50 States, 50 Jobs: New Documentary Chronicles Couple’s Quest to Work in All 50 States

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Some honeymoon! "Hourly America," a new feature-length documentary, follows newlywed Heath and Alyssa Padgett as they work — and travel in their Winnebago RV — across 50 states.

The Padgetts in front of their Winnebago “Merica the Brave”

“There is so much opportunity in our country,” Heath said of what he learned from filming the documentary.

Heath and Alyssa Padgett didn’t settle for a traditional honeymoon. Instead, the newlyweds from Austin, Texas, hopped in an RV and traveled to all 50 states while they filmed a full-length documentary.

The film chronicling their journey is called “Hourly America” and features Heath working at a different hourly job in every state. Given the costs associated with such extensive traveling, the Padgetts discovered using an RV was an efficient way to stay on budget throughout the journey.

“We kind of fell into it,” Padgett said of RVing. “We graduated college and had office jobs, but really wanted to travel and see the country.”

The Padgetts’ RV shuttled them to destinations throughout the continental U.S. for their documentary giving them a glimpse at the many possibilities this nation provides.

“There is so much opportunity in our country,” Heath said of what he learned from filming the documentary. “You always think of being a lawyer, teacher or accountant, but what I learned on our tour across the country is that there are so many jobs available you would have never considered before.”

The Padgetts plan on releasing their feature-length documentary this spring, but despite crossing all 50 states off their list, one thing has remained the same – they still live full-time in an RV.

“Our biggest goal at this point in our lives is creating a lifestyle that allows us to travel and continue to do work we love- writing and film making,” Heath said. “After we hit the road, it became pretty clear the whole RV thing was pretty cool. While we worked to complete our 50 state-cross-country adventure, we met tons of other travelers and creative professionals who had found different ways to earn an income while traveling.”

In 2015, the Padgetts further committed to the lifestyle by purchasing a new Winnebago Brave motorhome. It has a retro-styled design and fits with the personalities of the Padgetts. They have written guest blogs for different companies in the RV industry including Winnebago Industries, DoItYourselfRV, RVShare and Good Sam.

“We wanted an RV with more space for work,” Heath said. “The Winnebago Brave does that by offering two slideouts and large areas to edit footage.”

The Padgetts have even dubbed the Winnebago “Merica the Brave” in homage to their trip across the United States and are looking forward to making many more memories while sharing some of them as contributors for the RV lifestyle-blog website http://winnebagolife.com.

“If you would’ve told me that at 25 years old I’d be living fulltime in an RV… I might of thought you were crazy,” Heath wrote on his blog. “But living in an RV has been the biggest adventure of our lives to date.”

About Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries, Inc., "The Most Recognized Name in Motor Homes®", is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since 1996. The Company's common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO. Options for the Company's common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. For access to Winnebago Industries' investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit http://investor.wgo.net.

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