Would you like to try out boondocking, hosting and working with the US Forest Service preserving part of our national heritage all at the same time? Then you need to become a volunteer in the Passport In Time program. http://passportintime.com/ The forest service is currently looking for volunteers to fill the following periods: July 1–31 & August 1–31, 2011 for Caretaking Kentucky Camp in Arizona. Kentucky Camp contains the remnants of a 1902 gold mining camp in a very scenic and secluded location. Per the PIT website: “Caretakers will be responsible for greeting the public and answering questions. Caretakers are also responsible for maintenance (e.g., adobe patching, light carpentry, grounds-keeping, cleanup of the facilities, etc.) and work with FS archaeologists on stabilization and interpretive projects.” Past caretakers have been supplied with a full service RV site with some volunteers even being supplied with a RV in the site! In addition, “volunteers may deduct certain un-reimbursed expenses incurred in connection with their volunteer service from their reported income on Federal income tax returns. Examples of expenses that can be deducted include mileage to the project, gas, and meals while on the project. Information on this subject is available from Internal Revenue Service taxpayer assistance offices“.
Caretaking Kentucky Camp, what a great opportunity for a low cost tax deductible month long RV vacation in the boondocks. It is an adventure in RVing you will never forget!
One of the Buildings in Kentucky Camp
Trailer Supplied to Volunteer Host in Past Season
View From Kentucky Camp
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.