Transporting RVs: What To Expect If You Decide To Be An RV Transport Driver For Hire

checking-out-the-rvs-available-for-transporting.jpg Ready to fill out the application to be an RV transporter?

Does the idea of traveling at someone else’s expense sound pretty good? 

With any luck, transporting RVs could provide a nice side income as well. 

Before you sign on the dotted line, you might be interested in knowing what you can expect from the job, plus what they will expect from you…


Expectations Of RV Transporters

First of all, you’ll need to maintain a professional appearance and attitude at all times, especially when arriving at the RV dealership or dealing with anybody that would be considered a customer.  This includes all dealership and factory personnel.

Timely delivery is always required, as specified when you receive your shipping papers.

The RV must be CLEAN — inside and out — when you arrive at your destination, You will be expected to take the unit to a car wash if it has any accumulation of bugs, dirt, or road grime. 

Remember, the buyers are expecting a new unit.  Using any of the RV’s appliances or bathroom facilities is absolutely not allowed.  You usually are allowed to sleep in the RV, but you will be required to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow, with the understanding that any existing bedspread or pillows will be carefully removed and stored before using the bed.

Dealers are very fussy about the newness of an RV, and any indication that something has been disturbed or soiled between the factory and the dealership can result in the RV dealer refusing the unit.  If an RV is refused because of unauthorized use or damage, your driving career may be pretty short. 

Usually, only one person at a dealership has the authority to inspect new units when they arrive.  That person may be a manager, or even the owner.  But if that person isn’t immediately available, you may be required to wait — however long it takes.

Rest assured, once the RV dealership signs your paperwork indicating that the unit is in good order, the dealer can no longer go back against the RV transport company, if any unseen damage comes to light. 

You’ll be working as an independent contractor. Meaning you’re not an employee of the transport company; you’re self-employed and selling your services to the transport company.  No taxes will be held back from your income. It will be your responsibility to maintain proper records and settle up with the IRS at tax time.

When you receive your RV shipping papers, you will have the option of receiving a portion of the freight charge up front to cover the cost of fuel and travel expenses.  If you run low on money during the trip, you may be allowed to have money wired to you, as well.  The remainder of your pay will be settled up upon return — usually at a regular payday interval.

Maintaining a good working relationship with the RV transport company is to your benefit.  As time goes on, if they find you to be a reliable efficient driver that is always ready to work and you’re willing to go anywhere, then they will be more likely to do everything possible to keep you busy.

If you make a habit of being unavailable, or rejecting trips because they don’t appeal to you, then they will most likely pass you over on good profitable trips and choose other drivers who want to make money.  You see, some RV drivers only want a trip or two a month, and making a profit isn’t their motivation.  For them, getting the cream of the crop jobs really doesn’t matter. It’s more important to just get a ride whenever they feel like taking a trip. 

If you’re serious about making money as an RV transport driver for hire, then you will need to be available anytime, and willing to go anywhere.  You’ll also want to have all of the equipment necessary to handle any type of rig that the transport company might need you to deliver. 

The more adaptable you are, the more you will work and the more money you will make.  It’s completely up to you. 

When I first started out as an RV transport driver, it all seemed a bit overwhelming.  But after one or two trips, it quickly becomes routine and comfortable.  Soon, you will start to feel like you’re on a perpetual vacation.  By taking your time and asking a lot of questions, your road to success as an RV transport driver will come easily. 

Curtis Carper

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.

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  • Guest

    Ready to work.Delivering R.V.`s.I`m 71 years young.Good health.Can work most 30 year olds under the table.Clean driving record.Drove a large car carrier for years.

  • Guest

    Ready to work.Delivering R.V.`s.I`m 71 years young.Good health.Can work most 30 year olds under the table.Clean driving record.Drove a large car carrier for years.

  • Justin Greene

    I am a teacher and am interested in RV transport during my summer vacation. I figure I could do 2-3 trips a summer and see some great scenery and visit destinations I would never get to. Where do you suggest I start to get more information and land a transport job. Any help is appreciated.

  • S S Heselton

    Why do the rv tranporters get paid less money than 18-wheelers do? 3/4-1 ton trucks don’t have sleepers and bothe purchase the same fuel.

    • Curtis

      S S Heselton, The RV industry has capitalized on the fact that as trucking goes delivering RV’s is pretty easy work.  With so many RVers being retired people they have tapped that labor force by simply offering what amounts to a free way to travel as much as you want.  Basically they pay what they do because there are enough people willing to do the job for that amount of money.

  • Capt tom

    Curtis; Sounds like you and I may have traveled some of the same roads through life except maybe, most of my driving was boats and motor yachts. My question is you say as diabetic ,you have some problems pecuering your job,why?

  • Curtis

    capt tom,  I did a quick scan of the article and didn’t find anything pertaining to diabetes.  Not saying I didn’t make a comment, just that I can’t find it to accurately respond to your question.  As a currently DOT licensed driver the main issue being diabetic is are you on insulin or pills?  Insulin automatically disqualifies you from driving commercially.  If you are able to maintain proper blood sugar levels with pills you can still drive.  The only issue is maintaining an adequate supply of drugs while gone on extended trips.  Whether an employer discriminates against you because of a medical condition is another thing all together.  

  • glen leatherbury

    Hi, I am 53 years old retired from the army, I can drive up to a 44 pass bus, I only have a class c civilian license. I have to go back east to charleston SC to pick up my handicapped brother and bring him back here to the bay area ca. If there is anyone in the charleston sc area that wants company driving accross to ca as well as a very good honest driver to help you for free let me know, the dates could be from 7/31-08/01. Thanks my name is glen

  • Kathy Gallagher

    I am an experienced driver.have traveled all over the united states lived on both coasts.drove a school bus for two years for septran dropped my commercial liscense but could pick it up if need be.Ireallyl just want to transprort motorhomes drive away motorhomes any where in the us and canda .I am semi retired and can travel anywhere and any time

  • Jon Shutt

    I am retired I am interested in delivering RV’s I am not however willing to use my vehicle to tow. Where can I go to get hired?

    • Curtis

      Jon, Probably nowhere. The standard is for delivering trailers you supply the 1-ton dually set up to do the job. To deliver motorhomes you supply the small car with tow bar hookup for the return trip. Otherwise you may be able to return by bus or airplane, but there goes any profit at all.

  • Kevin

    Hi, I’m interested in delivering RV’S or Motorhomes, and would like to know what kind of money to expect to make, if a guy’s willing to do lot’s of driving? Weekly or monthly?

    • Curtis

      Kevin, My experience is a number of years out of date but at the time I considered it a good secondary income. Retired, looking to make a few bucks kind of thing. If you are young enough to have kids, a mortgage, and car payments, odds are you won’t survive.

      • Bruce Gosselin

        That answers my question. Think I’ll stay in the Otr truckin and my bulk tank. Was looking into transportation of rv”s. For a different set pace. Been trucking for 25yrs. And 32 total years of exp. Driving don’t ask how to keep a perfect record. Luck I guess.

  • Kevin

    Thank’s Curtis, I would be Semi retired, I ‘ve been an underground coal miner for 33 year’s,and would like to try this until I’m ready for full retirement.

    Thank’s again Curtis