Becoming An RV Transporter: Is It Worth It Or Not?



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The last time you went looking at new RV’s at the dealer’s lot, did you ever wonder just how all those new rigs get from the factory to the dealer?

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Transporters, thousands of men and women, actually drive or tow new motorhomes and trailers across the country from their point of manufacture to the dealers who sell them.

Fleetwood, Country Coach, no matter the brand, they all must be driven or pulled from the factory to the dealership.

I worked for an RV transport company in Tucson for about 6 months. During that time, I transported everything from small travel trailers to $400,000 luxury motorhomes all over the country for hire.

Here are some interesting things I’ve learned firsthand about the business of transporting RVs…

If you’ve been thinking about becoming an RV transporter, there are a few things you might want to consider before you sign up to transport motorhomes or RV trailers for the first time.

 

Little-Known Facts About Transporting RVs

Here's what you need to know about being an RV transport driver.

  • With a wide variety of RV transport opportunities, chances are good that you can find just the right position to match up with your particular needs.  Qualified careful drivers are a valuable asset to any organization. Most reputable companies will gladly work with you to ensure that your needs are well taken care of.
  • When you’re transporting RVs, you can sign on to drive full time, or you might just want to earn some extra money to supplement your current income.
  • Some companies only require one trip a month to maintain good status on their driver board.  How much you want to be on the road, or what level of income you require is pretty much up to you.
  • As a fulltime RVer, you might like to work between a couple of different terminals.  Work the southern dealerships in the winter when they are the busiest.  Then, when the weather changes, move your portable home up north and haul rigs to northern dealerships all summer, avoiding the extreme heat of the south.

There are a few things to take into consideration before you head for the phone to sign up, though.

 

What’s Expected Of RV Transport Drivers

  • You must supply your own truck and all hitch components when delivering trailers.
  • Each company will have their own requirements as to what size of truck they will accept.  It’s to your advantage that your rig be set up to pull any possible trailer combination, as the more types you can pull, the more loads you will get.
  • Some transport drivers even purchase gooseneck flatbeds so they can haul multiple smaller travel trailers all at once.  Your freight is figured on each individual rig, so by hauling 2 or 3 at a time, your profit margin will increase by leaps and bounds.
  • When delivering motorhomes, you’re responsible for finding your own way home.  Most motorhome transporters have a small economy car with a tow bar that they use for the return trip.  Again, you are responsible for all hook-up gear, as the motor home will probably only have a 2” receiver.
  • Usually a CDL (Commercial Drivers License) will be required for transporting motorhomes or RV trailers.  You will be running under transporter tags, and will be considered the same as over-the-road trucks when it comes to paperwork and permits.

 

How Much Money Do RV Transporters Make?

You can expect to make reasonable money.  By that I mean what you are paid for total freight will cover all the expenses of the trip.  So, as long as your return trip home is planned economically, and you don’t go crazy at restaurants, you will usually finish the trip with a reasonable profit.

Have I finished a same day, out and back with a profit after expenses of $100?  Absolutely.  Though I’ve also been on the road for 3 days, to finish up with only $50 left as profit for my efforts.  Published high figures of profit might be gross income, but after expenses that you can’t get away from, the profit is dramatically reduced.  I’ve never lost money on a delivery, but without watching your expenses it’s easily possible.

 

So, Is Transporting RVs Worth It Or Not?

All in all, I’d say that transporting RVs is a good way to travel with someone else picking up the tab. But it isn’t a way to get rich quick, or support a family.  There just isn’t enough money in it, in my opinion.

Is it a good way for a person (or couple) looking to supplement an existing income while traveling the country at someone else’s expense?  Absolutely.  There’s nothing better than experiencing the open highway in a brand new motorhome, even if you don’t own it.

Curtis

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 50 years — including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs and motorhomes. 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, 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. To date, I've shared my RV knowledge in over 300 articles here at The Fun Times Guide! Many of them have over 25K shares.

115 thoughts on “Becoming An RV Transporter: Is It Worth It Or Not?

  1. [email protected]   Dan.  I been toying with idea of transporting Rv’s. I have My own travel trailer which, I have pull all over the USA. Plus I’m a retired Truck Driver, with 35years of pulling all kinds of trailers, including doubles. I have a Class A license. I have  2005 Ford  F-250 Super Duty 25000 miles.
    My wife would be going along.

