Choosing the Right RV as a Travel Nurse: Travel Nurse Housing

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July 8, 2017

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Travel Nurse Housing: Choosing the Right RV

Karen Bell has provided the following information.

Karen is a solo female traveler and has been a Travel Nurse since 2000.  She has worked approximately 24 assignments in WA, OR, CA, NV, and NM.  Karen has traveled exclusively via RV since 2005.  Karen works in L&D and NICU II.

Travel Nurse Housing: Choosing the right RV for your travels can be a daunting undertaking.  I, fortunately, had been “camping” for many years, so I was aware of many of the positives and negatives of each type of RV.

Choosing the Right RV

Some of your choices will be dictated by finances, family, security, personal preferences, and many other variables unique to each of us.  I will attempt to explain some of the differences, but I have not had the pleasure of having every type of RV.

Choosing the Right RV: My routine

I have a 35 ft Class A Motorhome.

I chose this specifically because of the ease of setup, safety, and enough room so I don’t feel confined.  I have it set up to tow my AWD SUV.  I did not want to drive a large truck as my only vehicle. Once on assignment, I love to go exploring and take many side trips, so a vehicle with a little better fuel economy was my choice.  My Motorhome is not easy on gas, but at least once I get where I am going, I can remain parked and drive my SUV.  My travel money helps defray the cost of travel.  I don’t usually take assignments across the country as the cost would be astronomical for just a 3-month assignment.

Safety was another concern for me.  People are unable to tell if I have a house full of people with me or if I am alone. When I stop somewhere for lunch or a restroom break, I don’t have to get out of my rig.  And if I do, they don’t know who is left behind.

Once I arrive at the RV park, setting up is easy.

Level, plug in the electricity, hook up the water and cable, and attach the sewer hoses.  I am done!!  Class C Motorhomes are the same for setting up.   I think the dreaded sewer hoses are the thing most of my friends think is SO hard.  In reality, it is very simple.  Attach to the outlet (usually just swivels and locks into place) of the Motorhome, and place the other end in the campgrounds septic outlet (I have a sandbag I put on top just so there are no issues of it coming out of the outlet).  Open the valve on the Motorhome.

Choosing the Right RV: Types of RVs

Travel Trailers

Travel Trailer towing I know very little about but have watched many a person set them up.  Seems the basics are the same for setting up.  However, towing seems a little daunting to me as they talk about weight distribution hitches, sway bars, brake controllers, and jacks.  You need the right-sized truck designed to be able to tow the chosen trailer.  Salesmen will sell you anything and tell you, “Your truck can do it,” but that is not true in many instances.  Do your research.

Fifth Wheels

Fifth wheels seem to me to be the biggest “bang for your buck”.  They tow very well, are very roomy, and come in all sizes and prices.  Again, you need the right size truck for the RV.  I have watched people set these up, and they seem very labor-intensive.  If I did not travel alone and had a spouse, this would probably be my preferred choice.  I just don’t have some of the physical strength required to deal with the hitch and jacks, etc.  Although I understand many of them to have electric jacks, which makes that easier.

My best suggestion is to go to RV shows, Sales lots, internet, and look at all the different types of RV’s.  When you think you have found “the one”, then research the manufacturer, reviews, complaints, and customer service.

No one manufacturer is perfect.  Some are just better than others.  Hope to see you on the road.

Do you use an RV for your travel nurse housing? Have you found any tips for choosing the right RV? Comment them and any other RV travel nurse tips below.

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Katy Blythe is another Travel Nurse traveling full-time in an RV.  Katy writes at Blogspot about her experiences: http://rnrvfulltime.blogspot.com/

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