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Truck Campers Punch In On Workamping

“I’ve always thought if I found the right area it might be fun to workamp for a short period of time.  Perhaps I could do it as a fill in.  My first priority is to get out of my regular work first.  Anyone looking for an opportunity to own a sporting goods store?” – Dave Miller, 2015 Ford F350, 2003 Bigfoot 10.6E

“My husband and I would consider workamping.  However, we would be very particular about where we workamped.  He’s an office/finance type guy so he could help out behind the scenes with computer stuff and finance tracking.  He also could help with planning and booking entertainment.  I have learned how to do basic maintenance and repair of most things, so I could help with general maintenance.  I learned basic handyman skills from my father growing up, so that has come in handy.” – Pam Conner, 2015 Ford F350, 2015 Arctic Fox 1150

“Yes, I would, but I have no experience.” – Robert Johnson, 1988 Chevy K1500, 1985 Fleetwood Prowler

“No, we would not want to be workampers.” – Laurel Wilson, 2013 Ford F350, 2000 Four Wheel Grandby

“Yes, I would be interested in workamping when I retire in a couple of years.  I can travel and see more of the country.” – Tom Miner, 2004 Dodge Ram 3500, 2005 Host Yukon 11.5 SS

“Yes, we would like to workcamp.  We want to stay busy in our travels once we retire and would like to help out wherever we can.  We both have extensive construction experience plus I can do electrical and plumbing work as well.  Paula would also enjoy working at a front desk or with computer work.

We like being useful and helping people, so if we can do that and get free campsites or some extra income, that’s a great combination.  The first year or two will hopefully be spent in travel only, but workcamping after that is a real possibility.” – Mike and Paula Bostic, 1999 Ford F350, 2012 Chalet S95R Ascent

“No.” – Mark Obert, 1999 Ford F250SD, 1999 Lance 920

“I would love to work camp.  Where do I sign up?  Tell me more.” – Howard Bisco, 2015 Ford F250, 2014 Palomino HS6601

“Work?  That’s a naughty four letter word to me.” – Ralph Goff aka Ramblin’ Ralph, 2006 GMC 2500HD, 2001 Lance 845

“We haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds interesting from the many workampers we have met in over thirty years of RVing.” – Glenn Johannessen, 1979 Ford F250, 1992 Lance 880

“We want to workamp, and other times just relax.  Maybe we can volunteer.  We need to keep busy some of the year.  Caretaker jobs and a guard at the gate are some possibilities.  My wife will be medical coding from the truck camper.” – Larry Herron, 2011 Ford F350, 2011 Lance 1191

“We look forward to a time when we can give workcamping a try.” – Barry Schoenwetter, 2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD, 2005 Lance 1030

“I have looked at this quite a bit.  If it allows me to retire earlier than otherwise planned, I will consider it.” – Kevin Jenckes, 1996 Ford F250, 2006 Northstar 850SC

“We would definitely consider it.  Our post-retirement plan (can’t get here soon enough) is to volunteer in the national park system.  However, we’ll certainly explore paid opportunities as we find them.” – Ed Amato, 2000 Ford F350, 2015 Northern Lite 10-2 EX RR

“I’m planning on retiring in a few years, and I am interested in workamping.  I have seen the volunteer.gov site and am considering trying out a few work trips.  I hope to read more about it in this survey.” – Rick, 2003 Dakota, 2015 Palomino 800

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Above: Workamping in Alaska and Texas

“Before Don and I downsized to a truck camper, we were park hosts in two state parks, one in Alaska and one in Texas.  We retired in 2000 and wanted to travel and see the USA.  At first we planned to work at Yellowstone in the company store, but that seemed too much like work.  Instead we volunteered for campground hosting in Alaska.

We were assigned to Chena River State Recreation Area, a 250,000 acre expanse that’s fifty miles northeast of Fairbanks.  We took care of the Tors Trail Campground with its twenty-four sites and monitored the hiker parking area.  The later to ensure that all vehicles were reclaimed within two to three days.  Since it never quite got dark, people came out to hike at any hour of the day or night on the fifteen mile trail that started at the campground.

We also kept an eye on the paddling traffic on the river.  You wouldn’t believe what people consider floatable and how many boats were held together with duct tape.

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