    1. some of the RV Haulers will let you use a 3/4 ton truck, most do not require a CDL. almost all of the new RVs come out of Elkhart IN. If you are a retired person with a retirement income then this will work for you. Me? I commuted from Tucson, AZ to Elkhart, IN to go to work. if I had lived in the area there is a good chance that I would still be doing this line of work. I did not like to pay $50.00 for the privilege of the delivery wash. CWRV does not have this requirement. You get paid only on loaded miles (one-way, unless you luck out and get a return trip.) you are a power only unit, and a small one at that! Some folks try searching for their own return loads and have the privilege of giving a percentage to the parent company. Most of the new RVs get hauled in the winter for some strange reason, and Canada is very popular that time of the year.

    1. Redheadotek, You must never see him if that’s the case.  Unless you have your own DOT authority and have established your own accounts with manufacturers the odds are working through a drive away company you will make your expenses plus a little extra.  One particular trip I made had me driving my car from Tucson to Riverside CA to pickup a motorhome.  I then drove said motorhome to Colorado Springs CO and returned to Tucson in my Ford Festiva (40 mpg).  At the end of this three day trip I had $50 profit after expenses which included eating at McDonald’s and sleeping in my car.  Hardly a money maker in my book.

  2. I enjoyed your post about is it worth it or not. I hauled RVs with a haul n tow 7 or 8 years ago and found if I kept the wheels turning and drove till the log book was maxed out with a little cheating I could almost feed my family. I was away so much I didn’t know them anymore and felt like a visitor in my own home when I did get there. I did enjoy seeing north america(except Quebec, those people in that province are screwed up). I don’t understand why the companies that are having these RVs hauled think they have to screw the guy doing the hauling. Would it really make any difference to the buyer of an RV who is paying 50, 75, 100-500 grand to pay an extra 500 – 1000. bucks. After the reading Ive done here and around the web tonight I guess I still have to stick with my day job, it still pays better then minimum wage

  3. It was the BIGGEST mistake I ever made. It cost me a fortune to get started, buying a 1-ton truck then having all the hitches required installed. Then after I would call Classic for my next run they said I would have to be in Memphis before they could give me run. So I had to drive 4 hours to get to Memphis then call them just to be told nothing was avaliable.

  4. I use to run big trucks east coast and it cost money to make money. You have to eat, take showers and that’s with somebody else keeping the rig running and buying the fuel. I’m not in the business of going into business at age 60 and back into debt and both me and my husband have great driving records ad Class A Licences. If he goes back to driving we’re going to make enough to survive in some style not be stuck somewhere with no way back and $50 bucks in our pocket for the “privilege” of being allowed to use our hard earned CDL to drive their nice rig. Phooey on them. They are making money and can afford to pay better than that or they ought to go under.

  5. If you are not clearing 175.00-250.00 a day you are wasting your time. wear and tear on your vehicle if you are driving a 454cu Chevy, k3500 you are getting about 10 mpg pulling a trailer. You have insurance, motel at night, your meals and break downs 50 dollars for 3 days? You should be making 75 to 90 cents a mile if you can average 650-700 miles a day. It’s not worth 1 penny less. If you have to maintain a log book and health card and CDL, you might as well buy you a gooseneck trailer and hauling hotshot in the oilfields. Camper companies can’t pay better than 50.00 in 3 days, they can haul their own crap.

  6. RV delivery Trailer transport is NOT worth it!! It’s not a “dream” job at all! Foolish drivers only see the the up front money and don’t count all expenses and think they are making money?? I couldn’t afford to have a shop work on my truck on what they paid. Had to live like a rat out of my truck! The industry and dealers don’t care about you at all. They try to hit you with fees and back charges that leave you wondering why you keep sticking it out for nothing. Keep your Walmart job. believe me, it pays more and you get more respect. It’s a scam folks, Don’t fall for it

  7. We are just getting started in transporting campers, boat. Does anyone know how I get a transporter tag. We use to haul for a company out of IN and they always had a Minnesota plate for us to use. Any help would be appreciated.

    Theresa

  8. Good day. My name is Trevor and I’m an independent
    contractor. Currently I am a contractor driver for Horizon Transport in
    Wakarusa Indiana as a driveaway driver. I live in between 2 cities which are
    Memphis Tennessee and Ocala-Silver Springs Florida. My main home is Silver
    Springs Florida. With Horizon Transport I have delivered all kinds of vehicles,
    from utility vehicles to big trucks (bobtails only), from cars and pick-up
    trucks to full size 45′ diesel pushers RV’s. With my experience I’ve been an
    independent contract driver as a driveaway driver for over 6 years and I’ve
    been a professional driver for over 18 years.
    If you have a well maintained car/truck/motorhome, and don’t want to
    drive it across country yourself, let me drive it for you. I’m asking that you
    pay for fuel and tolls if any. Tags, registration, and insurance MUST be up to
    date. I’ll pay for my own lodgings, food, and away back home. I have a CLASS A
    CDL with air brakes endorsement, and I have delivered for Lazy Days, Camping
    worlds, and Good Sam. In the following cities: Ocala Silver Springs, Orlando,
    Tampa, Seffner, Fort Lauderdale, Pensacola, Fort Myers, and Naples, Florida.
    Also within Tennessee cities: Memphis, Stanton, Jackson, and Brownsville. Also
    within Mississippi: Southaven, and Olive Branch. I have delivered as far as
    Washington State and California. I’ve have picked-up runs out of Red Bay
    Alabama, Middlebury and Wakarusa Indiana. With my experience, let me be your
    personal independent contract delivery driver, I love being on the road.

