Monday, December 4, 2023


RVer who lost job is in a pickle: What would you do?

We found this post on social media. There must be many other people in a similar situation. What would you do if you were this person?

I’m in a situation right now. I have no where to live, no job. I lost it in September after 16 years of working there. I have a 28-foot travel trailer, parked where it’s not safe for me to stay. My car is not big enough to tow it. I have some money, I could buy a bigger used truck or SUV to tow it (I have NO experience with towing something that big, too scared).

I could handle towing the smaller one in the photo that I can buy and sell the 28-foot trailer with the Dodge Journey I already have. Or I could rent a room for $550 a month with a possibility of reduced rent with cleaning the house.

I also am having trouble finding a place to park the 28-foot trailer where I could stay. The campgrounds want at least $1,100 a month. I can’t afford that.

I’m nervous, scared and confused about what to do. I want to go full-time. I’ve been applying for jobs in Maryland. I’m not ready to move out of state right now.

What would you do in my situation?


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Mark (@guest_89333)
3 years ago

You lost your job in September? That was 11 months ago. I assume you have dealt with this situation by now. So much more information is needed. Do you have any useful marketable skills? 16 years working with the same company doing what? Now you can see why its important to have a reserve fund of money saved up. Difficult to offer advice for a situation that occurred 11 months ago, knowing your situation has changed since then.

Captn John (@guest_89006)
3 years ago

Time to put your big panties on and do something. Everywhere I go I see help wanted signs now. Why work when unemployment pays so well? Should be around $4000 per month, $300+ from your state and $600 from the feds.

Margie (@guest_93869)
3 years ago
Reply to  Captn John

Wow! Where is unemployment $4000/month?? I was at the top of the unemployment payscale a few years ago in a high cost of living area and got $1760/month.

Montgomery D. Bonner (@guest_88933)
3 years ago

All good suggestions below, but you may have to change career paths now during this time. Be flexible, First you need to eat, second you need shelter, third you need to pay bills. There are places listed here which might allow you to camp much cheaper than local. And since it appears single, you could move to another place to find work. Our HD and all the restaurants Walmart, all here looking for workers, suspect that is true closer to you.

GUY GEORGE (@guest_88929)
3 years ago

Finding a job is first and foremost, even if it means leaving Maryland. You can purchase a used Class B, and sell the 28 foot trailer along with the Dodge Journey. The Class B provides both transportation and a home. Further, with the Class B, you are less conspicuous for overnight stays in parking lots if needed. Hope this gave you ideas you can ponder.

Bill T (@guest_88883)
3 years ago

What did you do for 16 years? Do you have marketable and transferable skills? You may need to move to find similar work or change job types to get whatever you can find. As for the trailer situation, I would suggest downsizing to a rig your current vehicle could tow and it would be easier and less stressful for you. Locate an RV park with the cheapest monthly rates, even if it is not a top shelf place, until you can work toward something different. Take everything one step at a time and plan to get the most out of your savings until you are on your feet again. The process will take time but that is the reality of your situation. If you have friends and family around you may they offer you the support and help you need. I wish you the best of luck and may you always keep progressing into the future.

Gary (@guest_88882)
3 years ago

I’d get a resume worked up and start looking for a workamping position. I’d buy a truck that would pull the 28′ trailer and head out for workamping. You send you resume to RV parks that are located in the area you would like to be in and since you can clean houses you can do cleaning or do check in’s in an RV park. There are lots of workamping jobs out there you have to find them. Just for rent you will work 20 to 30 hours a week with extra for money. The scary part of towing will disappear when you get some experience behind you.
Good luck Gary

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