Maybe your children are grown and you are bored with your empty nest. Perhaps, you’ve got wanderlust or simply want to visit friends and family scattered across the country. Whatever your reasons, traveling and living in an RV might just provide you with the flexibility to live adventurously. However, before you just hit the road, there are some decisions you must make. You must consider your present home, your income or need for employment, your alternate transportation, and what the future may hold for you living life on the road.
Do You Own a Home?
If you own a home, you can keep it or sell it. You could rent out your home temporarily while you try life in an RV. Do choose a professional service; dealing with tenant issues yourself can ruin your adventure. Remember you need a home base, somewhere permanent to receive mail and file state or federal taxes.
If you have grown children, you can use a child’s permanent address. You can also rent a postal box and have mail forwarded, as you need. Do consider handling your banking and bill paying online to eliminate missed payments.
Do You Need to Work?
Even if you are receiving social security, you may need to work. You need to cover expenses such as RV maintenance, camp sites, food, medical and entertainment. From traveling to craft fairs to trading work for a camping space or income, you have options. One excellent source of employment while traveling is workamper.com. Check it out to see what is available.
When your home is on wheels, you may not feel the need for alternate transportation. However, you should strongly consider towing your car or storing one in a central location. There are three reasons for maintaining a second vehicle.
The first is that your RV is not the most fuel-efficient vehicle. If you want to take a scenic drive leave, your RV parked and save money on fuel.
Your RV is also not the easiest to navigate. When you want to run to the grocery or visit the kids, take your car instead.
If your RV needs service, you need alternate transportation. Remember you need both auto and RV insurance; the coverage is not the same. You can find car insurance online and make payments online to ensure you are always covered.
Life on the Road
Prepare for life on the road before you actually hit the road. Does your RV have any laundry facilities? If not, you will need to stop in towns while you travel. Do you have pets? One or two may travel well but consider your available space and their exercise needs. Should you consider a wireless Internet subscription? Not all areas offer free Wi-Fi.
You do need to park in legal areas for camping. Good Sam is one source for locating RV parks. Remember to consider how long you can stay in any one site. Seniors should consider obtaining an America the Beautiful pass for discounted camping and free admission to some state parks.
Have a Future Plan
Protecting your future means having a backup plan. What happens when your RV needs repair or a medical problem prevents you from traveling? Maintain a savings account that will allow you to live comfortably for one year without your RV. If at all possible, have a family member you can stay with for a few months if you need. Keeping your future protected will allow you to enjoy life on the road.
Laundry facilities in your RV? Are we talking about living in a 35ft Class A or going adventuring?!
I’ve lived out of several different van/RV/camper setups with my husband and our 80-pound dog and discovered that bigger isn’t always better. A comfortable bed, a place to sit and read your book (preferably not by headlamp), a workable kitchen, and a place to store your gear.
Extra length, cars, stuff, dead weight takes away from your ability to adventure. Staying in RV parks adds unnecessary expense (National Forests and BLM lands offer many dispersed camping opportunities).
I am 61 years old and in excellent health, I am looking to see the USA via Motorhome and would like travel with married couple, (retired), I would do all the driving, care for the RV and keep up on the maintenance of it. I have had multiple RV’s but things have change where I do not have the resource to do this anymore. I am well educated but just want to see the USA and the way I see it the more would make it quite an adventure. Think of me as your personal assistant.
May I ask “why” you would choose to travel with a married couple? (we are married)However, my husband doesn’t want to drive so, Fred, you would be welcomed. I collect SS Disability and am trying to get my husband adequate medical insurance. This would be a “perfect union :)for us all. Of course we would need a background check. (My hubby watches movies I won’t even attempt to watch, but to each their own). I am just now starting to get all the info. I like camping more than my husband but perhaps if he sees “the figures” he may change his mind.
I’m sure you have your own questions, too.
Remember “Three’s Company”? Just a funny show which is rather “campy” (ha-ha)now.
Since the only camping we’ve done has been with a pop-up, this would be LIVING IN A HOME more or less.
You seem to have quite a bit of experience, which is nice. I am more like you in the respect that I have the “traveling bug”. I’m a women so age is a tough subject. We’re both close to your age.
We hope to sell our home outright to purchase a decent size RV. We are from RI and I cannot handle this weather anymore, nor can we keep the house up anymore, also.
We still have a mortgage, so all avenues must be considered. I would like very much to converse more if you so choose. Now you know a little more about us. Hope to hear from you Fred…Take care & Happy New Year!
Hi Debbie and Fred!
Your conversation is so refreshing and original. It is a way to make things work. No matter if the 3 of you “went of it” or not, it is a refreshing brilliant idea!! We need these great ideas!!
All the best to you 3!!
From: A Happy Canadian Couple
Hi Fred, I am a single mom of a 13 yr. Old son. We desperately want to hit the road. However I need help with the driving. I am a remote mortgage underwriter, it would be very difficult for me to work /drive/set up/take down. I am 52 & also in excellent helth. I am looking at maybe purchasing a bunk house fifth wheel. We live in NC. We want to home school online & travel the us until time for college. Please respond if interested.
Hi Sam, I’m a single mom of a 9 yr old son, and have been contemplating he and I just traveling the US and homeschooling also. I would love to pick your brain lol as to how you decided to do this, how you started, just some basics i guess if you dont mind? you can email me if thats allowed or FB
cmaucerii at the aol address com. Or my name on fb, thanks.
Please I am very new to this and my RV isn’t really up to par yet but I am working on it with the money I have saved.
I am having a hard time finding places I can park off the beaten path where I wouldn’t get into trouble or be robbed.
I work in downtown Denver in the moment trying to figure out what or how to work from my RV so that I do not have to leave it very often or for extended lengths of time.
Can you Help me in anyway?
Update. Got my RV back home. It is a 26 ft, 2001, Born Free. I paid $18,000 for it. I live in an over 55 community that has FREE RV storage and a dump, too. Wow, is that ever convenient! I only pay $150 a month for HOA fee and between RV storage and getting my yard done every week, all the other stuff is icing! I slept in Walmart parking lots on the way back from Wisconsin. Love them. Don’t care for truck stops. Too noisy and too much “weird stuff” going on. I would do it in a pinch, tho. Found an app that tells you where there is parking in a variety of categories. Its called “AllStays Camp and RV”,and cost $10, Showed me where the nearest Walmart was with phone number to call if needed. Also, has other options that you can filter for. Easy to use. Some other ideas, are Moose or Elks (you have to join) They are on app, too. I also went to a pow wow for 4 nights in North Florida for Thanksgiving (free camping) and to the Ocala Nat Forest for 3 nights over New Years. Both were boon docking and all went pretty well. Need to have generator looked at as running rough. I am going to get one of those $10 Nat Park passes that allow free entry and half price on camping. Would have paid only $10 a night then. Some people told me that I also can get half price in State Parks, too (Florida resident)There is a small RV Club in my community and I am going on a rally with them tomorrow for 4 nights to the huge Tampa RV show. First time I will be plugged in haha! ($17 per night)Been slowly getting it ready for a Big Trip somewhere out West for the summer. Looking for a job in a Nat Park or private campground. Not towing a car so, want to be near civilization. I am 65. Believe me, I am not physically perfect (post polio syndrome and have limited use of left arm) and feel really old and tired sometimes and have to PUSH myself to keep moving BUT, this is exciting and fun for now. I will stop when I have to. Will keep you all posted! JUST DO IT!!!
More updates. Generator had to have new carburetor and all new everything. $1000. WOW Had it done at Camping World as they will stand by repairs even if I am somewhere else in US. Prolly would have been cheaper with a “local” place but, since I know I will be gone for 6 months, I just wanted the guarantee. Maybe a mistake but, it’s done now and runs like a champ. Just want to let you all know the fun part of owning a MH, too. LOL
Looked into staying at Moose Clubs too, but, as a single woman thought it would not be cool to be in a “bar” parking lot alone. So scrub that idea.
I also have gotten a summer job at the KOA at Bar Harbor, Maine as the Activities Director. (Met the Manager at the Tampa RV show.)I have never been North of Boston and I am very excited!! Never had a job like that before but, going to give it my Best. Job is Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Part time (20-35 hours a week) Hourly wage and free site altho, I will pay some for utilities.
I think it is a better deal for me than Work Kamper job where I have to work 26 hours a week for my site and no pay at all. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Maybe for couples it is good as they just need to work 13 hours each.
Rig is in my driveway right now as I am going to Manatee Springs State Park tomorrow for the weekend. It is glorious weather here in Central Florida and the manatees are abundant in all the springs around here. It is fresh water and 72 degrees year round and the manatees love the warm water!
I am finally a Snowbird!!!
I will be heading out in May for Maine. Any tips for when I am there?
great reading your blurbs…i am brand new to rving…always tent camped…hoping to retire and do this permanently with two cats and dog… you gave me some great ideas…travel safe and maybe see you on the road…us ladies rock!
You have a fabulous experience and are a terrific resource !
I am 66 what it what it 29 have spinal issues however really want to do the traveling living in a camper lifestyle
You touched cord when you said you have post polio syndrome .. My dad had polio when I was three years old. He too had post polio syndrome… Traveled and spoke to groups regarding ( research now is finding I may of had polio as well just very low grade… Perhaps why my spine is acting up).
Thank you for the fantastic information and experience.
You give me hope that I can do this ….. Somehow on my own.
I read from one of your earlier posts that you were thinking of purchasing some property for an all ladies Rv park as a permanent base camp. Has that ever materialized?. I am just a wannabee RVer but am so tired of working and want to retire and am exploring the RV life. I live in the southwest and ony rent a home I will be 70 in a month and have been thinking about what you had proposed as a great way to have a home base where everyone pitches in but be able to travel as well. What is the update on your RV park? Thanks
New to Rving as well. I would love to find out more about this. Buying my first RV this weekend and planning a local run out of Chicago some where then off to Colorado and south for the winter. Any quggestionsd as where to go south. I imagine Florida needs some help so I willing to work. I’m 62 but can still get a job done!!
