Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Squeeze Box

Sharon, from Odd Essay, wrote and asked to see some photos of our tight squeeze so here they are.  Here we are all tucked away snuggly.


Here’s another view showing the trees that were right in the way of the truck making a wide swing.  We had to go at an angle and “sneak” between the telephone post and the power pedestal and then straighten out and pull forward a little and back in again – we had to do that two times in order to get the rig positioned so we could park the truck on the site.


Just a few more pictures showing this huge rig parked in “The Squeeze Box”.


Here are a couple of shots from behind that shows the phone post and the power pedestal.  Just a tad bit tight – we had to pull forward, almost to the road, to get the entertainment center slide out.


But we managed and are snuggly positioned in a full hook up site with no television for the next eight days.  Two more moves and we’ll be in our “final resting place” for the summer, that is. 

All in all, this is a fairly easy gig; a lot easier for me than for Judy.  She sits at a desk most of the time while doing her least favorite workamping assignment which is reservations.  One thing that we found out is that the other workampers, who have motorhomes, are getting to stay at Hearthside for free whereas we are having to pay $600 per month for our site.  They get huge landscaped full hook up sites with stable 50 amp electric and cable TV while getting paid for all hours worked. 

Now I understand that we “negotiated” a deal with them and were satisfied with the terms at the time, but it still doesn’t seem like it is an “equitable” arrangement.  As long as they have the sites available, it doesn’t really cost them much to provide sites to their workampers so I guess we couldn’t expect them to reimburse us for our site, however, if that’s the case, they should only accept workampers with motorhomes to make it fair to all. 

Well, that’s enough whining, it is what it is.  I guess it is “our cross to bare” to have to live at Magnus park which is within walking distance to one of the prettiest towns in Michigan, that has spectacular views of the bay with beautiful sunsets, and one of the best biking trails in the country while squeezing into small unlevel sites with shaky 30 amp electric and no television.  We sure do have it rough so we hope you’re feeling sorry for us.

In the meantime, happy trails to you until we meet again.  May God Bless  - - - - - - - - -


  1. Yup. Having a pity party here. But that does seem a bit odd.

  2. Good thing it wasn't me trying to back that puppy in there... I'd have hit the tree, the pole AND the water line... probably the rig next door as well! Are you saying that having a 5th wheel instead of a motorhome makes a difference in where they put you... as well as free vs fee? We have done only one work-camping job.. worked the Indianpolis 500 the month of May, 2003. DISASTER! Not anything like the job recruiter said it would be. But we learned a lot about what to ask; what was important to us; what wasn't... so I guess it wasn't a total bust. Good luck with this job.... at least the scenery is nice.