About Amazon’s CamperForce


Last updated on 4/24/17 for accuracy.

2016 was my fifth year working in Amazon’s CamperForce. I think most people who full-time must have heard about this opportunity by now, but I still get a lot of questions about what CamperForce is, what the pay is like, and is it worth it. This article is designed to answer all those questions and more, but first a disclaimer:

I am not a spokesperson or officially affiliated with Amazon in any way. This is just what I have found to be true myself from the holiday seasons I have worked for them. It is truthful to the best of my knowledge, but any of it could change at any point with or without warning, please keep that in mind.

What It Is

There are two Amazon distribution centers in the US that hire large numbers RVers to work manual labor around the busy holiday season (and a couple others that will hire small numbers of seasoned RVers who’ve been in CamperForce at least once before to train in other facilities, but that’s beyond the scope of this write-up).

There are several positions you might work in, all of which require standing on your feet for your entire shift. Some positions are more physically demanding than others, but from experience let me just say now that it is hard work. The pay is better than any other work-camping gig out there that I’ve heard of, except perhaps the sugar beet harvest in the far northern reaches of the country, and there is good reason for this. Here are the position descriptions, as pulled from workamper.com’s page for Amazon and found true from what I’ve seen:

Receiving: (Inbound) As part of our receiving team, you will be receiving and checking inventory from our suppliers. You will need to be able to lift, bend, stoop and squat frequently. (This is what I did in 2015).

Stowing: (Inbound)You will walk 2-4 miles a day, and will lift, bend, stoop and squat frequently. Ability to read a hand-held scanner and climbing stairs up to 30% of the time is necessary. Our stowing team safely shelves the millions of items that come through each Amazon facility. (This is what I did in 2012 and 2014).

Sortation: (Outbound) You might be using a hand-held reader to guide you in taking items from chutes and putting them into boxes, packaging items into a variety of shipping containers.

Shipping: (Outbound) You could be standing scanning and packaging single items for shipment or palletizing boxes and loading trucks (I covered breaks for Outbound shipping team late in 2015, packing boxes in trucks – hard work!).

Picking: (Outbound) You will walk 5-10 miles a day (I’ve heard of pickers who walked up to 13 miles a day) and will lift, bend, stoop and squat frequently. Ability to read a hand-held scanner and climbing stairs up to 30% of the time is necessary. Our picking team picks millions of items into totes and transfers the totes to a conveyor.

ICQA: (Support team, but typically on Outbound hours) You will walk 2-4 miles a day, will bend, lift, stoop and squat frequently, and will use a step stool occasionally. You will read a hand-held scanner and count bins for accuracy. (This is what I did in 2013 and 2016).

NOTE: If you’re working in a KIVA robotics facility (Haslet is one), you won’t be doing much walking with the ICQA, Stow, or Pick jobs. Instead you stand at a station and the robots bring the product to you.

These are not the only positions. In 2012 I worked a few shifts in ISS which handles customer complaints and is on Inbound hours, and took pictures of products and bins to resolve customer issues. In 2014 I worked one night in the Gift Wrap department, you can imagine what I did there. Receive actually has several different positions, when I’ve described in a later article linked at the bottom of this post.

Job Requirements

Besides being able to meet the physical demands of the job, you’ll need proof of graduation from high school or a copy of your GED. If you haven’t graduated from high school or gotten your GED, Amazon does have a program set up to help people achieve this. You can e-mail the CamperForce reps at the e-mail listed at the end of this article for more information.

All applicants also need to pass a drug test. This will require you to visit a medical facility about a month before your scheduled start date, and depending where you are camping then it could be a drive. When I was work-camping at Badlands National Park, I had to drive 90 miles which was basically a day trip.

Solo campers are as welcome as couples, but at least one person needs to work full-time hours. The second person may work part-time, or not be employed at Amazon at all. Hours are discussed more in a later section.


For the 2017 season, Campbellsville, KY and Murfreesboro, TN are the two options. Haslet, TX was removed from the program this year. Here are the blurbs about both locations, pulled from Amazon’s info page:

Campbellsville, KY: Campbellsville is a city in Taylor County, KY, founded in 1848, and located in the heart of Central Kentucky; nestled between the Cumberland Plateau and the Appalachian Mountains – Covering 270 square miles and populating more than 22,000 people. Taylor County is within a day’s drive to many major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati; and only hours away from Louisville, Lexington and Nashville. The area is home to a pleasant mix of agriculture, manufacturing and recreation. It is also home to Green River Lake, which offers over 33 miles of picture perfect water lying between 250 miles of shoreline.

