By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Need a place to “settle in” for a little while but don’t have the cash to pay high rates at RV parks? One enterprising RVer explains his methodology for developing leads for places to stay in his RV.
He hit a real estate office in an area where he needed to sit tight. He explained he was an RVer, was basically self-contained, and would be happy to provide “on-site” security for home owners who needed to be away from their properties. He stressed that he wouldn’t be sleeping in their beds, dirtying their dishes, or running up their phone bill. All he needed was a place to park his RV and keep watch.
Very soon the RVer not only had a place to park his RV, but had free electricity. And since he was able and willing, he also fed the horses and kept the pool up. The owners loved it so much they threw in some nice financial compensation. At other times he’s stayed by a farmer’s stock tank free, “Just to keep an eye out for trouble.”
Friends of ours did a stint of vending out of Quartzsite in the winter, but the summers were too hot for them to “earn their desert rat’s merit badge.” So one summer they tooled back to the Northwest and asked around. Soon they had a full hookup site at a small RV park. Once a week they vacuumed the “rec room” and made sure the swimming pool water was kept aright. They had a sure-fire test for knowing the pool water was good: A hop in the pool whenever they wished.
Yes, you could opt to work through an agency that promotes “work camping.” Many are reputable – ask around full-time RVers if they’ve had good or bad experiences – they’ll tell you. When you “interview” for a job it’s good if your rig looks clean, and the rest of you matches up with the story. Since you’re self-contained, you can park just about anywhere you’re needed.