    Please email at: [email protected]

    1. Hello Trevor,
      Want to drive haul and tow? I have one coming available, my drivers do well. I have driven for horizon for two years.

      1. Hi Matthew- I noticed he hasn’t replied. I’m not sure if you’ve filled the spot or not. I’m looking to get a truck. If it falls through (50/50 on if I’ll get it) I’d be interested. I do want to be upfront and say I’d eventually like to have my own truck. Working for someone for awhile might be a good way to get started. I’m not sure how to PM ya on Discus, so I hope ya get this.

        1. Thanks Danny for your interest. I currently filled all the positions. Yes it is a good way to get started there are a lot of mistakes that could cost you everything including your kitchen sink (financially). Working for someone else eliminates the financial risk. Ask a lot of questions and be cautious.

      2. what are you paying per mile ? I have a class A cdl and have done the RV transport for about 5 years prior to getting my CDL and driving big rig.

  9. idk about this stuff but what seen on web sites for jobs like synergy cwrv etc. seems like b4 i leave orentiation i’m 1200 3000 in hole i haven’t even left elkhart yet !!! way it sounds i need to have a pick up or 18 wheel bobtail so that 100g to 500g so ya that be 12 to 20 dollars a mile bub u buying rv that cost way more me truck fork it over !!! u wat best driver it will cost u !!! just saying any i’m stick to steel hauling it pays better!!!

  10. how do you get paid by the broker if you have one your working with? And do you have to have a brokers license to send out trucks and if so how would someone looking into this kind of business find the answers that might help

  11. How do you get home after a delivery? I mean, does compensation for delivery include a return home in a reasonable amount or time and expense? Or you you have to pick up a return delivery?

    1. If you are delivering travel trailers or fifth wheels you are using your own pickup truck to do so, but it must meet their standards. If you are delivering motorhomes usually drivers supply their own small car with a tow bar to pull behind the motor home. Once delivered drive home in your own car or pickup truck

  12. Hello, we found this article while looking for a way to transport a little travel trailer from Connecticut to Texas. It’s a tiny bumper-tow camper weighing in at 1,880 lbs. It might even go on a flatbed. Just not sure where to start.

    1. I would suggest calling a local trucking company in your area and see what services they have available or maybe they would have a suggestion.

  13. If your not making money it’s your own fault don’t eat out every night don’t get a hotel every night. Live in you truck and eat economically and you’ll be fine I clear 1000 a week after expenses so it’s possible what’s more important to you? A steak and expensive hotel every night or cash in your pocket? I prefer the cash I very rarely get a hotel I live in the truck and get free showers at the truck stops I purchase fuel at. No you won’t get rich but if your a single guy this is a dream job in my opinion. Now if I was married I wouldn’t be doing this.

    1. bull – its an underpaid job. I travel for my current job – all off my expenses are covered food, hotel, car, fuel etc. I make more money traveling then I do staying in the shop and that is why I travel – TO MAKE MONEY.

      1. Glad you found something you enjoy- have you ever heard of any transportation/ trucking company paying for the drivers lodging and meals? I sure as hell haven’t and that’s fine I’m doing well enough where they don’t have to. And as far as it being bull you must have been one of those I was just talking about… I just took a trip to Spokane and I cleared 1300, I think that’s pretty damn good pay for 7 days of my time. But then again I come from a poor ass town in south east ga so maybe my perception of money is off lol… But if you don’t like the job that’s fine it’s not for everyone, as for me I rather enjoy the money and more importantly the freedom.

        1. and that is why the turnover rate is so high… NO ONE WANTS TO PAY. You are delivering RV that cost 20 -100k and its to much to ask for food and a place to stay when you are out on the road??? F that!!!

          1. yes, it’s too much to ask. not one single company offers that. maybe while you are supposedly out on the road, you should look and see how many sleeper trucks are on the road. in case you missed it, you are an independent. means you pay your expenses. instead of obviously being butthurt from working for one of these places, stay off of here.

