Saturday, September 24, 2022


A creative way to get a free long-term RV site

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 sleep in their beds, dirty their dishes, or run up their utility bills. All he needed was a place to park his RV and in return he’d “keep watch.”

Very soon the RVer had a place to park his RV with free electricity. And since he was able and willing, he also fed the horses and kept up the hot tub. 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 for free, “just to keep an eye out for trouble.”

Friends of ours vend out of Quartzsite in the winter, but leave in the blisteringly hot summers. So last 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 vacuum the “rec room” and make sure the swimming pool water is kept just right. They know for sure that the latter is okay – they get to go swimming whenever they wish. Next spring they’ll make the “flip flop” and head back to the land of golden opportunities in Arizona’s snowbird capital.

Yes, you can opt to work through an agency that promotes “work camping.” Most are reputable – just ask other RVers about their experiences.

And remember that when you “interview” for a job be sure your rig looks neat and clean, and that the rest of you matches up, too. If you’ve performed a similar service before, it would be a good idea to present a few testimonials to a prospective employer or host.



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1 year ago

Great tip.

Keith Sellers
1 year ago

Interesting that this should come up at this exact moment.out of the blue friends of ours who own a pack station just outside Yosemite asked us to property sit for them when they need to be away.just watch that no one bothers the stock or trespasses while they are off doing things that need to be done, June-Oct.

1 year ago
Reply to  Keith Sellers

What exactly is a pack station?

Thanks, Joe

James Starling
1 year ago
Reply to  Joseph

For pack animals like Mules and Horses, Donkeys to go into Yosemite by Horseback.

Vicki L Faulkner
3 years ago

Great Idea!!

3 years ago

But, did he have to stay at that owner’s home 100% of his time or was he able to venture out to sight see? Thanks

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