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Work Camping Accommodations

SnowGypsy wrote:

Cheryl: Actually, you are workamping because by definition, it is "working" and "camping". You might at some point find a volunteer position where you would get the RV site and hours would be flexible enough so you could work something out. Might be something to watch for. The winter is a tough time to find jobs in the warmer states because everyone wants to be there. What some of the RV parks want in exchange for a campsite is, well, I can never imagine wanting to be in a place that much although a place like AK in the summer would be most tempting.

 The above comment by Cathy in the "Workamping Questions" thread has prompted this thread.  With regards to the above in bold letters, I wondered how many would like to work camp in Alaska, especially after they saw what we had seen in Alaska.

We had taken the White Pass & Yukon train up to the summit and back.  We encountered what I considered at the time to be "summer workers" along the tracks as our train was returning to Skagway.  This was about 3 years before we considered the RV'ing full-time lifestyle, so looking back at these photos is interesting to say the least.  The photos aren't great because some were taken through the window of the rail car.

So, after looking at the photos, which of these "accommodations" would any of you prefer while work camping?  Also, does anyone else have "interesting" photos of the accommodations of others?

Slide Show of Alaska Work Campers

The last photo indicates that even with better accommodations, one's neighbors might be a bit close.

Now, rather than folks get the misconception that I took photos of cruddy stuff on this trip, here are more scenic photos of that trip.

More Scenic Views of the White Pass & Yukon Trip



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Nice scenic pics Terry.


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Yes, nice photos. When I was stationed at Elmendorf AFB, AK, one of the my friend's father was going to haul some campers up and sell them. Wages are high but cost of housing is much, much higher and not necessarily available. This was in the mid-70s. One could make a fortune doing that too. Everything was SO expensive and grocery items at the commissary were still very high. But, it was Alaska! The hottest it got in the summer was about 70 degrees. I have a 2nd cousin and he and his family have been up there for years in a more remote location. I had cousins up there also but they "aged" out and came back to the lower 48. I would want a Bigfoot TT and a 4-wheel drive truck. I'm not into "fancy" so this would be a fit for me. Ever live in a military barracks? Even makes a tent look good! Adventure, got to have it! The blue of the sky there was like none I had ever seen and the mountains.............

In my life, everything has been a trade-off.  I think that is common. "Nothing ventured.  Nothing gained."  I did not realize until just lately how driven I was for adventure and how empty my life is without it.

I do encourage everyone that is considering a workamper position to "google" the surrounding area.  Saw an ad for a chain of gas/convenience stores that offered RV site or housing.  Housing is an old mobile home from the outside doesn't look good and inside probably worse and these are located off of major highways which makes one very vulnerable to whatever is out there and stops.  

Everyone has a different comfort level but just make sure you know what you are getting into.  Just because something might be a fit for nearly everyone else, it won't necessarily be for me.  

-- Edited by SnowGypsy on Wednesday 12th of November 2014 07:37:51 AM

-- Edited by SnowGypsy on Wednesday 12th of November 2014 07:39:03 AM


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