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Work from your RV

Unlimited opportunities await men, women and couples who wish to work in or from their RVs.  Many RVers earn six figure incomes while traveling in their RVs.  Others earn sufficient funds to supplement and complement their retirement incomes.  Still others exchange their time, effort and services for the right to stay in an RV resort at no cost while they work or volunteer.

Income and earnings are only limited by skill, knowledge and motivation.  RVers may operate a business that is associated with the RV industry or one that is completely separated from RVing.

I first met Phil and Ann at their RV mobile repair fifth wheel at the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, N.M., while participating in the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.  Phil repaired the solar system on my Friendship motorhome.  We met again in Quartzsite and will probably cross trails again because Phil repairs RVs wherever they travel.  Other RV repair shops operate from toy haulers or trailers.

Country singers, gospel quartets, NASCAR drivers and mechanics, rodeo riders and clowns, as well as eager participants and groupies from dozens of other professional activities use RVs as transportation and lodging.  Most any business activity associated with or conducted on the Internet is readily operated from an RV.  Artists, writers, consultants, itinerant preachers, vendors and all types of manual laborers may function effectively as RVers.

Self-employed and contract workers on pipelines, power lines, oil rigs and most any type of non-stationary endeavor may nestle in their own mobile RV each night and be ready to greet the new day with gusto.

Work campers

Work camper RVers are in demand throughout the United States.  Those who are ready and willing to commit their time, energy and effort to perform various essential, although often mundane, tasks at state, national and private campgrounds, may have a job for the season. A great resource for work camping jobs is at

Gatekeepers at the La Posa entry station in Quartzsite work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. a few days a week and have free camping for their efforts.  Similar jobs are available on a nationwide basis and often go unfilled.

RVers have been following the crop harvests and other worksites while living in tents, truck beds, RVs and vans for many years. The sugar beet harvest each fall allows hundreds of RVers to make several thousand dollars within a few weeks. For more information, click here.

My family and I built my first motorhome in 1969 and lived in it happily in the summer of 1969 while I was on a postdoctoral research position at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Tenn.  We then lived in it at Hebgen Lake, Mont., while conducting research on the bacterial/algal mats of hot springs in Yellowstone National Park.

The second, smaller motorhome that we constructed was my home while I was on a postdoctoral research position at the Savannah River National Labs.  Our closest neighbor at Oak Ridge lived in a fifth wheel and worked on the pipeline in Tennessee.  In Arizona, I met a lady who conducted her Internet business from her RV.  She said that the company that she worked for thought that she lived and worked in Montana.

Selling site maps

Have you been curious about the site maps and area guides that are often distributed to RVers when they register at a campground?  Who pays for them to be printed and who contacts the shops that advertise?  Are these guides helpful and accurate?  Can we depend on the advertisers to produce goods and services?  Who prints and is responsible for these site maps?  Is there money to be made in the production of these maps?  Is this a possible job that can be done from an RV?

And the answers are:  Two major companies print and distribute the maps with the cooperation of the individual RV resorts, marinas, colleges and other similar enterprises that want to develop a site map.  These companies train associates who are self-employed sales representatives.  The sales reps contact the vendors and help select the correct size ads to help the advertisers gain RVing customers.

The advertisers pay for the ads and part of that payment goes to the sales associate.  I have worked as a sales associate for Southeast Publications, one of the major companies. Texas Advertising is another, and they acquired AGS Guest Guides a few years ago from Good Sam Enterprises.

While attending the spring meeting of Southeast Publications, I met associates who were earning from $50,000 to $100,000 or more per year.  Yes, it is hard work and requires dedication and effort.  All sales associates must travel in an RV.  Both companies are always looking for high quality sales associates.  Check out and

Other opportunities

Companies like RV Armor are always looking for people who can apply the firm’s special coating to RV roofs. The job requires climbing on top of an RV, methodically cleaning the roof, and laying down a special material that seals the roof. It’s hard work that must be done over several days, but people can easily make several hundred dollars per job. Check out

Hundreds of RVers make a decent living working for a season for Amazon, the retailing giant, that operates four warehouses around the United States ideally suited for full- or part-time RVers. In fact, the company has set up a special “camperforce” to provide RVers with free sites either on site or at a campground, and to work with RVers to accommodate their schedules. For more information on the locations and the variety of positions Amazon is seeking RVers to fill, click here.

RV inspections

Perhaps the most exciting opportunity for RVers to emerge in years is to conduct RV inspections. The National RV Inspectors Association provides a series of basic and advanced training classes that help people learn to become certified RV inspectors. Once certified, the inspectors can launch their own business and look for their own customers, or they can tap into the RV Inspection Connection, which takes orders from people throughout the country and passes the assignments to independent inspectors.

RVers are ideal inspectors because they often know what to look for when evaluating an RV in the first place. The NRVIA training helps them see RVs through the eyes of a technician who can use tools to evaluate the condition of an RV. Bankers, insurance companies and RV dealers are all looking to hire the independent, third-party inspectors to evaluate an RV before offering a loan, extended service contract, or trade-in offer. People who buy RVs from private sellers also seek to have the RVs independently inspected so they know if an inspector says their is a problem, its not just an eager RV service writer saying a problem exists because he’s looking to drive more revenue to the dealership.

Inspections can take several hours to complete, but the inspectors can make several hundred dollars in the process. For more information, visit Enter the code RV Daily Report when registering for training, and you’ll get a $50 discount.

It is not necessary that one makes money while working from an RV.  In fact, I have proven that fact.  As this is written, I am in my Airstream motorhome at Site 88 in the Verde Valley RV Resort.  Indeed, most of the material for these articles and for the three books that I am now writing has come from my RV travels.  What a fun way to live and work.

About Dr. Bob Gorden

Dr. Bob Gorden is an RVer, hiker and writer. He has a PhD in microbial ecology from the University of Georgia in Athens. He is a retired research scientist from the University of Illinois Natural History Survey. He has owned and operated more than 55 RVs of various types, and has visited every state, except Hawaii, in his RV. He also traveled by RV in New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. He currently owns and travels in a 1978 GMC 26-foot Class A and 2013 Thor ACE 30.1 Class A motorhome. He has a compelling desire to be “On the Road Again!”

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