The business of work camping: The day-to-day life of a work camper

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By Sam Suva
Do you want the skinny on the day-to-day life of a work camper? Come spend a day with me in maintenance. Let’s go!

6:00 a.m. – The cell phone alarm signals the start of another day.
7:00 a.m. – Breakfast and coffee, dishes stowed.
7:45 a.m. – Out for work, a quick ride through the campground. I look for any new campers on sites as well as trash on the ground.
8:00 a.m. – Meet with the staff. We all meet at the recreation hall or office and we have a list of duties either to complete or to get new every work day.
8:20 a.m. – Work! Today I start with cleaning the pool. The net gets the leaves off the top and the vacuum gets the sand off the bottom. A quick test of the water lets me know we are within safe measurements for sanitation. I will look through the bathrooms and around the pool area for trash and general cleanliness.

9:30 a.m. – Weed trimming around the camper sites. Some campgrounds will maintain the campsites as well as public areas by cutting and weed trimming the grass. I go to the maintenance shop and choose a weed trimmer, taking mixed gas and string with me. PPE, Personal Protection Equipment, is absolutely necessary: safety glasses, ear plugs, high visibility vest and gloves. I need to be careful not to run the weed trimmer too fast or it throws rocks, causing dents and even broken windows in campers.
11:30 a.m. – Back to the shop to put up the weed trimmer and then to the office to look for work orders. I see a request for campfire wood and there is a leaky faucet on site 96. I will deliver the wood and then it’s time for lunch.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch is over and I am heading to site 96 to fix the leaky faucet. It turns out to be a washer on the camper hose is bad. I replace the washer and the leak is “fixed.”
12:45 p.m. – We are adding sites to the campground and I need to order electrical boxes for the camper hook up. A call to the local electrical supply house and the new pedestals are on their way.
1:20 p.m. – I take the front-end-loading tractor behind the shop and pressure wash it. It gleams like a shiny… uhm… green dime?
2:20 p.m. – The sign at the intersection showing campers how to get to the park has a light out. There is a new 500-watt halogen bulb in the shop. The campground truck is old but reliable – it gets me to the sign for the repair and then back.


3:00 p.m. – The store needs more soda. The soda is stored in a small utility building. A few crates later and the soda is restocked.
4:00 p.m. – A call over the radio: The office needs a code put in the gate controller for a new camper. It is a simple process to program in the new code.
4:30 p.m. – Back to the office for any emergencies, a chat with the manager about the day’s work, and I am off.

The camper in me smiles at the campers as they make preparations for a cool, quiet evening around the campfire and on the golf cart trails. I stop to chat with friends as they tell me about their day, week or month since I have last seen them. We make plans for a cookout on a Tuesday. Why Tuesday? Because we’re work camping.

Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments below or contact me at samsuvarv(at)gmail.com .

See you down the road,

Sam

Sam Suva and his wife are work campers. They began work camping more than 10 years ago and have spent a lot of time working as they traveled. In this new weekly feature, they will share their experiences with you, with an emphasis on how to incorporate work camping into a full time RV lifestyle.

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Teri
Teri

We want Sam to work for us. Wow, Sam, love your motivation and initiative. That’s hard to find in any employee. We do have great team members, as we call our workampers, but once we find ones like yourself, we treat them well so they will stay or return annually. Good job and happy trails to you.

Sam
Sam

Thanks Teri, I may give y’all a call! Your team members must be very happy to return each year. We have been very fortunate to have great owners and positive work camping experiences over the years. We wish you the very best in your endeavors and thank you for being a great owner!

John Landry
John Landry

Thanks for starting off this weekly feature, this is something I will be looking to do when the wife and I get to travel around this great country. Looking forward to read this section in the future. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Sam
Sam

Thanks for reading John, my best to you on your travel plans.