With the rise of couples and families taking to the full-time RV lifestyle, so too are people going it alone. If you’re one of them or are considering making the leap to living the RV life solo, here are some handy tips and tricks to make the most out of this most satisfying way of life.
Share with Loved Ones Where You Are
While traveling, always keep friends and/or family members in the loop about your travel plans, including where you are and where you plan on going. Cell phones and the internet makes this easy! Keep in touch via text message, video chat, or whatever works best for you. WhatsApp is a great way to keep in touch without using your cell phone plan’s monthly usage.
Learn the Basics of Roadside Repairs
Going solo in an RV gives you the freedom to go where you want, when you want. It provides one the sheer pleasure of getting away, but when you run into the occasional flat tire or mechanical problem (and you will) in the middle of nowhere, then you’ll need to know what to do.
At the bare minimum, you should know how to change the tires. You may not always be in cell phone range to call roadside service and counting on a good Samaritan can be tricky. Keep a repair manual in the RV at all times, and know the basics of how the engine works, what liquids to top up on, etc.
Secure Everything Before Leaving Your RV
Before you head out for the day on a hiking trip or to do some sightseeing, double check that everything is locked and secure. Keep two sets of keys on hand and keep one set hidden in a clever spot somewhere outside your RV in the off chance you lose your main set of keys.
Carry Extra Lawn Chairs
If you meet another solo traveler or other people on the road, it’s always good to be a good host and invite them over to your RV if you’re comfortable doing so. An extra lawn or camping chair or two is handy when you’ve made new friends. It also gives the appearance that you’re not always alone. Many solo travelers don’t advertise the fact that they are traveling alone, and that’s a good rule of thumb to go by.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
You can have the time of your life and still be vigilant. If at any time your RV is parked in a spot where you don’t feel comfortable, you can always move! The important thing is to follow your gut instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t. Expert female solo RVers say that the best self-defense is to simply stay very aware of your surroundings at all times and not put yourself into situations where fear would limit your ability to enjoy nature.
Connect with Solo RV Groups
Many groups exist to help solo RVers meet up with adventurous people for companionship and fun. Do a Facebook search (there are several RV groups out there), and also check out sites such as Loners on Wheels.
Follow Your Interests
No more hanging out in bars or online friendship apps to meet people – real friendships tend to grow out of a common interest and in this case it is the RV lifestyle. When you’re out on the road, you may be traveling solo, but you’re never really alone. You will certainly meet people along the way, and one or two of them will surely become life-long friends.
Remember that with some common sense and a healthy sense of adventure, you can make the most out of solo RVing at any age.