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RV Transport Drivers Are Needed To Drive Motorhomes Cross Country

Who says you have to buy an RV or motorhome in order to be an RVer? (…Even a full-time RVer!)

There is another option: Sign up to deliver RVs with an official RV transporter!

RV transporter preparing to deliver another RV across country.

When Ken [Murray] learned about commercial RV transporting companies, he realized then that his dreams of full-timing could come true. Ken sold his house, and last May he moved into his present RV, a 38 foot fifth wheel trailer with a slide out. He contacted two different RV transport companies, Hinkley RV Transport and Horizon Transport, and says both were more than happy to work with him. Both companies have some 200 drivers nationwide, and while they usually deliver new RVs, when Ken wants to move he calls their dispatcher and they have a driver hook onto his trailer and move him to a new park. 

— Gypsy Journal

They’re Always Hiring RV Transport Drivers

New motorhomes and travel trailers don’t magically appear on RV dealer lots.

RVs are driven cross-country by independent contract drivers — from the factory to the RV dealer’s showroom. Sometimes this is a distance of only a few hundred miles, while other RV deliveries can be 2,000 miles or more.

And they have to hire RV drivers to get the job done.

Depending on the company (and their requirements), you may not even need to have much RV experience at all. Transporting an RV could even be more exciting than renting one.

You can choose to transport an RV just one time, or several times — it’s completely up to you.

And… you can deliver RVs over the course of several weeks, months, or even years.

This is one of the most flexible modes of RV travel — especially when you don’t already own an RV!

What It’s Like To Be An RV Transport Driver

Being an RV transporter for hire is a temporary profession for some (it’s possible to earn as much as $50,000 a year) and a hobby for others (it’s a fun way to travel and see the world).

  • If you have a pickup truck, then you could “tow” a pull-behind RV trailer.
  • Or, choose a “driveaway” and plot your course for adventure from the driver’s seat of a motorhome.

Typically, you are delivering RVs directly from the manufacturing plant to RV dealers all across the country. Chances are, each time you would get a completely different RV — making this a great way to learn about the nuances associated with towing or driving RVs of different makes, models and years.

See which pickup truck is best for towing RVs, according to RV transport drivers.

You can’t expect this to be a lifetime career though — because there just isn’t enough money in it.

Your average RV transport driver is someone who is semi-retired and looking to supplement an existing income. Many RV transport drivers are totally retired and are just looking for a way to travel without the expense of ownership. They aren’t all that concerned about generating an actual income.

What you can expect is to have all of your expenses covered, with maybe a little left over when you get back home. (That’s assuming you didn’t blow your profit on a plane ticket for the return trip.)

Getting home is the biggest problem. Those miles aren’t paid, so finding the cheapest way to travel is a must.

This video describes how transport drivers work:

PRO’s: The Best Parts About Being An RV Transporter

  • It’s a highly flexible activity that can be timed around your own personal schedule.
  • You don’t even have to use the same “employer” each time. There are many transport companies to choose from.
  • Typically, you’re given a fairly wide window in which to get the RV from one location to the other. This is good because you don’t have to rush and drive a lot of hours when you’re tired.
  • It’s a great way to earn “fun money” to put toward a down payment on your own motorhome, a future vacation,.or anything else under the sun.
  • Depending on the company, you may be able to take your spouse (or immediate family) with you. Talk about an interesting family adventure!
  • It’s great for people who like to travel a lot. Even world travelers will enjoy the freedom that comes with being behind the wheel of an RV en route to your next exciting destination.
  • Spontaneous people love this. Especially if you like to pick up & go on a whim and you aren’t afraid to try new things and travel to new places.

CON’s: The Worst Parts About Being An RV Transporter

  • It is what it is… the route and the dates are set in stone and it’s up to you to complete the task within that set period of time. Take it or leave it.
  • You have to get yourself to the starting location and then get yourself back home from the ending location. This means having a friend or family member follow you in a personal vehicle, getting someone at each location to meet you and take you somewhere, or purchase plane tickets to get you back & forth on your own.
  • You are responsible for all of your personal expenses associated with the trip, including fuel.
  • You must have a good (if not excellent) driving record.
  • Some companies require you to have a commercial drivers license (CDL) or at least some commercial driving experience.
  • Depending on the type of RV you choose, some towing experience may also be required.

The requirements are different, depending on which RV transport company you choose. They vary widely.

Companies Hiring RV Transport Drivers

Here are some of the companies around the USA that hire RV transport drivers on contract:

The Bottom Line

What could be better than traveling the country in a brand new RV?

I’ll tell you what is better:

  • Eliminating the expense of buying the RV is better.
  • Removing the cost of fuel, insurance, and upkeep for the RV is better.
  • Avoiding the outlay of cash for meals along the way is better.

That’s what you’re able to do when you become an RV transport driver!

You get to see the country without spending a dime by transporting RVs from their manufacturing facilities to individual RV dealers across the USA.

More Info About Being An RV Transport Driver

Another happy RV transport driver

Think you might be interested but still have questions?

Read our articles about being a transport driver (written by someone who’s actually been an RV transport driver):

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