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Nomadic Geeks Make Money Online While Living The Full-Time RV Life

Updated on June 18, 2010

Living on the road and traveling the North American continent has always been a huge dream of mine and figuring out how to do this before retiring has finally become possible by maintaining a passive income by making money online with Google's Adsense and other affiliate marketing systems.

Of course there is some work still to be done getting the income levels up that are needed to sustain life in an RV. I figure that I will need to have at least six months worth of living expenses and bill money saved to safely start this nomadic geek adventure properly. Then there is the cost of the Heavy duty pickup truck and fifth-wheel recreational vehicle to live in.

The idea of waking up one day facing a beautiful mountain scape, or being parked along side a beautiful river and being able to change my scenery at will gives me a big "Why" to succeed in the make money online game. Imagine being able to enjoy the Autumn leaves turning orange, yellow and gold in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee one month then working underneath the canopy of your RV while gazing at the ocean surf near the Florida Keys the next week or month. Do you think you could get some inspiration for creative and unique content for your articles and websites? If the answer is no then stop reading now!

How To Make Money On The Road ~ There is More Than One Way

Granted my first choice is to make money online with my websites using Google Adsense supplemented with Amazon's affiliate marketing, but there is more than one way to skin this traveling cat. You can also write ebooks to sell online. I have seen several people online that have written extensive ebooks and produced DVD s about the full-time RV life and how to live comfortably on the road. They sell these products to keep their first love alive - living when and where they want to at any given moment.

You can also work as park managers trading your time and labor for RV rental space and the cost of utilities and some federal and privately held RV Parks across the USA. Others, that are good with their hands sell homemade crafts, furniture, clothing, and other niche products that they make right in their RV. A few have made a great living at doing RV repairs while living the RV life - keeping an inventory of common products needed to do quick repair jobs and buying the rest from local hardware, plumping, and electrical vendors.

So as you can see my way of making money while living the full-time RV life is not the only one. If you need to combine more than one to make ends meet then that is great too - You will find that opportunities abound in this industry if you want to achieve this lifestyle.

The photo to the right is of a factory ordered custom fifth-wheel RV that a gentleman and his wife have taken to the road and while keeping a successful software engineering career going at the same time.

Custom Home Office for Making Money Online

This custom made factory fifth wheel RV that was ordered to specifically work while living on the road.
This custom made factory fifth wheel RV that was ordered to specifically work while living on the road.

Staying Connected To The Internet On The Road

Most or a large percentage of RV Parks offer free wifi connections and some charge a small daily fee - This should be enough for the casual surfer and posting content to websites. The one thing that you have to remember is the connections are almost always not secured so any pimple popping teenager with a laptop and wireless connection can watch everything you are doing online.

Since RVs are usually encapsulated in a metal shell it will block your signal sometimes. This can be remedies with an external wireless antenna attached to your linksys router. But if the weather is nice you can just sit under the awning of your trailer and work at a table with a good connection.

The ultimate Internet connection for RV's is the satellite dish connection. This can be a little expensive up front and the monthly fees can run from $99.xx to $200.xx per month depending on bandwidth and connection speeds that you want. This is also where it is great if you can afford to order a custom RV from the factory and have all the network cabling, modems, and router(s) installed and hidden away to keep everything neat in appearance.

The other alternative is to have a cellular modem connection which is where you slide a card into your pc slot on your notebook or attach to a usb port on your computer. Again, the signal will not be that strong inside the RV so make sure which ever wireless cellular vendor you chose - that they offer an external antenna option to boost the bars on the device.

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      Joanna McKenna 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Charles Kurault had my dream job. And it's to him and the crew that traveled with him we should give thanks for the vehicles we now know as RVs. Their original traveling home on the road was a bizarre marriage of camper shell and bus chassis, prone to regular breakdowns, usually in rural areas. Little by little, things were modified, then custom made to meet the demands of their most unusual vocation and voila! the RV was born. That they got their stories and film to CBS every week without the internet and wireless access is miracle in itself!

