So when we meet people, which happens frequently, we get asked the same questions…I should get a t-shirt made the front says I’m a full time RVer and back is the questions.
Where are you going next?
What is your favorite place?
What do you do for work?
It’s like I’m psychic, but I swear every time.
A lot of these people we meet are RVers just not full timers. When we answer the questions they are most fascinated with the last one. How we work, where, the types of jobs we’ve had, how we get them. So today I decided I would answer the last one once and for all so you can all come up with another question to ask when you meet us. Workcamping is not a secret. If you just type it into Google you will see, the problem is that if you don’t know what full time RVers call working then you don’t know to type in workcamping…so maybe it is a little bit of a secret.
Let me start by saying this is our experience, every RVer does it a bit differently and there are infinite ways of making a living, this is just ours. We do two different types of jobs- seasonal positions and workcamping jobs.
Seasonal positions last anywhere between three weeks to three months depending on the job and for us they have been more labor intensive, higher paying, and more of a time commitment. All of the seasonal positions we have worked have included our site and utilities along with an hourly pay or salary. All of the jobs we have worked they have taken care of all our accommodations, we did not need to worry about figuring out where we would stay or payment of our site, we just showed up. Our seasonal positions have included the Beet Harvest in Sidney, Mt, Amazon Fufillment Center in Campbellsville, KY, and Hart-T-Tree Farm in Boca Raton, FL. All of them were 10 or more hours a day and some harder work than others but because the seasons were short we powered through and for the most part had a lot of fun! We have been back to the Beet Harvest 3 years in a row and look forward to returning to Hart-T –Tree Farm again! For us seasonal positions is where we make our money. We can do two seasonal positions a year and make a bulk of our income.
Workcamping jobs are usually six month positions lasting May-October or October-April they are typically at campgrounds or RV resorts. The job could be anything from office work and maintenance to working in a theme park, store, or restaurant. The reason it is called workcamping is because the job includes your site and utilities (and often things like wifi, laundry, propane, cable as well) and you work x number of hours a week or month to pay for your site and often get paid $ for the hours you work over those hours. We usually decide where in the country we wait to live and explore and then we look for a job there. The key is to plan ahead. If we look far enough in advance we’ve found we have no trouble finding a job where ever we want to live. We have also tried to switch it up and take different workcamper jobs. We have done office/maintenance, cleaned cabins, and last summer we were activities directors at a Jellystone Park. When you’re not picky what you do the sky is the limit.
So there are many different websites you can use to find these jobs. The ones we have found the work best for us are Workcamping jobs.com and Workers on wheels.com and we signed up for workamper news emails at Workcamper.com which are free, they send us jobs everyday and they also have great resource for RVers!
For us this lifestyle works! We enjoy the “tiny home” living and being able to move around and experience actually living in different parts of the country not just visiting them.