On-The-Road Logistics
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Logistics - Getting There  and  Being There:

Here I want to present some of the  "What does it look like?"   topics including  Mobilization  and  Being There.
For now, I will just post the basics.

I use a travel trailer as both office and home on the road.   Thus we request the client ministries that are able  supply an on-campus (or very-near-by) full-hookup RV site (this includes water, electricity and sewer).   This form of housing has some distinct advantages:  it simplifies work-space and allergy issues:   I can focus on the work-at-hand,   I am not ‘under-foot’,   I sneeze less,  and  I never forget to pack something.

 

Mobilization . . . getting there from here.

Getting there with a travel-trailer in tow means driving down the interstates and byways.  Because I am towing a trailer,  I consider 300 to 400 miles to be a full day’s travel. 

Upon arrival, I like to take at least a half-day to settle in and rest from driving,  this seems to improve my productivity as I begin to work.   This provides time to properly "set up camp",  do a shopping list,  and attend to mechanical issues that may arise during the trip.

 

Being There . . . time and place.

The duration of a stay is usually two or more weeks, especially for a first visit to a ministry.  This is often too long for imposing on the hospitality of one of the ministry staff members - - certainly too long for using the living-room couch/sofa.  The semi-independent housing of an RV facilitates extending the stay when it is productive to do so. 

As already indicated, the accommodations needed are simply an RV site - - I provide the trailer.  Preferably this site is on-campus at the ministry,  it can also be at a nearby commercial campground,  or  on a friend-of-the-ministry's private property,  or  some mobile-home parks have RV sites.  RV Sites are simply parking places suitable for RVs, generally they also have utility connections.

Suitable alternative arrangements can generally be made if a ministry does not have on-campus RV-sites.

Among the advantages of an on-campus RV site are  (1)  it eliminates commute costs and the corresponding time lost,  (2)  takes advantage of the office-in-the-trailer  where I have my own workspace for focused concentration  and  I can simply go back and forth to clarify or obtain information,   (3)  it is less intrusive to the ministry, I do not need a desk/workspace,  it does not impose the "quiet, we have a visitor" effect on staff,   as well as  (4)  it avoids commercial campground charges. 

RV Sites are intrinsic points of discussion when the service is delivered by someone living fulltime in an RV,  and it may seem we focus on some peculiar issues regarding where and how we park our RVs.  Perhaps the key point about RV-sites is in the phrase "parking places suitable for RVs",  with the strong emphasis on 'suitable'.
          Is it a big enough space?
          Is it accessible - - think   'very large semi-truck',  not just  'I can park my car there'.
          Is it a level, flat, level, even, level, smooth, level, good-traction-surface?   (And do I need mention "level"?)
          Would you want to camp there overnight in a tent?
They do not need to be fancy, just level !
Typical utilities, in order of importance, are:
          Electricity - marginal is 110 volt 15 amp;  sufficient is 110 volt 30 amp,  fancy is 220 volt 50 amp.
          Water - fresh drinking water,  the RVer will have a special purpose 'garden hose' for this connection.
          Sewer - waste water,  a 3-inch connection to the sewer / septic-system;  can be at or simply 'near by' the RV site.
I can help you create temporary or permanent sites,  in some cases it is fairly easy, and not expensive.  It can be done incrementally - starting at providing only a simple minimum functionality and then enhancing as the usage indicates.

A couple pictures on the  Photo Page  may also help you visualize some of this.

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This page last edited: 01 February 2011