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      Baby Boomer Resource Guide 7 years ago

      Road warriors It comes down to finding what works in a down economy. I spent many hours selling at open markets venues my best seller was a hand power sweeper made to get the sand a dirt off the floor. I think that any type of service you could sell on the road would be the best solution to traveling and making a living because of the low over head. Still looking for my nitch... Cheers!

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      Rhonda Morin 7 years ago

      I own an interior design website that has advertising dollars from adsense, a bit of affiliate sales, other forms of advertising and an Amazon and eBay store for dropshipping products. My questions is how do I work with "office hours" and still enjoy the places we want to go to and visit? We want a Class A so I can work while my husband drives to the next place but I am having a hard time adjusting my thinking to running a business and seeing all the wonderful places there are to see across the country.

      Any tips? Right now I work all the time and we take a few hours in the middle of the day to grocery shop or run errands. Then I work at night. My thought is my life would be similar on the road, work a few, play, work a few, play. If I wanted to take a few days off I would bulk up earlier in the week and take the days off. But how do I still deal with customer calls and how do I deal with weekly tasks that have to be done. Set up camp and be in 1 place 1 days a week?

      This is my biggest issue, how to run a business and keep up with everything that needs done AND see the places we want to see.

      Any advice would be helpful.

      Rhonda Morin

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      Kind Regards 7 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

      JonSterling, I have a variation of this theme, just like kephrira, and this will be the first year I do it! I've booked/reserved and paid for my cabin. Instead of an RV, starting November 1, I'm going to be spending four months at a resort in the Ozarks of Arkansas on Norfork Lake. I work online for Demand Studios doing QA and also insurance transcription for SpeechInk. Being a long-time traveler (all 48 states), once my income reached a nice level, it didn't take me long to realize that with WiFi being readily available, I could go anywhere I wanted and live and work. It'd work the same in an RV, but I'm just not into driving one around - too big for me. But they are very beautiful and it'd sure be a nice way to live. I'll tell you it sure beats the days of when I first got to all of the lower 48 states in the 80s/90s and had to go through the hassle of moving to a new city, renting an apartment and getting another job. Wow! that was a process I don't miss. Back then, temping was the way to not stay tied to a company and keep up the freedom. Kind Regards

      Oh, and it's so cool you can do this through Google AdSense. I hardly make any money through AdSense, so you've got a lot going on. Congrats!

      And thanks for your wonderful info on the various types of Internet connections. That was very interesting to learn about.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Travelling while you work on line sounds like a pretty cool idea to me and it's good to hear that you can obtain free wifi. Good luck and thanks for the money making tips. :)

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      raven1967 8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Cool hub John! look forward to reading more of your stuff. Good luck on your quest.

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      mpurcell10 8 years ago from Arkansas

      Lived on the road for awhile and loved it.Can't wait to go back. Had to stop for family obligations. Wish you the best. My advise is just do it.We never know what tomorrow will bring.

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      Thanks for the comment kephrira - yes that sounds equally appealing to just live out of a suit case - but I guess the old guy in wants the same living quarters wherever I go...

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      kephrira 8 years ago from Birmingham

      I am thinking of doing something similar next year, just without the RV - a laptop and a hotel room or cafe with wifi will do me (or a mobile internet card for when I can't find either). I spent about 2 months in Thailand a few years ago and I really want to go back and spend longer, and maybe travel around a few other places. The feeling of freedom when you can just move on to the next town whenever you get bored is great.

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      Wow - Five Bucks an hour is steep - Even as expensive as a dish would be it's still cheaper than paying by the hour.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      Unfortunately it doesn't quite work as well in Australia - you need a satellite connection for most of the country -and they are mega-$ Even on the East coast I never came across free wifi - some of the more upmarket parks have it for around A$5 an hour

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      Thanks Jaime,

      You seem to have carved out quite a niche for yourself to support your Full-Time RV Life and Making Money Online.


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      Jaimie Hall Bruzenak 8 years ago

      I agree, there are many ways to make money as you travel. Passive income is nice but you can run a business or work - just for site or even income. What a great way to see the country!

      Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

      author of Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider's Guide to Working on the Road