Well, YES. they support the parks both public and private, they support many industries (consumables, such as fuel, oil, the RV itself) in many cases they do volunteer work.. I sing in the church choir. (Actually several depending on where I'm parked) they spend money in stores, and more.
I have seen many people who park their behind in a chair and.. basically do not move. RVers are not like that. I'd say we made the better choices, Both for ourselves, and for society.
So, just because our "Home" has wheels and an engine, does not mean we are any less supportive of society than the person in a sticks and bricks. In many cases it means we are more supprotavie. Because WE ARE GOING PLACES!
Home is where I park it.
Kenwood TS-2000 housed in a 2005 Damon Intruder 377
Just in Gas Taxes you are going to build some roads. I know RVers that go to Florida in the winter and volunteer at rest homes, soup kitchens, etc. I am not one of those. I figure I boost the economy where ever I go. Particularly the local farmers markets and bistros.
sure rv'ers contribute. anyone putting money into the economy contributes.
I think we are chatting about a more personal level. As in volunteering and helping others on a one to one basis I guess.
when we retire, we come first. we are going to travel and DO everything we wanted to do first. then I am sure as we finish up our 'new found freedom' we will change. everything in life changes. there is a time for everything. I do plan on finding a 'project' later to help others etc.
so for me, all in due time.
I help now, do what I can to the level I am comfortable, when I retire I will handle my volunteering/helping others the same way.
do what every you feel is right and comfortable for you and yours. no one will ever be the same on this type of situation.
I see a lot of people complaining about others with their "bigger carbon footprint", or "not contributing enough to society". If someone wants to live in a studio efficiency apartment eating tofu with three other roommates, that is their life. Trying to play holier than thou because other people would rather have a house, or full-time in an RV is just plain wrong, and one of the biggest problems with our society.
I would say RV-ers do a lot to help spread wealth. By keeping rural CGs/SPs/RV parks in business, it not just keeps that one place open, it keeps everyone who has business with that open as well, be it the plumbers and electricians, to the nearby grocery shops, to repair places. And those places keep other businesses open as well.
I do like putting in some volunteer work, but as for feeling guilty about RV-ing... not at all. In fact, without RV-ers, some places will end up shutting their doors for good.
Lots of highly defensive attitudes in this thread - what's that all about?
The answer to this question is simple - yes - of course RVer's contribute to society.
When travelling the opportunity for contribution is more economic - but it is substantial - just ask any business or community that is dependent on tourism .... campgrounds, grocery stores, gas stations, souvenir shops, attractions, tours, casino's - the list goes on.
When not travelling there is much greater opportunity for the "giving back" to be more personal.
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Heck Yeah! In some form or another, speaking of only the topic. I for one am a workamper and when in an area I have to spend some of that income in the community where I reside. If I ever get the chance at retiring, would love to volunteer at a National, State or wilderness area. It helps keep these available for future young people to enjoy the beauty of the great country, wild animals, flowers in bloom and understand how bountiful this Earth is. Irover
By the time we retire, IMO, we have made all the "contributions to society" that any reasonable person could expect (and possibly more). To say that a retiree owes even more "contributions to society" is, IMO, sheer idiocy!
Even if you do no more than eat, sleep, and excrete waste, you are "contributing".
Tell the fool to go suck eggs!
That other manager is one highly jealous individual.
We contributed to society for over 40 years. It's time for society to contribute to us!! We worked hard to get where we are today. Don't feel guilty about enjoying it. If you find opportunities to help others along the way, so be it. There are many many ways you can do so in your travels.
Lonny & Diane
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