Saturday, December 29, 2012

Workamping 101

Coyote Valley RV Resort
Morgan Hill, CA

Thursday we started our first shift of workamping
here at the resort. 
The schedule is perfect for us for now.
We have 4 days on, 4 days off, the first day being 4 hours,
followed by three 8 hours days.
They don't care how we schedule the hours, 
as long as someone is covering the shift.

The other couple splits up their hours by working 2 hours, 
then switching places, and so on until the day is over.

George and I have been working together, at least for now.
He really enjoys driving the golf cart around anyway,
so I think he ends up doing more hours than I do :-)

Our full day is like this:
The worker always carries a walkie-talkie around with them.
This must be on by 8 am!
There is a census that must be done first thing in the morning,
of the empty spaces left in the park,
and a few meters to be read.
The office manager tells us which ones need to be read.
(There are quite a few monthly 'guests' here)

The next chore is to empty all the garbage cans in the clubhouse,
pool area, and office. That is really not a big deal.

The rest of the day is spent driving in circles!

There are 4 loops with 127 sites. I would say that half
of the sites are taken by extended stay (monthly) guests.
A lot of them are working in the area, and their companies
pay for the site while they are working.
The park has a very high standard when it comes to RVs here.
A lot of high-end motorhomes and fifth-wheels, and none over 10 years old.

while driving in circles..
there are garbage bags and recyclable bags that are to be picked up.
The recyclables are to be placed on an 'R' that is stenciled on each site.
The trash can be placed anywhere..
but sometimes it is hard to tell which is which.

As people pull out, their sites need to be swept,
sewer caps checked, and breakers turned off.
As you can see it hasn't been very warm here :-)

At any moment the walkie-talkie can squawk with orders to:
fill propane for someone..
escort a guest to their site..
or help take the Christmas decorations down :-)
(Whatever is deemed necessary!)

George thought that Mr Gnome had been ignored lately..
so he gave him a ride..

..until he wanted to drive..

I don't think that Gnomes are allowed to play in the golf carts :-)

Hopefully it will warm up here soon!

Last night we went for our Chinese meal with my Mom & Dad..

..and we will spend New Year's Day at their house.

More adventures later!


  1. wow sounds great so far so do you both work 28 hour week or combined 28hrs a nice that your close to your mom and dad...Happy New Year...

  2. Sounds like you have found a great job. Just change directions once in a while as you are going in circles and you can get a different view.

  3. I agree with Dave and Maxine, change directions so you won't get dizzy. I am glad Mr. Gnome got to see some of the sights.


  4. Sounds like a fine exchange 4 days on and 4 days off for a free site. Glad you don't have to clean the restrooms. I wouldn't mind the work you do either. Hope it warms up for you.

  5. I'm thinking you'll have one worn out golf cart by the time you're done with your tour of duty. That is if you can pry it lose from Mr. Gnome... ;c)

  6. Sounds like a nice gig in anice place! Now here's hoping it warms up!!

  7. I like the 4 day work week part, that sounds like the ticcket. Happy New Year!!!