Read Travels with Charlie. I thought John Steinbeck’s sloshy bucket (whilst driving) was a very clever way to wash clothes.
I have been traveling in my RV for 2 years now and I absolutely love this lifestyle. Still have my house as a place to live when I can’t do this anymore but seldom stay there more than 2 weeks at a time. As to RV size, I started with a 20 foot Class C thinking that I’d stay places a couple of days and move on. Reality turned out to be that I found campsites I really liked and stayed 2 wks at a time. I also traveled further away from home than I thought I would. So I traded the Class C in for a 28 foot Class A with slides and all kinds of comfort like a bigger shower and a walk around bed. My advice is start with the smallest you think you can live with, try it for a while and move up if you want. I love, love my Class A and am now traveling for 3-4 months at at time. Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t drive it. The first couple of weeks were teeth clenching but I am relaxed now. And no, I had never driven anything larger than a mini van before I started RVing. Go for it!
You give me inspiration. I am turning 79 next month, but I am healthy, on zero medications, and am 99% sure I will get myself a small rv and get out there on the road. If not now, when???
I do worry a bit about how confident I will feel driving one (or pulling one). I wonder if there are rv driving schools. Every winter I swear I won’t put up with another one in Massachusetts.
Maybe I am just being foolish. More research needed to help me decide if I can fulfill my tumbleweed dreams!
HI Sadie, My name is Shirley and I am 78 yrs old. I have been Rving with my son since 2010. Love it. Our first RV was a Jayco, I loved dearly ), and now we have a Hitchhiker II.
I am considering buying myself an RV and making my retirement years worthwhile around people my own age. I have considered the http://WWW.ESCAPEES.COM location in Livingston TX. They have lots to offer.
I think you missed the point. This is not about temporary adventure, but FULL TIME trading out a permanent home for an RV. The considerations are different. We DO have a 35′ Class A…this is the downsize from our 3300 sq. ft. house, which we no longer have/need. Yes, we still like intimate/rustic adventures. We tow our Xterra and have some camping supplies too. We also race triathlons, so have high end racing gear with us (racks on the Xterra, and ample storage in the rig). If you can really pare down all you need for permanent living into a van and that is your preference, go for it. We have what we coinsider just a “mobile smaller home” with flexibility on where we want it to sit and for how long. Makes it easy to target races all over the country. This is NOT “camping.”
I live full time in an 8’6″ camper with my husband and 80# dog…
Beth, any tips for big dogs in small trailers?
Our dog just wants to be where we are. We briefly tried a 24′ toy hauler (so a lot more like what I think is being discussed in this post) and he was just as underfoot as he was in a van or 13′ Scamp. I don’t know if i have any tips other than to know your pup…ours is mellow and loves being part of the family so I think he believes smaller is better (we can’t get as far away from him!)
how do campers hold up to the winter months?
Excellent.I too go nowhere without my German Shepherd Dog in RV plus pump shotgun.
Survey says, that’s the number answer. You never know what lies ahead or what might be following behind.
Hi. I’m a single mother of 2 teen girls & am looking to begin the lifestyle of RV living via seasonal work & wanted to know how to go about finding places to park the RV for 3+ mos @ a time? For example, I’m looking into heading to the Grand Tetons to work @ a resort (i’m a chef) from Nov-April, & then repeating the same thing elsewhere during the summer months.
Nat’l Parks have free or low cost rv spots. I worked as Grand Canyon Emergency Clinic RN ando actually had a cozy 3 BR house.
I’ve been around Rv’s for 30yrs. I’ve travel I-10 Jax to Santa Monica. I-20 from East coast to out west. I-40 an I-70 I-80 I-90. I love flea markets.
Photo upon request.
We have been “full-timing” in our 27-foot Class C motor home for nine years. (Wow, can hardly believe it’s been that long!) It’s amazing what one can live without. We also tow a small SUV, which we call out “toy box” since it carries paddling, camping and cycling gear. We also work part-time when funds begin to lag behind expenses. We have never had trouble finding jobs. This lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, but it has given us a freedom we never could have imagined.
What do you (and others) do regarding healthcare / insurance?
You might read Living Aboard Your RV–good info!
All commenters here mention “we.” I’m a “me” considering the RV life. Enjoyed visiting when my parents took to their RV full time for a few years. Now I’m seriously considering it for myself. I’m a freelance writer working with clients all over the world so location is no issue.
Any insights / advice for a full-timer flying solo?
I noticed the “we” part, too. I think the considerations are extremely different when you have two people (especially a man) as opposed to being alone in a rig. Mainly, division of labor and safety.
I lived in a 24 ft class C for 6 months summer of 2000 when I turned 60. I worked at Grand Teton Nat Park for 2 months that summer, too. I had the RV for 3.5 years and logged about 30,000 miles in it, ALONE. Here’s my advice.
No where has KISS meant more to me (keep it simple). I chose a rig big enough to be able to spend a week in it without going outside (in case its raining or you are ill) yet, small enough to use as my only transportation. It had a full kitchen and bath. Very nice for “livability”. I did not want to tow a car for many reasons. There is a lot of general “maintenance” with moving around and I did not want to be hooking up a car and all that entails, too. You would be surprised how many little things there are to check before pulling out into traffic. Walk around the rig twice to check everything before driving off!!! I cannot stress this enough. Check everything and then check it again. You will still miss stuff. I used to have to make sure I was “in the moment” all the time.
I wanted a Class C because I had two small dogs with me and towing anything like a trailer or fifth wheel would have put them in the truck with me instead of it being a rolling dog house. LOL. I could pull over at any moment and was “set up” to have lunch, take a nap, use the loo, go sightseeing and could just lock the door, flip on the generator and leave them in it.
I bought the best rig I could for the money. A 1996 Born Free for $15,000. It is top of the line and very well made. It also got good mileage…10-12 MPG. I think being a little mechanical, or not afraid to learn, is good. Helpless does not cut it on the road alone. That being said, I never stayed in lonely places, like State Parks or BLM s (as suggested above) where there were not other FAMILIES there, not a bunch of guys sitting around drinking or not another soul around. Too creepy. I did it with another person when I had a friend with me for two weeks but, never ALONE. I also stayed many nights in Walmart lots when all I wanted to do was make time. There are books that tell you which ones are open 24 hours and allow RVs overnight and usually have security guards patrolling the lot.
But, mostly I stayed in RV parks. There are MANY books that give lots of info on where to stay affordably. (some are $15 per night) I also joined several RV Clubs for that reason (discounts and info) and always having someone to contact in an emergency. Never needed it but, it was there. Another reason is so you are “hooked up” to electricity, water and sewer. The smaller the rig, the smaller your “holding” capacity. That determines how long you can boondock (be un-hooked). And I do not like to use the public facilities to shower, etc. so, being hooked up meant a lot to me. It might not to others but, not being in a cramped small van for 6 months was heaven to me.
I traveled all over Wyoming, (lived at Grand Teton NP 2 months and in downtown Jackson Hole for a month) went up to Glacier NP, all the NPs in Utah, Grand Canyon, Sedona, Santa Fe and Abiquiu (where Georgia OKeefe lived). It was a glorious summer!
All I can say is, just do it! if you can. Don’t wait for tomorrow. I am 63 now and I can see how it might not have happened if I waited. It was the Best thing I ever did in my entire Life. ( and I have travelled the World) I have a friend dying from pancreatic cancer right now and all she ever did was work.You never know if you will be ABLE to do it if you wait till tomorrow. Have a blessed and adventurous New Year!
I was just surfing the internet, trying to get as much info as possible before I begin my transition to RV full time. I will be retiring from the USAF in 1.5 years, but I plan to move into the RV at the end of this spring. I’m a single gal with two fur babies, so it was reassuring to read your post above. Thank you for sharing your experience.
I just read your adventures lifestyle and I really admire your spirit and willingness to do something about it. I’m ready for the road but must admit I’m tired of traveling alone. It’s not the same if you don’t have a compatible partner. Someone to plan the adventure with and share the experience. A big part of my travel is to satisfy my need for the ideal climate. I suffer from high humidity and love dryness. That makes Nevada in the summer and Florida in the winter ideal for me. Taking in interesting and fun events along the way where ever they are found. I miss having my dog around.
A woman over 70 would be nice so we don’t have to suffer through each other’s music from a different generation ( a common denominator )
I must admit that I’m not very computer savvy.
I saw your post and have been thinking of setting up my minivan to travel. It is a Chrysler town & country. So tight living for one, but think it is doable. I looked at class b vans but not sure I want to manage the mechanics. I’m looking into a small solar unit for my van. I live in Nebraska and want to get away from the cold of winter. Actually I love being on the road and exploring. And like you find it much more enjoyable to plan and share with someone. I turned 72 last month and figure if I’m ever going to do this, now is the time.
I’m a woman of 72 . Thinking of van living full time and moving with the seasons. After having been married for several years I find traveling alone not so much fun. I would like to find someone to share the adventure with.
if you might be interested in a travel partner? 402-499-0811
Have you moved into your rv full time yet Teresa? If so would love to hear about your experience
I too am a single female (retired USAF) and so enjoy my time in my 21ft class C…. I have “fixed it up for me” by taking out the dinette bench and put in a single recliner…gave me more space to move around, as I do not have slide outs…. I cannot wait to get back on the road….I’m gone for six months spring to fall (live inTX) and use it frequently in the winter….it has been my dream and told myself that I was not gonna wait to find someone to take me! Was great to see an encouraging post, tfs for sharing!