Murfreesboro, TN: Murfreesboro is located in the central portion of Tennessee in Rutherford County. Nissan North America is one of the county’s major employers. In 2006 Money Magazine ranked the municipality as the 84th best to live in the country from a list of 745 cities which had populations of more than 50,000.

Here are weather averages for both locations, pulled from Weather Underground:





Campbellsville, KY

(temps are listed as hi/low in Fahrenheit)

Temp: 71/44

Precip: 3.5”

Temp: 59/35

Precip: 4.0”

Temp: 47/28

Precip: 4.5”

Murfreesboro, TN

Temp: 68/50

Precip: 3.9”

Temp: 58/42

Precip: 3.7”

Temp: 48/33

Precip: 3.7”

Yes, below freezing temps can be experienced at both sites particularly during the second half of the season, and if you look at records it’s possible you could experience very cold weather. Even if you only have a three-season RV like me, you absolutely can handle these temperatures, just take precautions to keep your plumbing safe. I’ve written more about cold weather RVing in other posts linked below.

Hours, Season length, and Pay

Traditionally, the season starts sometime in September and runs through December 23rd. Yes, you do get out before Christmas (barring weather). Sometimes some people will get out a few days before December 23rd, but CamperForce representatives will tell you to expect to work through that date.

A limited number of work campers will start before September (in 2015 CamperForce had the earliest ever start date at August 16th in some facilities), and new hires will be starting on a weekly basis all the way up through the middle of November, so whether you’re available starting in September or not until November you have options.

A full shift is 10 workings hours with a half-hour lunch in the middle. Work weeks are 4 days in a row on, 3 days in a row off unless you get the donut shift which is 2 days on, 1 day off, 2 days on, 2 days off. This all changes once overtime starts though. You’ll also get two 15 minute paid breaks. Most sites have two shifts (day and night). You will let Amazon know which shift and job you would prefer to have, but there is no guarantee you will get what you ask for. I’ve always gotten the shift I wanted, but I’ve never been put in the job I asked for – it all depends on what the company needs at the time you start.

Base pay for 2016: $11.50/hour at Murfreesboro, $10.75/hour at Campbellsville

All sites pay per hour worked, and all overtime (hours worked over 40 in one week) is time and a half. All sites also have a shift differential, where those who work nights and weekends get more per hour. At Haslet last year, the night shift differential is $1.00 more an hour, in the past it was only $0.50 more.

Overtime: Varies wildly between sites and depends on the department you’re put in. It also varies from year to year.

In 2016, overtime was scarce at all three sites whereas in 2015 Haslet had a lot of overtime. Campbellsville traditionally is not heavy on overtime, I’ve never heard about Murfreesboro.

In general, if you’re in Inbound you’ll have overtime opportunities earlier in the season, since Inbound’s peak comes earlier to get the warehouse stocked in time for Thanksgiving. If you’re in Outbound your overtime opportunities are almost guaranteed the weekend after Thanksgiving and continue up until just before Christmas.

Pay periods: Has been weekly or bi-weekly depending on the site, but always on Fridays. The work week starts on Saturday at midnight and end at 11:59 pm on Friday (for those working overnight shifts it’s a little different) and the check is paid the next Friday.


All campground costs (electric, water, sewer, and honey wagon services where sewer hook ups aren’t provided) are billed directly to Amazon during your employment from two days before your start date to two days after. Last I heard. The rules on that seem to change frequently. Propane is not included.

Seasonal employees are now eligible to enroll in health care through Amazon after they’ve been there three months – something which might be useful for their other temp employees but isn’t really for full-time RVers who pay for their own insurance that will cover them as they travel and whom usually don’t make it to the three month mark.

There is a completion bonus you receive for every hour worked if you finish the season, it use to vary between sites but as of 2015 it was $1.00 everywhere, which equated to about an extra two week paycheck if you work 10-12 weeks. Because of the hard work and cold weather, a lot of people who start will not finish the season, so the bonus is Amazon’s way to try to keep you there once you start.

While not listed as a benefit, some swag is handed out as part of the CamperForce experience. A lanyard and that year’s CamperForce tee-shirt is a guarantee. In 2012 I won a drawing for a $50 pre-paid visa card, the frequency of these handouts seems to vary a lot from site to site and year to year.

