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RE: Will work for Free :)

Forget I asked :). We have some Canadians that have the same deserving attitude in their life. The problem is those individuals don't realize that the foreign workers didn't STEAL their menial jobs. Those "people like the OP" received those jobs because the local "deserving" Americans won't lower themselves to do them. Someone has to break their back so you can enjoy your fruit cocktails. At least I offered to help around the yard:). What a disappointing result to a simple question. Don't worry, I'll stay in Canada, at least for the next four years.Sorry our laws don't meet your standards. If the only reason you won't visit the US is because some people on the internet pointed out you would technically be breaking the law if you worked you probably should stay put. And if you don't understand sarcasm, you probably wouldn't enjoy the company of many Americans, we tend to be a sarcastic lot.
westernrvparkowner 08/24/16 03:39pm Workamping Forum
RE: Dear Marcus-Your Millions, My Rules

I believe he is probably taking his own advice and not wasting time on things that will not improve the business. Responding to slams on the internet is exactly one of those pointless exercises. If Camping World is such a terribly run company why haven't competitors just run them out of the market and taken the free money that would be left behind. It isn't like some extremely big potential players aren't involved in the RV business. Berkshire Hathaway owns Forest River and if there was ever a shark that could smell blood in the water it's Warren Buffett. Heck, maybe the OP should give him a call, he keeps a number listed in the Omaha Phone book especially for that reason, to get tips on a great investment opportunity.
westernrvparkowner 08/24/16 03:27pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Best Internet

Are you going to be traveling or stationary? If you stay in one spot maybe you can sign on with a local internet service provider. If you are traveling, you only options are to pay for what you go over or accept what wifi is available at the parks where you are staying. It has been hashed, rehashed and then hashed again who or what is at fault for the internet service at campgrounds. Regardless of whether it is just plain greedy campground owners, incredibly stupid campground owners, evil campground owners or even the remote, outlandish possibility that unlimited speed and bandwidth isn't available everywhere, the fact is campground wifi isn't likely to do what you are describing. You will almost assuredly have to provide your own service if you need to stream movies and use the internet for business.
westernrvparkowner 08/24/16 03:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Zoning that restricts RV use on your own land

That is a relatively common law. Zoning often prohibits mobile homes and the equivalent except where specifically allowed. They probably go a lot further requiring dwellings to have proper septic systems, proper access (for fire suppression) and probably a host of other requirements. To me, they are actually being relatively lenient by having the camping provision at all. I doubt it is highly enforced unless a neighbor is calling it in. But then again, Mrs. Kravetts live everywhere and depending upon the setting, camping on that piece of ground can range from being a non issue to being an extreme eyesore.
westernrvparkowner 08/24/16 10:12am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Park Tenants Rights in South Carolina

almost sounds like situation we have in our park in florida. park was sold old owner very sneaky didn't tell anyone they had sold,still don't know who to pay rent to,old owners staying in park till end of june-i don't trust them but we don;t want to make bad impression to new owners,any suggestions? The owner of the park was under no requirement to inform you that they were selling. Pay your rent to the people running the park and get a receipt. You don't know what the agreement is nor is it really any of your concern. RonWinner, best answer of the day. Very likely the seller is bound by a non-disclosure agreement. The buyer probably doesn't want you to know who he or she is until he ready to make the information public. Could be because they are planning to do something different with that property and don't want people to stop paying rent now, or it could be they just don't want you and everyone else in the park pestering them about what is going to happen when maybe even they don't know.
westernrvparkowner 08/23/16 02:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rust-oleum paint roll on rv

How much is your RV worth? Subtract $1000.00 from that figure and you will get a rough approximation for how much you will lose if you paint your RV with a paint roller.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 08:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Crippling insurance costs

We pay about $1500 for 4+ months with Medipac. When we hit 71, it will be about double. Fortunately we're in the top category health-wise.While not a direct comparison, that $750 a month you would pay at 71 is much cheaper than the premium I pay for the cheapest Bronze Obamacare plan I can buy for my wife and me at age 55. And I bet there isn't a $6500 deductible to meet before it starts coverage. Health insurance costs in the US are out of control and the ripple effect is hitting you.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 08:11pm Snowbirds
RE: Will work for Free :)

I have no comment on the topic, but I say kudos to everyone as these posts did not get out of hand with negative remarks!! Really enjoyed reading them! Although it does present a sad example of the state of our country today. Here's a family that just wants to see some of the US and is willing to actually WORK for that privilege and we collectively point out to them how they would be violating our laws. On the other hand, we have thousands of illegals currently in the US who receive free food stamps, housing, health care, education to include college, and a supplement each month for each child they bear in the US and are even receiving voting privileges in some states! I say if you want to see Texas you are welcome to stay at my place. That is the least I can do after all the hospitality I have been shown during my several trips through Canada!How is what the OP proposes, illegally working in the US, any different than what the illegal alien picking fruit, or mowing grass is doing. They are both taking low paying, no benefits, manual labor positions away from deserving Americans. They are both in violation of laws that are commonly violated to the detriment of hard working Americans. I know I dream of the day I can shingle roofs in 100 degree heat and not have to compete with an illegal alien for the privilege. Perhaps the difference is the average illegal alien is working to send money home to support his family that likely lives in extreme poverty, while the OP wants to extend his vacation. Personally, my preferences for tolerance of people breaking laws lean towards those who are trying desperately to improve their families lives and provide them with at least the basics we take for granted. But apparently you feel spending extra time on vacation is a nobler aspiration.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 08:05pm Workamping Forum
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

for that money you could buy two houses, one North, one South and own something that can go up in value. bumpy$75,000 a house isn't going to get you very much anywhere near a place someone would want to be.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 03:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