Good for you Kim! You are an inspiration! Thanks.
it’s good to hear there’s other people out there like me I’m considering doing this but I do need to work thinking about getting a class c and getting part time jobs 6 months off and on here and there so I can go see my familyand friends that are scattered all over the U.S . I am in hot Florida and I want to get outI also have two cats that are very well behaved ,like to be indoors but do you like to climb a tree every now and then lol. Thoughts anyone can I do this? I am 56, and dont want to wait till its to late, some family might not be there if i wait to long. This dream of mine is all thatkeeps me motivated,and readi.g all these blogs. I need to lighten my load and go..God willing :))))
Where in Florida are you in Florida. I’m in North Florida
Be careful letting kitties out in strange areas. One spook and you may never find them again. Casket attached places more than people so just be careful that you don’t lose them
where does the name Krazy Kim come from ?lol
Thank you for your insight. I have been contemplating buying an RV and living in it for awhile, and I am a single female with a grown daughter who is out on her own. I work from home so I can work from anywhere which is the biggest issue I could even come up with. I have pets so they will travel with me. What really hit me about your post is you mentioned your friend who has pancreatic cancer and that all she ever did was work. Well I am actually the Founder of the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and I see and hear stories about pancreatic cancer every day…its a very big motivating factor for me to get out and do something like this, and since we are National I can not only work from my RV I can travel to different states and work personally with those who are doing fundraising for NPCF. Thanks Again for the info!!!
Prayers to your friend!
Rhonda Update 1/2015 My friend did pass away in May of last year. I hope you are closer, if not in, to your own RV.
I also have a grown son who had Stevens Johnson syndrome at the same time from a prescription drug and could have died. He spent 3 weeks in the burn unit at Loyola. All his skin fell off. Another very nasty disease.
All in all, I am glad 2014 is over. Now I will be 65 and no closer to being on the road again. I lost it all in the recession and am starting a small business to try and get back to where I can comfortably financially travel again. Unfortunately, it is not something I can take on the road. I also feel my physical self getting tired-er. I have a friend who is walking the Camino de Santiago from France to Spain in March. (watch the movie “The Way”) She is only 53. I would LOVE to do that someday and take the entire summer doing it! If I am able, I will, even at 70 .LOL
I am just posting to remind others that, if they can, DO IT NOW ! There will never be “a better time” and you may miss the window of opportunity. I am forever grateful to have had my time on the road and, hopefully, will have it again. Happy, HEALTHY New Year wishes to all of you courageous, strong, fascinating female travelers.
I’m 71, selling my home and buying a 32′ class c. Should be ready to hit the road after the New Year. My husband died a few years ago. We used to rv a lot. I’m not giving up our dream of full-timing. Not going to wait any longer or worry about the future. Now is all we can be sure of.
Hello, thank you for your work with Pancreatic cancer.
My husband, who was a hospice nurse for 20 vs, died June 2017 of pancreatic cancer. He was 63 , looking forward to retiring and travel. Two weeks before he passed away, he bought a lovely Minnie Winnie which he did not get to use,
I am going to sell it, and am looking at solo rv options for myself, when i came across your entry! I am not confident about driving a big rig, class B seems like a good place to start!
Are you on the road in your own rv yet? What did you end up getting — and why? Good luck in your travels.
I am envious of the younger gals who have taken the plunge into full time rv-ing already. I hope to be there among you wonen before long. Still researching. I have some retirement income and SS, but thankfully no health issues (even at 79 next month) plus I can live frugally.
THIS IS DOABLE!
Brook, thank you so much for your post. My husband and I are getting ready to go on the road for an indefinite period of time and are considering living in our 24′ RV when we decide where we want to stay for awhile. It is scary, we are used to all the creature comforts and our own houses, but what we long for now more than ever is freedom. We have been professionals and have decided that life is way more than working for a living. Your post is an inspiration to me.
to: Brooke, Thanks for your post. I was wondering about the ( we ). Anyway, I’m going to be 50, and I’m alone, I hate working just to pay bills, last year I broke my ankle and might have to go on disability insurance for awhile. I have a house, struggling. I looked up ? living in an rv to make ends meet. I a loner and love being alone with my dog, I don’t know what to do? I’m thinking buy a small rv, and renting my house, I have a decent job working in a hospital as a nursing assistant. I will work again and think I could probably get a job as a cna anywhere. I need any advice, from anyone. Please help.
I understandthere is a service that hires traveling nurses…might work for you.
I am 61, on my own without the guy who might know more, and recently bought a 28′ Class C. I AM planning to live in it come Spring and your messages are very encouraging. Right now I’m looking at sitting in a park close to friends where I’m moving. I have questions for those out there with motorhomes, not trailers. I do not have finances to travel around, this will be my home that might stay in one place for sometime. I have located a few year round parks where they have spaces to stay. How long can you let a motorhome sit? It is after all a vehicle with belts, etc. Do I start the engine every so often? Maybe this sounds silly, but as much knowledge as I have, and surfing as I’ve done I don’t see this answer. Also, has anyone stayed in a park indefinite, to tell me some benefits, downfalls with a vehicle?
I do need info on how to establish residency. Can I get an post office box where I live, and will that be enough for taxes? I’ll be living in Pa, if that helps.
All of your posts are great, and especially from the women out there on their own as I will be. Thanks.
I would treat it like a car. Every once in awhile..start it , let it run for a little bit. If you let a vehicle set, it will eventually seize up. Not good. Learn to check the oil levels and transmission levels. Make sure It is on a flat level piece of land Or Iit will read wrong.
Also make sure it has enough antifreeze in it for the cold weather. If you dont have enough, you will kill the engine. A busted block is not good. And costs a ton of money if you want it fixed.
In the summer, make sure you have enough coolent in it to keep it cool.
If you have a manual that came with the rv, please read it. It can save you a lot of money.
I was fortunate to have a dad teach me these things as a kid.
You’re not alone or silly Bobbi. After the New Year I will be basically staying in 1 spot for a few months before moving on for a change of scene. I’m not one who will pick up and leave every few days. Unless of course I may a long trip across country to another location. I’m sure there are several campers who can give us advice about maintenance for parked rvs.
I have a Roadtrek
I find it’s not difficicult to store it sets outside in Florida most of the winter and use it more in the summer
When not using I would keep batteries on a trickle charger that turn itself off completely when fully charged
I would run the engine once a month for an hour and if possible drive it a few miles to lubricate all systems
Helps tires also
Run hot water heater and fridge
Once a month
Sprinter has a one piece steel top which prefer
Keep it washed occsasionaly and waxed
I’m not an expert my unit is 8 years old and no problems
Diesel gets 18 mpg
I hope you still get on this site, I am 60 all my kids are grown, I have my farm up for sale, and if I never have to sit and mow 10 + hours a week that is ok with me. My job is now longer fun and I can work there until I take my last breath, BUT !!
I feel that there has to be more. I am reading everything I can about how to do this and then reading what you had to say, well just do it !!!! if I fall flat on my face I think one of my kids will help me. BUT what if ???? What if I could do it ? Thank you for your inspiring words.
You sound a lot like me. The what ifs.
Don’t worry. There are a lot of rver’s out there that are willing to help. They are a whole different breed of people. Just like sailboaters. They will bend over backwards to help a person in need.
Totally different from people ” in the city.”
That’s the good thing. Seems someone will help you. And…if and when they help you, I would offer them something for their troubles. Maybe some tea, cookies, a cake? A to go dinner..things like that. You can also tell by talking to them sometimes. Maybe a piece of clothing that needs repair?
Good thing about us is we DO know how to cook!
Least most of us. 😉
Brooke, I want to thank you for your insight! I’am serious considering becoming a full time RV’er. I’m a female in my mid-50’s so I’m looking for information from those that are of the same sex and their reviews.
Small spaces doesn’t bother me, my reasons are probably different than most. I’m tired of having the lion’s share of my resources going to rent and having no control over that.
So, I’m research a B class RV, will sell all but some items that I will place in storage in the event that this is a wash as backup.
I want to be well in the know by the time I reach my retirement age. I figure between retirement and 401K, I will have the option of working or not.
I long for that freedom.
You information has been a big for me and I really appreciate it.
With the high cost of living, I’ve been thinking about doing this but have so many questions and concerns. Your article really answered a lot of questions. Thank you!
With the high cost of living, I’ve been thinking about doing this but have so many questions and concerns. Your article really answered a lot of questions. Thank you!
Thank you so much for this incredibly helpful post! Do you have a blog or an email address so that I could talk with you further ? I am looking to do this full time with my two large dogs.
You are an inspiration! I’ll be turning 63 this July and want to chuck it all and get out on the road. I too have worked and worked…for what! Thanks for inspiring me to get off the pot and on the road!
I am 66 and have been inspired and encouraged by reading these post of single women over 60 hitting the road. I want to hit the road before I am not able to. My motor home would be my permanent lodge
in and out of town..Just making a list of why type of vehicle and how much space I will need to be comfortable. Thanks again for sharing
Thank you for encouragement.
It’s nerve wracking considering variables.
Thank you for the words, getting ready now to move into 5th wheel permanent, and with myself only, 62 years old in pretty good shape, had pancreatic cancer 1.5 yes ago and want to wander, each day means so much more and to finally sell my house and be free will be a total blessing, hope I get to meet you out there
I’m a single mother of two teen daughters & we are very excited to begin living the RV life. I was wondering if you might have any advice/information regarding parking & living in the RV for 3+ months @ a time. My plan is to work seasonally; for example… I am looking @ working @ a resort in Jackson Hole, WY from Nov-April(I’m a very experienced chef, as well as a die-hard sustainable agriculture advocate & serve on the USDA FVIAC 2014-17 commitee w/our Nat’l. Sec. of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack in WDC; I digress a bit telling you this because you might know of some super creative ideas of how to make money on the road as I prefer to be one whom likes to go where & when she pleases & be self-employed, plus being self-employed serves to help me keep my teen daughters close by & supervised & homeschooled responsibly. Perhaps a group of you ladies whom caravan would love to have a chef trailing along w/the group to prepare your meals like a wagon train? I’ve got a great resume & folks seem to love my positive free-spirit & philanthropic ways. I’m serious. My email is email@example.com.
