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008 Roadtreking Podcast: How to be a Happy Workamper

Here it is, Episode 008 of the Podcast. We cover a lot of ground this week, including a couple of reports from Kitchener, ON Canada, and the headquarters of Roadtrek Motorhomes, But along with reader feedback, a review of a great tech gizmo for RVers, some Q&A about batteries and our bucket list destination of the week, we also take an in-depth look at the growing phenomenon of workamping.


Here are the show Notes for Episode #008 of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

This week we look at….

A new RV about to be debuted on the Ram ProMaster chassis

This unit will be officially released at the Recreational Vehicles Industry Association annual trade show the week after Thanksgiving. But you can hear a description of the one I found under construction at the factory last week. To see it, here’s my video of the new Roadtrek to be built on the Ram ProMaster chassis.

Cool flashlight technology perfect for campers on dark and stormy nights

The Nightstick is one uber cool flashlight. And this coming from me, a bit of a flashlight junkie. I love flashlights, especially the new high tech ones using LED bulbs. This one s perfect for boondocking.

nightstickThe Nightstick is a dual-light flahlight. It has a CREE LED rated at 130 lumens along with with a high-efficiency deep parabolic reflector. This creates a flashlight beam with an effective range of almost 600 feet, or 181 meters  Additionally, built into the handle is a 110 lumen floodlight. Unlike the flashlight beam, the light coming out of the floodlight does not have a reflector so the light spreads out in a wide, even, unfocused pattern of light…perfect for lighting up things that are close. Additionally, both the flashlight and the floodlight can be turned on at the same time for even more versatile lighting options. The waterproof design, in combination with an impact and chemical resistant engineered polymer housing, make these tough little lights, one of the best values around. Additionally, the integrated magnets located in the base of the handle and the pocket clip, provide for almost limitless hands-free usage.

Like I say, it’s perfect for a dark and scary night out boondocking somewhere.

The company that makes them has given me five that I in turn can giveaway. They’ll go to the first five people who email me.

If you’re not one of the five, you can get it through my affiliate link with Amazon for $32.

Workamping: Working while your camping. Is it for you?

In our Roadtreking interview feature this week, we talk to Steve Anderson, who runs, which is dedicated to matching employers with RV workampers. As Jim explains, Workampers are adventurous individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping. If you work as an employee, operate a business, or donate your time as a volunteer, AND you sleep in an RV (or on-site housing), you are a Workamper.

As many as half a million RVers fit that definition.

What do you need to do to get such a job? How much does it pay? What sort of work is involved? We answer all these questions and more.

Bucket List Destination of the Week

This week, Jennifer and I profile the Colorado National Monument, It is nothing short of stupendously beautiful, a long stretch of spectacular rock monoliths cut deep into the sandstone and even granite rock formations that make for sheer-walled, red rock canyons following the undulating twists and turns of the Rim Rock Drive that traverses up and down and through the preserve for 24 miles.

We tell you what to know about this awesome place, including where to stay and what you’ll see.

But Wait, there’s more

Among other topics we cover in this episode…

  • Some pesky bears at Yosemite National Park that are being affixed with GPS collars
  • A plan by Glacier National Park officials to raise their admission and camping rates for 201
  • What to do when your coach batteries won’t hold a charge
  • And details on the new RV Jennifer I are about to get.

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2 Responses to “008 Roadtreking Podcast: How to be a Happy Workamper”

June 14, 2015at10:20 am, Carol Fisher said:

I’m planning on transitioning to full-time RVing in 2017. I’ve newly discovered you and Jennifer and have already learned a great deal! Episode 8 is the first of your podcasts that I’ve listened to; thank you for sharing! As a solo traveler it sounds as though a Class B is going to be the coach for me. I certainly have some catching up to do and I can’t wait. Looking forward to sharing my own adventures in the not too distant future!

November 21, 2014at10:48 pm, Mike Wendland said:

The flashlights we were giving away in Episode 8 of the podcast are all gone. Thanks to everyone who sent a note and congrats to our six winners…. yes, we had six as two emails came in at the same time and the company was gracious enough to make one more available. I hope to make giveaways a par of every show. Wonder what other ways I can hand them out besides to the first five people who contact me. Any ideas???

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