I am president of an ownership park and it is nothing like you describe. Our dues are $85/month which covers all maintenance of the property. We have a pool, spa, workout room, laundry, 14,000 foot clubhouse, tennis/pickleball courts, pool/billiard room, mail room, and also the fee includes trash. You are responsible for your water/sewer bill, electric bill and property taxes as you own the property Thank you for your feedback. Can you explain why this guy splits the fees? It's 135.00 per month x 12. With only 6 months to be useable. I know condo ( homes) owners in this state that don't pay fees that high.Condo HOAs in the Palm Springs area of California probably average over $600/month and many exceed $1000.00. While it sounds excessive, you do get a lot for your money. Security, your condo is insured, your condo unit's exterior is maintained, your landscaping is done, you trash is paid, all the amenities of the property are included (usually a clubhouse, pools, exercise facilities, sports courts etc) usually there is cable TV included. Start to purchase all those items individually for a single family home and you will see it isn't really out of line.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 11:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

Ah, but is it $150,000 down PLUS 1800/month? I know, there's a chance you will get some, all or more than your $150,000 back at some point in the future but that's always a chance taken.No you don't have to rent your site if you own it. My only fees were the HOA dues ($285.00/month) property taxes, electricity and a gardener in the winter(5 months at $45/month). The HOA included cable TV, water, maintenance of the common areas, security and all the amenities of the park including the golf greens fees. And yes, there is always a chance to lose money on any purchase or investment. But like I said, it was money for recreation, which should always be considered money flushed away. The RV is going to depreciate, rent is spent and gone, I'm going to lose golf balls in the water hazards and a cruise doesn't give you any money back at the end. My point wasn't anything about the finances, it was about the lifestyle and owning a site in a great resort is attractive and satisfying to many people, me included.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 11:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Financing

Residency will be a small hurdle compared to your bad credit history. You are buying a toy in the eyes of any lender. Lenders will take a risk (if the reward is great enough) on something you need. The thought is you will pay for your house, since you need a place to live. They will loan on a car, since cars are pretty much essential in most of the country and that makes paying the car payment a priority. This same scenario plays out at every financial institution. They look at your credit history and decide if you are likely to pay the debt on what you are borrowing for. People with great credit can get a loan to take a vacation, with less than a stellar record, no way, since there isn't any way for that lending institution to take that vacation away. At the very bad end of the scale, the loan sharks on the street corner think you will pay because if you don't they break your kneecaps, which is a very strong incentive for you to come up with the weekly payment. In the eyes of the lender, a person losing their recreational vehicle is a decision they will make over losing their car or their home or having their kneecaps broken. I seriously doubt you are going to find any financial institution that is going to go far out on a bad credit limb for you.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 07:30am Full-time RVing
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

We loved our owned lot at Outdoors Resorts in Indio, Ca. Cost us a little over $150,000 and was worth every penny. Fees were right at $300.00 a month and that included all the common usage areas, workout room, pools, spas, 18 hole golf course including the greens fees. The people were great. If anything they were a bit too social, we seldom had time to go explore the area, since there was always something going on. When we sold, we got our original purchase price back, so much of our costs were recovered. We would still be there, except we decided we just wanted more square footage for our 5 months in the winter. assuming that one would finance this 150,000 at ??% what would that cost over 10-15 years etc.? and was that recouped. bumpyAssuming that someone would finance it isn't always a valid assumption. It was a recreational purchase, pure and simple. Renting there for five months would cost a minimum of 7 or 8 thousand. On top of that, you can't personalize a rented site. You can't guarantee that you will always have the same site, year to year. Like anything, some people made a bunch of money (bought low, sold high), some, like me, broke even and some lost big time. But you can say that about most anything. I believe that owning real estate is always going to be towards the top of investment options. It's value is never going to go to zero, which is something you can't say about any stock in the stock market. On top of that, you just cannot place a value on owning something versus renting it. It worked for us and I don't think I stand completely alone in that feeling.
westernrvparkowner 08/22/16 07:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ownership rv resorts ... Are they all the same?

