Bob's RV work articles show you practical things RVers and campers do to earn money. Many are about work he has done while RVing. They are fun to read and full of helpful tips on how to find employment and create your own jobs.
How I Find Jobs While RVing How do I find jobs? As part of Workers On Wheels and being a working RVer for over 25 years, people often ask how I find work. Here are some scenarios that produced job offers for me in the past.
Working On the Railroad - A Steam Train Tourist Attraction I've been working on the railroad. Every little boy is fascinated with trains and wants to work on the railroad. As a full-time RVer, I got to do just that! Several seasons, I worked for a tourist steam train. I had a lot of fun. I worked with a lot of good people.
Tying Fishing Flies - Fun, Profitable, and the Right Fit for an RV I didn't start tying fishing flies to sell them. One day I was fishing, and catching fish. Others around me weren’t. Now I sell them at flea markets, to individuals, and in our secondhand store.
Property Caretaker Work: For this Job, Benefits Include a Canoe and a Bathtub Property caretaker jobs can provide cash, a place to park your RV, utilities, and fun benefits. Each caretaking position that Coleen and I have had has been different. This house-sitting job was helping two elderly ladies with their home and lake property.
Casino Work: Casino Employees in the Spotlight and Behind the Scenes Casino work! You've heard about free overnight parking at casinos. You've maybe stopped to try your luck. But, have you thought about working at one? Casinos can be a great place to work while RVing.
Bait Shrimping with Captain Eddie Shrimp boats line the channel behind our motorhome. We are at an RV park in Port Isabel, in southern Texas. The banter of the shrimping crews, much of it in Spanish, wakes us most mornings. If that doesn't, the starting of the boat engines does. I watch. I wonder what it is like to work on one of those boats.
Handyman Jobs: Handyworkers Do Miscellaneous and Odd Jobs Handyman jobs mean different things to different people. For some it means everything from electrical work, to carpentry work, to minor renovation, to plumbing, appliance repair, vehicle repair, and other jobs that require some knowledge, skill, or expertise. Others see handyman work as things that they cannot do themselves, or do not want to do themselves.
Casual Longshoreman: Loading and Unloading Cruise Ship Luggage As a casual longshoreman, I loaded and unloaded luggage from cruise ships in Alaska. It was seasonal work, working through the Alaska International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU) Seward.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Thousands of Short-Term Jobs for RVers The Sturgis motorcycle rally is a gold mine of jobs for RVers. Here's how I got started working there. I was riding my bike through Spearfish, South Dakota, and stopped at an independent motorcycle repair shop.
Consigning Stuff: How We Made Extra Money Getting Rid of Extra Things Consigning stuff isn't a fancy way to say it, but it is what we did. We sold used merchandise at a consignment store. This one resembled an indoor flea market with vendor booths and a store clerk.
Small Engine Repair and Maintenance Work for RVers Small engine repair and maintenance is a practical way RVers with mechanical knowledge can earn a living. There's a definite need for it and the required tools are small enough to carry with you.
Man Friday: Mini-Storage Sitting, Property Caretaking, Shop Help, Home Repairs A "Man Friday" is an all-around helper or assistant. He's an efficient and devoted aide or employee. He's the right-hand man, who does what the boss needs. That was my role, and I enjoyed the job.
Outboard Maintenance and Repair Doing outboard motor repair and maintenance is another way RVers can earn some money. We are currently staying at a destination RV park in southern Texas. The park is on a canal with fishing.
Working at an RV Park: Short-Term Work, Helping with Special Projects Working at an RV park isn't always being a seasonal camphost. Some campground and RV park jobs are for specific events or special projects. This article is about some short-term work I've done.
Plumbing Jobs: Another Way to Earn While RVing Plumbing jobs are easy to find when we are around RVs and places RVers congregate. Whether it's a leaky faucet or installing a new hook-up, people often need help with their water and septic systems.
Take Your Lunch and Your Gloves, and Do a Little Extra Picking up rocks on my own initiative was why he kept me for a second day, even though he originally hadn’t planned on it. I learned that later on, along with a few other things about why I was kept on for one of the best jobs I've had while full-time RVing.
Planting Trees: Riding the Tree Planter and Fishing I planted trees; hundreds of thousands of trees. Teeny-tiny, little pine trees skinnier than a pencil. This seasonal work was part of a government tree-planting project. It last about six weeks, just right for me as a fulltime RVer.
Attract Jobs from Out of the Blue How you look and how you act can attract jobs. I'm not talking about how you look and act at a job interview. Or, even when you go into a place and ask about work or turn in a job application.
Certification Cards, Licenses, and Completion Documents Certification cards, licenses, and completion documents. You've heard that bank advertisement that asks what you carry in your wallet. It's an important consideration for working RVers. However, we’re not talking about credit cards.
Water Operator: Working as a Certified Water Treatment Operator in an RV Park Water is essential for all life -- including happy campers. A certified water operator, with the knowledge and skills to keep an RV park water system in compliance, makes for a happy park owner.
Working At the Museum: A Typical Day's Work the Museum Working at the museum, there was always plenty to do. Some days had special activities or projects. But, some duties needed doing every day. Here is my typical workday routine at the museum.
Find Work Around the Campground Find work on your own. Need some jobs? In a campground, look for projects that need doing. See a fence that needs work? Picnic tables that need painting? A drainage ditch that needs clearing? A shed that needs a new roof? A door that needs rehanging? A canopy that needs building?
Fill the Gap: RVers Create Short-Term Jobs from Permanent Position Can you fill the gap? The gap an employer has between right now and when he finds the perfect employee to fill the position he has open? Create a short-term job, temporary work for yourself.
Campground Jobs with Kids: Employer Concerns and Tips for Getting the Job Campground jobs and kids sound like they'd go together like apple pie and ice cream. You can find RV parks that welcome working RVer families with young children. Unfortunately, however, because of some bad apples, some campground managers do not want to hire families with kids. Here we share with you their concerns and some ways to help you overcome obstacles you may face as RVers with children.
Supplemental Income: A Second (or Third) Source of Income Makes Life Easier A supplemental income -- a second source of money -- takes the pressure off when your regular way of earning a living falters. Multiple streams of income make it easier for working RVers. In this article, Bob shares about work he did when we were set up at a flea market and sales were on the slow side.
Working at an Alaskan RV Resort: For Many Campers, a Once In a Lifetime Job An Alaskan RV resort job is the summer job many RVers dream about having. It is different from other campground jobs, just because it is in Alaska. Alaska is a special place to visit.
Book Review: Fly Patterns of Alaska -- Alaska Fly Fishers is a helpful resource. You've read about tying fishing flies to earn some extra money. Maybe you've even taken a fly tying class. Or, you've watched some instructional fly tying videos. You have the general idea of how to tie flies, but you don't know the patterns. This book gives you the pattern and a color photo of the finished fly.