Last Updated on 03/28/2022 by Glynn Willard

Work Camping Or “Work Glamping?”




As my phone rings, I see it’s Rob of “The Mad Nomads,” so I excitedly pick up. After pleasantries, he gets right to the point.

“I’m working in the kitchen at The Palms RV Resort in Yuma and we need another workcamper in the kitchen. Any interest?

My first thought, No way! We don’t need a free place to stay since we boondock. And I don’t want to work on anything else other than the channel.

They needed me as soon as possible, but we were almost 3000 miles away. This all made for a tough decision.

Should we work camp?
 

 

We Said Yes Because RYJ Is About Overcoming Challenges

 
I have to admit, I was very reluctant. But we had overcome so many challenges this far into this lifestyle, it seemed like a good next step.

Why not step outside my comfort zone, work for someone else and learn a few new skill sets. Keep in mind, this gig is in a resort. So the additional amenities didn’t hurt.

I’d worked in kitchens before, so this couldn’t be that difficult, could it???
 

Fine Food

I learned to prepare some wonderful cuisine.


 

Should You Work Camp?

 
That’s a subjective question, but here are a few considerations that we weighed before saying yes.
 

  1. If you prefer to stay in a campground, this is one way to eliminate the cost.
     
    This was not a selling point for us.
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  3. You are trading your time for your spot in the campground.
     
    This was not appealing to us.
  4.  

  5. You may have to learn a new skill set.
     
    This was a good selling point for us since we like to learn new things.
  6.  

  7. There may be pay for additional time worked or in addition to your campsite.
     
    This was not an option at The Palms, so it was not relevant to us.
  8.  

  9. If you are paid, consider the impact of filing a tax return with the state where the campground is located.
     
    This was not a consideration, since we would not be paid. Also, we were not in AZ long enough to be considered a statuary resident.
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  11. What kind of amenities do you have access to in the resort/campground?
     
    This was a strong selling point since we believed the boys would enjoy all the resort had to offer.
  12.  

  13. Is it a 55+ community?
     
    Since The Palms RV Resort is a 55+ community, we had to make sure it was okay to stay there with kids. Fortunately, it was fine.

 

Kids celebrating

The boys love it here!


 

The Palms RV Resort Brings The Work Glamping To Work Camping

 
There’s no question, The Palms RV Resort is really nice. And buying a lot or small casita is very appealing.

The copious amenities offer some very nice activities and relaxation when you’re not working. So, “scoring” a position in this resort is definitely a benefit.

And the experience may carry weight when applying for other work camping positions. If you’re looking for this kind of environment, The Palm RV Resort may be a good option.

I also want to take it a step further and express my joy in finding a community of some of the happiest people I’ve encountered in one location.

Most everyone is happy and active. There’s a lot to be said for surrounding one’s self with this many kind and optimistic people.
 

You Might Feel Like The Help

 

Pots and Pans

You might feel like the help.


 
Yes, there are times I felt like “the help.” It’s almost as though some people who pay to be in the resort look at you in an “inferior light.”

But, with that said, most people showed genuine appreciation. But I imagine no matter where you work camp, you should be prepared to feel like a servant in a way.

Again, I’m happy to say, I only felt that way 2% of the time. Those are some pretty good odds!
 

Other Types Of Work Camping To Consider

 
Campgrounds and resorts are not the only options for work camping. There are also opportunities at ranches and farms for a season. So if that interests you, look deeper into working for a ranch or farm.

It may not be as common, but some big companies employ work campers seasonally or for a longer period. One you may have heard of is Amazon.

And you’re not limited to Amazon, so look closely if you think work camping could be an option with a large corporation.

Are We Happy With Our Decision To Work Camp?

 

Yuma Sunrise.

Sunrise at the The Palms RV Resort.


 
Ultimately, yes, we’re happy with our decision to work camp (glampcamping)!
 
It has open our eyes to another way to afford fulltime RVing. But most importantly, we made a lot of new friends and I (Glynn) learned some really cool new skill sets!

We would consider doing it again in the future.
 
Would you consider work camping or “work glamping?”

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