If anyone tells you that heading off on a solo RV trip is an impossible dream, do not believe them! It is definitely pursuable, even though you may at first be concerned about things like the safety of being alone on the road, how to prepare, or whether you will be alone the whole time. However, there are solutions to the things that are holding you back.
- A solo RV road trip calls for extensive research. To gather knowledge about RVing and the accompanying lifestyle, you can attend seminars and other educational gatherings. Apart from RV lifestyle, don’t forget to look up the route that you’ll be taking and what you’ll need on the way.
- Before you actually venture out, it is crucial that you have a reliable RV. This means that you should have it tested by a technician (before the purchase if possible). You must know what you are driving. Basic lessons on roadside repair are always advisable, and also keep at hand the contact number of a roadside assistance service to avoid or overcome any unpleasant surprises.
- Before the solo trip, make sure you have experience traveling with others in an RV.
- Practice both unhooking and hooking without an audience to avoid making embarrassing mistakes in front of others at the campground.
- Who said that a solo trip necessarily means being alone the whole time? It is only normal to crave company once in a while during your solo venture. If you come into contact with like-minded people, things can turn out to be even better. You can join solo RV forums and clubs that create golden opportunities for networking.
- The internet provides opportunities to learn more about the RV lifestyle by connecting you with people who have similar passions.
- Want to add some money to your bank account? Consider working while you’re on the road—this, too, can provide social opportunities.
- Consider showcasing your hobby to nearby RVers.
- A dog walk is a great way to socialize while on a solo trip. Dogs are great companions, and if your dog is friendly, you may get the chance to mingle with fellow dog-owning RVers.
Odds and Ends
- Before you start off, remember to take a checklist for both setting up and dismantling the camp.
- Get your hands on cheaper rates by sticking to one location for a longer period.
- If you wish to find a campground before it’s full, you need to arrive by mid-afternoon and get off the road before it becomes too dark.
- Keeping in mind emergency situations, you must have all the necessary documents and contact details of family members with you in a safe place.
- It’s best to say bye to an imaginary partner when you leave the rig so you don’t draw attention to you being alone.
- Carry a GPS, but also carry maps for places where GPS systems don’t work.
- There are always better campgrounds. If you sense that something isn’t right about the campground where you have stopped, follow your instinct and move on.
- At night, keep all doors and windows shut.
- Make sure you park where there are other RVs.
- When there are other RVs in the same campground, park wisely enough to avoid getting blocked in, in case of emergency.
- Keep the RV regularly maintained to reduce the chances of breakdowns.
Leave worrying behind, because you can have a great time on your solo RV trip if you are prepared with the necessary research, attitude, and belongings. With the above tips, you have the recipe for a safe and hassle-free solo trip in your RV! Don’t let your doubts keep you from the adventures of life.