We had some very passionate responses to last week’s Question of the Week, “Would you consider workamping?”.
Many readers responded that they would indeed be interested in workamping. For information on workamping, we recommend Workamper News. Since 1987, Workamper News has championed the workamping community and brought workamping employers and employees together. For workamping opportunities, check out their website, www.workamper.com.
Here are the responses:
“Our long term goal is to workamp and travel to state and national parks throughout our beautiful country.” – Paul Roberson, 2014 Ford F350, 1988 Lance 980
“Yes, I work the summers for the United States Forest Service (USFS) in the campgrounds in northern Minnesota every summer now. It only seams a easy switch to be workamping when we retire in two years.” – Larry and Becky Barnes, 1983 GMC C2500 Camper Special, 1993 Lance 4000
“I have indeed considered workamping. I am lifetime member of Workamper News and have been learning more about it for several years. I occasionally peruse their job listings that are emailed daily, but am not ready to make that jump yet. I think it is a great opportunity to earn some money while being able to stay and see different areas of the country.” – Sally Stomberg, 2006 Ford F550, 2006 Lance 1191, and 2008 Surveyor 260BH Fifth Wheel
“This is a great topic. As a campground owner, I hire workampers on a year round basis. In the winter months my needs for workampers are hospitality, taking care of the club house, restroom cleaning, and some grounds keeping. We are always looking for summertime help that is mostly grounds keeping.
Through the years our workampers have proved that the best people to work in campgrounds are those who are actually campers. A most common practice in compensation is a full hook-up space in return for around twenty hours per week in work. We throw in free access to coined laundry.
We have some workampers that come back year after year. I place help wanted ads in the Workamper News and always get a lot of responses. Just sending an application is good, but if there is a follow-up phone call by the applicant, it shows sincere interest in the job being offered. I would say if one were interested in trying out workamping to give it a shot. It’s not long term and you meet some great folks.” – Don Walker, 2009 Dodge 3500, Northstar Igloo
“We’ve thought about it a lot. The only drawback for us is the time required to be in one location and not having the feed time we crave. Having dogs further complicates things in some places. I could deal with it, but my husband has his own preferences that don’t line up. The financial return, or lack thereof was another factor. For someone who has a pension, savings, along with social security, it would probably work.” – Cheryl Nelson, 2004 Chevy 3500, 1990 Shadow Cruiser 9.5
“I’ve only volunteered to date. All my volunteering has been for the National Park Service as a campground host.” – Joe McGerald, 1991 Ford F350, 1995 Lance 880
“At my age I have enough work just maintaining the house, camper, and vehicles. I prefer traveling to working.” – John Bull, 2004 Dodge 3500, 2015 Arctic Fox 990
“Yes, we would consider workamping. We just don’t know anything about it. We will start full-time trucking camping soon, and would like some information on this subject.” – Alston and Kelli Hammons, 2007 Arctic Fox 1140
“Yes, I would consider workamping.” – Trevor R. Dicks, 1985 Toyota Huntsman motorhome
“In a word, no. I have so much work to do when at home (we live on a farm), that, even though I’m retired from my primary vocation (veterinarian), I’m still quite busy. When we do manage to grab a few days away in the camper, it’s dedicated to R&R!” – John and Marylou Wells, 2011 Chevy 3500, Chalet Ascent S100F
“We have a 40-foot fifth wheel and have been workampers for nine years and a park manager for five of those years. Having been on both sides I would say this, owners do not fully appreciate the skills and talents that workampers bring. Some ask a retired couple to work as many hours and as hard as they did in their careers for minimal pay. Some even want you to pay for a site and utilities. I would encourage anyone thinking of workamping to make real sure what you are getting into; pay, hours, site, duties, etc. It would be to everyone’s benefit to go in eyes wide open.” – Tom Elliott, 2007 Dodge Ram 2500, between campers right now
“Right now we are traveling full-time so, no, we would not consider it at the moment. But a year or so down the road we probably will, mostly to help our budget so that we can continue in our full-time lifestyle.” – Joanne Hall, 2014 Chevy Silverado 3500HD, 2014 Lance 1172
“Yes, I would love to work while enjoying my camper. I’m not sure how my husband would feel about that.” – Rochelle Berg, 2013 GMC 3500, 2013 Arctic Fox 992
“I would and have considered workamping as a second job already. I work a pretty sweet schedule and it would allow for something like this. I also live within ten to fifteen minutes of six really nice campgrounds, so it would be easy to get to. Unfortunately, with kids still in school, my wife wouldn’t let me. I still have family stuff to take care of. In nine more years when I retire, you’ll be able to find me at one of those campgrounds.” – Robert Williams, 2012 GMC Sierra HD 3500, 1994 Fleetwood Caribou 9’6″
“I have given it some thought but, after researching the requirements, it appears to be a very boring use of my time. Most of the ones I talked to spend hours sitting at a entrance gate to check people into campground. I’d rather be out hiking or biking.” – Thomas Wilson, 2015 Chevy 3500, 2015 Adventurer 89RB