RVing and the Single Woman

Question: Dear Luise: I am very interested in more information on single women camping. I’ve tented alone for a couple of years and just bought myself a pop-up camper. So far I’ve been able to park and set up by myself. Please share some of your experiences. Thanks, Barbara

Answer: Dear Barbara: Well, I started out the same way, with a tent and then a tent trailer. Eventually, I moved on into a smallish Motorhome.

One experience with the tent trailer involved a trip from Washington State to Missouri. My car didn’t have air conditioning so I got a little swamp cooler that plugged into my cigarette lighter. I took the cooler out while I was there because others often rode with me when they were showing me the sights. When I got ready to leave, I filled the water reservoir again and put the swamp cooler back on the floor in front. Soon after starting it…I was driving along and felt a bite on my ankle…and something crawling on my leg. The front of my car was filled with very angry, (it seemed to me), red ants that had moved into the straw part of my cooler with all of their relatives and friends. I had to get rid of them all before I could proceed, of course…but at least I didn’t drive off the road when attacked!

Another interesting thing happened when I was caravanning from one Thousand Trails Park to another in my first, used motorhome. I was traveling with several singles I had met at the Lone Eagles meetings at Thousand Trails. We all had walkie-talkies…(that was long before cell phones.) The person behind me radioed that I was leaking something onto the highway and helped me find a garage in a small town. It was transmission fluid! Had I not had that “early-warning-system,” I probably would have seriously damaged my motorhome. The group went on ahead of me with the plan to send someone back if I didn’t arrive by nightfall, which I did. That felt really good…to travel with caring, road-wise friends.

While RVing, I met someone I almost married, the operative word being “almost.” That was fun for a while.

I think having a club for singles was/is a great idea at Thousand Trails. We had a sign-in sheet at the gate, so we could see who was around and where to find them. We often ate together and shared adventures. Touring each other’s rigs was interesting, too. Everyone liked something different and you can learn a lot because we talked about the problems that came up and how we solved them.
I learned about their Craft Fairs, that way, too and hobbies that created income.

I used my rig for other things, as well. During those years, I belonged to a group of non-RVers who often had weekend seminars. I went in my motorhome and didn’t have to bunk in the dorm and lose sleep like I had in the past. I had all the comforts of home including taking along my dog.

Early-on, I met several RVers through the Escapee Club, (SKPEES), who liked to stop at the many nudist parks all over the country. I stopped at one, totally terrified, and found some really nice people who were into swimming and sun bathing in the buff.

Start keeping a journal and soon you will be writing about your own adventures! Blessings, Luise

7 Responses to RVing and the Single Woman

  1. Glenna Fothergill September 10, 2007 at 4:09 pm #

    This is my dream, to leave in an SUV with a small trailer. There was an article about this in the Philadelphia Inquirer recently, but I threw it away by mistake. Any and all information would be appreciated. I am a single lady 60 years old.

  2. Luise September 10, 2007 at 6:51 pm #

    Answer: Dear Glenna: Please check out the section on my website labeled “Senior RV Advice” and the one under “Senior RV Camping and Camping Clubs”. Have fun! Blessings, Luise

  3. Phyllis Boal May 23, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    I am interested in finding a single womens’ group or how to meet women interested in caravaning to the west. I live in MI and would like to take a trip to WA and Idaho, would like to follow the Lewis & Clark trail and explore along the way. I have and truck with camper also a 5th wheel. Would probable do it next year. I am a widow amd love to travel. My husband ad I traveled a lot spent winters in AZ in a nice park. Have not been able to go back and would love to. Phillis

    • Luise May 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi, It was fun to read your comment since I am from MI and live in WA. The only way I know of to do that is through the clubs like Thousand Trails and NACO but I think the first thing I would do would be to join the Escapees at: http://www.escapees.com/ because it didn’t cost anything like the other clubs the last time I checked. I also hope someone else will respond with some other ideas. Happy Trails. Luise

    • Phyllis June 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm #

      Phyllis. Your post was several years old but I am just now reading it. I live in Michigan and love to travel in my motor home have you found any good camping clubs

  4. J. May 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    I have a Wilderness camper too, and I cant find the serial numbers on it, either. Does anyone have any idea’s? i don’t have the title either. Thanks. J.

    • Luise May 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

      The Wilderness is still being manufactured by Fleetwood Try: http://www.fleetwoodrv.com (Editor’s Note: As of September 2009, Fleetwood is in bankruptcy.)

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