The Hub offers many employment opportunities for the resourceful wastelander and one of them is a semi-permanent job as a water caravan guard. There are three companies that hire additional guards and each have different routes and varying difficulty. The one common requirement is that you bring your own ammo, armor and guns. Upon arriving at the caravan's destination the player has about an hour to have a look around, after that the caravan leaves and heads back home.
Abandoning the caravan (i.e. running to the exit grid before all hostiles have been slaughtered) will prevent the player from taking any further jobs with that company, as will insulting their boss, stealing from them or killing the caravan themselves (obviously).
Regarded as crazy by many, the Crimson Caravan offers the greatest variety of caravan routes to work on: Junktown, Boneyard, Necropolis and the Brotherhood of Steel. Their encounters are also the hardest and require good weapons and armor to make it to your destination, not to mention, you are guaranteed to have one. The pay is 600 Hub bucks each way, making for a total of 1200 caps both ways.
Commonly regarded as the nicest merchant company in the Hub, the Traders offer good pay (400 scripts each way), have moderately difficult encounters (and a 75% chance to even have one) and work the routes to Junktown, Boneyard and the Brotherhood of Steel. They leave thrice a month, on the 8th, 18th and 28th.
Talk to Rutger and then to the caravan driver in their building to hook up with a caravan.
The biggest company in the Hub is also the least profitable, at least to guards. They only work two locations, Junktown and Adytum, and offer 200 bucks each way. However, the player is least likely to get an encounter on the way (5 in 10 times) and they leave most often (1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th).
- 200, 400, or 600 bottle caps depending upon which company you are working for.