RV Tips for Solo Travelers
Are you ready to put the pedal to the metal of an RV? If so, it’s a good time to answer the call of the open road. These days the number of RVers is exploding, with no end in sight. Gobs of people will caution you about the catastrophes that befall RVers- especially single female travelers. However, most have never taken a single RV trip. Don’t pay attention unless they have been there and done what you plan to do. Instead, let’s explore essential RV tips for solo travelers that will make your traveling dreams manifest.
Safety First & Always
Self-appointed advisors will caution you to “get a big dog.” But what if you don’t resonate with dogs, little or big? Then, don’t get a dog. Instead, always practice common sense safety measures.
• Awareness: Be aware of your surroundings. If you pull into a campsite and get a gut feeling something isn’t right, always pull right back out and look somewhere else.
• Lock up: Lock your doors and windows anytime you leave the RV and before bedtime.
• Weapons: Whether to get a weapon is your call. However, if you get one, make sure to take a class in safety and storage. Learn how to use the weapon properly, and if applicable, practice live shooting at a shooting range.
• Fuel: Ensure you keep a minimum of half a tank of fuel.
• Keep a low profile: Don’t advertise to other people that you are a solo traveler.
• Learn to drive your RV: Before you take off into the wild blue yonder, know how to park, back up, and drive your RV on highways and back roads. If you don’t have someone to teach you, go to RV school for hands-on instruction on driving your own RV. You’ll feel safer and self-confident behind the wheel.
• Alert: If you hear suspicious noises outside your RV after dark, lean on the horn. In addition, if you’re really scared, just drive away. Remember: out of any RV tips you take away, safety comes first and always.
RV Tips: Is Boondocking Safe for a Solo RVer?
Staying off-grid or boondocking sounds more exciting than it is. After all, your campsite is free, and if your desire is to reconnect with nature, boondocking sounds pretty perfect.
What you won’t have, however, are hookups for electric, water, or sewer. These amenities are conveniently provided by Quail Ridge RV Park. Also, when boondocking, your cell phone and internet may have spotty (or no) reception. If you’re miles from civilization, you may not be able to contact emergency help. Also, a reliable internet connection is especially important if you work online. If isolation is not your priority, you’ll likely prefer an RV campsite like Quail Ridge with activities and other people.
You likely love your new life as a solo RVer, but it can be a lonely lifestyle. It takes a little effort to connect with simpatico RVers, and you may have to come out of your “shell.”
First, stay at RV campgrounds like Quail Ridge, which are lovingly referred to as “small towns.” RVers are friendly folks, much like small-town residents. Just get out and about, and you’re bound to connect with new friends.
If you’re introverted, get involved in group activities such as nature hikes, birdwatching, stargazing, campfire activities, or water sports. Attend ice cream socials, weekend entertainment, etc. Burns, Oregon offers a wide variety of local attractions and annual events.
Several clubs are available for single travelers, like Loners on Wheels. Click on “chapters” for the nearest location. Chapters conduct various events like pot-luck dinners, happy hours, and monthly campouts. Note: Loners on Wheels is not a dating site.
“Sisters on the Fly” is a group developed for female RVers. Check out their website and click on “events” for upcoming get-togethers. All events and activities are held outdoors. Typical events are destination trips, crafting, wine tours, antiquing excursions, and more.
Life as a solo RVer is truly what you make it. You can make it exciting, freeing, flexible, and beautiful. You can go where you want to go, when you want to go there. Just remember- always stay safe, and don’t forget to make a stop at Quail Ridge!
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