Excited to Get Started Work Camping

- Clyde K.
(Rocky Ford, Colorado)

We are excited about getting started. But, we are having problems getting started. I'm not sure if it's because I'm a disabled veteran and am limited as to how I can help. My wife is healthy and is seeking a paid camp host position, or one were she will would work so many hours what ever is needed, or a volunteer position were she could work a part-time or full time job on her off hours. I'd always be at the camp-site and available when she's not there.

Does anyone know how we can get started? We're ready to start anytime; nothing holding us here.

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Three Steps to Get Going as Working RVers

Since most jobs are for individuals -- not couples -- I do not think your disability has anything to do with it. In fact, if your wife is looking for the job, there is no reason that an employer would ask, or that she would tell, about your physical condition.

I'm asking other working RVers to share their opinions, but to get started, this is what worked for us and it is what I see has worked for many other full-time RVers:

1. Take the jump and do it before you have everything lined up perfectly.

2. Go to an area where you want to spend time.

3. Show and tell prospective employers what you can do for them.

Check out the Working RV Basics section of this website.

By the way, thank you for your service to us our country.

Go from this page on getting started work camping to the Workers On Wheels Work for RVers and Campers blog.

Be Up Front

Tell your employer at the start of the hiring process just what you said here. Be specific about what you can and can not do.

Our experience is that the majority of workampers that we have met, who have disabilities, make good workampers when assigned to suitable tasks.

On a lighter side, a robust outside host that worked for us had a reputation of being a slacker. He advised everyone that he could not lift more than ten pounds. He was advised that during the busy season and on weekends that trash bags may be heavier than ten pounds, and that it may be required to give him a desk job in the front office. His strength miraculously increased, and now does a great job.

Just Go

Just do it. We have worked as work campers for 6 years. Make a resume stating your can dos and can't dos. There's so many different jobs in so many places. Send resumes to all the locations that interest you. You will get offers, some good, some not so good, that's how it is for everyone. Don't sign on for more than 6 months at a time. If it works out for everyone stay longer. Good luck.

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