We loved our owned lot at Outdoors Resorts in Indio, Ca. Cost us a little over $150,000 and was worth every penny. Fees were right at $300.00 a month and that included all the common usage areas, workout room, pools, spas, 18 hole golf course including the greens fees. The people were great. If anything they were a bit too social, we seldom had time to go explore the area, since there was always something going on. When we sold, we got our original purchase price back, so much of our costs were recovered. We would still be there, except we decided we just wanted more square footage for our 5 months in the winter.
westernrvparkowner 08/21/16 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Never Again

AAA, Coachnet, Good Sam, the insurance companies and every other roadside assistance vendor contract with the same tow companies. There aren't AAA only tow companies and Good Sam only companies etc. You likely would have had the exact same service if you had a different roadside provider. Unless you have actually worked for ALL of the service providers within a short period of time, you have NO WAY of knowing that. And I strongly suspect it is not true, based on the vastly different response many people have had who subscribe to more than one service.I guess then everyone who has had problems in my park over the past 15 years have had the exact same roadside assistance provider, because the same Heavy Duty Tow service comes out every time.
westernrvparkowner 08/20/16 06:46pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Never Again

The equipment needed to tow a truck pulling a 30+ foot fifth wheel is a whole lot different than what would be needed should your Pinto have broken down in the same location. The odds are pretty good the equipment needed to tow your rig was already deployed somewhere else when your call came in. AAA, Coachnet, Good Sam, the insurance companies and every other roadside assistance vendor contract with the same tow companies. There aren't AAA only tow companies and Good Sam only companies etc. You likely would have had the exact same service if you had a different roadside provider.
westernrvparkowner 08/20/16 01:15pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Boingo Wifi?

I believe they are one of the few still standing companies that solicited RV Parks, coffee shops, hotels etc. offering to install wifi equipment, manage the equipment and be the contact point for the wifi system. The pitch would be something like "you get all the equipment for free, and we might even pay you for the privilege, depending upon the pay as you go rate we charge at your location. The service could be great, or terrible, depending upon what internet pipeline the park could and would bring in. (this is almost always the big problem on wifi, bandwidth availability). But it was almost always a pay for use system which is a very unpopular option in wifi these days. An account with one of those companies would get you free or discounted access at all of the locations they serve. I wouldn't buy an account unless you were a long term guest at a park that had them, and you tested the internet speeds before you bought to see if it was worth the money. I seriously doubt you would be doing anything but throwing money away if you weren't totally sure many places you were going to visit used that specific service.
westernrvparkowner 08/19/16 04:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Will work for Free :)

I don't think that work trades violate minimum wage laws, unless the work required is valued higher than what is received in trade. And most places evade the issue by calling it volunteering. I would guess it is legal to accept foreigners as volunteers. The employer would be required to report the value of what is received as income. Depending upon the situation, it would either be on a W-2 or a 1099. Yes, of course, although that is not for the OP to worry about.It would be something for them to worry about since it would be clear evidence the OP was working in the US and when they entered the country they clearly affirm they are not coming into the US to work, know they cannot work unless they have a green card and know that a violation of that affirmation could lead to them being asked to leave the country and never return.
westernrvparkowner 08/18/16 07:58am Workamping Forum
RE: Will work for Free :)

Westernrvparkowner, don't you have workers who work in your park/s in exchange for space rent? I thought pretty much all rv parks did that.No Way. We pay all our employees. Like I previously posted, accepting work, providing anything of value and not reporting that income, not meeting minimum wage requirements, and it the case of the OP, not verifying that the employee meets the legal requirements to work in the United States, are all violations of federal law. Yes, many parks do exactly what the OP describes. I doubt more than a handful have ever gotten even a slap on the wrist. But I have a low tolerance for risk. If one of those under the radar employees ran over a child with the lawn mower I would be sued into oblivion and my insurance is probably going to fight it, saying they only cover actions of employees and the guy mowing the grass wasn't an employee. If one of those off the books employees got injured, the state is coming after me for violations of workman's compensation laws as well as making me responsible for all the medical costs. There are a thousand ways I could make more money by simply ignoring a few laws. I could easily pocket cash payments and lower my tax burden. I could run clearly personal expenses thru the businesses and have greater tax deductions. I could underreport my lodging and sales tax collections to the state and pocket the difference. No one would ever catch me if I just did all my electrical and plumbing work myself, even though the law requires the work be done by licensed electricians and plumbers. But I like to sleep well at night and knowing I did the right thing helps in that regard.
westernrvparkowner 08/18/16 07:53am Workamping Forum
RE: Will work for Free :)

I don't think that work trades violate minimum wage laws, unless the work required is valued higher than what is received in trade. And most places evade the issue by calling it volunteering. I would guess it is legal to accept foreigners as volunteers.The employer would be required to report the value of what is received as income. Depending upon the situation, it would either be on a W-2 or a 1099. You can't pick and choose what laws you like and don't like. Like I said, these laws are ignored and circumvented daily. But all those politicians and people screaming illegal immigrants are stealing American jobs are really pointing directly at the OP and those like them. On an individual basis, it sure seems fine and dandy to everyone, but when looked at through the broad lens it becomes a political football.
westernrvparkowner 08/17/16 08:10pm Workamping Forum
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