There are so many personal factors that have to be considered when living full time in an RV. There is an assumption that it is cheaper than traditional living. That may or may not be true depending on your situation and what it is you are trying to accomplish.
Our goal, since we got on the road, is to be able to travel the country that we spent 20 years defending and make enough jingle to enjoy some things along the way and fund some our hobbies such as golf, eating out and Disney. Our ultimate goal is to work less and play more, but we are not quite there yet.
Since there are so many different factors and reasons why people decide to get on the road fulltime, you can see it really is a very personal decision on how to supplement and/or fund living on the road full time. There are no hard and solid rules since everyone’s situation is different. We read many, many books in addition to finding a ton of information on the internet. Basically for us, we needed to supplement our retirement since our son was still in school and we still had tuition to pay. We also were going to have to buy a camper and a truck, which meant we would have vehicle loans. Once we put together our financial plan, we then could decide which avenue of “work” would allow us to not only travel, but have a little fun as well.
This lead us to traditional workamping. With traditional workamping, we are able to work at a campground for 20-40 hours a week with a compensation package that includes part of our site and some pay. Pay typically hovers right around minimum wage. Since each campground is different, sometimes we had to pay a little more for our site, but all our hours were paid. Others took more hours for our site and less pay. This works out really well because we can move seasonally to a new campground in a new location, allowing us a new place to explore for a while. What we like about workamping is that each campground is so very different due to location, type and of course owners and managers. The type of work is also different. The work varies from place to place and flexibility is key. We have done pretty much every aspect of workamping to include guest services, office, maintenance, housekeeping, crafts and activities and even diner kitchen work.
We have also done short term seasonal work such as AMAZON for the holiday season. It is incredibly hard work with very long hours (35-50hours a week), but very short (6-8 weeks) and pays a little more than minimum wage. Additional compensation typically includes your campsite. It is lots of fun, you meet some amazing people and make lifelong friends. This has been a great was to infuse a little bit into savings particularly if we have been unable to secure winter work. Amazon also may have opportunities for longer stints depending on their needs to launch the early season as well as tie up loose ends after the height of the holiday season.
Many folks find alternate sources of income via the internet. We have friends who were already working from home of sorts prior to getting on the road doing things such as web design, transcription, insurance brokers, bloggers, consultants and even direct marketing all of which travels well. Aside from needing access to the internet and the dedication to your business, your goals will be your motivation to find what works for you. What I like about working via the internet is that you are constantly meeting new people while traveling which allows you to continue to grow a internet or home based businesses. The beauty of all of this is finding your own niche and what works for you and your family.
There are many other opportunities that we have not yet explored to include things like gate guards for oil fields, pumpkin or Christmas tree farms, holiday mall kiosks or carnivals, fairs or festivals all of which are much more short term than traditional workamping opportunities and these are certainly options that we will likely explore at some point as we are always looking for a challenge, we like to stay busy and enjoy working with people and making a difference. So far, workamping has been the most logical option for us.