I don’t know about you, but standard retirement sounds like a drag to me: hanging out in the community room doing arts and crafts, playing canasta, and doing exercise classes in your chair. Not very appealing if you ask me.
You spent 40 years dragging yourself to work and dragging yourself home, to keep a roof over your head and food on the table. You’re ready for some adventure! You want to visit new places and try new things. You want to pick up and go hang out with the grand kids whenever you feel like it. You want to go somewhere warm when it’s cold, and somewhere cool when it’s hot.
Well, there’s a way of life that maybe you haven’t thought of yet. You can do all of these things, even if you have no retirement money and still feel you have to work, to augment your Social Security. You can take on a work camper job!
What are work camper jobs
Work Camper Jobs or “Workamper Jobs” are employment opportunities for people who live the nomadic lifestyle of living in a Recreational Vehicle or RV. Work Campers or “Workampers” are “adventuresome individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle that combines ANY kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping,” according to https://workamper.com/
What’s it like to live in an RV?
I lived in an RV for 5 months, so I feel like I can give advise on this.
RVs can be fitted with all kinds of amenities, from washer/dryers and dishwashers, to full bathrooms with a tub. Depending on your budget, you can have all the bells and whistles you can afford. Living in an RV can be close to camping in the rough, or it can be like living in a house. They have comfortable beds, full kitchens, and seating areas for relaxing. They can have satellite TVs and entertainment centers, and can be fitted with WiFi.
There are countless RV configurations available new or pre-owned. What you should do, is assess your needs, then visit RV showrooms and RV parks to get a good idea which type of RV you need, and make up your mind what you can live with and what you can live without.
Be prepared for cramped interiors, miniature appliances, and a minimum of storage. But also be prepared to spend the night in the same bed every night, even though your location has changed. Enjoy the adventure of the open road. Site see. Shop. Do all the fun things you would do on vacation. Then go to work. Enjoy all the fun things to do in an area, while working a job. Then when you feel like moving, go onto the next opportunity. Does this sound like more fun to you?
Living in an RV and working a part-time job can be fun. Here is what you get to do:
- See new places and try new things.
- Enjoy the great outdoors.
- Meet people who are like-minded, from all over the country, and, depending on location, perhaps meet people from all over the world.
- Live simply, and enjoy the finer things in moderation.
- Get to know a community where you park.
- If you find you don’t like the job, you can quit and move elsewhere and try another opportunity.
- Perhaps best of all, you get to live within your budget
- Although most campers and RVs have what looks like a lot of storage, it fills up fast. So you are limited to what you can bring with you. You might be forced to live without some things you really treasure.
- You won’t have room for bulk purchases like toilet paper. You will have to make more frequent trips to the grocery store.
- Some RVs feel confining if you are in them for a period of time. Close quarters, even with people you love, can become irritating.
- Everything is done in miniature. You might have a tiny oven or no oven at all. There is very little counter space, a tiny refrigerator, and a tiny sink in your kitchen. You will have a little bedroom, a little shower, a little bathroom sink, and a little toilet. This can add to your irritation of being in a confined space.
- If you have close relationships with family and friends, and you are far away from them, you can get pretty homesick.
What I recommend
- You will need a way to get to and from work, if you are not living on the site of the job. Public transportation is great, but you can’t always guarantee it will be available everywhere. You need a camper that has a separate tow vehicle, or you need to tow a vehicle behind. This set-up is better, too, for site seeing and running errands.
- Cooking and food prep is made easier with disposable dishes, cutlery, and pans.
- Extra coolers are a must, to augment your tiny refrigerator real estate.
- Get a job that is easy to access from your camping area or RV park.
- Camp in an area or park that has all the hook ups, such as electricity, water and sewer.
- A shower or bath house at your RV park is really good too, because the RV bathroom can get to be confining.
- I recommend getting an RV or a camper before you retire, and spending some weekends or vacations on the road and living in your RV. This will give you a really good idea if you are suited to RV living.
- Still not sure about the RV living aspect? You can rent an RV for vacations at to see if you really want to buy one.
- Storage is cheaper than renting or owning a house or apartment. You will want a place to store the things you can’t take with you.
- You may want to maintain a home base of some sort, like the home of one of your children. In case something happens and you can’t drive or work anymore, you will need an emergency landing place.
- If possible, you can downsize your home, and get a cheaper place to store your belongings and/or be your home base.
What Are the Easiest Jobs to Do From a Camper?
Many businesses have programs for work campers.
Check out the Camperforce Seasonal Warehouse Fulfillment Team Member program at Amazon. They hire seasonal workers during peak times. In most cases they allow people to camp in their parking lots while they work at Amazon or they provide a campground allowance.
Campground hosting can be a great job for a work camper. A comprehensive article about hosting can be found here, at Job Monkey.
A really great list of things to expect when campground hosting can be found here, at The Outbound.
Also, why not try affiliate marketing while your are enjoying the RV life? Affiliate marketing can be done from anywhere you can get a WiFi signal (and most campground have free WiFi!). All you need is a laptop. Perhaps the best affiliate marketing and training program you can join from the road is Wealthy Affiliate. They train you for everything you need to know, and you can do it from practically anywhere! You can even do affiliate marketing while you are going down the road! (but only if someone else is driving!)
So, if you are a grandparent, getting ready to retire, you might want to look into work camping jobs. This way of working and living might satisfy the need for adventure you are looking for after retirement. It might save you a ton of money if you are still worried about a mortgage. And you can enjoy the open road and the freedom you crave as well!