Everything You Need to Know About Workamping at Amusement Parks

We have just finished our summer workamping job at Darien Lakes Amusement Park and while it’s been a learning experience we will not be back. It has it’s pros and cons so it may be a great job for you. There are a lot of perks and the money is not bad, but for us the cons out weighed the pros. If you like quiet, laid back jobs do NOT work at these types of places! They are huge, very fast paced, loud and crowded all the time.

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Pros

  • Nice big RV spaces separate from the public campground surrounding a lake
  • Dogs are very welcome
  • Full 30 amp hook-ups
  • Great people to work with, at least the camphosts
  • All hours paid plus your space at no cost
  • Some great concerts
  • Full free access to the amusement and water park
  • Close to major cities and attractions
  • Employee cookouts
  • Send and receive mail and packages on site
  • Campfires allowed in fire-pits
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Cons

  • Not great communication between departments
  • Not enough training for camping staff
  • Booming fireworks every night at 10 PM
  • Many concerts, most are head banging rock type music, going until 11 PM nightly
  • Not enough days off
  • Hours are not great
  • Very long walk to work unless you are camp-hosts
  • No gate at the employee campground so the public can drive though and do
  • You need a bike, scooter or some other form of transport to get around
  • Not enough staff
  • RV sites are set up weird so have long cords and hoses

We did not have a totally awful time but if we had been told about some of the events like the constant concerts and nightly fireworks beforehand, we would not have taken the job. I actually had to buy a pair of noise cancelling headphones just so that I could get some rest! We did however make some wonderful new friends, saw some great attractions and most of all, learned new things.

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Bottom line is make sure you get all the facts before going to any new Workamping job!! Have you worked at an amusement park? What was your experience like?

 

The Secret to Updating Your RV

Have you decided to go full-time or even just weekends and find the perfect RV? The inside has everything you want as far as layout,appliances and space but the colors, curtains, blinds and hardware are just not to your taste. What do you do about it other than hire an expensive decorator. My advice, go for it!

For us it was spending some time finding our style then doing some DIY after finding the perfect paint, fabric, wallpaper, tile, ways to hang items, adding shelves, hooks and new hardware.

Our fifth wheel has a great layout but I hated the dark colors. I love country and shabby chic so I went online for ideas. I found the perfect fabric for the valances and dinette cushions. Yes I redid those by myself with a little help from hubby.

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Next it was time to paint. Bruce took down all the cabinet doors then took the hardware off. It took me a little while to find the perfect color because I wanted a paint that was easy to use, would go on in one coat, no stripping of the old paint, no sanding or priming.

It took me about two weekends to do our dining, living room and kitchen areas. I was working pretty much full time at a very busy RV park so couldn’t do it all at once. That paint is really amazing. It is very easy to put on, looks fantastic and is holding up very well to our full-time lifestyle. I did apply a clear sealer over all surfaces so that I could wipe down any spills.

Then I found some easy peel and stick wallpaper for the dinette area. It looks like wood but in a lighter color and I love how simple and quick it was to install. It really made the whole dining room pop!

Our kitchen is nice but only had a small back splash. I really wanted tile for looks first then of course ease of cleaning. I found some that was simple to install. Just peel and stick.

You can do this. Just go for it! Leave comments and photos of your DIY!!

Surprising Ways Campers Take Care of Camphosts!

We are currently camp-hosting at a very large park. Over 1300 spaces! Yes I said 1300! So every day is busy and tiring. Especially in 95% heat. We clean spaces and fire-pits, deal with camper issues and concerns, about 6 hours per day and it is hot, dirty and thirsty work.

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As we travel the campground we meet many different people. Most are wonderful, friendly and fun. Some aren’t but that is OK. We try to take care of all their needs no matter the attitude.

On our journey every day we are offered plenty of food and water. That is so appreciated. A hot dog, hamburger and a bottle of ice cold water is very welcome. Some very nice people from Canada twice a day gave us home made smoked meats, cheese and fruit trays! We have also gotten cash tips for helping folks put up tents, direct them into their space and other issues.

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We also find change left for us on the picnic tables. Not much but it all adds up. They also leave their cans and bottles for us to recycle. We often average about $50 a week extra with all these perks.

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Do you get tips from campers? Do you tip or feed Camp-hosts where you stay? Have you ever even thought about it?

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RV Monitoring System-Product Review

RV Whisper RV Monitor
We decided to order this product after reading the great reviews and talking to people that had gotten it. We like most RV's travel with pets and always worry about their safety in high temperatures. This monitor helps alleviate our worries. Their are many other benefits to this system. Continue reading to find out more about it and the ease of installation and use.

RV Whisper™ has many features designed to bring you peace of mind in your RV:
Track your RV’s indoor temperature on hot or cold days — especially useful for making sure your pets are safe while you’re away!
Monitor your fridge and freezer for safe food storage temperatures
Check your 12V batteries for low or high voltage
Set text message and/or email alerts for when temperatures get too hot or voltages are out of range
RV Whisper™ monitors your RV using wired and wireless sensors
Display your RV data in a browser on your phone, tablet, or computer — no internet access is required to access your data when you’re near the RV Whisper™ computer
If you choose to supply your own WiFi, you can check in on your RV over the internet!
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RV Interior Temperature Alerts
When your pets have to stay behind in your RV, know if they are safe from dangerous summer time heat. If the RV interior temperature rises above a user-specified threshold, RV Whisper™ sends text and email messages to alert RV owners.

Campers Feeding Us

Workamping has it’s ups and downs but generally there are way more ups. We are always meeting great people who offer us food and drinks.

Today was no exception. We were traveling around the Campground when some very nice Canadian visitors stopped us with a tray of awesome food.

Venison sausage, smoked trout, cheese and crackers! It was really well made and delicious! They had made it all themselves so it was especially nice of them to share it with us.

What have your Campers shared with you?