Working On the Road
A frequently requested topic is information about finding a job to support the RV lifestyle on the road.
New Year is approaching and if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to
find work while traveling the seasons, you are in luck. There are so
many job openings you are sure to find one that fits your skills and
personality. Your particular age and lifestyle may define the type of
job you seek.
Retired Travelers With Some Financial Resources
RV Parks, Campgrounds and Resorts
the Winter season, start applying for a position in March; October for
the Summer season. There are fewer opportunities for summer employment
in cooler climes, so keep this in mind. If working in higher altitudes
is not an issue, then more jobs are available. You are also competing
against high school and college students for those same summer jobs.
a result, working RVers often find a winter job and travel the summer
months. If you stay in one destination for the summer, check with
management for possible trade situations. If you have mechanical and
maintenance experience, the chances are good there is a job for you.
of the first things to do is prepare a resumé. This is a simple
document that states your name and contact information. Underneath the
contact information, place a SUBJECT line that states your job
preference, for example, Maintenance, Landscaping or Office.
this, in a paragraph or two, state your skills. Listing your previous
jobs and their descriptions is one way to go. It is easier to just list
the number of years experience with each tool, occupation or software
the way, if you are computer literate and want to work in a campground
office, the primary RV park guest registration software programs are available to download to your computer for practice. (CampgroundMaster, CampgroundManager, DigiRez)
in mind that RV park management is not looking for experts with years
of experience. They are looking for an outgoing personality that likes
interacting with their guests, and displays some skill. If you are
dependable, behave properly during off-hours, and complete your
assignments, you are asked back for another season.
RVers in this lifestyle are not primarily looking at financial rewards
but seek an interesting and rewarding daily experience. Consider the
income tax ramifications before choosing your first job. It may be more
practical to simply trade a few hours of labor each week for an RV site
with full hookups including utilities.
working as a couple, 24 hours a week split between you (12 hours each)
may seem like a good trade, but a solo traveler would not. The best
deals are 14-20 hours a week with utilities included in a full-hookup RV
RV parks prefer to make you a temporary employee and pay for all hours
worked. The RV site is then discounted but you pay the utilities. This
arrangement works for some and may be the best deal for a solo traveler.
your resume via email to the RV park or campground of your choice. Call
first and find out the name and email address of the manager (or person
responsible for hiring). They may not have an opening at the time, but
could contact you later.
Another option is joining Workamper.com.
The annual membership is $47. There is an introductory free membership
to give you exposure to the group and find out if it is what you need.
With the paid version, daily emails alert you to current job openings in
the snowbird section of the country, California, Texas, Arizona, Utah,
Colorado, and Nevada. Summer jobs are posted in Oregon, Washington, and
the Dakotas, plus other states with cooler climes.
Large commercial campground chains, like KOA, have their own website and application requirements. Annual fee: $35 www.workatkoa.com/
information really applies to all RVers that are still strong and
healthy. Normally by the age of 70, most RVers are not looking for
labor-intensive jobs, but there are certainly exceptions. The more labor
or skill involved, the higher the hourly wage.
Inc. has several warehouses around the country. Their Christmas season
employment is very popular among RVers. Amazon provides a full-hookup RV
park for their season that lasts about three to four months in the
Oct-January timeframe. The hourly pay averages $12.88 per hour plus
overtime (enforced). It is 10-hour days and labor-intensive picking and
packing Amazon fulfillment products.
Camping World (now owned by Good Sam)
hires full-time RVers and allows them to follow the sun, working in
locations coast-to-coast. Most jobs are sales associates working inside
their many store locations. CampingWorldGoodSamJobs.com/
Christmas Trees and Pumpkin Patches
areas in the USA look for seasonal employees with RVs to setup patches
and service customers. The pay is good, the hours long, but it is
outdoors and can be fun.
Create Your Own Business
RVers traveling full-time create their own business to make money on
the road. I have done this three times in my twenty years on the road.
Build your skills that can benefit those living the RV lifestyle.
option that has opened up in the last two years, and provides a very
healthy income for working RVers is inspecting new and used RVs. When National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association (NRVIA) opened its doors to train and certify RV inspectors, a whole new and lucrative business developed.
attend an NRVIA approved training program that provides them with the
knowledge base they need to test and gain their credentials along with
the know how to develop an RV Inspection business.
You can still travel and enjoy the lifestyle. The NRVIA.com website
contains a search engine that customers use to find an inspector. Keep
NRVIA informed of your location, and when customers in your area need an
inspector, they call you. Read this post by a working inspector and get
Wherever you roam, there is a job there for you. S