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  1. The video was a school project from the farmer's then 12 year old son. We had a snow storm during the 2018 harvest which then required the trucks to be pulled from the muddy fields onto the road. Usually the beet cart is not needed and the trucks will load on the run along side the beet harvester. We are training 4 new drivers this 2020 season out of our 18 seasonal driving crew (9 trucks running 2-12 hour shifts). The goal is to not have to shut off your truck for the entire 10-14 day harvest. That's a good harvest season!
  2. Shoulder season camping is becoming very popular. When we volunteered in MO, they sponsored a Halloween event and all sites that weekend were booked a year in advance. Deer hunting camps were also popular during hunting season. It was strange seeing deer hanging from trees in camp sites and hunting gear visible.
  3. 2020 beet harvest is gearing up and farmers are in short supply of drivers. In ND & Mn, no CDL is required, just a regular driver's licenses and some farms provide free RV hook up's. The harvest season in ND runs Oct 1st until completion which is usually 2-3 weeks depending on weather. The pay runs $20 - $30/hr and most farms work 12 hr shifts. Check out other locations like Mich or Idaho that also have beet farms in their areas. https://grandforks.craigslist.org/search/jjj?query=beets&sort=rel https://www.crystalsugar.com/sugarbeet-agronomy/7-gold-standards/harvest/ There are also job openings working in the beet piling stations if you don't prefer to drive a truck. https://www.theunbeetableexperience.com/apply-online/ Here is farm video of the farm the wife and I have harvested for during the last 6 years. The beet harvest begins at about the 16 min slot on the video.
  4. Thanks Kirk, I have followed your post for the last 10 years and have used your information as mentoring advice.
  5. We have volunteered in 28 states in our 8 years of full timing, with a goal to hit all 48 states. It seems like state parks are expecting the most from volunteers due to universal budget short comings. We never get a formal written contract and will verbally renegotiate the work load as needed with the understanding that we could leave if things don't get worked out (never happened yet). We recently arrived to camp host in a N. Indiana S.P. and when we arrived were told the other 2 volunteer positions were unfilled for a 288 camp site park. So we were the only host here! The original work verbal agreement was to pick up garbage, clean fire pits for our 1 of 3 loops and to fill in the 24hr week requirement, we would assist the front gate on Fri's. This turned out to be pre-checking in cars prior to the gate stop in full sun, on pavement, and in 90+ July heat. When we arrived, we negotiated to pick up garbage and clean fire pits for all 288 camp sites and forego the check in job. I had the upper hand in this negotiating because they knew if we left, they would have no host for the cg. We still average 32 hours/week because we want to and the wife and I can clean all the vacant of 288 camp site fire pits in 6 hours each/12 hrs total. We like to volunteer because it keeps us busy as we want to. We have learned not to volunteer at S.P.'s back to back or you will get burned out. Try a N.W.R. or a different adventure inbetween S. P.'s. We also don't agree to clean bath rooms and have found most S.P.'s don't expect that. We will monitor bath rooms and change toilet paper if needed along with emergency cleanups, but no scheduled cleanings for us. We have found that 1 month is ideal for a volunteer stint, any longer and it just becomes a job. For some states, that may require getting creative, like in CA that has a 3 month volunteer min so we got 2 parks to agree to a 6 week stint each. In NY, they have a 2 week max volunteer period, so we signed up for 2 different state parks. As a volunteer, don't be afraid to market your skills/strengths and taylor the volunteer job to your desire. The worst they can say is no! We also make it a point not to return as volunteers, although every park has asked us to, but our reasoning is that if we would have stayed/returned at the last park, we would have never experienced the current park. Each park is a new experience, whey waste time doing repeats.
  6. Last winter I hired on as a spare school bus driver in the S. Texas area. The school district was so short on drivers, that they invested CDL training, medical exam and the hiring process to hire me. I told them I was only in the area for 3 months as a winter Texan but they were having the bus superintendent covering the spare driver position. I do plan to return next winter for another 3 month stay and hope to rehire again as a spare driver. Two 3 hr shifts/day that paid $15/hr + benefits and no state income tax. We volunteered 12/hr/week each at a nearby RV resort that also that included a free site. It was a neat experience!