OK, OK, now back to my initial inquiry…lol!) & then traveling to a different locale for summer, etc.,…& thus far in my research I’m unable to find places to park & live in the RV for 3+mo stretches @ a time, especially in the Grand Teton area(in wintertime). Is that even a thing; do those sorts of camp sites exist? Obviously, I’m very “green” to all the info & terminology regarding this lifestyle & could use ANY & ALL advice on this & how to get started & maintain this lifestyle in a very economical, sustainable, & fun way for my girls; any RV life hacks,… EVERYTHING. Gimme all ya got, ladies! Help us 3 gals out! We want to enjoy the life just as you do & spend our last 4 years traveling together before they fly away to college. Thanks ladies! I’m just dying to hear back from you!
& p.s.–we are 3 ladies who will be on a very tight budget so no fancy recommendations, k. Lol.
I’ve connected with everything you wrote and I appreciate so much all of your experience. I am 38, single gay feminine woman, and I’m saving to buy an RV next year and travel full time with my two cats. This has been such an itch for me I am finally taking the leap and doing it… Because like you said, “you never know”. My mom died when she was only 61 and my dad is now 70. I want to do this now while I have the stamina and I plan to sell my crafts along the way for income. If there is anything in addition to what you have written here you can advise me- or if there is anyway I could get in touch with you and keep a connection, please let me know. I guess my biggest concern is safety.
I am considering the sme thing. A wee bit scary at aged 70 but if not now, when?
I’m 67. I am single. I just quit my job May 15th, and receiving social security.I work 2 days a week for myself in something I love. I have a daughter, son in law, and 2 yo grandson that I adore–in SE Alaska. I also have another married daughter in Cheyenne, Wy. I’ve owned a pop up camper van and later a 16′ house trailer. I loved them both, and the kids and dogs loved the adventures as well as camping. I’ve lived in Seattle only, and trying to sell my home of 43 years (dreading the sort through/clean out but want no more “stuff”). Living in an Rv seems appealing to me. Buying a smaller home just sounds like too much work and money. I very much enjoy this discussion, as it helps me know I’m not alone in these new decisions and adventures that lay ahead! Thanks for everyone’s in put. I should start a group here for women like me to get together and talk about what their futures will look like, sharing helps 🙂
Hi Liz, I would love to be a part of your group if you decide to start one. I would love to have/provide support to other who are choosing to simplify and enjoy their lives more. Count me in!
Hello, my husband and I are wanting to down size, but we are only 58 years old, so we have to work for Insurance still. We decided to put the house up for sale. Well, we had a offer the next day. It came in higher than what we asked for. Then this little bit of fear happened. We have a class C. We can live in an RV park near our jobs and we can put $1,000 a month away into savings. So, what do you all think about our situation?
Hello Liz, I’m a 70 yr old lady in as good a health as I should be at my age. Most of my life I have been rather fearless. I am looking at a leisure Van style w/3 piece bathroom. Sick of stuff. Can’t wait to get out there and will more than likely be burning my bridges behind me as I see no way to reverse my decision. Selling house and STUFF. Best to you on your adventure. PS I have 2 small dogs. They go where I go. 🙂
You ladies are affirming my decision for me and making it easier. I am about to turn 53, I am single, my child is grown. I have recently purchased a vintage camper with the sole intent of seeing the USA. I have a small dog and two cats. I cannot wait to start my adventure of spending at least a year on the road, if not more.
Sixty five years old and retired. Eighteen months in my motorhome now. I travel for 2-3 months then go home for a couple of weeks. I get bored rapidly at home and can’t wait to get back on the road. My motorhome is 22 feet long so I do not full time. However, I do have everything I need in that small space including a computer, printer and sewing machine. I have lots of storage space and bought shelves and containers to make it work. Am considering moving up to a pickup truck and small fifth wheel to give me a vehicle when I am camped. There is no point in having a car parked in my garage at home and my RV is too small to tow a car (even though they say it can). I love, love my lifestyle and have met so many nice people. By the way, these lower gas prices are great!
I’d love to know if you ever started a group online to talk about living in an RV? 🙂
There are some groups. But some are not current. Ive been looking around.
I would love to see a boondocking women group.
It would be real nice if someone had the money to start a camp, and grow a little bigger with time.
One other thing I would like to see is a community garden group for the permanent rvers there.
Others that might stay for awhile could pay for the fresh grown food. Nothing better than home grown fresh veggies!
Im always full of ideas..but I lack the money to back. So if you want ideas..let me hear from you. 🙂
Same boat here also. Looking for a motor home now. Would love to join the group.
Don’t want to stay in one place. Too many places to see, things to do and fun classes to take. Have owned my wonderful 22 foot Class C for 13 months now. 13,000 traveled miles. At least a million miles of memories and fun. Not one problem from traveling by myself. Companionship from my dogs. 14 year old Shih Tzu died in June- he had a wonderful life and was so loved. Have adopted a female Shih Tzu, my first daughter and she is also a great traveler. Have been home for 2 wks. On the road again tomorrow morning. Love my lifestyle! If you see a Class C with an “On the Road Again” license plate, come visit.
Hi Liz. I’m currently in the process of sizing down – from a house to a travel trailer as a home. I have 2 furry children and I’m very interested in being part of a group where I could learn from you and others! Enjoyed reading all the posts too. Thanks.
Hi Donna, I guess we’re the only one’s on this site at the moment, everyone must be living there life, having fun.
Not the only ones. I’m lurking. I’m retiring (60yo) and heading out in an15′ TAB trailer this May. It’s just me and my 20lb doggie looking for adventure.
I’m 59 and traveling solo in a 20 ft Road trek with a small dog. I work virtually and can work anywhere. I would love to meet other solo women and caravan with them to various places. This could save money as I’d be more likely to boon dock if I was traveling with others.
I’m here I have been reading this for months and I did it I did it they got my 27 foot istaca! I am so nervous,,going solo after some trial runs with friend,then parking at different friends houses with my 2 cats,so we can all get adjusted and bank away some money.57 and cant wait. Would be nice to find others going solo,boondock. In beautiful places ,more affordable and not so scary with others around. I just don’t know how comfortable I would be out in the middle of nowhere all by myself lol still learning all about this motorhome so new to me but exciting
Girls, get a couple of guns & learn how to use them. Your local gun club &/or shooting range can teach you & recommend what to buy. There are some crazy and bad people out there, protect yourself! Also, look into bear spray, a giant can of pepper spray+mace. Practice using everything, so if you ever have to it will be instinct, no fear.
Yes! to Liz, There should be a club for new rv’ers, so we can follow each other or meet up at camp grounds or parks, so we have some kinda support
A great group to look into is RVing Women (www.rvingwomen.org). They have chapters and rallies all around the country. Even a group of women who full-time. They are just for women, and are very knowledgeable and helpful. Check them out!
The last time you posted was 2014?? Did you do it?? is there a club just for girls like us??
I would love to be part of your group! I’m 64 and just now doing research because the cost of everything has gotten so expensive!
I have been traveling in my 20 foot Class C for a year now. Just completed a 3300 mile trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin to enjoy cooler weather. Usually I travel for 2 months and go home for 2 weeks before leaving again. This trip was a little over 2 months. I don’t look on my lifestyle as a way to save money even though I stay in Corps of Engineers Campgrounds and Federal sites using my Senior Access Pass as often as I can. My lifestyle is a result of the frugal way I lived as I planned to be able to do this. I keep a log of expenses so I am able to see my expenditures. This way of life is my reward for all the years I worked and saved and I love being on the road. I hope some of you reading this are looking at this lifestyle as a route to adventure, freedom and fun not just as a less expensive way to live.
Same boat here also. Looking for a motor home now. Would love to join the group.
Excellent idea about starting a group!
Hey, good to hear from someone who speaksy language. How can we continue with this conversation more simply? I have a 31 foot rv and tow a small minivan …. Unfortunately there aren’t too many single women in North Dakota who think like me…. Want to be on the road again!…..but believe there is more safety in numbers!
Hi Liz, did you ever start Rving? How is it going? I am considering part time soon.
I will be 69 when I hit the rv trail. Have worked for more than 40 years and am ready to full fill my dream of seeing America. I, too think it’s a bit scary…but it’s scary to stay put in my sticks’bricks and not ever see this beautiful country and taste the freedom. Thanks for sharing.
Cay, I’m a 70 yr old women with two fur babies. I will be living in a leasure van motor home, not very big but enough. Worked all my life ready to enjoy traveling and hopefully a simpler lifestyle. I admit to being somewhat scared at the prospect but I’m tough. Good luck to you.
Cay, I’m 71 the end of this month. I will be starting out in a 24 ft motorhome. It has everything I need. God Willing I will live in it and travel as much as meager finances will allow. Two fur babies will be with me. Don’t know if I will boondock or RV park. Will just have to give them a try and see which suits me. And which I can afford. I did get handgun training and pray that I never have to use it but will if necessary. I’m not afraid just careful. Age has less to do with this quality of life then most would think. 70 is the new 60. Stay healthy and stay safe.
I’m reading through here and feeling better about the choice I am considering – though still a bit nervous.
I am 56, and have been on disability for several years now, sidelined from my 20+ yr grooming business by a disease I probably got from my 30+ years of work with dogs and horses over the years.
Threw most of my ‘retro pay’ at treatment for two years, hoping for enough recovery to go back to work, but think I feel as “well”, right now, as I may ever feel, and cannot return to my work.
But…my house is in foreclosure, I cannot save it, and I will soon need a home, and I’m thinking an RV is the best (looks like only) choice.
Just hoping I can handle it, and afford it.
I have learned to find ‘items’ at estate sales and auctions that I can sell on eBay to supplement my income a little. And in six years I will be eligible to receive a higher amount from soc sec (my ex’s amount ! yay!) which is considerably higher than my disability.
Physically, I can’t do what I used to, but though I live at about a 6-7 pain level, I have learned to ‘muscle’ through.
Despite my fears, I am excited to become a ‘full-timer’ with my dogs. (and my gun, too!) LOL
Reading all your posts, here, has made me feel like it is truly possible. Thank you!