          2. you are right no company offers that… but I tell you what, I travel for my job all the time – and guess what – they pay for food and hotel – sleeper cab or not, if you do the math its not worth it. If you do it as a side gig and you have ways to expense the truck against another business, then maybe worth it. But to pay for a truck, fuel, repairs – IT JUST DOESNT MAKE FINANCIAL SENSE. How do i know – I ASKED MY 2 ACCOUNTANTS.

          3. first off, there is not a single trucking company that has sleepers that pays for hotels. also, they do not pay for food. so, maybe you should tell everyone what you do for a living. you do not drive a big rig. and lastly, if you have 2 accountants, you either are a fool, or your accountants aren’t worth a damn. have one, and he takes care of everything that needs to be done.

          4. NO first off – most pople who are hauling RVs are the little guys driving 3500’s not “big rigs”.

            My job that you want to know about so desperately – Field Service. My company pays for my hotel and food.

            I also have my own business – and since trucking/rv hauling could go with my business model I looked into it. NOT WORTH THE EFFORT. Local moving on the other hand – is profitable – but again, you dont make money on the haul – you make money on the LABOR.

            You are an idiot – my two accounts – yes TWO accounts – with about 80 yrs combined experience – are my parents – I am pretty sure they have my best interest in mind.

            So go sit in your corner, spank your own monkey, and STFU.

        2. hope to hell you had a back haul 1300 from georgia to spokane is pittance pay 3/4 of that is already spent before you even stick it in your wallet

          1. I never said that I pulled from ga to Spokane just said I was from ga….I pull out of Indiana like most of the guys hauling Rv’s….it’s not for everyone that’s fine but I’ve been doing this for a while now an absolutely love it…but I have no wife no house nothing of that nature just me and my truck and I do extremely well even better now that I’m hauling a 53′ trailer and can load 2 campers going outbound and then 2-3 cars/trucks coming back towards Indiana.

    2. I am a truck driver I have a CDL with tanker and hazmat and right now have a local job (and hate it, delivering hot asphalt, dirty job!) but I have many years experience OTR, I was a solo driver for about 5 years and I teamed with my husband a few years I’ve been to all the lower 48 and Canada. I understand what it is like “living” on the road. I am looking into and considering
      RV delivery I agree with you this isn’t a get rich quick dream job in that sense, but the big picture is if you are happy doing what your doing that has value as well that some don’t take into consideration. You cant do this type of job and eat in restaurants stay in hotel rooms every night, that isn’t how it works and make any money sorry but that is the way this type of job works, it sucks but everything sucks unless your a politician or sit on your couch on welfare and can live off of the people who work their butts off everyday. I prefer working this kind of job rather than in some sweat shop warehouse or factory being miserable everyday

    3. Gee, are you suggesting people dont eat?? WTF do you eat when you are out on the road for days? If you are driving a rig, you have rig, But you dont have that luxury with pulling campers, its cost prohibited. …. so “its your own fault????” No, its the industries fault for not paying enough. I have entertained this as supplemental income to fulltime, I work FT and have a profitable business – their is NO way that you come out ahead doing this….. STAY AWAY.

  14. here is little to no money in this, the cost of the power unit alone
    is $.12 a mile. (translates to about $6 an hour) You are making about
    $16 with no benefits. Waste of time if its your fulltime gig, wkend
    warrior maybe. But your current job has benes and OVERTIME for over 40.

    They should be paying upwards of 1.75 a mile. 1.30 a mile is crap when you have to pay for your own rig.

  15. I don’t understand.

    The article says you bring your own truck to haul. Then it says you should bring your own car to return in. That’s a confusing juxtaposition of bullet points. Is that two separate situations? As in one scenario is that I would hitch the RV and the other scenario is that I drove the actual RV itself (hence the need for a car)?

    And then at the end it says it’s great traveling IN the brand new RV after all that time talking about hauling. This is confusing. Please, someone clear this up?

    Also if it turns out that the transporter drives the RV, what about keeping it clean? I can’t imagine they’d want some driver sitting in the unprotected seat fartin’ in it for 4 days eating and dropping french fries. (That question is more as a “consumer” and less about as a driver.) I’ve done a lot of cross country travel. Some people get nasty.

  16. Someone said something interesting below. Is it beneficial to live in certain parts of the country? I work in Riverside, CA. The guy below said he had to get out here to haul. It seems that would be beneficial. Also, I have a “stealth van”. There would be no need for me to use hotels or buy food on the road. Any feedback on my question and ponderings?