Meals on site are also occasionally provided by Amazon, the frequency again seems to vary widely. At Coffeyville both years there was a Thanksgiving meal and a Christmas meal, both of which were quite good. At Fernley and Haslet there was one holiday meal. Often there will be a donut and juice day, and a cookie and fruit day as well.

There is also a referral bonus of $125 for every person/couple you refer to the CamperForce program who gets hired and works for at least 30 days. If you do this, the extra money gets added to your weekly paycheck once you turn in the referral form (if you’re going to work in CamperForce this year thanks to this information, my full name is Rebecca Schade, hint hint).

Reality Check

  • There are quotas to meet, both per individual and by group and shift. How strict your supervisors will be about meeting those quotas varies widely and seems to play a big part in how people rated their CamperForce experience. Starting in 2013, CamperForce workers individual goal was only 85% of the full-time Amazonian’s goal, which all but a couple of people were able to make.

  • You will be working alongside permanent Amazon employees, and people who were hired through other temp programs. In an ideal world all employees would treat each other with dignity and respect, but this is not an ideal world.

  • No cameras, and thereby phones and the like, are allowed on site. This is strictly enforced.

  • There are metal detectors and security agents at the entrances/exits. Expect to have to deal with the hassle.

  • You must be not only punched in, but at your station by the start of your shift, or by the end of your lunch. This means that you actually need to arrive to work a good deal early to get to your station on time, and don’t have time during your half hour lunch to go back to your RV unless you’re at a campground right across the way (and even then you better move fast).

  • You will be on your feet a lot. Every account I have read has considered a pair of high-quality tennis shoes to be a must, most also buy gel inserts for their shoes. I’ve found that I have to replace my shoes every two Amazon seasons because they wear out.

The Hiring Process

Once that is done the applications are reviewed and the most likely candidates are contacted to attend an online webinar, a few different dates and times are offered over the course of the summer and you only need to attend once. The webinar is scheduled to last an hour with a Q&A portion at the end, but the actual length can vary. After the webinar you’ll be offered a position under the condition that you meet the job requirements as listed above. A hint: if you make it to the webinar process, I’ve never heard of anyone not being made an offer afterward. Returning workers did not have to do the webinar again in 2016.

If you accept, you’ll get additional information from Amazon about what comes next, and the contact list for the campgrounds at that site. Amazon will not reserve a campsite for you they just pay for it, so it’s up to you to contact the campground you’re most interested in at set up a reservation. This should be done as soon as possible for the best selection of sites.


  • If you apply early in the year, it may take a while for Amazon to get back to you after you submit your application to set up the webinar. This is normal.
  • Normally the drug test needs to happen within 30 days of your start date, at Haslet in 2016 I wasn’t contacted for the drug screen until about two weeks out. Amazon will send you an e-mail asking for the physical location you’re based at, and then send you a list of clinics where you can go in for the drug test near you (“near” may not be really near though if you’re in a remote spot).
  • Within a week of your start date, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to a website with a bunch of online forms you’ll need to complete before your Orientation day. These include a non-disclosure agreement, harassment policy, etc.

* * *

This article was originally written in the summer of 2012, and has modified heavily since then to keep it accurate. Here are links every post I have written about CamperForce since then, which talk more about orientation and what the work and pay is like, and more about dealing with the cold weather.

2012 season:

2013 season: (wrote mostly about what was different from the previous year, this was my coldest camping experience to date)

2014 season: (didn’t write much because I knew Fernley was going to be closing at the end of that season anyway)

2015 season:

2016 season:

And that covers it! Any questions or comments ask below. If you’ve worked with Amazon in the past and have any insight to add or corrections that you think should be made to this information feel free to do so. The picture for this post is TUL1, the now closed Amazon fulfillment center in Coffeyville, KS behind a frozen tree during an ice storm that swept through in late December 2013.

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  1. Travis Weedon on April 17, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    This is the most detailed description that I’ve come across yet. Great article! Thank you

    • Becky on April 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      You’re welcome Travis, glad you found it helpful!

  2. Juliet Whitfield on October 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    This is a really great article Becky. I will share it with my peeps. Very well done and thorough. I wouldn’t be able to leave my dogs that long. Good for you for working so hard during the holidays, very impressive.

