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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I think this is a great way to tour the country and see all the sights. I don’t know if I could do it because I don’t like tight spaces, but oh, what an adventure this would be. These are all wonderful tips to think about!
Always listen to your gut! That is the best advice ever given to me. It’s always right, so people need to learn to use it.
I would love to travel by RV when I retire! I think it would be too hard while I’m working full time but I would absolutely LOVE to do this!
I have never traveled in an RV but I have always wanted to. I think the best advise I could give is pay attention to your surroundings and just make sure you were safe in the place that you park your RV.
I’d love to travel the country via RV for a year. Of course, I’d be traveling with my family, but it’s something on my bucket list. Thanks for the tips. I think they’re great for solo and group travelers.
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Traveling with a group of RV would really give it a feel of a community. You’d feel more secure and occupied with more people around.
These sound like great tips. I’ve never traveled in a RV before. I might someday! It sounds like it would be a fun adventure.
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Great tips for people who want to live the RV lifestyle. You definitely need to listen to your gut to stay safe.
I find that RV’s are super expensive. My neighbor’s have a small one and they already have to replace the floors because of rot. Such an investment!
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If there are leaks that aren’t fixed, or it’s not maintained properly? Yes, they can get expensive. No doubt there. But if you have the skills, they are pretty easy to do on your own and all it costs is parts and your time :).
I don’t have an RV but I dreamed of traveling with it. These are helpful tips.
We’ve had a number of trailers, campers and finally rvs in our family. My Dad has always thought it would be fun to just travel the country.
It would be such an amazing experience to travel the country like this. These are great tips, it is definitely a lifestyle change and an adjustment!
I think a traveling lifestyle could be really nice. It sounds like a great way to get back to nature.
I have a cousin that is hoping to jump on the road and travel full time in an RV. The idea of getting to see so many things sounds amazing!
These are great tips for RV travelers that are going solo. It is so important to do research for any traveling you do. Joining the groups to build your community is a great idea too. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips.
I have always dreamed of owning my own RV. I dream of traveling to places in it. I was just telling my husband we should get one after our son is done with college. He said it would be more expensive than just downsizing. Oh well. I will still bookmark this article. Who knows my husband would change his mind. 🙂
It’s actually not that more expensive. Check out the link in the post about RV Budgeting that won’t break the bank. It breaks down costs for you right there 🙂
I would love to live in a RV full time! Like a a tiny house but being able to travel as much as you want too! I think it sounds amazing!
I have been wanting to have an RV but the budget is just a little tight right now to buy one. Hopefully soon.
I’m thinking of renting one and driving to as much travel spots as I can dream of. It is so cool to travel that way, with your own little house in tow. 🙂
I don’t have the budget for something like this but it sounds so fun, I love to travel!
I just love traveling and these tips are very helpful.
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I love RV. All-time travel with RV my hobbies. Your post is very helpful for the travel with RV. This is a very helpful tip. thank you for share such a helpful idea.