    1. I am the guy that needed to get to Riverside to pick up a motorhome at the factory. To deliver mororhomes you need to have a vehicle that can be towed behind the motor home to get back home. At the time I had a little Ford Festiva with a tow bar that got 40 miles per gallon. Small lightweight and economical. I don’t even know if motor homes are still being produced in Riverside, that was a long time ago.

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  18. Hello all. I was wondering if your a diabetic and take insulin can you pull campers? Do you have to have a CDL to pull them? I have a older dodge 3500, the guy that owned it before me pulled campers with it, so it is set up for pulling. Also does it got to be a certain year truck?

        1. well, that not quite right either. there is a federal program were a diabetic on insulin can get it expunged so to speak, but, you have to have signed paperwork from a health care professional showing your A1c and regular blood sugar levels every other month, and three are required before they even consider looking at your case. So your looking at at least 6 mths with no income (from Driving) and by the time it takes to file and receive info through government offices you may as well ad another couple mths to that. I’m a 54 year old trucker that’s been driving for 34 years from coast to coast and have hauled most every thing out there other than oversize stuff, I have a completely clean driving record, no violations of any kind, i’ve had 2 heart attacks while in my truck and have had diabetes treated by pills for the last 3 years, 3 weeks ago i had to renew my medical card, and my blood sugar was over 500, doctor told me she didn’t know why i wasn’t in a coma laying in the hospital. They gave me another script to try and come back in a week and retest,it didn’t work for me either, so ( shhhhh, don’t tell anyone ) my wife is insulin dependent and being an old school trucker i wasn’t ready to give up all those years i’ve put in so i used her sliding scale of dosage and gave myself a dose before i went and tested, B/S was normal. so i got renewed card and ran another week and went to see my regular doctor and told her whati had done to get it down and she placed me on insulin and i was supposed to stay off the road till we found out how it worked , besides that, in Texas medical providers are required to submit your medical conditions and that your insulin dependent to the DOT. I took one more run and before i got back home the DOT had contacted my employer and I was no longer able to drive until i had it all worked out. So now here i am, unemployed, no income, filed unemployment to find out the company i drove for hasen’t been turning what they’ve been taking out of my checks in so unemployment says I haven’t worked for the last 4 years,lol ,I had to file an appeal and get a court date set to appeal there decision, even though i have W-2’s and all my check stubs. totaly messed up system a CDL driver has to deal with out there any more, what used to be fun is now work. so my doctor told me that beings it was a federal law that wouldn’t let me drive i could get disability, lol, once arain another trail of paper work and government system glitches that wouln’t advance so i can finish filling, what a mess. I had thought about transporting trailers myself, but i think i’ll just hook up the ol fishing boat to my motor home and find a nice quiet place hidden from it all and hibernate for awhile, drown a few worms, get up when i want and lay down when i want. ( may have to leave my wife at home for that to work ) lol yeh, that’s it, Early retirement while i’m young enough to enjoy it but to broke to do it, welcome to America.

      1. that is not correct !! you can pull RVs with a chauffers license which is no more then a written test at the BMV

    1. year or the truck depends on the company you go to work for. some comapnies say not older then five years while others will let you use a truck up to 10 years old if the truck is in good shape , appearence and running

  19. Well, I hate to throw mud in the water but this “job” aint fer everyone at all. If you follow the “rules” they want you to, you wont even make enough to have anyone repair or perform maintenance on your truck. You risk your life in wind, snow, black ice and storms (not to mention the morons and drunks behind the wheel). Despite what you read it is far from a “dream” job and you are NOT appreciated. You are thought of as just another chicken… NEXT! You get peed on bye the dealers, dispatchers and the manufactures. They try to keep you in the dark and think your too stupid to notice. Unfortunately some are! Anything … and I mean ANYTHING that happens to your trailer in route-YOU have to pay for weather its your fault or not! Ever wonder why the “Drivers wanted” signs are always out?? They always need NEW drivers because AFTER a couple years and you put 100 K on your truck and before you do the math and realize your truck lost its value and you have gone in the hole so bad you get in credit card debt up to your neck! and most quit at this point. You have to understand that you might get a check for $3,000, but half of that goes to fuel, then you have to pay for your eats out and hotel rooms and the nickel and dime fees the companies charge you!and you have to pay for you insurance and tolls and then the company gets its turns with fees fees fees left and right. You also have to go in weight stations where the boys in blue are waiting to ticket you for anything they can find wrong. And right now while fuel cost are going up fast your getting a little (((LITTLE))) over a dollar a mile. GOOD LUCK OUT THERE!

