Saturday, August 18, 2007
Really Frugal RVing and Happy Camper
When you lose your workamping job with its free site rent, you really have to budget carefully for where you will stay. I don't mind boondocking in a safe place once in a while but I do need power and Internet connectivity to take care of the forums, blog and other RV Bookstore/RV Travel-related work.
I just became a Happy Camper (http://www.camphalfprice.com). There are over 1200 campgrounds and RV parks in their system and the rates are excellent. I'll be leaving the San Francisco Bay area next week and making my way up the coast to Edmonds, WA, the galactic headquarters of RV Bookstore, arriving on September 10. I'm booking sites in parks along the way and using Happy Camper parks to save money.
On the return trip, I'll be going south through California, arriving in Lodi by October 10 for the RVing Women National Convention. I'll be delivering two seminars, one on saving space and weight in your RV and basic self-protection for women RVers (and others). On October 15, I'll continue south, stopping to visit my sister and her family in Buena Park. She's close to Disneyland and those RV parks have premium rates. I'm still checking for a park that honors Happy Camper near her.
I'm also making arrangements for a monthly stay in a Texas RV park from November 1 through December 14. The parks I've contacted have terrific rates and I save $50 a month with Happy Camper. I've already changed my mailing address through the Escapees mail service in Livingston, Texas (click on the map to enlarge it: Livingston is northeast of Houston and southeast of Nacogdoches), and will need to register my RV, get a driver's license and register to vote (absentee, of course). From December 15 through January 31, I'll be volunteering at the Escapees CARE Center in Livingston, Texas. (http://www.escapeescare.org). I'm a Roving CARE Ambassador (selected by Kay Peterson herself) and I will be doing whatever I can for 20 hours a week, from washing dishes, preparing food, driving folks to medical appointments, answering the phone at night, or helping with activities. I receive a free space, pay for electric and propane, and a meal on the days I work. I'm really looking forward to being there and celebrating the holidays with some Special Kinds of People (SKPs).