    • Becky on October 28, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Glad you found it helpful Juliet! There are RVers with dogs who make Amazon work by hiring someone to walk the dogs while they’re gone (or for couples having only one person work, or one work days and one nights) but yes it would be hard for most dogs to be alone that long.

  3. Craig on October 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Here in Campbellsville we have not recieved any pay raise as of 10/23/2016 .

    • Becky on October 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Good to know Craig, I’ll update the article thanks.

  4. David on August 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    On the CamperForce site they have a list of “Campground Partners” in many states. (Several more than the 3 CamperForce states.) Do you know anything about this? I can’t seem to find out what a “Campground Partner” is.

    • Becky on August 29, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Nope, don’t know anything about it David, never heard it mentioned in the years I’ve worked there.

  5. Mike on June 28, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Hi Becky,
    My Amazon application has been approved for Murfreesboro, TN. Have you ever worked there? They’ve asked me to choose and contact a campground. Is there a blog somewhere for others working there? I’m not much of a blog guy.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again,
    Mike M

    • Becky on June 28, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Hello Mike,

      Nope, I’ve never worked at the Murfreesboro location, so I can’t advise you on the campgrounds. I don’t know of any bloggers who’ve worked there either to direct you to.

      My best advice is to look them up on Google, Trip Advisor, or one of those other places that rates businesses and see what other visitors who’ve stayed there have said. Also go the the website for each campground (if they have one, or call) and see what amenities they offer.

      I, personally, have always valued distance from work as my main sticking point for Amazon campgrounds. There won’t be a whole lot of time to enjoy the scenery or location – when you’re not working you’ll be tired – but having the shortest commute possible is a big deal.


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  7. Patricia Hess on February 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm


    Thanks for all of the good information! I applied in January and got an email yesterday (2/26/16) with a request to attend a webinar. Do you know if a phone interview is still required or is the webinar done in place of it? When is an offer of employment extended?


    • Becky on February 28, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Webinar takes the place of it. I’ve never had to do the webinar since I’m a retuner but I imagine the offer comes right after it, that’s how it use to work with the phone interview.

  8. Karen Logan on October 22, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Becky, great job on all the work compiling this information. Very helpful to me and I wanted to make sure you are aware I applied at Murfeesboro and am waiting for their response. I also used your name as my referral so you can reap the benefits from your hard work! Good luck and continued safe travels!

    • Becky on October 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you for listing me as your referrer Karen! I hope you have a good time at Murfeesboro. I don’t have a lot of information on that site yet, so if you’d like to share your experience there at Amazon and your campground that would be appreciated, it could help other CamperForce hopefuls who are thinking of trying out that site. 🙂

  9. Bob Owens on October 19, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Morning, can you tell me much about the campgrounds at Haslet and the one at Murfreesboro, TN.

    Do you know much about them and do you favor one over the other. If you could give names and locations of these campgrounds, it would be appreciated.

    • Becky on October 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      The campground lists aren’t readily available and are only sent to campers once they’ve been accepted for a location because they change from year to year Bob, I’ve never worked at Murfreesboro so I don’t have a list for that one at all.

      I can send you the Haslet list, just remember it may be different next year. In fact it is almost guaranteed to be different with the Racetrack RV park slated for completion in time for next season. It’s too long to copy paste into a comment so if you e-mail me using the address listed in my “About & Contact” tab I’ll send it to you on there. A Plus is the only park I’ve seen with my own eyes so far so that’s the only one I can give a personal account of.

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  11. Roger on March 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Becky,

    Well I had a phone interview, my cell battery died in the middle and nowhere to plug it in. I told the interviewer that it could happen and apologized just in case. they called me back the next day and finished, and then she extended an offer and I excepted.
    I haven’t heard anything back yet. Does it take a while for them to contact after the initial interview? The interview was about the 12th of Feb., any ideas on this??
    BTW, my plan after Fernley if nothing comes up is to go to Quartzite. Since I have been thru Q many times, I have never experienced RVing there, it sounds like it would be fun.


    • Becky on March 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      As long as you verbally accepted the offer at the end of your interview, you should be good, you’re not the first to report on this sort of problem. From what I’ve seen, each site’s CamperForce team is really only one or two people, and they have to do all of the work of interviews and organizing paperwork, and especially this time of year with so many people coming in, it can take a while for them to get back to you. The non-disclosure agreement and other paperwork to fill out might not come until summer, I think that’s when I got mine last year. If you’re anxious to get started on landing a RV spot (which I was), go ahead and e-mail or call in and ask for that list, I had to do that last year.

