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Angie Rardon describes overcoming challenges while still having fun in Episode 070

Today we are going to talk with an experienced Workamper who believes embracing that challenge actually saved her husband.

Angie Rardon and her husband, Kevin, are from Temecula, Calif. They decided to retire from their jobs as a quality auditor and engineering tech at age 55 to pursue a dream of RV travel.

Through the process of winding down their careers and selling their home, they both had physical examinations to make sure they would be okay to travel. They wanted to get that done before they lost their employer-sponsored health insurance.

While Angie passed without a problem, Kevin was diagnosed with an early form of cancer.

While he was receiving treatment at a cancer hospital in Loma Linda, Calif., Angie got a job as a dorm supervisor at Yellowstone National Park. From there, she was promoted to a personnel manager.

Kevin eventually needed chemotherapy, and he was transferred to another hospital in Utah, which was closer to one of their daughters. Eventually, he joined Angie in Yellowstone, but they had to leave when his own mother came down with cancer.

Angie secured a long-term leave of absence to help handle the situation, and now they are back to Workamping again.

They live in a 35-foot fifth wheel, which works well for them because it has different living zones to allow Kevin to rest while she can do other things.

Angie describes all the places they have lived and the Workamping jobs she has worked.

Angie Rardon certainly has enjoyed some fantastic experiences as a full-time RVer and Workamper. Whether it was working in a dorm at Yellowstone, or fulfilling orders for Amazon or working as a volunteer ranger, her experiences are quite varied.

She took advantage of opportunities to enjoy some free tours and even took free classes to improve her skills. She also got to see a lot of things that other people may never get to experience, and she met some interesting people along the way.

All of those work to create some lasting memories. I appreciate Angie sharing her interesting story with us.

It is unfortunate that Kevin was diagnosed with cancer before they even got started, but it was good that their pre-Workamping physicals uncovered it early enough to successfully treat the problem.

Angie also proves that it is possible to get healthcare on the road as a full-time RVer, even for extreme situations.

That is a situation which has improved over the past five to 10 years. So, don’t let health challenges or the fear of finding good medical care dissuade you from exploring the RV and Workamping lifestyle. There is often a workaround to any obstacle.

Workamper News can help you get started in the RV lifestyle the right way and by connecting you to short-term jobs around the country.

Whether you are an experienced RVer, a newbie or even just dreaming about the lifestyle, Workamper News can give you information to help plan a course to live your own dream and get you on the road faster than you thought possible.

For more information about opportunities to live, work and play in your RV, visit www.workampernews.com.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a former journalist who covered the recreation vehicle industry since 2009. He started podcasting in 2014 and enjoys interviewing people about ways to live, work and play in their RVs.

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    1. Sorry, Mike. I hope you’ll like one of our other 70 episodes a little better! I’d also be interested in interviewing you someday to hear your workamping story.


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