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