Camp Host

Camp hosting in a truck is possible.

Most camp hosts are required to have hard sided living quarters. The people hiring are so desperate for hosts in remote areas (with no electricity or cell service) that a truck is considered ok. Fancy places like KOA don’t like pick ups.

  1. Money You may get some. The number of hours that I was allotted and paid for were less than was required to do a good job. For example, on the first job there were 3 bathrooms and 13 sites. I was allotted 11.5 hours/week to clean bathrooms, weed eat the campground, take and account for money,  clean fire pits, and answer many questions. I averaged 23 hours/week.  The second job was 22 bathrooms, 65 sites, 60 acres. I was allotted 37.5 hours/week. I averaged 72/week, rode a huge mower, long discussions about the dump fees and day fees. I was flat out exhausted most of the time at this campground. You can volunteer (no money) with NM state parks and you get electricity and  don’t have to clean bathrooms or collect fees.  BLM pays by the day, not hours. I got a scratchy vest, a cheap hat and a name tag that I had to give host uniform
  2. A Place to Live If you love a certain area of the country or a certain element of nature you can park in an ideal location. You will get to know the nearby towns intimately. You will be in the same spot for 4-5 months.
  3. People to Meet I checked in a friend I hadn’t seen in 30 years, I made friends with anglers, physiotherapists, Vietnam vets, artists, and children. I also had to deal with slobs, people who let their misbehaving dogs run loose, ATVs racing around the campground after 10 pm, and two car limits that morphed into 8 cars.
  4. Weather With a truck you need a tarp to keep out blazing sun and/or pouring rain. You are more exposed than any trailer or motor home. The tarp I have is perfect.camp2boggydraw.jpg
  5. Personal Time As a camp host you will have time to hike or fish. You do have days off. However, while at the campground you will be interrupted with an endless list of questions that you may not have the answer for. It is not a job for someone who wants to write the great American novel, or even read one. Living in a truck you will not have the luxury of shutting the door while cooking dinner.  Campers saw me cooking and thought the whole thing was “delightful”.

Its worth a season trial for anyone who is full time camping in their truck.


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10 Responses to Camp Host

  1. It was nice to find your blog. I just recently started my own to document my families journey with camp hosting. It wasn’t something I had ever heard of until a couple weeks ago. Now we are going from a house we’ve lived in for 9 years to rv living. I look forward to more of your blog posts!


  2. Dale says:

    Hey Miss Mas, every time I see your set up my mouth waters for its comforts & simplicity’s.
    Everything you need & wherever you want to be. Luv it!!! Keep up the good work & inspiration.


  3. david allen bouman says:

    They probably want to re-use that name tag For the next Pickett that comes around looking for a job..


  4. Cindy Rogers says:

    Pickett you look fantastic! Thanks for all the great info on hosting:) enjoy your new gig this summer. Hope you get enough reading time!


    • Mas Prema says:

      Never enough time for reading! I love this gig, Cindy, even with the reading interruptions. The area is so beautiful. I get to see the flowers bloom, the mushrooms grow, and the aspens turn yellow in the fall.


  5. Fred says:

    Mas; we all do what we have to do. As for ‘must do’s’ this seems like a good prospect in retirement. I like that it is a fixed time frame. It seems that it could be a recipe for ‘burn out’ if it goes on for more than a few months. It seems you have found a way to strike a balance. Enjoyed this informative post.


    • Mas Prema says:

      It does get exhausting towards the end, being “on stage” 24/7. Good little bit of money in a beautiful place. Hint: The hard/confusing times usually have to do with reservations. So I host at campgrounds without reservations.


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