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.
- 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 back.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.