Forbes – Workamping in 'The New Retirement'

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August 29, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

In 2006, a year before they both retired from the Ohio public school system, Chuck and Joyce Fagan moved out of their Springfield home and into a 36-foot trailer parked at a local campground. It was a test, Forbes magazine reported.

“We thought that if we could make it through that winter in Ohio, we could work anywhere during retirement,” recalls Joyce, now 66. “It was 25 below!” The couple, then in their late 50s, got through the big freeze, sold their house and a year later joined the nomadic tribe of boomers known as “work campers.” Chuck, who’s 62, says, “We’ve never regretted our decision.”

The Fagans travel around the country in their RV, working at Kampgrounds of America (KOA) locations a few months at a time, earning roughly the minimum wage at the comfortable, family campgrounds. “For us,” Chuck says, “it’s a great supplemental income that allows us to see as much of this beautiful country as we can.”

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