  20. does anyone know anything about star fleet camper hauling? is it worth my trouble of getting into it

  21. Just be careful as you get into it. Most companies are about the same for pay. One had more expenses but pays more per mile while others have different benefits. I have seen many guys lose everything in this business. Many people have lost there houses because of this business.

    1. Wow! How Is this possible mathew? What’s the catch to this? Please explain before I jump into this

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  23. Hey All, My first time here, so not knowing a whole lot about the business of RV transport, I m really curious to no a few things. But first let me say I have owned 26ft class C RV for 10 years, and now I have 30ft Travel Trailer. I have driven many school buses over the years. But here’s the thing, my wife and I are both on SSDI and we are craving to get out of the house and be some what productive. We have limited abilities so we would like to start out slow and get our feet wet so to speak, and see where we go from there. Is that possible ? And is there folks out there like us? We are in our early 60’s, and still have a burning desire so see the country and be active as much as we can. Thanks and grateful Pete and Kathy

    1. if you are bored and just looking to see part of the country on somebody else’s nickel this might work for you. If you need to make a living income and pay bills this is not a good way to do it.

      1. Thanks Curtis, No were not really looking to make a living at it,just to get out and do a little camping and see the country, and if we could make a couple extra bucks at it well that’s a bonus then. This looks like the perfect opportunity for us. I m hoping we can start out doing this a couple times a month and go from there. Is this a realistic possibility? Do you have any one company that stands out to you? Thanks Pete

  24. any suggestions for a 23 yr old from Indiana no CDL but he has a clean driving record. No truck looking to drive motorhomes.

    1. Yes. Get a class A CDL and go truck driving. You will starve delivering RVs. Unless you are already independently wealthy and don’t need money.

  25. Hi Curtis, nice article. For a RV delivery from IN to CA , how many days does the driver typically get? And do the drivers have to a take a preset path and not have even slight deviations?

    1. If you are doing it for the money it is in your best interest to get it delivered ASAP so that you can get back for the next load. Generally the time frame is flexible enough to be comfortable. You can make the delivery taking any route you wish but understand that the cost of fuel is coming out of your earnings so taking the most direct route means you have more money left at the end of the trip. It is very easy to go in the hole if you do not watch your expenses very closely. I once made a trip from Riverside California to Denver and by the time I got home in Tucson I only had $50 left for my efforts.

      1. I want to do this so that I get a chance to drive brand new Motorhomes which I can’t afford to buy. And if I get to drive along some nice routes, camp a few nights in between, it will be well worth it. Maybe spending a few hundred from my pocket also won’t hurt. I’ll have to look this up further and try it 🙂

        1. “Camp a few nights in between” You have a misconception that needs to be cleared up. You are delivering “new” RVs that are expected to be new and unused at the time of delivery. That means you are not allowed to use the bathroom, the kitchen, or the bedroom. You can not load up the refrigerator and head off to the next National Park for a scenic tour along the way. You are allowed to bring a sleeping bag so that you can catch a few Zzz’s along the way but the mattress is new and unused when you pick it up and expected to be in the same condition on delivery. You are expected to take a route that is on the interstate highway system and as direct as possible. No sight-seeing along the way. When you get to your destination if the front of the RV has collected bugs it is your responsibility go through a car wash before making delivery. This is a job, not a free vacation. You are responsible for finding your own way home after making delivery. Most drivers tow a small car for that purpose. It will require long hours of just driving with stops at truck stops for fuel and eating meals. When it’s all done you will likely have a small amount of money left after you have paid your expenses. If you feel the need to stay at a motel for a night or two you can forget any hope of breaking even when your trip is done.

  26. 18 years classA 18 wheels. Clean license
    2500-3500 miles a week. How much would I make delivering trailers with my own truck ?

    1. It varies. After expenses you might have $50 left you might have $200 left you might be in the hole. it is definitely not enough to live on. This is not a job, it is a hobby.

    1. Who said anything about a day’s work? Average length of a trip delivering an RV could be 5, 6, or 7 days. $100 for a week’s worth of work not so good. Picking up an RV in Indiana to be delivered to California takes a bit more than one day.

      1. You said, “Have I finished a same day, out and back with a profit after expenses of $100? Absolutely”

        1. You got me…. Yes there were times I made short deliveries that paid worthwhile. For the average RV drive-away it is much longer distances with much higher expenses.