Toni are you on facebook or is there a way I can reach you? Are you on this site often?
since you are on disability, you might qualify for the corps of engineers Access pass, which really discounts campground and entry fees.
Martha, did you get out as planned? I so wish you would update us on your adventure as it’s new to you as well as it is for most of us! I’ve wanted to do this for years. My husband and I did sell out and moved from California to rural Kentucky 3 years ago. Sadly, he passed away suddenly 8 months later. Then 2 months after that, I’ve got breast cancer. A year of treatment, sold the dream farm, bought a smaller (I thought more manageable) farm because I’ve got 2 horses with me forever. My 25 yr old daughter is living with me, but she needs to get a life,and I need to help push her. I don’t want to live here anymore, but don’t really know where I want to be. This RV thing came to me as I was looking at tiny houses. My other 25 yr old and her husband want to build a tiny house, but they would like me to buy the land, probably somewhere in Oregon. I’m still unfortunately tied to my girls, but I want,and more importantly, I NEED to do this RV thing! So YES, we need a group, a support system just for us women and our gender specific issues (family?). It’s September and I don’t want to spend another winter here! There are so many things I need to take care of b4 I can take off! Mostly involving fur and human kids. I really want a GROUP! LOL
As I have said before to those who are budgeting, look at the Corps of Engineer and Federal Campgrounds. For a $10 investment in a lifetime Senior Access Pass, you can stay in these campgrounds for half price. I actually prefer these sites as they are neat, landscaped, quiet and usually have spacious campsites. Also, most of them are near or on the water. Ft Pickens in Pensacola, Florida is an example. Walk to the beautiful beach. Site with water and electric is $13 a night. They have a dump station onsite. Stay in Loop A if possible and make reservations in advance. See you there.
Hi Martha, Are you on the road now? Where are you and how is it going? I hope to travel soon with my furbabies as well.
I’m in Oregon
I too have been thinking about it and now find myself at 70 years old still working to have things i dont use or need its just me alone and want to try and full time in a c class maybe a 26 or 27 ft on a small income just need a push to try it
Liz, I am 66 and I’ve have dreamed of being an RV’er for years. I’m looking for other women my age who would like to set out on the road too. Also looking for an RV. Scared to shop alone. Want to buy a 25″ – 28″ class C to start. Not sure what to look for or stay away from. Brands that fewer break downs and are friendly for women. I am a small women and need advice if this will be possible for me. Any input will be appreciated. Morning Glory
Hi Morning Glory, Did you ever get an RV? Are you on the road. I hope to do some traveling soon with my two dogs. I live in Oregon. Where are you?
My former husband and I did the full-time thing for a few years. It is a fabulous way to adventure. Our intent was to find the right place in Arizona to build a home so we didn’t leave AZ – but I kept a website journal of our travels that included a lot of tidbits of wisdom. I guess now I’d call it a blog if I was still maintaining it.
Anyway, we met a woman who was also a freelance writer, doing exactly what you are thinking about. She went the route of an SUV pulling a small trailer which gave her the freedom to leave the trailer behind and go…… She also had a big dog who was her travelling companion. Whatever you do, plan to take your pet with you. If you would like to see my journal, just reply here and we’ll figure out how to get in touch.
WOW, Adrianne!! I absolutely love your comment. You’ve created a paradigm shift in my way of thinking that totally eliminates my biggest concern – secondary vehicle.
I was only thinking of driving a big RV and towing something else but the idea of driving such a big, extended rig intimidates me. Now you’ve got me thinking about driving the secondary vehicle and towing something manageable. I so LOVE this idea!!
Pets? They’re my family, undeniably. I usually respond to the pet question by saying I’m an old maid and pets are part of the uniform. 🙂 Right now, two cats and a little dog. It will take me a while to plan, purchase, and get my road-trip adventure started so who knows what the “family” composition will be at that time but the fur will travel. 🙂
I would love to read your journal. Thanks for offering to share it. I would love to get back to AZ, too. My parents spent a great deal of time there on their RV travels and I visited as often as possible. I want to see much more of it so it’s definitely on my Top 10 list of destinations. You can privately leave contact info on my website == http://www.iroar.org/index.html == and I’ll get in touch with you that way.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Just an FYI. RVing is all about what your objective is. If you tow an RV the pets are in the vehicle you are driving with you until you stop. You still have to stop to find a toilet and you cannot leave the pets in the vehicle without AC if you want to go sightseeing or shopping spur of the moment (even for a few minutes if its super hot out). If you just want to get from point A to point B and then unhook and stay there, that’s another story but, if you want FREEDOM to move around, even daily like I did a lot, get a class C or B. (The A is the big one) See my post above.
I had a 24 ft rig and I thought it was HUGE the first time I saw it but, truly, it is very small and maneuverable for everyday use. The size of a U-Haul.
(I want a 28 footer next time so I can have a fixed bed in back) Oh, and something I did not mention before is a scooter. I have friends that love them and they just sit on the back of your rig and easy to put away. Not at all like the “process’ of car towing. Remember, Adrianne had a husband helping her. Car towing is a two person job. I watched couples do it all the time and it was a job and if not done correctly every time can cause a nightmare. Plus the drag it creates really ruins your MPG. Go for something small and EASY to use. BTW. My two dogs LOVED my RV and were able to look out the windows or sleep on the couch (just like home!) while I was driving. They never got carsick like in a vehicle and they were not cramped in the back seat. I think a cat would be even more unhappy. I could just park anywhere and flip on the generator and be gone all day if I wanted. (Sometimes I would stop in roadside parks and make lunch or take a nap myself) Cheers!
Any advice on scooter types and hitch carriers. Have already decided that this is my way to go as I do not want to tow! I am learning much from this forum. So glad I found it!
When it comes to scooters stick to the major brands:yamaha,honda,vespa. Don’t buy a no name chinese one,they break easily and you can’t find parts.
Thanks for mentioning scooters – that’s what I want to do. Two questions though… when you go do something on yours, do you feel your RV is safe? And at night, how do you secure it so it won’t get stolen? Thanks much!
Adrianne, I would love to see your journal of RVing. I hope to take a trip soon, not full time but for awhile.
A great blog by a solo full-time RVer is http://www.interstellarorchard.com/.
Great ideas all around. But do your research to see what works for you. I might suggest a smallish Class C with auto-leveling, as leveling and settting up at night is easier than unhitching/leveling and setting up a trailer. I know….we went from a travel-trailer when we had our daughter, to a Fifth-wheel trailer when she was bigger, to our current Class A. They all have their pros and cons. But, to your point, I am not as comfortable driving the large Class A, yet a Class C is like driving a truck….and it is easy to also tow a light vehicle. I remember being dog-tired, though, and dreading unhitching and leveling our trailer. LOVE the autoleveling now, and the fact we can just roll into bed.
Good luck, and I hope when you set out, you start your own blog!
Love the tip for auto-leveling, USA_Kris. Would’ve never known such a process existed and I’m sure it’s something I would cherish. Looks like I’ve got myself a lot of fun homework to do.
moxiegirlproductions, thanks for the link. Love it!
Thanks, everyone, for your wonderful ideas and words of encouragement. The call of the road has cranked up its volume. 🙂
Jumping in again. Auto leveling is an upgrade so, it may not be in the budget. If it is, then yes, it is great. I had some small levelers (like you have on a carpenters level) installed on my dash for front/back, side/side so when I was parking I could see how level it was (They cost a few dollars). I also bought some hard plastic drive ons (from Camping World) that I kept on board so if there was a bigger problem and/or I would be there for more than a night I could drive up on them. Very easy to use. Leveling is very important because it can cause your refrigerator to stop working. I found that out the hard way, too.
We sold our home on June 28, purchased a 1988 sportsman class a rv and have never looked back. My hubs and I love the scaled down lifestyle. We tow a small ford ranger truck but r wanting to trade it off for a small jeep soon. Have learned a few tricks about packing/storage. Lawn chairs, a small roll up outdoor rug and portable radio makes for a nice evening of relaxing outdoors. Love it!!!
Y’all can ask to join “NomadicMama,” on Facebook. It’s a great resource for everyone considering or living the RV life and people are very friendly there.
Thanks very much for,the info.
My husband and I are in the process of becoming full timers. We opted for a pickup and travel trailer set up. We explored motorhomes but didn’t want the upkeep of it and a car for local driving.
We are set to depart as soon as ski season ends and hope to RV for as long as we can afford to!
Same with my husband and myself, but we are going to still work for a couple of years and then go full time on the road. We are a little scared. We are planning to live in a rv park near our jobs.
I have done the camping from tent to tow to class c as a weekend warrior but due to cost of living and a very sick mate with no pay and I with little I must sell our home and get what little we can put the 3dog small ones and what will fit in a rv from the sale and at 66 hit the road he is in a wheelchair and will be my co pilot holding my maps I hope medicare will do us for health coverage and what we have will keep us in food and gas I am not against sleeping Ina truck stop or a Walmart noise or not where we go do sent matter much as we all come to the end of the road some where and as long as me and my husband can stay out of rest homes or government housing the happier I will be no one ever asks you when your camping are you rich you walk in the woods the same you follow the coast and sit in the sand the same and you if you do pray every night the same to enjoy another day rain or shine in your rv in camp with your new friends and the peace of this earth
catt, Your post touched my heart. Life gets very hard sometimes and we can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel BUT, I have been all the way down in 2011 and somehow, with persistence and focus, it does work out. I am sitting here in my RV in Bar Harbor Maine looking at the Ocean. Been here 2 months WorKamping. If you can do anything, it is one way to make it work.
I’d like to hear from some more solo women doing it! I’d also like to hear form the women who are doing it with someone else now if they would do it alone. Why or why not?
Jumping back in on the female solo rving…. Keep it simple is the most important thing for me…I’m 100% disabled veteran and my class c is on a Chevy dually frame….no slide outs and fully self contained…drives beautifully and has a full size queen bed in back, I replaced the bed pad with a 13″ memory foam mattress… I can stop and drop without leaving my safety zone…I travel with my girl..45# dog as my co-pilot. Also take along my crafting stuff so I always have something to do…..
