Summer is going to be over before you know it. The thought of packing up your RV for winter and saying goodbye to another season of camping is never fun. For a lucky few, though, RVing never ends and we can travel full time.
Joel and I are among the lucky people who can full-time RV. In fact, we’ve been on the road for several years now with no plans of stopping. If you’re of working age, you might wonder how this is even possible. Well, we aren’t trust fund babies, if that’s what you’re thinking.
Nope, we are just fortunate to have fully remote jobs that give us the freedom to travel. We both work full time and live in our RV wherever the wind takes us. You can too if you can find a remote job or travel job.
Keep reading for ideas about what other full-time RVers are doing for work on the road. Some of these may require a specific degree, trade school, or on-the-job training. Others are available to people regardless of education as long as you’re willing to put in the work. There is a bit of everything depending on what you’re interested in.
Top Jobs for Full-Time RVing
Chances are, you’ve heard of many of these jobs before. I’m not really going to go into extensive detail simply because most jobs are self-explanatory. If you’re intrigued by a particular career path, a quick google search will yield more results from the actual pros in these fields.
Joel’s engineering job allows him to work fully remotely. Even before we started RVing, he worked from home. Things are even better now that home is wherever we park it. Many types of engineers work remotely. In most cases, all you need is an internet connection and a company that is up for remote employees.
Virtual or Travel Health Professional
If you’re in the medical profession, there are plenty of opportunities that allow for full-time RVing. Travel therapists, travel nurses, travel techs, the list goes on. These professionals help fill short-term needs across the country. At the end of a contract, which is most often around 13 weeks), you can head off to your next adventure. This is how I got my foot in the door to full-time RVing.
Many healthcare professionals can also work virtually. This is especially true now, given the explosion of telemedicine due to the pandemic. This is what I do now as my full-time gig. I own my own virtual speech-language pathology clinic.
Medical professionals don’t have quite as much freedom due to licensing restraints. Some professions have more opportunities than others. It is worth looking into if you’re already in this field.
Alternative energy is a rapidly growing field. That means there is an enormous need for technicians to install and maintain windmills. You would have plenty of opportunities to travel to different sites, especially for new constructions.
Heavy Equipment Operator
Speaking of construction, heavy equipment operators also have the opportunity to full-time RV. You may head to a job site for several weeks or months. After that, it is on to the next location.
Lineworkers are some of the full-time folks we most often encounter while RVing. This skilled trade makes for a great profession if you’re looking to travel. You’ll have to go wherever the work is, but it will keep you busy (and outdoors during the day). Lineworkers install and maintain power, phone, and internet lines.
You’ll never be short on inspiration if you travel full-time as an artist. RVing also makes perfect sense for traveling to art shows and selling your wares. The biggest struggle might be having space for all your supplies. But these creative folks are sure to think of solutions.
All those RVers need someone to fix their RV when it breaks down! What is more convenient than having an RV technician right at the park? You can help other campers and earn a living. All while RVing!
Graphic design work is almost exclusively virtual. That makes it a perfect fit for working remotely. You can design for companies and individuals all over if you start your own business. Or you may be able to snag a company job that will let you work virtually.
Even before the pandemic, there were online teaching positions available. Now, there is even more opportunity. If you have your degree in education, why not ditch the classroom and take things on the road. You’ll still get to do what you love (help kids, but you’ll get to have more freedom in your personal life. Did I mention you won’t be constantly sick? That has been one of my favorite things about working virtually. No more catching every single bug that goes around the school.
Many sales jobs can be completed remotely. Others may involve travel to sell products or gain new customers. This makes it a great fit for RVing. If you work in the digital space, the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Mortgage Loan Officer
If finances are your thing, you might be able to full-time RV as a mortgage loan officer. You can help customers through the loan process 100% virtually. Check out the story about mortgage loan officer Scott Osborne who overcame cancer to become a full-timer if you want some inspiration!
Digital Marketing Manager
Everyone is online these days. That means companies need an online presence to stand out from the crowd. That is where digital marketing comes in. You can complete this job easily from the road as long as you can stay connected. There are even opportunities to be your own boss by doing freelance work.
Social Media Manager/Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants perform numerous tasks for companies large and small. From completing invoicing to managing social media, the list is pretty much endless. I have heard of several RVer who launched their own successful virtual assistant businesses. If you’ve got excellent organization and attention to detail, this could be the full-time RV job for you.
Freelance Writer or Blogger
The internet has tons of content on it already, but there continues to be space for more. Working as a freelance writer or starting your own blog has the potential to be a huge money-maker. Chances are you’ll have to start at the bottom of the totem pole. But as you climb the ladder, there is a lot of potential. It isn’t easy money, but I have spoken with some freelance writers who clear over 250k working only part-time.
Customer Service Representative
There are lots of call center jobs that aren’t actually in a call center anymore. You’ll need to make sure you have an excellent connection for these jobs. I imagine they can be tedious or frustrating at times, but the payoff might be worth it for you. After all, full-time RVing is pretty spectacular.
Seasonal Worker/Camp Host
Why not make your RV job at an RV park? RV parks are often in search of seasonal help or full-time camp hosts. If you can do maintenance, check in guests, or scrub bathrooms, chances are there is a “workamping” job out there for you. Many of these jobs pay an hourly rate, plus you’ll get a place to stay. You can work for a private campground. Alternatively, there are many state and national park jobs available in some amazing locations.
How to Find a Full-Time RV Job
I’m sure the above list just scratches the surface of jobs for full-time RVers. One of the best ways to find an RV job is to consider your existing skills and interests. Try to figure out if there is a way to make your job digital or take things on the road. Given how many people were forced to work virtually since 2020, you might even be able to convince your boss to make the change permanent.
Another really cool resource is RVer Job Exchange. It isn’t your run-of-the-mill job board. Rather, it is designed with RV employees in mind. Everyone who posts a job there knows they’ll be hiring an RVer. That means you don’t have to worry about dumb company policies dictating your life.
There are a range of online and in-person jobs listed. So if you’re dreaming of the good life, hop on over there and see what’s available. Another place to hunt for in-person jobs with RV sites available is Cool Works. They have tons of seasonal and year-round openings posted.
A Word of Caution for Remote Jobs
When searching for an online job or travel job, be on the lookout for scams. With more people looking to work from home than ever, scammers are having a field day. One of the easiest ways to spot a scam comes down to money.
You should never have to pay money to get a legitimate job. Sites or companies that ask you to pay a fee for access are probably scams. Additionally, if anyone sends you a check before you start working for them and then asks you to return part of the money because they “paid you too much”, this is also a scam.
Be extremely cautious who you give your personal information to, including banking information and social security number. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to get an EIN number if you’re working as an independent contractor. Anyone can apply for this number with the IRS and you can use it for all things taxes rather than giving out your social security number.
If it seems too good to be true, always ask yourself, is it? Never be too quick to hand over your information. Take time to look at all the options. Even if a job is legitimate, it is wise to consider the pros and cons before jumping into something.
Full-time RVers, what kind of remote or travel job do you have? If yours isn’t on the list, please comment below to give people even more ideas!
Pro tip. Before you start traveling full-time, don’t forget about full-time RV insurance.