Can you Live in your RV full time and make a living? Perhaps you are wondering if you can find RV jobs and be able to afford the lifestyle.
From one who has been at this for years, I can tell you that there is no better lifestyle, if the lifestyle suits you! And of course I am sure the thoughts of an appropriate RV job has crossed your mind as most RVers are not independently wealthy.
They can’t afford to travel fifty thousand miles a year without the income to pay for the $15 – $20,000 that would cost. Most choose to stay regionally to avoid huge fuel bills. Of course that does not include RV park costs at $15 to $75 per night, on average. Therefore, for most people RV jobs are necessary if you want to enjoy full time RVing.
I will share some of the RV jobs we have tried in the past, and what we are up to now. Each RV job has been a learning experience. What works for us may not work for you. It depends on your personality, your likes and dislikes, and what you have done in your previous life before thinking of full time RV living.
How it started!
Pam and I transitioned into full time RV living by selling the big house, buying an RV, and placing it in a business acquaintances’ RV park. We thought it would be better to start sooner as opposed to buying a smaller house and waiting to begin the RV lifestyle we were looking for.
We work camped ( work that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time job with RV camping) for a year and a half at this particular park, and we were very content with the situation. However, the hardest thing about living in an RV full time is that you want the view from the windows to change. That is, you want to go somewhere else!
So we did! We traveled from one work camper job to the other, going to places we wanted to see. You can do the same thing. It is a lot of fun, and if you choose the right work camper RV job, you can make a living, as well as quench your desires to travel and be in your RV.
You won’t get rich, but you will be happy as long as you don’t have debt coming into the experience. We would never recommend that. It puts too much stress on the relationship when things don’t go as you planned them to.
So, RV jobs can consist of work camping. But, what else can you do from your RV, something that will pay the bills? Lets say you don’t want to be out in public dealing with guests on a day-to-day basis at an RV park or campground. Maybe you are more of a private person who just wants to go to work, do your job, and go home.
Well, there are RV jobs for that too! And they pay fairly well for an entry level RV job! Amazon has a program just for workampers, in various locations throughout the country. They want workers from late summer till just before Christmas in order to fill the increased traffic of the holiday season. You can look them up at Amazon Camperforce on Facebook.
There are other more mobile opportunities where you can travel and do surveys, man kiosks in mall areas around the country as needs arise, and work for travel centers along major highway routes. They provide a space for your RV and they are always looking for help.
If you like solitude and talking to pillows, bed sheets and towels, some hotel chains are now hiring workampers to fill their employment needs because workampers are more reliable then some other choices they have these days.
A lot of these things I mentioned can be found at Workamper News. You can go to Workamper News for a whole host of RV job opportunities. These are great folks!! Pam and I have been dealing with them since 2010. Steve Anderson and his crew are great people! We have enjoyed getting to know them! So much so that we have joined them on a new venture that began in 2014. More on that in just a bit.
Okay, what if you are more entrepreneurial and want to run a business out of your RV? I think this is the best option of the RV jobs categories! There are many things you can do within the limited space of an RV, yet still be able to run a big business. The best reason to go this route is for the tax advantages! An LLC or S corporation can really make “turning the key,” and roaming about, much more affordable.
You can consult with your attorney or CPA about this as I can neither confirm nor deny such things. I can only go by personal experience thus far. If you need a great place to start, check out markjkohler.com. He has some awesome online videos that can get you started. He has also started to acquire a lot of folks in the RV community because of his great advice!
Your Own Business as an RV Job!
We have had some success in the past as network marketers. I found a company that aligned with my feelings about healthy eating. They have great products and I enjoyed the company community. However, with multi-level marketing companies, no matter how good they are, products tend to be expensive (you have to pay that upline), and folks hear MLM and they run.
MLM has gotten a bad rap over the years, but it can be profitable if you know how to navigate the culture. We did okay with it, but it seemed we always had as many people bail out while we were still placing new folks into the system. The dollars per hour were not making sense. So we moved on!
I had an idea to create a water softener/filter system for RVers that live in areas with hard water. The Phoenix, AZ area definitely qualifies to be in that market. While we were out in that area I created a prototype with the intent to market it. But, I soon found out that the RVing community was not willing to pay the price for such a sophisticated system, regardless of how well it worked. They could buy the old salt type system and be happy. They did not care about water quality, only if it was reduced in hardness. Old folks and new ideas don’t always meet on the same plane, if you know what I mean.
A little later on, and after some internet searching, came the idea of affiliate marketing. That is creating a website, sharing something you are passionate about, and offering products and services to those that are looking for your advice by searching on Google. That’s how you found my website. You were searching the idea of full time RV living and RV jobs, and look, here you are. I hope that my site will give you some great ideas and move you forward in your journey toward the lifestyle!
I still work on this website. I first bought the domain name for it back in late 2011. My goal is to make it one of the premier sources of information for those desiring to full time RV.
RV Jobs for Entrepreneurs!
But back to Steve Anderson and Workamper News. A couple of years ago he came up with the idea to offer RV inspections nationally: to do something like the home inspectors do when someone wants to buy one. In this case he wanted to be able to have someone offer an unbiased view of an RV that someone is either buying or selling, and examine over 500 points within that inspection. Once that is done the prospective client would get a proprietary and detailed report on what the RV told that inspector.
Steve Anderson and Terry Cooper of the Mobile RV Academy created the NRVIA (National RV Inspectors Association) and RVIC (RV Inspection Connection) to handle this huge task of offering RV inspections all across the country. They approached work campers to help fill this need for a national workforce. What a great idea! Who knows more about RV’s then the ones who live in them full time!
Pam and I jumped on board with great excitement. Wow, just what we had been looking for! An RV Job in an industry we love! So, we formed our S corporation, took care of the legalities, and we are off to the races.
We are in business for ourselves with all the benefits that offers, BUT not by ourselves! Things are just getting started! We need inspectors!
We want folks that buy RV’s to have them evaluated before they make a costly mistake. Don’t always believe the dealer or private seller! Just like a home inspection, get everything on the table before going to closing!!
This is Us!
If you would like to look into joining us in our quest to increase integrity and safety in the buying and selling of recreation vehicles, you can contact Howard to get more information about this exciting RV job option!
Certified NRVIA Inspector – Trainer