Well,I’m not full-time yet, but it’s something I’m considering in the future. I just bought a 2002 16′ Airstream Bambi off of eBay and buying a 4×4 Tacoma double-cab truck to tow it and carry my dogs and my stuff. Not selling the house yet, but plan to do a lot of traveling in Montana,Washington, and Oregon this summer so I’ll see where I am in the fall. I’m traveling by myself as I like the solitude and freedom to do (or not do) what I want and after years in corporate America, having no clocks and time commitments. That said, I really like being with people, and seeing friends and family around the country is something I’m really looking forward to! And I’ve found there are always people to talk to and to help when you need them. As long as I have internet and a cell phone, I’m a happy woman!
As an aside, there are a lot of blogs and sites with a wealth of information out there.
Some I like are.
63 years old. Retiring next week. Buying a Coachmen 19 cb and keeping my house and taking off to travel. I am lonely at home. Will I be lonely on the road?
Interesting question. It all depends on who you are. This was my experience. If you stay in RV parks short term you will meet people casually, pretty much couples. Most keep to themselves or hang with other couples. If you stay for longer times you will meet people but, again its all pretty casual. I kind of think you have to have an agenda or plan on where you want to go & do. Like maybe working at an RV park or National Park or volunteering somewhere so you will “belong”. (ie they were looking for volunteers to help the tourists on the paths when they set up the telescopes at night in one of the National Parks) I also recommend joining any group that does caravanning, like women’s groups and Boomer groups. I hooked up with one at a Pow Wow and another at the balloon fiesta in NM. Lots of fun and camaraderie. I was very lonely on the road but, I knew it was how it had to be and just did my own thing. I enjoy being alone for the most part but, there were times I ached for someone to talk to. Especially when I was surrounded by incredible beauty…and no one to share it with. (remember, cell phones don’t work everywhere) You will find an inner Peace and strength that you didn’t know you have. I will cherish the years I spent on the road and all that I saw and experienced. I am trying to get back to it. So make a plan of what you want to see and do but, meander getting there if possible. Take the back roads and stop frequently. Don’t make the destination the focus. 99% of people live thinking about the past or worrying about the future and miss “the present moment”. Don’t do that. Make a conscious effort to stay present (it aint easy!) and savor the moment. I constantly had to stop my brain from wandering or I would have missed it all! Just try it for an hour today. It is super hard to do but, wow, how you will experience Life will never be the same.
Thank you so much for the advice. I rented a motorhome last year and spent 2 months traveling with my Shih Tzu. Took it slowly and stopped at every craft show and festival I came across. I loved it but, still, it was lonely. Any suggestions from single women who have joined travel groups and attended some of their activities? I’ve worked hard to be able to retire and I want to enjoy every minute of it!
Johanna, I am a 80 yo widow and just bought coachman M19 van. Got lonely sitting at home and missed being on the road doing the things we (DH) did. Still have the 5er and truck, but too much of a hassle at my age. This toy has everything I need and I am going to have fun as long as health lets me, and it isn’t going to be sitting home knitting!
Wishing you happy adventures Jaynie!
Love your attitude & spirit! Sell the big rig & spend the $ having fun. I was feeling down about turning 55 this year and knee problems slowing down my outdoor adventures till I read your post, thanks! I take my knitting on the road too 🙂
Good for you! I’m 64 and will have to work 5 or 6 more years to have the money to buy an RV but that is my plan. I sometimes think I’m crazy to want to just head out into the sunset at my age, but I don’t want to sit at home and knit either! Even if I knew how. Tell me how you decided on which RV to buy? I’m still confused. I like the idea of a class B because of not having to tow a car, but I would like to have enough room to not feel claustrophobic. Thanks for your very inspirational post!
Wow! I loved and got something from all these posts. I’m a single, 57 yr old kindergarten teacher, retired from the USAF in 2009 after 25-1/2 wonderful years of service, and took a rented-RV vacation last summer (with MaxRudder, 4-yr old Yorkie) and WE LOVE IT!!! I grew up with motorhomes, so I knew I would like them. Well, I love them even more. And after that vacation, I realized I wasTHROUGH with paying $735.00/month for a 2-bedroom apt, $200.00 electricity, and $150.00/month TV/cable & internet. So I began my search back in July to find just the right Class-C motorhome for me. And I’m happy to say, I picked it up last week in VA while on spring break, and put 1,875 miles on it taking the “long” way to get it back home to Topeka, KS :-). I begin full-time living on July 1, 2014 and I can hardly wait!!! :-). I’m having an apartment sale to do extreme downsizing and I will be live in an RV park and driving my Jeep to work everyday. But, I look forward to the long weekends where I can pull out after work on Friday drive back to work on Mondays if I have to. I’m ready for this new found freedom and simply-liberating lifestyle that I believe full-timing with afford me!
I’m looking to downsize as well. I am not really looking for the traveling aspect. My daughter is 8 and I love our church so I want to stay in the area for another couple of years. I pay double than you for rent but how did you find a full time park? I’m in the northeast and I can’t find any.
How is the full-timing going? We thought very much about full-timing in order to save money for a house. But after crunching number and taking into account a storage unit, it didn’t make sense for it but I really still crave it! How are the winters for you in the RV in Kansas? (That where we live too!)
Thanks everyone for your input. I’m a 47 yo fur mom of Beau Jangles (3 yo Beagle/Jack Russell). A friend and I were going to full time rv. Well plans changed. However, I still have this need to live like a “wunderlust” lifestyle. I was unemployed for a while so attempting to get back on my feet financially. In that time I realized I don’t need a lot. of “stuff”. I love the KISS idea of rving. I’ve been on the fence about rigs and extra vehicle. I think for me a Class C and scooter sounds the way for me. I would like to work where I level for long lengths of time. My dream would be to work a resort for the season and then hook up with a caravan and use my other skills until the season reopens. Does anyone have any suggestions? The more the merrier. Thanks in advance
KOA has a job section on their website. National Parks are always looking for people. They all have different vendors so, you’ll have to check each of them out. I just called and asked who to contact. I called Yellowstone first and they did not have any RV sites available but, they sent me to Grand Teton where I ended up so, they all know each other and who to contact. Also, Equity Lifestyle Properties runs a lot of RV resorts around the US.
If you don’t already know about these folks, you might check them out. They call themselves “vandwellers”. The blog has gotten a bit paranoid lately, but all in all there is good networking among the group. Here is the link to the blog:
Keep dreaming and good luck from a full-timer!
I’ve been seriously pondering the full-time RV life, too. The need for a take-along vehicle is an obstacle for me but there is a nice solution for toodling around in most major cities of the US (of the world, actually). It’s Car2Go.
It cost me $35 for a lifetime membership and I can use a car in any city that has the service. You pay by the minute or, during a long trip, by the mile. You can pick up a car within the company’s service area at random or make arrangements to have a car when and where you need it. Done with it? Just park it anywhere in the service area, swipe your membership card across the windshield decal, and walk away. No need to wash it, fill it, repair it, pay for parking, or anything. Just keep your drivers license up to date; they’ll even notify you a few months ahead that your license is on the verge of expiring.
The link here is for Austin, Texas; that’s all that comes up for me since that’s where I am. Prices may be different elsewhere but I think it’s worth considering. https://www.car2go.com/en/austin/
I went on to their website and the only location I found at all was Austin??? did I do something wrong?
My link is to Austin, Brooke, because that’s where I am and that’s the only link that comes up on my computer, thanks to today’s whiz-bang geo-technologies. Do a Google search of “car2go” and “your city” to find something more relevant to you. Or simply type “www.car2go.com” in your URL bar. Maybe one of those options will help. I really like the service and the RV-friendly possibilities I now see in it. Hope you will, too.
I think that is a great suggestion especially for big cities. I have a class B and on occasion would like a car but not enough to tow. I was looking at a bike rack and thought I would just rent one when I wanted one. Would be more convenient in the long run. We have the service in Calgary where I am.
I envy all of you, really! Please excuse my long post. I’m probably providing TMI, but I genuinely want to know as many opinions and points of view as possible (and input), so I’m providing a lot of info to let you know where I’m coming from and our “situation,” so to speak.
We have a new 29-ft Coachmen TT (we just upgraded from a 24-ft Dutchman that we had for more than 2 years–it became too small for us…) and, quite literally, every free chance we get, we go camping with her (same when we had our Dutchman). We live in Florida and live 3-4 hours from closest family (including grandparents), so our Coach is also what we live out of when visiting family, as opposed to nasty, overpriced hotels.
We’re a family of four: me (mom), my hubby (of nearly 13 years now), and our two sons (3 and 5 yo)…oh, and our cat Luna (2 yo). We also homeschool–and I love it! The area we live in is great for homeschoolers…if you’re devoutly religious, which we’re not. We chose to homeschool because quality of public education has gotten so bad and government-run, we love to travel with my husband when he travels for work, and our boys are typical boys, in that they don’t like book work and learn best hands-on, so homeschooling allows me to teach them in a manner they learn best (and they’re excelling leaps and bounds). Anyway, the homeschool groups in our area do not like to teach science, and we’ve become outcasts because we’re different and have been considered sinners (we’re not against religion; we’re just spiritual and not religious ourselves). Furthermore, there’s just not much in our area that I can take our boys to for homeschooling them, especially with regard to science and engineering/technology, the two fields that interest them most (our 5 yo loves robotics and archaeology, and our 3 yo loves biology, dinosaurs, and anything mechanical).
In order to get them involved in the fields they love, I need to travel 2-4 hours, for museums and science centers (there are NONE in our county and surrounding area), STEM or STEAM events and camps, and so on.
