How to Earn Money As You Travel in Your RV

Updated on July 2, 2016
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I am an avid RV enthusiast who has traveled, lived, workcamped and volunteered nationwide for more than 50 years and am still going strong!

RV travel has become increasingly expensive.

As a result, many people seek ways to earn money while they’re on the road to help defray some of these costs.

The good news is that if you have an entire summer or longer to work, the job opportunities are almost endless, easy to get and can pay decent wages.

If you are creative, you can even find ways to earn when you do not have this much time available.

The trick in either situation is to find a position that you would like to have and for which an employer wants to hire you.

How to earn money as you go to help pay for your RV vacations.
How to earn money as you go to help pay for your RV vacations. | Source

Set Your Parameters

Before you decide to apply for positions, you need to think about

  • your skill sets,
  • how much time you will have available for working,
  • where you want to work,
  • how you want to live,
  • what type of jobs you want to do and
  • how much money you will need to make.

These considerations are important because they can keep you from finding yourself in a situation where it costs you more to work than the price you must pay to travel and live!

For example, it may sound exciting to be hired for a job in Alaska, but if you live in Florida, you could easily have to pay round trip costs of $2,000 or more for gasoline plus camping and other expenses in order to get to the job site.

Thus before you accept any position, you need to forecast your basic costs. How to Estimate the Cost of Your Next RV Trip will show you how to do this.

Plan Ahead

Although there are many temporary jobs available nationwide for people who own and travel in RVs , there are also many individuals who want them, so competition can be stiff.

For this reason, it's a good idea to apply far in advance. Most people start the process as early as January.

All you need is an RV and the desire to do a good job.
All you need is an RV and the desire to do a good job. | Source

Short Term Job Options

You can find employment opportunities of all kinds if you take the time to do some basic internet research.

If you only want to work for a few weeks, apply for jobs at annual special events such as

  1. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota,
  2. The Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
  3. Cruisin’ the Coast in Gulfport, MS or
  4. Hot Summer Nights in Reno, Nevada.

Thousands of people attend events like these and vendors set up booths where they sell everything from jewelry to food. They will hire just about anybody who is willing to give long hours for a few weeks, and will pay them quite well.

Employment for Travelers Who Have More Time

If you have more time, you can choose from the thousands of opportunities that are available in campgrounds and resorts nationwide.

What’s nice about these positions is that many include free or reduced price camping in addition to paying salaries.

You can find them offered on the internet at sites such as, and also in magazines such as Workamper News and the FMCA magazine.

If you don’t want to do campground or resort work, you can find temp jobs with companies that cater to RV travelers such as Disney, Amazon and Camping World.

If you have specialized skills or training, consider seeking work with tech companies, schools or hospitals.

Opportunities Abound

When it comes to earning money as you go, the sky is the limit because the jobs are so flexible.

However, you may not want a job. Instead, you may want to develop a small, portable business that allows you to earn as you go and reap nice benefits such as tax write offs, to boot!

  • selling at fairs and flea markets,
  • dealing in precious metals and
  • airbrushing motorcycles

are just samplings of small businesses people own that help to pay for their RV travels.

Good Planning Is the Key to Finding the Best Jobs

It takes a great deal of creativity and planning to be able to earn enough money while traveling to cover most or all of your RV vacation expenses.

For those who are able to come up with the right mix, there is nothing more invigorating or fulfilling.

The trick is to be realistic, negotiate well and make sure you have what it takes to make this plan work.

You should also bear in mind that working for money isn’t the only way to help pay for your vacations.

Volunteering is an avenue that allows you to live for free for months at a time in scenic surroundings and get freebies that can save you a great deal of money.

Helpful Advice and Info for First-Time Volunteers explains more about this option.

Earning Money During RV Trips Makes Them Possible for Many People

Without having opportunities such as those mentioned in this article, it would be financially impossible for many people to take the types of vacations they would like to have.

Anybody can take advantage of what is available, but the key to doing well is to find a position that offers good amenities, is located in popular tourist areas and offers salaries, perks or both.

You want the type of job that is low stress and allows you to spend time in beautiful places that might cost too much for the average person to visit under normal circumstances.

This is totally possible to achieve, and thousands of RV travelers every year are doing so.

Imagine working 20 hours per week in a Lake Tahoe resort paying nothing to camp and earning a salary to boot!

This type of situation occurs regularly, and provides a terrific way for RV owners to enjoy great trips.

Finding the work is easy, but signing up for one that offers the best of what is available will depend on the amount of research you do, the skills you have to offer and your negotiating talents.

Good luck!

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© 2013 Sondra Rochelle


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    Sondra Rochelle 8 months ago from USA

    Karen Hellier: You're welcome. I think it's important to let RV owners know their options. Nice to see you again. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Karen Hellier 8 months ago from Georgia

    These are some great tips for working while RV traveling. Thanks so much for sharing this great information!

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    Sondra Rochelle 13 months ago from USA

    globetrouper: When you travel in an RV it is fairly easy to earn as you go. It's especially good if you plan on taking a lengthy vacation. Thanks for commenting.

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    Globetrouper 13 months ago from Jaipur, India

    The title seems really interesting! Earning on a vacation is simply wow for a traveler. :)

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    Sondra Rochelle 2 years ago from USA

    NatNat34 You should also check out of interesting workcamper type jobs there. Good luck.

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    Natalie Flores-Henley 2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Thanks for the husband and I are currently full time rving and have a few campground host jobs lined up already...along with amazon....we went thru to find these positions...i never thought about doing special events though that last only a few weeks....will look into this as I feel that hosting might get a bit redundant and a change of pace sounds better:)

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    Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

    catchadream You might want to take a look at some of the jobs on Some places hire photographers.

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    catchadream 4 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

    We love camping and this sounds perfect. Great info - just need to put this to work. Right now I love to take photos and I recently started a blog to follow my travels.

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    Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

    DDE: Thanks. By the way, do people in your country RV? Just curious.

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great tips for RV users and is most informative and well researched

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    Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

    sideyardflock: The truth is that you can still work while you travel even without an RV, but it is more difficult to do because there are not that many places that offer jobs and housing...and the ones that do offer it have only minimal facilities available. Good luck!

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    H.A.Cummings 4 years ago from Washington State

    When my husband and I went away for a week we met RVers who were working at a lighthouse giving tours. I never knew something like this was even an option and now my husband is gung hoe about it. An RV is not on the wish list. :-) Thanks for the info.

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    Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

    Jeannieinabottle: Actually, no, I am not camping. I'm recovering at home from a broken wrist and broken leg! I took a bad fall in early June just as we were getting ready to leave on a camping trip...and BOY do I wish I was camping right now! Honestly, if you work things right, you can spend minimal time working and save a ton of dough with some of these ideas. Thanks for the read and the upvote. I like the new photo by the way!

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    Jeannie InABottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I have a feeling you were writing this while camping. What a great idea for a hub! I usually try not to work during vacation, but that usually means I can't afford to take a good vacation. Your advice makes a lot of sense, so maybe a little work while on vacation is a good idea. Voted up!