Working On The Road

Not all workamping jobs are particularly tough. Like helping out at a community BBQ

Not all workamping jobs are particularly tough. Like helping out at a community BBQ

One of the main points of My House Has Wheels, the one thing you should walk away with if nothing else, is that mobility is a tactical advantage. Ooops, hope I didn’t ruin the ending for anyone. That tactical advantage of mobility applies equally in warfare, living and working. Mobility is a fantastic advantage in modern life just like it was for our ancestors. Mankind evolved on the move and it wasn’t until much later in our development that we started practicing staying in one place. Maybe it’s that connection with oldest elements in our DNA that makes RV living seem so natural or maybe it’s just because it’s fun. You probably don’t want to overthink it.

What you’ll discover after about a month on the road is how quiet your life has become. Without the unending niggling that accompanies being nailed to the ground, the demands of taking care your box in the suburbs, without lawn maintenance, housework and all the other distractions, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands. People deal with that sudden silence different ways and many choose to go back to work. Or maybe your mobile life is contingent on you working, which will be less convenient.

This device changes the angle of your septic outflow valve. Very handy in many circumstances. You'll want one.

This device changes the angle of your septic outflow valve. Very handy in many circumstances. You’ll want one.

Working is possible and you can structure your working life to fit your mobile life. There are also jobs that you can only work while mobile. Every campground and RV has a need for part-time labor which they usually compensate in exchange for a campsite. It’s called workamping and I tried it at a state park in Florida but it was kind of bum experience. State parks also have a lot of people working off their community service for minor criminal offenses and I found the way they treated workampers and community service “volunteers” far too similar for my tastes. Let me clarify that most of the campground volunteers I talked to reported overwhelmingly positive experiences. The majority of campgrounds and RV parks value their workampers and the state park was probably a fluke. In the book I go over the financial aspects of workamping in more detail.

RV living is the perfect lifestyle for anyone with a job that requires frequent relocation. We met airline pilots, people in construction, welders, nurses, medical billing coders, a wedding photographer and many people, including myself, who ran their own businesses. There was even one family that paid for a second RV space for their family business, which was making NASCAR themed clocks. The empty coach was their clock assembly line. We also met families that traveled as part of traveling shows and musical groups. There are also a surprising number of jobs for people in the RV industry traveling to different RV rallies around the country.

Having your own business gives you the most flexibility. I tried various work at home jobs offered by companies but those usually don’t pay well and even the application process for many of them was nuts. Take that effort, put it into your own business, and you’ll have a small but nonzero chance of getting wealthy. Make it a mobile business and you can work almost anywhere you are.

Mobile living plus a mobile career is kind of the top rung of the RV living ladder. A job that takes you to events in different parts of the country is better than gold. Then you get to travel and living in your RV may be at least partially deductible. Think divergently and talk to a tax professional when crafting your road business.

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