          1. I’m not looking to start a fight on the Internet, but my Spidey sense says something is all wrong about your comments in this article. I’ve talked to horizon and am on the cusp of driving for them. I’m going to investigate further, usually people get about $0.70 per mile, plus in advance for expenses. I don’t want to offend you by saying basically, “if you only Made a few hundred dollars in a few days you’re not doing it right”, not yet anyway 🙂 the compensation plan is pretty good, so something is missing. It’s odd to have an entire blog written like this with such adamant claims that you’re making so little money. $100 is less money than someone at McDonald’s makes for working in entire day, so I highly doubt that’s all you can make, and I dispute your claim that $100 is a good Takeaway. I’m not sure how that’s possible for anyone to work all day, and then commentsthat $100 was a good Takeaway. Pretty much every transportation company leaves you with somewhere between 60 and $0.90 per mile depending on what’s being driven and what your licenses. I will try and remember to check back after I check with horizon next week more formally. Upfront I will concede you could be correct, horizons excellent recruiting video, their claims of excellent compensation, and their further claims that full-time drivers can make $90,000 per year, could all be a lie. They claim that you can make as much is a master electrician or a CPA accountant if you drive full-time. Those people make somewhere between 250 and $400 per day. Perhaps There is FinePrint to read through and investigate. So I can see it upfront I may be proven wrong, maybe it is a hobby business… If I am proven correct, then it would be interesting to know the true motives of this blog post.

          2. Todd thank you for such a well written and objective comment. I will concede that over time things change. This article was written a good number of years ago from my personal experience delivering RV’s for a drive-away company based in Indiana which had an exclusive arrangement with a large RV dealership in Tuscon back in 1996. Yes, some 20 years ago, how time flies. The purpose of the post was to provide a realistic honest look at a job that often is advertised as an opportunity to make easy money with little effort. I know nothing about Horizon’s methods of operation or current pay scales. A very good day brought me $100 after expenses but there were plenty of trips where I could be gone for most of a week only to finish up with much less than $100 net for the whole trip. And yes, I was doing it right.
            Yes it is feasible to see $90,000 cross your palm in a year. That said remember that all fuel required to make the trip is your responsibility as is repairs (to your vehicle), food and in some cases motel expenses plus the cost of your return trip.
            It is also possible you will be required to carry commercial insurance on your vehicle which could also be at your expense.
            To make the kind of money you are indicating I’m fairly confident in saying the planets will have to be in perfect alignment and you will never see the front door of your house again. (gone all the time).
            Please do post an update with current details of your own experience.

            I also drove Hot Shot truck (1-ton dualy with 40′ goose neck trailer) for 3 years. A much more lucrative venture, though it did require a considerable investment in equipment. That job too requires you to do it right or you will lose your shirt quickly.

          3. I am a professional truck driver that was also interested in this as a future option when I’m finally done driving truck (been 15 years now). What he is telling you is that ALL of your expenses come out of that pay. There is also a mistake in your comment in your reference to master (journeyman) electricians and CPA’s. Those two professions don’t work like this one does. As a transporter you are a CDL driver and subject to Hours Of Service per DOT. Our work day is 14+ hours long with an available 11 hours to drive within the first 14 hours of starting work after 10 consecutive hours off. Electricians rarely work over 10 hours and get paid overtime same with CPA’s This is not a 40 or 50 hour work week job it is a 70 hour work week. IF you manage to bring down 90k a year which is approaching what an owner operator (O/O) is making you will be on the road as much if not more than an owner operator is in the trucking world. The bad part is when an O/O leases into an operation they are usually given insurance coverage for the vehicle as well as a plethora of other tools like speed passes for tolls and weigh stations, fuel cards with great discounts on fuel, access to maintenance and tires at a discount, and usually a CLC card or like for hotels that also have huge discounts for the group. They have a lot of tools that are free or deeply discounted to help them do their job and work many hours and they average about 110k gross annually. If what your saying had any truth to it most of those guys, truck drivers, would jump ship and take those jobs from all the other drivers like you that are considering it because it’s better money and easier than driving a rig, and they would get them because of their qualifications. Any one of these companies would jump on hiring me because I have over a million accident free miles and am over certified for the type of licensing they need as well as come with a ton of experience working with large and long vehicles in a safe and legal manner. What I am telling you is please read the fine print and ask to speak to several of their drivers to ask questions and don’t let them pick the drivers for you if you have a choice. You can probably just hang out for a couple hours and offer the drivers that are returning or coming in if you can buy them a coffee and pick their brain, most would be happy to help, if not your in the wrong place and don’t want the job.

          4. I thank you too, for explaining this business to him he just doesn’t know how it’s done. You’re so right if this was a great job then people like you would have them. I started with Quality Drive Away, and it has cost me more money and time than I’ve made. I don’t have a CDL nor a tow car and it just hasn’t been beneficial to me. I have taken public transportation back and let me tell you both times Greyhound have been a bust. It is the worst public transport in the country. I’d do far better getting my CDL and working for a trucking company.

