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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I do travel nursing in an RV?

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RV coupleAsk a Travel Nurse Question:  

How do some travel nurses live out of their motor homes/campers? I think this would be efficient but I don’t see how it is feasible. Not every hospital is going to be within reasonable driving distance from an RV site. I appreciate any advice. Thanks!

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:  

The RV approach certainly is possible. However, it does take some extra planning and initial expense. But, if you are only traveling by yourself, it could be a lot easier. I like my one bedroom apartments while on assignment, but if it were me and I chose to travel by RV, I would buy a full size truck and a truck camper (the type that sits in the back bed of the truck). Some nice used truck campers can be had for under $10K. Even if you bought a REALLY nice, brand new truck, and opted for a new camper, you should still come in below $40K (much less than a full size RV would set you back). Plus, with these type campers, you drop it at the campground, pull out from under it, and drive to your job in just the truck. To drive a full size RV to work every day is not feasible and it would be more than I would ever want to deal with in trying to haul another car behind a full size RV.

While there are not campgrounds around every corner, there are certainly enough to find one relatively close to just about any assignment out there. Honestly, if I had my twenties to do over again, I would give very serious consideration to traveling like that.

Best of luck!

David
david@travelnursesbible.com

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About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

3 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I do travel nursing in an RV?"

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  1. Fran says:

    I have been a traveling nurse for 10 years. We use our RV every time. When we decide what area we would like to go to, we do some research on area campgrounds. We usually don’t have any problem finding a campground within 10-20 miles from the hospital. However, we do not work in large cities. We try to work in cities that are 100,000 people or less.

  2. Travis Gillespie says:

    My wife and I have been thinking about travel nursing for years and are now going from fantasizing about it to seriously planning about it. We have 5 children,they are all homeschooled, and my wife stays at home. Sounds crazy, huh. We really enjoy travelling (with all the kids) and would like to do the RV route if possible (we are minimalists). One of my concerns is finding cheap RV sites that allow for a longer term stay. Any thoughts?

  3. David says:

    Ah Travis, the Internet my friend…where all things are possible. Try this site that lists all the RV sites that allow stays of 180 days or more:

    http://www.whenwerv.com/campgrounds_destination/north_america/united_states/1_324/long_term_rv_parks.jsp

    After that, make a list of all the places you’d like to visit and see which areas coincide with those longer term sites.

    I hope this helps.

    David

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