      If I go to Fernley this year which looks likely, I’ll be heading to Quartzsite afterward, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do since the early days of planning to hit the road.

  12. Jaxpat on February 17, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Hi there, we applied online for the Fernley site, after 3 weeks I received a voicemail message at 11:00 PM and a follow up call the following early afternoon. My husband and I were not together at the time of the call so we scheduled a time to phone interview together with this past Friday at 4:00 PM. CamperForce didn’t call. We were ready, prepared and real excited about the interview, and disappointed that they didn’t follow through with the appointment.

    I suspect that with the amount of applications, they are busy working through that list and by completing phone interviews.

    Does anyone have this same experience and how will we know if they’ll call us back? Or if we should just move on to other opportunities? Like I said, we were anticipating the challenges of working long hours and not at a desk, a new environment, meeting people in the same situation and a short work commitment with opportunity to save a little for our year-round adventure.

    • Becky on February 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      I’ve never heard of anyone not getting a call once Amazon had confirmed a phone interview time, that’s unusual. Mine was late by about 15 minutes once though. I’d try getting in contact with them again, my guess is there was a mis-communication on their end and someone forgot.

      CamperForce really isn’t that hard to get into. In fact if you say “yes” to everything in the phone interview, you’re guaranteed the offer as far as I know. The phone interview is really more of a: Can you stay on your feet for a 10 hour shift, are you dedicated to keeping a safe work environment, do you play nice with others, kind of a thing.

      Good luck, hope it works out!

  13. Dwayne on January 2, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Just got done working my second year at Fernley. For people who are wondering about working, for your information 4 out of 5 employees that worked last year returned. There were 406 camperforce employees, 240 had perfect attendance.
    On a little side note, there is a gas station in Fernley that is part of the Kroger chain. I purchased $1250 worth of various gift card (Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon). That entitled me to 5 purchases of gas (35 gallons) at $1.00 off per gallon. Saved over $125 getting home. And Amazon gives a 50 cent a hour bonus if you stay the entire time.

    • Becky on January 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

      That’s some interesting facts Dwayne, the returning rate for Coffeyville was pretty similar, but we had only around 220 work campers at any one time for the 2013 season.

      The thought of buying over $1000 in gift cards makes me balk, but if you’re going to be buying that much anyway might as well get some money off on gas for your troubles yes.

      And yep I listed the bonus under the ‘Benefits’s section in the post, it’s $1.00 at Coffeyville and Campbellsville.

  14. carol mcgovern on August 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I am appling at Fernley for the first time. My motorhome leaves me without transportation to work. Is there a share-a-ride system? I would be willing to share gas expense. I sort of wanted to work nights and weekends for the extra $$ but I am flexible. Thanks, I will look for your replies. Carol

    • Becky on August 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Hi Carol. Amazon does not arrange for transportation for any of their employees (at least they didn’t at Coffeyville, definitely ask the person who interviews you for the position about it), so if you’re at a campground that isn’t within walking distance of the site, you’re going to have to make good friends with other people at your park that do have vehicles. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  15. David Heckler on December 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I am at Campbellsville, KY. This is the first year for me and it is almost over. I work in the IT dept. I stay at the Stables Campground. I went to KY because my friend worked at all 3 over five years and had a bad experience in KS. It has been good for me and I think I will come back next year. The Stables is the best campground if you have a tow car or a truck. I have lived in a mini RV or a travel trailer for the last 5 years. I have worked for The Army Corps of Engineers and a few entertainment venues. I am also a PC tech. and can find people who need help with one.

    • Becky on December 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Glad to hear it David. Coffeyville, KS has worked out well for me, it seems like the experience varies quite a bit from year to year.

  16. Regina and mark on November 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    The info. about working Amozon is extremely helpful. Thank you.

    • Becky on November 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      You’re very welcome, thanks for reading and commenting and welcome to IO. 🙂

  17. Libby on September 3, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I have been hired at the Fernley site and I am excited. I look at the hard work as a way to get healthy and make money. I can do just about anything for 90 days and I am ready to get started now! Weight loss, lowered blood pressure and enough money to do upgrades on my rv!