My husband has had his career for 8 years this-coming autumn (since he and I graduated from the university in 2006). As a computer engineer, he is severely underpaid in our area and his department is severely understaffed because the company would rather have others work longer hours (either with no overtime or straight-pay overtime). He is also one of the most-overworked engineers because he is one of the few hired on with a graduate degree (most of the others were hired with an undergraduate) and he knows new, modern, and “archaic” computer languages. So he’s extremely valuable to the company. However, he’s constantly extremely stressed out, had a change in management almost 2 years ago that’s completely torn apart the camaraderie of his department that used to exist, and, due to how valued he is, he is constantly given more to do, so he misses the deadlines he’s supposed to meet.
Around 6 years ago we discussed relocating after he’d been with the company for 5 years, only because we wanted to start a family and wanted the ability to be closer to our own families. He also wanted to have at least 5 years with a single company under his belt before looking elsewhere, hence the 5-year goal. Again, he’s now been with the company for almost 8 years (so much for relocating…). He’s afraid to move now because he feels he has security there and we have health insurance (albeit now it’s horribly), and with the economic decline and real estate issues, he’s just…afraid, especially since we have kids.
However, for years now–even back when we had our smaller TT–I’ve tried talking to him about the possibility of full-time RVing. I figured we could rent our house (especially since we’re still under for another 6 months) and either periodically workkamp or my husband could find a job that allows him to telecommute (which, from what I’ve found in my research, is doable with his computer experience and education..and I blog!). As for our boys, I felt we’d be able to take them to events and so on that would benefit their education (plus traveling would just be awesome for them) and see their grandparents more often than we do now. But he doesn’t want to even consider it.
We have nobody here other than each other. Our closest friends live out of state (TN, DC/MD, and PA, to be precise) and that includes our boys’ closest friends as well (seven total). We are also a healthy and adventurous bunch. Ever since our oldest was almost four he’s had a plan all laid out on how we could live out of our TT (at the time, our Dutchman, which we called Cubby because it was a Cub), and the boys have already picked out what toys they would want to bring along (takes up about as much space as a small 2-drawer filing cabinet). They don’t want to be here any longer either…but my husband is so full of fears, insecurities, and doubt that we’re stuck where we are.
He’s my best friend and lifelong partner. I could and would never imagine my life without him. I just wish he would listen to the three of us, especially since I’ve done research for about 2 years on how to do this and work on the road, since our boys want to do it, and since there’s nothing here for us. I believe that fears and doubts limit a life, and as the Captain said on Wall-E: “I don’t want to survive, I want to live!”
Any advice, input, or tips would be greatly appreciated!
We lived in Florida on our sailboat for six years. The schools were terrible then. So we decided to go with homeschooling. We chose Calvert. They are up in the northeastern part of the U.S. They may be a little pricey for some, but the money is well worth it. You can also send in your kids schoolwork and let a teacher grade it up there. Or not. We did, just to satisfy Florida.
Also they teach your kids many different languages. These
are extra. But if you want to travel anywhere, Calvert is good. And any place you stop at is bound to have activities like your children like.
I just thought I would let you know how it worked for us. We loved the school. And they are not associated with a particular religion so to speak.
Hope this may help someone.
I have been fulltimer for 5 yrs. W/ husband & 2 kids. When your kids are small its more “fun” as they get older they NEED their own space, a real room of their own which most rigs don’t have. No privacy in a rig. My kids fought A LOT in the beginning. We are now saving to buy a house. I know many retirees who live like tho & enjoy it. I think the main appeal is its cheap. As they get older they can’t hookup & travel etc. They end up giving up the rig. Also when you age its harder if you have 5th wheel as inside ALWAYS has steps inside like ti bathrm & bedroom. When I broke my ankle I had to scoot on my butt to the bathroom,my neighbors elderly mom just fell again. My #1 tip for older folks get a motorhone or trailer cuz its all ONE lEVEL inside.just have to plan for the aging process.just wanted ti mention son of these things cuz nobody else has.
Awesome blog, really good info. I’m planning on jumping into the rv life next year hopefully and am currently researching rig type – travel trailer vs motorhome with toad. Interesting to hear about difficulty of tow vehicle. Makes me rethink my plan. Still have much more info to go thru before making the plunge. Thanks for all the input. Glad I stumbled across this blog!
I am the new owner of class B and so far I am very happy with my choice, just right for me and my dog. I don’t think I could go full-time but never say never, anything could happen. Right now I have the advantage of being able to take my job with me so that is what I do. Head out of town when everyone else is heading back for Monday work. I would also like to take long trips for weeks and months at a time as I get nearer to retirement. Thatis the plan and so far, the more I use the unit the more I like it.
Have researched, planned, saved and dreamed for 2 years. Now I just have to have the courage to do it. Finances are taken care of. Home has been taken care of – am keeping the house I’ve lived in for 38 years. Can I survive out there as a 63 year old single women in a Class C RV?
Not only will you survive, you will THRIVE. LOL Wish I could join you.
Oh, and, If not now, when?
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. If you remember this book, you are close to my age. Will share with the world with I get brave enough to do buy it!
Cudos to you and your decision to go for it! If you haven’t already heard of RVing Women, look them up online. They could be a good group for you to check out. Also, another RV group for full-timers is Escapees. They have an extensive network, lots of rallyes and a magazine. I have been a member for over 12 years.
Typing fingers aren’t working. Corrected post- Will share with the world when I get brave enough to buy it.
It’s time for a change. I am at a point in my life where full time RV’ing makes more and more sense. I used to RV with my dad and loved it. I have been looking at used RV’s for the past year and would feel a lot better if I knew where I could park it year round and live without worrying about $40 a day lot rent. I am in upstate NY and have looked at RV sites on the net but can’t seem to find any that are like the one’s in Arizona where you pay $250 a mo. plus electricity. I am pretty sure I want a 5th wheel and then I can use my car to get to work. Any advice?
Bought my Coachmen 19cb Class C. It was the smallest motorhome I could find that fit my wish list (dry bath, fixed bed, swivel reclining passenger seat, cab over bed for extra storage). Drove it home 200 miles from the dealer with no problem. Leaving this week for a 2 wk trip and then for a couple of months on the road. Taking my sewing machine. Thinking of putting out a little sign when I have it set up on the picnic table “Mending and hemming done. Price: Conversation.” Trying to make sure I don’t get lonely traveling with just my little dog.
I have been daydreaming about fulltiming for over a year and am so ready to hit the road. Have a couple of more years (need to get closer to SS to cover health insurance costs). I haven’t nailed down the type of RV yet – seriously thinking of Class C but worry about towing but also worry about not having back up transportation to see the area I’m visiting. Would love to go hiking on trails but need to be able to get there from wherever I’m camped. Anyone have comments on the importance of a “toad” for Class C. I think the Class Cs are safer for single women such as myself who is getting close to 60.
Please see my Dec 31 post. I was just like you
Hi Donna, you just repeated exactly my position on fulltiming.. getting close to 60 and ready to go now… also want to keep a job,,, going it alone too.. I thought class C would also be safer and if I had to tow something maybe a little easier, and not so long.. I also worry about towing.. or a small scooter attached to the front to go around and see the sites. First couple years want to stay long term in a couple places to bank away some more money and keep my fulltime job, also to get the feel of living in one. Got to stop giving all my money to a landlord soon as possible.. wanderlust bad..lol 🙂
Thanks for your comments. I realize there are many of us that want to be on the road. For me, it’s just a matter of getting over the fear; fear of not being in tune with the mechanical, technical and physical know-how that it requires. I’ll probably start out without a toad and stay in cheaper campgrounds until comfortable with myself and unit. Then go from there. Baby steps.
Donna, I am finally on the road and traveling with my brand new Class C. Right now am parked by a beautiful mountain river listening to the rapids going over the rocks. I, too, was worried about being totally non mechanical but decided emergencies are what road service is for if needed. I managed to have a 40 year professional career so I figured I could learn the rest of it. Have been studying my manuals and, so far, have been able to turn everything off and on and check things like tire pressure etc. and fill and empty tanks. My Class C is only 23 feet long so have not needed a toad. I just unhook and go and hook back up when I return. Am very proud of being able to back into campsites like a pro!!! My first challenge was in this campground. The water connection was only 2 inches from the ground and pointed downward. There is no way this old body could get down that low and still hook up the hose! I was thinking about just lying down on the ground when a young man from another campsite came over and did it for me. That was a revelation to me. I will not be too proud to accept help when I need it! All these years I did a few nice things for other people. I can learn to accept help graciously. My lesson for my first RV trip. Just go for it.
Hannah, you are an inspiration. I have no plans on backing down from my dreams of rving (even tho the family thinks I’m nuts) and with women like you cheering us on and proving us capable, I’m ready. Thanks for your comments. Maybe we’ll meet on the road one day.
So Hannah, what Brand did you buy? Mine was 24 ft Born Free and I did not tow either. What State are you in? sounds glorious.
I am down in the Florida Keys in a 29 ft Travel Trailer right now. Have been here two months. Had a manatee swim right up to me yesterday! I was in waist deep water at the beach. Been watching the sunset every day and had a pod of dolphins just offshore two days ago.
I bought a Coachmen Freelander 19 cb. It is not of the same caliber as your Born Free but fits my needs for now. At my age, I feel like if I have 5-8 years both the RV and I should hold up. My sons also thought I was crazy. Tough!!! I am not quite ready to turn into a little old lady yet! I live in Savannah, GA and am keeping my house. I plan to spend most of summer in cooler parts of the country and be in Florida parked next to you every now and then in the winter. Donna, this week I am parked in my son’s driveway in Marietta, GA helping my daughter-in-law with my granddaughters (age 20 mo and 3 yrs- I am happy but dead tired!). My son installed a 30 amp outlet for me and is getting his money’s worth in babysitting. I love visiting them but staying in my own house. You might mention this advantage to your children. I am heading home tomorrow for family business but can’t wait to get back on the road. I LOVE this lifestyle!
You gals are making me feel much better about my decision to do the same. I’ve been lucky enough to find a garage on a lot that I can turn into a rv garage with storage/living quarters so if I should get lonely or tired of being on the road I can come back to it here at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and recoup and plan my next trip!
