So, you’re thinking of becoming a Solo RV Traveler? The roaming lifestyle is a lifestyle that will never go out. From the beginning, when our country was founded, people traveled the country by horse, horse and buggies, cars, trains and then planes. Most people have a natural curiosity about the land and country that surrounds them. As there are more people who don’t want to be in relationships or are no longer in relationships, solo travel is certainly up. Here are some RV Lifestyle Solo Traveler Tips for you:
- Research! Research the RV Lifestyle to make sure it is for you. You will be moving into a one-room mobile home. Research what that means. Go to Conventions. Take Seminars/Webinars and Classes. Anything that will prepare you for what you want to do. The link provided on Classes takes you to a Udemy class that helps you with tips on Solo Travel in general. Not just RV traveling.
- Budget – If you are looking to become a full-time RVer, you will need to make sure you have the funds to do it. It is cheaper than living in a brick and mortar home. But you still need to have some money saved or ways to bring in money. Check out my RV Budgeting That Won’t Break The Bank post.
- Determine the RV style you want to purchase – There are many different styles of RV’s to look at. But first, decide, do you want an “all in one” RV, aka, Motorhomes. These are the RV’s that you do not have to leave the front seat to go and fix your meal or lay down for a nap. Safetywise? They are great. If you don’t feel comfortable with the location you’re at, you can hop in the front seat and pull out. Then you have the towable RVs. These include the Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels, Folding and Tent Trailers, and Toy Haulers. If you park at an RV camp, just unhitch your vehicle and go on about your day.
- Don’t buy a dud. If you are purchasing an older RV, you want to make sure you are not buying a lemon. Take your time and make sure you either:
- Know what you’re doing when inspecting the RV for problems
- Have an inspector with you if you don’t
- Listen to your gut – If you don’t feel comfortable with a location, leave. If something is telling you there is a problem with the RV? Either look at it yourself if you know how to do repairs or take it to the shop. The last thing you need is to be on a back road and something breaks down.
- Build your Community – Just because you are traveling alone, doesn’t mean you have to BE alone. Join groups on Facebook with like-minded people. Find forums for Solo RVer’s such as Loaners on Wheels. These groups are a community and some meet up together for events coordinated by their groups. You can also join Boondockers Are Welcome if you need a place to stay. They offer either their driveways, the street in front of their homes, or someplace on their land if they have a larger property.
- Keep Important Items Organized and Safe – When you move to the RV lifestyle, obviously you no longer have the room that you need. I strongly recommend that you scan all of your important documents, including Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Driver’s License and if you were married, Marriage Certificate and Divorce Certificates if you were divorced. A list of emergency contacts as well. Important photos should also be scanned. You can put all of these important items onto an Encrypted Flash Drive to keep with you at all times.
- Be Smart – Never announce that you are traveling on your own when you are not with your group of solo travelers. If you leave your rig, say goodbye. And always make sure you have a good Deadbolt For Your Door.
- Checklists – These are your friends! Have a checklist of your routine. This can be a list to set up and dismantling your rig when you arrive and leave. Be as specific as you can to make sure you aren’t connecting hoses and lines incorrectly. The last thing you need is to have your toilet waste come up into your sink!
- Practice – Practice driving your RV around. Practice hooking up and unhooking everything to make sure you know how to do it. Unless you want the friendly community to come over and give you tips. That’s another way to meet people :).
What other RV Lifestyle Solo Traveler Tips should I add to this list? Comment below or share on my Facebook page!
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