Dear Luise: I love your Senior RV Camping Series and the whole idea of women traveling alone in RV motorhomes or pulling travel trailers excites me. Having the freedom to travel whenever I have the whim is a big factor. What kind of a unit did your choose? Being a single woman, did you find it difficult to travel around the country alone? How were you treated in the RV communities and various RV campgrounds where you visited? Did you ever venture off by yourself and if so did you feel safe? That’s a lot of questions, but I would appreciate any insight. Candy M.
Thanks for your interest, Candy! I think I’ll answer in several, separate articles.
RV camping around the country is very different for a woman alone, in some ways. Yet, in other ways, it’s exactly the same as traveling as a couple. I think I will explain my choice of a rig first since that seems like a good starting point. Having no co-pilot
left all of the driving to me, as well as all of the parking, leveling and hooking up. Finding the right RV wasn’t easy but it was a lot of fun to read about them and shop.
All women don’t pick the same kind of RV, of course. I have marveled at how some of them are able to back their 5th wheel travel trailers between two trees with barely inches of clearance on either side, while others can off-load slide in truck campers with the grace of ballet dancers. Neither task is simple and some of the ladies I have seen perform these feats were in their 70s and 80s! Alas, when I hit the road at age 60, I didn’t have such impressive skills…so my selection had to accommodate my limitations.
My choice was a used, “stubby”, Chevrolet motorhome with a good, strong engine. The word stubby denotes a unit that is short and has no living room area. There’s a kitchen, dinette, bath, and a Class C, cab-over bed. To that I added an E-Z Lift tow package, so I could pull my small pick-up behind me. My first considerations were safety and maneuverability. So obviously, the trade-off involved sacrificing the luxury that more length would have offered both in living area and storage.
Just for fun, I painted a bluebird on the back since there was no way I could afford a Bluebird motorhome! Still for me, RV motorhomes are what work best and both “small and used” work perfectly. I traveled many a happy and comfortable mile in my “bird”…but more about that later.