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Is Amazon CamperForce Workamping for RVers Worth It?

Is Amazon CamperForce Workamping for RVers Worth It?

What is the Amazon Camperforce program and how does it work? Where do you have to go to participate? How much will they pay you and where will you live?

Like us, many RVers need to earn a living while they’re on the road. In our post on what it means to “workamp” (work and camp), we mentioned that Amazon fulfillment centers present a number of work opportunities for RVers, particularly during their peak seasons.

Today’s post is all about Amazon CamperForce, which offers seasonal jobs to RVers who stay at a local campground during their employment.

UPDATE: After the 2022-2023 holiday season, Amazon has discontinued CamperForce. But will we see it return in future years?

What Is the Amazon CamperForce Program?

Amazon’s CamperForce offers full-time and part-time work to travelers at Amazon warehouses in the United States and Canada.

CamperForce workers take jobs in one of Amazon’s fulfillment centers and are paid by the hour. In addition, Amazon pays a certain amount per week toward the workers’ campground fees.

The jobs are specifically designed for people seeking short-term work assignments while residing in an RV at a local campground. These are seasonal assignments.

CamperForce workers are hired during Amazon’s peak seasons and work a designated number of daily hours. They park their rig at an RV site in a nearby RV park and live there for the duration of the assignment.

Where Are Amazon CamperForce Jobs Located?

CamperForce locations for the fall of 2022 were as follows:

  • Portland, Oregon
  • Houston, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tampa, Florida

In summer, there are a number of additional locations in Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

What Do Amazon CamperForce Workers Do?

Although there are a number of different types of positions offered by Amazon, RVers who have participated in the CamperForce program report that workers generally do one of three jobs: stow, pick or pack.

Two warehouse workers preparing orders

Amazon CamperForce workers generally stow, pick, or pack. Some workers operate certain types of machinery which the company trains them to do as part of the CamperForce program.


This is basically a job where workers place items into bins.

Merchandise is received at the fulfillment center, then CamperForce workers in the Stowing Department need to see that the merchandise reaches the appropriate bins on designated shelves with the correct labels.

Stowers typically walk anywhere from 5 to 8 miles during the course of a workday.


From the location where stowers placed the items, pickers retrieve them, the location of which is noted on a scanner.

The scanner shows the picker the location of the bin, and they go to that location and collect the item, moving it to the packer.

These warehouse jobs involve the most walking, which can be anywhere from 8 to 12 miles per day.

More “picking” jobs are available to CamperForce workers than any other position.


This involves packing the items in shipping boxes and applying a mailing label.

In the packing department, totes filled with items to be shipped arrive on conveyor belts. They then get sorted and packed into boxes as noted on the customer orders.

This is a less physical job than the previous two and involves far less walking. But there’s still some physical effort involved.

Can I Choose My Job Assignment As an Amazon CamperForce Worker?

No. Jobs are determined by the company, and workers are assigned as needed.

Workers can choose which warehouse they want to work at, however, as long as CamperForce jobs are available at that location.

Amazon CamperForce is the perfect job for many RVers

Amazon CamperForce workers are assigned jobs based on the needs of the company. But workers can choose the location where they want to work, provided jobs are available there.

How Much Does Amazon CamperForce Pay?

Camperforce pay is based on the state where the warehouse is located.

Amazon workers earn a minimum of $15 per hour, but many locations pay more… typically anywhere from $15.50 to $18.50 per hour.

Workers can choose part-time (15-30 hours per week) or full-time (40-60 hours per week) and can volunteer to work overtime when it’s available. (Note that overtime regulations vary from state to state.)

CamperForce workers are paid weekly.

Workers who stay for the entire duration of the job are given an assignment completion bonus at the end.

The bonus amounts to 50 cents for every regular hour worked, and $1.00 for every overtime hour worked.

What Is CampPay?

CampPay is money Amazon contributes to RVer’s living expenses during their work assignment period.

CamperForce workers currently receive between $120.00 – $270.00 per week depending on warehouse location. This contributes to workers’ campground expenses.

However, there are a few important points to note here.