          5. You are very right… I have a CDL-A, and was looking into the whole RV thing – I was interested until the recruiter said I had to pay for all the fuel! We’re talking about vehicles that only get 7-10 mpg. It’s not a very good deal for a person who needs to make a living at driving. Sure, EVERYTHING you do is a write-off, but when all is said and done, I think I figured out that I’d be making about $12 per hour. It’s really not worth it. You would think that the manufacturers and dealers would cough up a little more dough! Seriously. It would be great for a retired person who really just wants to see the country.
            But, then, isn’t this the main problem with most of the trucking industry? Unless you own the company, it’s not great money. Then they wonder why there is such a shortage of drivers.

  27. You fail to mention that you can’t use the toilet / shower or the stove or refrigerator. You also can’t sleep in the rig. So it’s like you’re driving a car. You have to stay in motels and eat in restaurants and that all comes out of what you’re paid for the job.

      1. if you have enough Savvy to find this article and leave a comment you have enough Savvy to do a Google search on RV driveaway companies.

        1. Gotcha brother…
          google RV driveway co.

          I’m good with the hard stuff..
          it’s re e-z that gets me lol

    1. Beats me? It’s all an issue of having the fifth wheel at the right height and clearence to the back of the truck. Single axle semi pulling RV fifth wheels are fairly common.

  28. Thanks Curtis. I’m in the process of applying for a contractors position. I have zero experience working in the industry but feel confident my work and life experiences should be extremely helpful in securing a career in the RV Transport. industry. I’m 60 years old in good health, i take zero medication other than a rare aspirin. I got one ticket in the 1980’s for speeding on my motor cycle, no accidents or claims in my life. My work history is a combination of Oil & Gas and the Steel Mill mostly working in inventory control. At 60 I’m thinking it would be a great way to save a little money before retirement and allow me to travel cross country…in the process. Do you have any suggestions route wise or who / where you’ve had your better experiences? Thanks again…Drive safe…and have a great week !

    1. I don’t make recommendations because it would be an endorsement of a particular company. Good luck.

      1. Sorry, but you are incorrect. Recommendation is not an endoresment.

        rec·om·men·da·tion
        a suggestion or proposal as to the best course of action, especially one put forward by an authoritative body.

        en·dorse·ment
        an act of giving one’s public approval or support to someone or something.

  29. I just this weekend spoke with a man in Tucson about this job. He works “transpo” for a local dealership and is an hourly employee. He said he chooses his own hours and jobs, and added that he is compensated $12.00 an hour for it. He said a big bonus was learning tons more about his own RV from being inside the industry.

    Curtis, you mentioned couples. Are there “team drivers” in this industry as well? Can you elaborate?

    1. Sometimes yes, it is possible depending on the company .Not much more to elaborate on, you need to contact a driveway company and make your inquiry there.

  30. Hi, I apologize if this is the wrong place for this but I need advice/help. I have a Travel camper and a golf cart I need to have hauled to me in PA from Myrtle beach whats is the best method to do this or do any of you offer this service? Thank You in advance [email protected]

    1. The safest and most reliable way to have general freight shipped is to contact a trucking company . They will meet all DOT requirements and will have proper liability insurrance .

  31. The RV industry is a billion dollar industry that wants to pay peanuts to deliver their product. A friend of mine last year went thru all the meetings, insurance regulations, correct hitch and mud flap requirements, etc. and took an RV to Colorado last April. When he was done, his pay averaged $10 an hour for the entire time. You can get $11.50 at McDonalds, and not tear up your stuff!! He quit after one load. If you start your truck for less than $1.50 your losing money

    1. I thought it was a good thing but it isn’t. I’m out of more money and loans to friends that I have to pay back. It simply isn’t beneficial in my opinion.

  32. Was told about this by a buddy in Australia who does it to get, basically a “free” trip out of. That’s it. Not to make a living.

  33. Because of the CDL requirement, this adds the medical evaluation to the mix also. Is that a requirement for doing RV Transportation?

    1. Yes it does. You will be required to have a current medical card. This type of work requires you to meet all DOT commercial driver requirements.

  34. “Have I finished a same day, out and back with a profit after expenses of $100?”

    Lol! That’s it?! ….Think I would pass on that career choice.

  35. Picking up a RAM 2500 diesel in PA next week and will be returning to OR/WA empty.
    Anyone know how I can find a travel trailer (or any non-fifth wheel/goose) that needs NW coast delivery to offset my expenses?

    1. Unless you are set up with DOT authority, have commercial insurance, and have electronic log installed in your truck nobody in their right mind is going to let you pull their trailer. It’s not as simple as you are making it sound.

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