    • Becky on September 4, 2012 at 12:39 am

      Indeed! I think I likely won’t have time to keep up with my jogging routine, but if I’m walking 10+ miles a day as a picker I figure that’ll be good enough. 😛

      You bring up another good point too. The way I see it, life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it. Some people would look at working at Amazon as mind numbing and physically grueling, not enjoyable at all. But by choosing to see the positives as you and I do (an opportunity to experience something new, a beneficial exercise routine, and enough money to do whatever we please with further down the road), our experience will be much more pleasant.

  18. Madcap on August 31, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Your blog came highly recommended and it didn’t disappoint!! You’re attention to all the details is fantastic!! We’re in Coffeyville Kansas now awaiting our start with Amazon. We’re staying at the “campground” across the street, Big Chief RV Park. We’ll also be overnight pickers!! It’s a small small world!! Can’t wait to meet!! Until then…Enjoy the Adventure!!
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    • Becky on September 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      I just finished reading your blog, it’s great to hear from folks who are already in Coffeyville, now I know some of the things to do and places to visit when I get there!

      Yep, I’ll also be at Big Chief, but my meet and greet won’t be until 9/30 (if everything goes as planned, what with the issues they seem to be having). When I arrive I’ll definitely look you guys up. I’m pretty excited. A bit nervous too since it’ll be my first big trip in the RV, but mostly excited. 🙂

  19. Cookie on July 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Becky I haven’t had a phone interview yet, but I will ask when they call.
    Thanks for all the information!

  20. Cookie on July 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I have applied last week for Campbellsville, inspite my concern it may to much for me. All the photos that Amazon has posted show very mature adults doing this work. My biggest concern of the duties is the 30% stairs, I have a fear of going down stairs..yes fear of falling.

    In addition I called one of the RV parks today and they had a recording that the Amazon sites were all booked but they had a waiting list. Also, I have a dog. I can’t be the only one that has a dog that will need to go out at least once in a 11+ hour period. Maybe I should just do dog walking for the RV’ers! Those campgrounds are rather costly if staying there on your own around $475 +. I would like to find some over 65 year olds that have worked there in the past and hear what they have to say.

    • Becky on July 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Hiya Cookie,

      You can always send a e-mail to the seasonal-camper e-mail I listed in the post with your concerns and see what they say. One of campgrounds I tried was full as well, but fortunately my first choice still had sites available (the one right across the road – it may not be sceneic but I’m there to work, traveling around and seeing the sights comes after my term is up).

      If you read the descriptions you’ll see that not every job requires climbing ladders, just some of them.

      Anyway, best of luck! Thanks for posting and let me know how it works out for you.

  21. Joe on July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Yep, I’ll be trying Amazon this year in KY. Did you know there are also better paying seasonal jobs out there for RVers? I won’t show up in KY until Nov because I’ll be working the sugar beet harvest in northern MN just before that for almost $14/hr. They also pay all camping costs.

    • Becky on July 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Wow, nice Joe, how did you learn about that?

      I’ll be speaking to someone at the Coffeyville site tomorrow, I guess that’s my phone interview. 😛 Seems like most of the people who blog/are active in forums are going for the KY site, hopefully I won’t be all alone in Kansas. 😉

      • Joe on July 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

        I first heard about the beet harvest on Workamper News. One of my RVing friends also happens to be a foreman at one of the sites so I got to learn the real story from someone I trust. If you want to check it out go to http://sugarbeetharvest.com/
        Don’t worry about being alone in KS, I’m sure there will be plenty of other folks there. A lot depends on where they want to spend the winter I think. I chose KY so I can head to FL from there. If I was going to be a winter Texan, I’d pick KS.

        • Becky on July 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

          Thanks for the link Joe! I’m signed on for Coffeyville starting Oct. 1st, but maybe next year I’ll give that a go.

          I’m heading North after Amazon to be with my family in Wisconsin for Christmas (yeah, gonna winterize the RV first, or maybe fine some place to store it in Kansas while I drive up in the truck). Like I said I think I’m doing this full-timing thing wrong, being in the South at the hottest part of the year then moving north in the fall, lol.

          have fun in KY!

  22. Ross Macintosh on June 28, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Take the work when you can. Eventually the robots will get all this kind of work. =;^)

    Do you think it will be depressing to see all the cool stuff everyone else (amazon customers) are getting for Christmas? To avoid that downer, think of yourself as one of Santa’s elves. Spread the Christmas cheer.