  1. If you and a partner are living in the same RV and are both CamperForce workers, you will each receive the weekly CampPay amount regardless of the fact that you’re only staying in one RV site.
  2. The amount is set by warehouse location and has nothing to do with the actual cost of your campsite.
  3. CampPay is paid to the worker and not to the campground or RV park.
  4. Payment to the RVers means that CampPay taxable income.
  5. CampPay is paid per week along with regular pay.

CamperForce workers are given a list of area campgrounds and RV parks and are responsible for making their own arrangements for a campsite.

Many RVs parked at a campground at night

Amazon Camperforce workers live in an RV at a nearby campground for the duration of the work assignment. Amazon pays a weekly amount, known as “CampPay” toward their campsite expenses.

How Do I Apply to Amazon CamperForce?

In order to be hired as an Amazon CamperForce worker, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18
  • Able to read and speak English
  • Able to pass a drug screening test
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Physically capable of walking and/or standing for up to 10-12 hours
  • Able to lift items up to 49 pounds
  • Able to push, pull, squat, bend, and reach
  • Able to climb and descend stairs
  • Able to operate carts, dollies, hand trucks, forklifts, order pickers, and other equipment (training provided)
  • Must reside in an RV for the entire duration of the work assignment
  • Must reside at a campground for the entire duration of the work assignment

Have more questions? Visit the Amazon CamperForce FAQs page for more info. CamperForce positions may not be available at certain times of the year.

Have You Worked for Amazon CamperForce?

If you’ve worked as part of the Amazon CamperForce program, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the experience.

We’ve heard that the work and hours can be rough, but we’ve read that many people enjoy the work and the camaraderie they experience with other workers. That’s especially true for those who live in the same campground and gather after work or on days off.

We’ve also heard that many workers return to take additional seasonal CamperForce assignments.

We know it’s hard work… but is it worth it? If you have CamperForce experience, leave a comment below and tell us where you worked, what you did, and how you felt about the position.

Looking for something to read as you’re considering working on the road? Our dear friend Alyssa Padgett authored two awesome books about RVing that we think you’ll enjoy. Of course, they’re available on Amazon!

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  • English (Publication Language)

UPDATE: Late breaking news about the end of Amazon Camperforce! ????

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Ravel Ulmer

Monday 26th of December 2022

No experience with this, but a couple of questions that were not covered. How long is a typical assignment? If working part time, is that several hours per day or a couple of full time days?


Monday 26th of December 2022

Hi Ravel. Great questions, sorry we didn't answer them in the article. Assignments and hours vary by location, season, and type of job. Typically, on average, assignments are 3 months. Part-time means between 20-30 hours per week... and that can be configured a bunch of different ways, again depending on location, season, job type, and number of employees and CamperForce workers at the site (part-time CamperForce get last dibs on work schedule). Full-time would be between 40-60 hours per week, typically 4-5 days of 10-12 hours each.

David Lee

Sunday 25th of December 2022

My wife and I worked for CamperForce during the fall of 2016 in Campbellsville, KY, and designated SDF-1. It was the very first Amazon warehouse obtained by Bezos and used to be a Fruit of the Loom plant. Some of the full time workers there were the original employees and helped train Jeff and both of his parents in its operation. Even billionaires have to start somewhere. My wife and I started out as pickers but it was insufferably boring. This warehouse was not very automated and we averaged walking 15 miles a day. Working 4 days a week and 10 hours a day didn’t leave much time for anything else, other than looking forward to that 3 day weekend. We ended up being able to cross train in receiving and gift wrapping. We always volunteered to gift wrap because it didn’t require nearly as much walking. At the time, Amazon paid the campground directly, we earned $12 an hour straight time and time and a half for all hours over 40. By staying the full term of our employment, we got a dollar an hour bonus for all hours worked. Amazon has a pace you must maintain, but our rates were only about 75% of the full timers. If you tried at all, it wasn’t hard at all to keep up. We’ve not done CamperForce since, but we get emails from them every year asking us to come back.


Monday 26th of December 2022

Hi David. Thanks for sharing the details of your experience! Sounds like you and your wife were valuable CamperForce employees and Amazon wants you back! ???? Hope you are enjoying the holidays and wishing you both a Happy New Year!

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