Workamping: More Opportunities To Make Money RVing

By:  Kelly Barnett

20th Sep, 17

This is the third installment of a three-part series about making money while living and traveling in your RV. Previous installments are:

Workamping: RV Park and Campground Opportunities

Workamping: Seasonal Opportunities

We're fortunate enough to have a lot of RVing friends who earn money in various ways and they were each generous enough to share their experiences with us.


Ken and Kathy have been living full time in an RV for the past 13 years.They currently own a 2013 Heartland Landmark Key Largo.They worked full time until this past spring when they retired.Now they look forward to more leisure time travel with their fifth wheel

Mobile Survey Technicians - Kathy
& Ken Adams

Ken and Kathy worked full time for Southern Cross for approximately four years with their last day of work being in spring of 2017. Ken and Kathy worked in several different locales to include Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Utah, Georgia, North Carolina and Texas. 

"The job consists of walking over a gas line, as per supplied gas company maps," Kathy says. "You carry an 8-pound flame pack which you move across the gas line as you walk over it. The flame pack will pick up even the most minute indication of gas and alarm when it senses gas."

The flame pack used to help detect leaks.

"When you get an indication you have other equipment which is used to actually investigate the suspected leak, and requires punching holes in various surfaces" continues Kathy. "This equipment will verify the existence of natural gas. Once verified, you map out the suspect area/size of the leak and then write up a leak investigation for the gas company."

According to Kathy you'll need to be able to walk over various terrains – from residential areas to mountainous areas.It just depends on what the gas company needs on that particular job.

Kathy concluded with, "You are also responsible for grading the leaks, based on numerous criteria, which then tells the gas company how quickly they need to make repairs, which can be anywhere from immediately, while you wait for them, to monitoring the leak every six months and then they re-evaluate."

Not yet a leak…but an area of concern that needs to be reported.

Kathy explained that although this is a full-time job it can also be seasonal as there is less work in the winter months. She added, "You work a 40-hour week on contracts which run anywhere from 1 week to about 7 months."

Starting pay is roughly $11 -$12 per hour, with an additional $200 week per diem. The per diem is to cover housing/living expenses. Plus, your mileage is reimbursed at the current government rate.

If the per diem doesn't cover your housing expenses (some areas are more expensive than others) the company may adjust the per diem amount on an individual basis.

Kathy added, "All compensation is per employee, so if you both work, you each get the above. Also, if you both work you are required to have separate vehicles."

Business Information:

Southern Cross Inc

3175 Corners North Ct.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30071 or Toll Free: 1-800-241-5057

Amusement Park Opportunities

Name of business:

Adventureland Amusement Park


3200 Adventureland Dr.

Altoona, Iowa

Contact information:


What kind of commitment is required:

There is no contract or time commitment.The park opens on weeks beginning the end of April and then is open full time mid-May through mid-August and then goes back to just weekends until the end of September.

Pay & RV Site:

Free full hook up campsite that includes electric, water and sewer.Plus an hourly wage.

If you work until the end of the season you could be eligible for end of season bonuses. As an incentive to complete the season, your total hours worked are calculated and you are paid an additional $.75 for every hour worked. Plus, you may receive an additional bonus of $400 per campsite.


This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to earning money while living and traveling in an RV. There are other jobs out there, you just need to find them.

Perhaps you're a crafty person…you could set up an Etsy shop online and sell your wares that way. We have friends who do graphic design and computer work from their homes on wheels. My brother sells Christmas trees and fireworks from his RV.

We've had several friends who have worked at Adventureland Amusement Park in Altoona, Iowa, and enjoyed it. Disney used to have opportunities for RVers too…whether they still do or not, I don't know…but it sure is worth looking into!

And don't forget we work as gate guards in the south Texas oilfields in the winter but there is a need all year long. And I'm also blessed to be able to blog from home!

?*Kelly Barnett (2PSNAPOD) is a paid contributor to HeartlandRV's blog. All opinions expressed are her own.*

Kelly Barnett

Kelly Barnett

RV There Yet Chronicles

My husband, Michael, and I have been living fulltime in our 2011 Landmark Key Largo since April of 2011 and LOVE every minute of it. 

When Michael retired from the US Army in October of 2012 (after 29 years of service) we hit the road and haven’t looked back. 

We usually work in the south Texas oilfields in the winter and spend time with our two sons and their families in the summer. We travel and sight-see as much and often as possible.