    • Becky on June 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Yeah many people who do this call themselves Christmas elves. 😛 I’ve never been that attached to stuff so I don’t see it getting to me. I mean right now I work in retail selling things to people that I can’t afford myself and it isn’t an issue, I get satisfaction in matching the right customer to the right solution actually, it’s a positive experience for me.

      Besides, the money I’ll make goes toward funding my life of adventure, if I can save up enough to get to go to Quartzsite without having to stop and work again, how cool would that be? It’ll be the first time I’ve had more than 2 weeks off since I entered the work force, actually since I got my first job at 15 really.

  23. Marvin on June 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm


    Becky ,

    The work sounds tiresome and rough on the feet and knees , but the money is a lot better than other temp work . The completion bonus would also be a sweet deal .

    Are the pipes on your RV exposed or covered ? A small ceramic heater on the lowest setting and a timer could easily solve your warming issue . Most of the time a simple light bulb on an ext cord would provide enough heat .

    I prefer to do temp work for a few months to supplement other income and keep a cushion built up . I always seem to have more things on my list than time to do .

    • Becky on June 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      The grey and black water pipes are exposed where they meet at the line, the rest of them are enclosed. I’ve done some looking on Casita forums and it seems like it could be done with some heat tape and yeah, a ceramic or catalytic heater for the inside.

      I’d be getting enough from doing this to actually build up my cushion, hopefully enough that I could go to Quartzsite afterwards and not feel bad about not working while I’m there.

      From what I’ve seen it’s the highest paying work camping gig out there.

  24. Lynn on June 27, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Sounds like slave labour to me. 10 hours on your feet every day would be very tiring.

    • Becky on June 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Slave labor? It’s more per hour than I make at my current job, plus they pay for rent and all utilities. It pays better than the vast majority of work camping gigs you’ll find out there, and the reason is because yes, it’s very hard work.

      It definitely is not for everyone. Hopefully this post will help others decide for themselves if it’s worth it.

  25. Kristin on June 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks for the info, Becky. So, is this something you’re considering? To be honest, in my opinion, it sounds brutal… 10 hours on your feet, and I’m betting it’s all on concrete floors. The thought’s making my knees and back ache 🙂 but it is nice to think that you could make $4,800 (before taxes, assuming $10/hour) and no utility costs over three months! That could pay for a lot of campground fees over the rest of the year…

    • Becky on June 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Kristin, I am expecting it to be brutal but consider it a fair trade off for not having to work the rest of the winter. I think I’ll be better off than the more traditional RVers, I’m in decent physical shape and age is on my side. At the worst it’s only 3 months and it’ll be a new experience to learn from. 🙂

  26. Misty on June 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    This sounds like an awesome opportunity for people who are mobile, especially if they cover electricity! The cold is what would get to me, but I have a pretty decent heater in my RV. Still, right now I’m making better money with my online projects, so I probably won’t apply. But it’s good to know this is something I could try to do if my current work should start to dry up!

    Hee, of course, I also don’t have an official high school diploma or GED. I snuck into college without it. 😉 I’m assuming they would accept a bachelor’s degree, instead. Heehee.
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    • Becky on June 27, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I should think they’d accept a Bachelor’s degree. 😉

      I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do this kind of work year-round but for 3 months it should be manageable, and it should hopefully give me enough savings to be okay the rest of the winter without working. After visiting my parents for Christmas I’d like to veer down to Arizona for Quartzsite, but that’s still a ways off to be planning.

      I have an electric heater that came from the previous owner to plug into the RV, I’d probably look at getting a catalytic heater if I end up getting hired though since they sound safer adn more efficient. Least it’s a small space to have to heat but I worry about the plumbing freezing up, guess thats why heat tape and piping insulation exist. 😛

    • Kim on August 5, 2012 at 4:46 am

      I wouldn’t share that one, Misty edit if you can, assume as advice from your Mom
      lol seriously..HR for many years 20+
      Only posting to help, if snuck may appear as if dishonest. Please take no offense.

      Awesome you achieved great work and hard work. ! was reading Amazon info sidetracked…


      • Misty on August 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

        Hahaha, Kim… You should meet my mom before you tell me that I should accept advice as though it’s from my mom. 😉

        I was mostly joking about the fake high school diploma. I was home-schooled, and in Texas, a home school diploma is essential a paper from your mom saying, “We totally studied all of this, scout’s honor!”

        Employers aren’t particularly impressed by that, but it’s perfectly legal for getting into college in Texas. 😉
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