Living and Running a Business From a Toy Hauler Trailer
The majority of full-time vandwellers and RVers are either: 1) retired and have a pension, 2) on Social Security, or 3) on some kind of disability. But I know there are many younger readers out there that are dreaming about chucking it all and hitting the road, but first they need an income of some kind. They’d like to have a business from their rig but they think it’s impractical to be self-employed out of a van or RV because there isn’t room for an office or a shop. I think I’ve found an easy solution for that problem! My friends Forrest and Beth (follow their blog here: http://3upadventures.com) recently purchased a Toy Hauler Travel Trailer to live and travel in over the winter. They had always lived in vans and small vehicles so I was surprised when they did it. I asked them why and they had two primary motivations.
- Forrest is a mechanic/handyman’and he wanted to have a business on the road. He needed to have enough room to be able to take his tools with him and have a place to work out of the weather. The toy hauler fight the bill perfectly to allow him to do that and operate a business on the road.
- They liked to have their toys with them and this allowed them to carry them.
If you don’t know, Toy Haulers are designed to allow people to drive their toys into the trailer and take them along with them. They do that by having the back wall come down as a ramp which allows you to drive your toys up into them. Many people take their motorcycles, ATVS and even boats in the Trailer and then when they make camp they take them out and use that space as living area. Some of them have a bed over the garage area like Forrests does, or many newer trailers have bunk beds that either lower from the roof or fold down from the walls. Either way they have a very large open area in the back half of the trailer (you can buy Class A, Class C, or Fifth Wheels Toy haulers also but Travel Trailers are most common).
As I was looking through their trailer I was thinking how well this could work for three groups of vandwellers:
- Couples or families who need the room.
- People who needed to work on the road.
- People who want to carry their toys like a motorcycle to save gas.
A picture IS worth a thousand words, so as you look at these pictures let your imagination run free. What skills do you have that you could make money at if you had this much space? Some jobs take years of schooling, but I’m sure there are many things you can do with just a little training and experience that you could do on the road in a trailer like this one. . With some of these things you’re going to run into issues with insurance and licensing so you are going to have to do your own research, but it’s worth taking a little time to look into. A good place to start is with reading: Books on Home Businesses from Amazon.com
Here is a list of some mobile-friendly businesses I thought of just off the top of my head, but I believe there are a great many more I didn’t think of:
- Take a course at H & R Block and do taxes
- Locksmithing or Key-making
- Knife Sharpening
- Sing Making
- Tour Guide (buy a 4-seat ATV and take people on tours or rent it out)
- Auto Mechanic
- Bicycle Mechanic
- Van Converter
- Solar Power Installation
- Pet Grooming
- Pet Teeth Cleaning
- Window Washing
- RV Washing
- Creating-Selling-Teaching Art, Crafts or musical instruments
- Massage Therapy
- Palm or Card Reading
Whatever skills you have or can gain, they just might be enough to allow you to run a business out of a Toy Hauler! And even if you don’t want to have a business, having all this open space and comfort is very appealing!!