  7. Our Samsung has the reversible door option. I removed a screw from the opposite side and got a 7mm bolt and knob from a hardware store (my bolt was too short and I had to weld 2 bolts together, a better option is to just buy a long enough screw )
  8. Here is a retirement community in S. Ohio that is looking to fill the last of 3 RV sites they have. We just arrived a week ago and it seems like a nice gig. Waverly, OH USA Show on Google Maps 2019-02-28 14:45:24 7519Combine Your Love Of RVing With Your Love Of Gardening Job Duties: GroundskeeperCompensation: See ad text. Job Duties: Help older residents take care of their front yard gardens, work in the Cooper Wildflower Woods, and help with maintenance of the Garden Railroad, and the Hummingbird Garden. Compensation: FHU, opportunity for private contract work in the village Details: We are looking for a retired couple who would love to experience life in a retirement community for a few months while living in their own RV. Bristol Village is located in beautiful rural southern Ohio at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We need volunteers April through November. You choose which months. We expect 20 hours per week per couple for FHUs. Duties include weeding, watering, planting, and grooming flower beds and gardens. Resident volunteers will be working along side of you on some days while other days you will be on your own. Schedules are flexible as long as you get in your 20 hours per week giving you ample time to travel and explore the area on your own. Bristol Village residents are extremely friendly and active. You will have free access to all the activities and facilities offered including a swimming pool, exercise room and a cafe. In addition, there are a number of state parks and attractions within a short driving distance. hallbetsy@155hotmail.com
  9. When I got my CDL in Mich 10 years ago, I found a local company that performed the road test and for a extra $100 they rented you their truck for the test. It worked out great cause the guy let me practice with the truck in the yard and showed me what to look for before the test began. I passed the driven test 100%. I then drove Hot Shot for a couple of years and met many RV Transporters. RV Transport was not a good job, they drove their trucks into the ground and had little money after expenses. MH delivery may be different, but if they were making money, the RV Transporters would have moved in. As far as workamping, try Sugar Beet Truck driving, get $25-30/hr for about 150 hours in early Oct. Check out Craigs List in Grand Forks, ND under Transport. https://grandforks.craigslist.org/d/transportation/search/trp In ND, farm truck drivers don't need a CDL. But the farmer would probably be glad to let you borrow his truck for a DL test and then transfer your new ND DL back to Texas. Might work! Another friend has a CDL and drives for UPS seasonal, Nov/Dec and makes $18/hr as a temp driver. Just Google search. Another job is selling Christmas Trees in Texas, just google search.
  10. We are back again for our fourth year driving sugar beet trucks. The farm we work on is looking for a additional driver for the main harvest, Oct 1 until finish which last 10 days depending on weather. If you are interested, call farmer John per the attached e-mail: Greg I am short a couple of drivers for October. Is there any groups or organization you could post a job listing for me? John Schumacher Schumacher Farms John@schumacher.farm 701.741.3173 Schumacher's trucks are equipped with automatic transmissions and he is willing to train new drivers. No CDL licenses needed, just a plain drivers licenses will do. Two things are required, a can do attitude and safety first (Trucking is among the top 10 most dangerous jobs)! You can also check Craig's List for Grand Forks, ND under "Transportation". There are other farms also looking for truck drivers and most farmers hire starting mid Aug up to harvest time, Oct 1.
  11. We tried for a month to go catless, but the camper was just too quite, new rescue cat likes birding!
  12. Fiver is a internet bully, reason I stopped posting.
  13. For ND, I just print off the 3 page state form (state web site) and fill it out by hand, 10 minutes max.
  14. We also had a leak on our Cameo slide. What I found was separated caulking on the outside front corner moldings which allowed water to run down and pool in the belly under fabric. This pooled water then soaked the plywood flooring and carpet. Inspecting the caulking closely, it was separated only where the decal stripes were located and it was hard to see. I replaced the caulk, floor plywood and no more leaks in 2 years.
  15. Choosing a tow vehicle is like choosing your religion. Your best bet is to determine what kind of truck you want to drive and go from there. Everyone does a good job of justifing their truck decision, they all have pros and cons. Not sure WTH happened with this post!!
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