shall we place bets on how long couple #4 lasts??
They have all left, whether voluntary or involuntary or mutual, for different reasons. But one thing is for sure… they all came here with an unclear picture of the job. After they got here, it wasn’t what they “expected”… whatever those expectations were.
When we inquire about a workamping or camp hosting job, we ask a lot of questions, and we make sure we get clear answers… preferably in writing. I like to summarize my understanding, with specifics about the issues that are important to us, and put it into an email… then I make sure I get an email response. This way if it doesn’t turn out to be what we agreed to, I have my “letter of understanding” to back us up. It may not change things, but if we decided to leave early because it wasn’t what we agreed to, we wouldn’t be in the wrong. I also like to get a picture of our site… this will be our home for a few months, so we want to be comfortable. We like to keep to our commitments… and park owners, business owners, host coordinators all like to find people that will keep to their commitments.
So if we were ALL (Owners/Employers AND Workampers) honest and clear about the details and expectations… this hiring, quitting, firing, rehiring wouldn’t keep repeating itself!
So what does this latest change mean for us? We’re sticking it out.
The owners have hired another couple who will be coming here from Washington in a week or two. They have experience, and hopefully they have clear expectations. Either that or they have a “go with the flow” attitude… an attitude far from the personalities of the last 3 couples who have come and go.
Workamping is not for people out to make lots of money. nor is it for people on a power trip. Workamping is not for people with something to prove. Workampers are usually full-time RVers. If you’re old enough to be a full-time RVer you should have proven yourself by now. If you haven’t by now… you may need to give up on that.
Full-time RV life is suppose to be fun! But it doesn’t have to be playtime everyday. Some FT RVers are workampers or park hosts because they just like to have something to do, a little responsibility a few days a week. Some are workampers because they need a few extra dollars to live this dream life! It IS a dream life… and we should be thankful we are able to do it, however we are able to do it. If we want it to work for us we need to make it work for us. If we need to prove ourselves or make lots of money… maybe we should just go back to sticks & bricks, rush hour traffic, and the 9 to 5 rat race. But NOT US… We choose to make the best of every day we have this life! and we will do what we need to do to keep this life!
Ok… I’m stepping off my soapbox, now.