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Monday, October 7, 2013

Adventureland workcamping review

Our first season of workcamping at the Adventureland Amusement Park just outside of Des Moines Iowa (Altoona) is finished, we lived in our RV at the Adventureland RV park.

Adventureland park is to the west of the RV park & just to the east is a casino, hotel & thorough bred horse racing establishment. Big name entertainment and good food too.

A Super Walmart within a mile and two other grocery stores not much farther away. The usual collection of fast food, pizza & BBQ all close by. Nothing in the Des Moines area is too far away....

The RV park was open for workcampers the 1st of April and we have to be out by the 14th of October. If you work the whole season the only charge is $160 for June and another $160 for July.  FHU, good water, 30 & 50 amp sites, numerous bath houses with outstanding water pressure and a coin laundry at the back of each bath house. Wash was $1.25 & $1 for 45 min of drying.  That's 6 months of everything for $320.  It's an older park with a lot of trees and paved parking spots, many are pull thru. There is a community room with coin operated games, another laundry area and a pool. The pool is open Memorial Day thru the Labor Day weekend. Mail is delivered to the office every day so you have an address.

We are right next to the amusement park and you can hear people making loud happy sounds when the park is open.

The work.

We heard about this gig at the Adventureland booth at the Quartzsite RV show, it sounded good. We talked it over and decided to try it.
They were looking for workers for food, games, retail & rides. You were paid for all the hours worked, rides & food were $7.50/hr, games & retail were $7.25/hr.

I worked rides and loved it, I never had a 40 hr week but more hours were available. My wife worked retail and several times she was scheduled for a double shift (open to close) and several weeks were over 40 hrs. Getting more hours was always possible if you wanted them.

The work is not physically hard, & the people I worked with & for were just great.  Working with the public who came to the park for a good time was outstanding!  It was actually fun.
I am now a professional Tee Shirt reader!

The money....

Over the six month season (between the 5th of April and the 7th of Oct) the rent & utilities were taken care of, plus I had $3,388.00 deposited to my account and my wife had $3,522.80 deposited to hers.

It was fun, the area is nice, the rent was right and we they put money in our bank every two weeks.
I plan to come back!


  1. I think I like your workcamping gig!

    You had everything one might need within a short distance. Foremost you enjoyed your work which to me is the most important thing. Nothing worst than having a job you hate!

    Enjoy your time off and I am glad you are considering coming back...I would too :)

    1. It had been a long time since I had a job I enjoyed....