Last week, I promised more info on RV Armor, the new business Bill has decided to try to help earn money and help keep us more flexible in our lifestyle. So far, our Workamper experiences have been good, but we’ve only had 2 – Amazon and Renfros.
Both positions were exactly what we were told they were going to be from an “experience” perspective, and we were grateful for that, as we know others who’ve not been so lucky in that regard. Both our employers gave a lot of good info on what the jobs would look like day to day; not all employers are so truthfully forthcoming – which makes one a bit nervous when signing up for another position.
Looking at the jobs from a financial viewpoint – at Amazon, we knew our exact hourly rate, knew there would be OT, and we earned exactly that. Renfros was a bit more open, we knew the hourly rate we were quoted, and we knew our schedule, but the exact amount of hours were not as clearly defined, as they were dependent on how busy the cabins and campground were. We went into the job knowing that, and I estimated a low amount of hours, based on what Gary told us previous years had been. We ended up earning more than my estimated amount, which was awesome, but it could have just as easily been less, had Renfros not had as many bookings.
Having said all that, our current job situation is this: we are committed to a CG for the summer on the Jersey Shore, Country Oaks. We’ve been told the hourly rate, $10 per hour, and we’ve been told it would be 25-30 hours per week. We’ve been told I would be working in the office doing reservations, checking people in to their sites and checking out people making purchases in the camp store. Bill will be outside, helping the owner with maintenance, projects and landscaping. Sounds awesome “on paper”, but time will tell how it is in reality. We have met the husband and seen the place and he seemed like a nice guy, so we are encouraged that things will be great. Bill and I both can get along with just about anyone. We are excited that we found somewhere in our desired location.
After Labor Day, we will leave NJ and spend the rest of September and first week of October in PA getting ready for our daughters wedding! How exciting is that?
Our current plan after the wedding is to return to Amazon for another peak season. We’ve already applied and are waiting to be contacted.
So, you may be asking “Why look for something else?” We’ve always wanted something that offered more flexibility, so we didn’t necessarily have to be in one place for months at a time, if we didn’t want to be. We’ve read quite a few blogs, and not all Workamper jobs work out as well as ours have. Sometimes there are volunteer positions that are only a month or 6 weeks long, and not as many hours, but just for an exchange for a site, which is good, but isn’t enough for us financially. So the thought is maybe I could fulfill the volunteer hours and Bill could install a roof or two and then we’d move on.
What exactly is RV Armor? It is a multi layer coating that provides a seamless roof that is guaranteed for life and is transferable. The system can go over an existing rubber or fiberglass roof. It also makes repairs easier as the system can be installed directly to the wood deck. I personally found the lifetime transferable warranty to be a huge selling point. The basic system with no repairs costs $130/ft and is less expensive than a traditional roof replacement that does come with a lifetime warranty. If any of my readers is interested you can receive a $100 discount by using Bill’s name and referral/installer number which is 17051.
We found this opportunity in an ad in Workamper News, back in the fall. They were offering classes in FL in January, not far from my parents. The cost for the 4/5 day class is $500. We will get that $500 back after the 6th install, which is awesome. The process of putting the new roof on takes about 3 days, without any repairs. The minimum Bill will earn per job is $1000, but if repairs are needed – it goes up from there, but so would time. The company supplies the roof material, but not things like the rollers, brushes, gloves, rags, etc. Those items Bill will have to purchase, keeping receipts for tax purposes. The largest purchase he will have to make is a sturdy ladder, he is looking at a “Little Giant” type, Werner makes one also.
Here are some pics from his time learning how to become an RV Armor installer:
Bill wants me to also mention that this is not particularly hard, however you (obviously) can’t mind being up on the roof for extended periods of time, and you have to have a pretty strong back, as you are bending, etc. quite a bit. I’d imagine on hot days, it will be HOT up on a roof, which is a consideration. Also of note, it needs to be a minimum of 60°F to use the product, or it doesn’t lay right.
So, there you have it! Our new business!
Bill is not an employee, but rather a subcontractor. He will receive a 1099 at the end of the year. The one thing we aren’t exactly sure how it will work out is scheduling. We have to give the company our itinerary and how flexible we are in keeping to it. The company sells the work, then finds the installer(s) within 300 miles radius (that’s the furthest they want you to have to travel to get to a job) and offers it to the installer first in the rotation, if there is more than one in that area. If the first one doesn’t take it, the next guy in the rotation gets offered it – and so on. This system could work against us if we are moving with any kind of time restraints and are unable or even unwilling to go out of our way. I’ll keep you in the loop how it works out.
Another aspect of this is Bill could get called to do warranty work – if a previously done job has any kind of problem or some damage happened (tree limb or similar poked a hole in roof) and needs attention.
Bill also gets referral fees, even if he doesn’t actually do the work. He needs to clarify how it works if someone specifically asks for him to do the work.
We’ve been telling people we are spending time with about it and he’s already gotten a call with questions. Perhaps it will lead to his first install! I’ll let you know!
If any of you out there in blog land have any questions – please don’t hesitate to reach out!