I’m 63 and have never really traveled around this great country of ours. Any places that stand out as a must see???
Here’s mine…Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota (right next door to Mt Rushmore). ALL 5 National Parks in Utah. Great Salt Lake and the Copper mine there, too. Glacier NP in Montana and Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP. Next to Yellowstone is Cody, Wyoming and take the trolley tour for a lot of laughs and history. Do not miss the Buffalo Bill Center of the West there, either! It is 5 museums in one place. SUPER good. Go to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, (several RV clubs camp there all week and you can join them). Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch ( in New Mexico) , where Georgia O’Keefe lived. (I am a big fan of her) Great tours at her home (reserve ahead) and Ranch. Ojo Caliente Resort and Spa (in NM) has cheap RV sites and incredible hot springs and spa. Only time I did a “spa” and had a two hour massage AND a hot oil scalp massage all at once. OMG. I then sat in the hot springs at night and could barely stumble back to my site. Any dam you can find and tour. If you’re in a Motor Home, stay in Walmart lots when you just need to make time. I was scared at first to do it but, had to do it once when I picked up a friend at the airport at midnight in Billings, MT and didn’t want to be hooking up in the middle of the night. It was a lifesaver. I also was in a couple of places that did not have any RV sites available in the entire area (like at Glen Canyon Dam) and it was great. There were at least other 40 rigs there, too. There are books that tell you which ones you can stay at overnight. They are open all night and have security guards patrolling the lot. Just pull in and button up. I only learned that the 3rd year I owned my rig and wished I had done it all along. I would have saved myself a ton of money and driving around looking for a park every night.
Yours sounds like a great set up for RV and living quarters. As to what to see…. I’ve visited all 50 states (not in my RV yet) and everyone of them has special places. I like to do lots of research before I visit an area so I know what I want to see and especially enjoy historical sites and areas. I am also big on scenic areas and places that lead to peace, quiet and relaxation. So where you go and what you see depends on what is interesting and important to you! Have fun!!!
So happy for you!
For all of you solo women out there who dream of the RV lifestyle: This is relaxing, stress free living beyond what I imagined! I am careful in choosing campgrounds and do not boondock. I sleep at night with my windows open and the sound of nearby streams. Not once have I felt afraid. When I decided to do this, I budgeted staying in campgrounds. Also, if I find a place I am happy and comfortable, I stay a week! This cuts down my gas spending. I am not really traveling. I am meandering! On my way (slowly) to spend a week in Williamsburg, VA. This life is not radical or frightening. It just takes planning. Try it!
I am so looking forward to it – just need to get a little more money stashed away to pay for health insurance, which I will loose when I leave my job. Your comments are so inspiring and I thank you for posting. I am wanting to see the US and this is the only way I can afford to. I have thought about possibly joining a traveling group once I become familiar with the road. Anyway, any tips or advise is always welcome. Happy traveling and stay safe!
I too am wondering what kind of health insurance to get,i am buying my rv in about a month ,nervius.but excted! I want to just take it slow and enjoy the places i go,might just park for a year and transfer my job further north in florida to put away a bit more cash,any suggestions on places that allow extended stays in middle or northern florida that are cheap,the ones down here are terrible. Expensive and very crowded for seaon coming up.
Blue Cross is accepted in all 50 states. You can buy an individual policy direct from the company on their website. Beware not to buy thru Obamacare, many hospitals & doctors will not take it!
Thank you Brooke! I will print out your response and keep it with me to help decide where to go. You have some great suggestions and I have never been to Utah. The pics I’ve seen show it to be a beautiful state.
Have you ever gotten on a mountain road or anywhere you definitely would NOT want to go again??? I’m pretty able bodied but at this point I am pulling a 19′ tt with a Tacoma. Not exactly a beefy tow vehicle. I plan to use this rig for the first year since I already own it and then step up once I decide to keep on going.
Last year I actually left my camper in a WalMart parking lot for 2 nights while I went off with friends on a golf outing and it was fine. I will look for that book on which ones allow it tho. Good to know.
You definitely sold me on the spa! Thanks, Sue
Hi Hannah! Yes, my garage idea seems to be a good fit for me right now. I’m getting anxious to get out and go!!! At the moment I have pets and a house to sell so I will have to be satisfied with short term jounts but by the time I can go fulltime I should have some good experience behind me.
I too am pretty laid back and love scenic places. There are soooooo many! Definitely sold on Utah and New Mexico per Brooke’s suggestion. And I have ALWAYS wanted to see the Grand Canyon! Now I will get to!!!!!
so now that I have my motorhome even though it’s only a 1988 it only has 39,000 miles on it and everything runs and looks great cross my fingers now I just don’t know where to go lol love all the blogs read them all the time
Several women have mentioned traveling alone and/or full-time. Check out the group RVing Women (www,rvingwomen.org). This national group is just for women and offers advice as well as rallies around the country. They’re worth a look!
I’ve looked at the group. It is a little bit expensive for me.
Does anyone know of a cheaper womens group? Or any for that matter!
I am also interested in knowing if some rvers look for a travelling partner? I never see a forum on this subject. If anyone knows, please send me a link. 🙂
I’m with you, Lynne. Of course, today is my first day of research! But I’m serious about doing this now,I only need the blessings of my daughters (they depend on me,one even lives with me). I do worry about my geriatric German Shepherd tho. Anyone else have older fur babies?
I have read every comment written here and I get so excited for a while and then really nervous. I currently live in a mobile home , retired 2 years ago and am planning to put my home up for sale when spring gets here. Just can’t afford all the monthly expenses on social security. PLUS, I’m bored to death. All the old friends I had over the years are too busy living their own lives (most with a spouse). I have married children and grandchildren around the area but, again, they’re all busy with their lives. I don’t want to spend the rest of my days living this way. Have been researching rv living constantly. Problem I’m having is trying to find a travel trailer in decent condition that I can afford but also need a vehicle to tow it with. Don’t know what to do (buy the horse or the cart first). Plus I’ve never towed anything in my entire life. For those of you with a 24′ travel trailer, what do you use as tow vehicle? Is it hard to tow an rv? Sorry this is so long but really need HELP!
Why do you even want to tow a vehicle? It is very expensive to buy and maintain both. And you have the hookup and lousy gas MPG. Please read my comments on owning a motorhome alone above. It works great and super easy.
So, girls, I have an idea and want opinions. I am going to be 65 and have no “family” to live with. I think there are other single women out there like me. (I live now in Central Florida near the Villages) and it seems to be a perfect location… 1.5 hour drive to Disney or either Coast for beaches, freshwater springs for snorkeling, kayaking and manatees,or Orlando for culture. The weather is awesome during the winter. It is out in the country with horse and cattle farms all around and tons of fresh produce farms, too. I have been thinking for years of buying a property and having it like an RV Park but, not open to the public. Each person would have her own pad and hookup and there would be a central kitchen, dining room and bath house. I envision us all having one meal together every day . Everyone could pitch in as wanted, cook or clean, (you would need to do one or the other) have a garden, chickens, goats. Whatever. Yes, kind of like a “commune” but, for only women. Not because of being lesbian but, because having men around changes the dynamic. I live in an over 55 community now and see the way women “compete” for a man, any man. If you want to date or have a boyfriend, great, just go to his house. (In fact, I do date and like men but, would abide by my own rule.) I just want us to feel “free” of any competition (or having to worry how we’re dressed LOL) You could live there full time or come and go as you please but, it would be your “home base”. What I think would be really cool would be having a few others to “caravan” with on trips, (we would not all be gone at the same time, I’m sure) even the whole summer and have a place to call HOME to come back to where we feel safe and cared for. Having others around if we are sick or injured. I really like the idea of not being altogether in a house and having my own privacy and being mobile. What do you all think? How should it be set up? Does it appeal to you or not?
Brooke – I think this is a great idea!!
Love your idea, I am California and trying to find this kind of community where we (women) can be ourselves without having to trying being someone else.
I am 52 but act and feel like 25; long time to retirement and all my friends think I lost my mind when went out and got the trailer.
Got a TT nice 32 length with sliders, but at the moment still in the dealership since no lot to put it on. I thought a little to long about looking for a site and hit the summer time where everything is overbooked. Also need still 5 Y or so to keep a permanent status close to my work place; work online, but need to get in now and then in meeting which are very early AM since European company and time zone issues. Also stable internet is an issue, I have huge transfer which cannot afford through a Mi-Fi (average 250GB traffic). Anyone know a great place in the San Jose, CA area? or suggestions/ comments on these places around? It was nice to find this site,— be strong and live life fully 🙂 Ramsi
I love the idea also! Let me know if you find one!
There used to be a place in Fl. Years ago. Up above the Brooksville fla. area. I can’t remember their name, but it was out in the country and quiet.
If you find one, let me know.
I’m all OVER that idea! As a widow, and lonely at home, I really love the idea of having this kind of home base! I currently have chickens and goats, and was kinda bummed about giving them up to full time RV. And having a “base” where we could reload and commune with other women sounds absolutely fantastic! In fact, if you need or want, I’d love to help you set this up. If you’ve got everything covered, just count me in!
Brooke, I’m very interested in your home base idea. I’ve been considering solo rving for a few years but frankly, I’m afraid of it being too dangerous. Reading every post here tonight has made me feel much more at ease with the idea. You are all so brave and inspirational! I would love to be a part of this group! I want a group of single ladies to travel around the country with. Central Florida is lovely and would be a great place for a women only community. Not only do I dream of the open road, I dream of a community just like you mentioned. I thought at some point I would buy a home large enough to have a “golden girls” set up, but I like your idea of a RV park even better. I think we would all make a good team. I’ve never met another woman in person who wants to spend the rest of her life roaming around this beautiful country, much less do it solo. I think I have found some kindred spirits.
Hi Brooke. I am so excited to read your idea. I have wanted something like this but thought of it like sharing a big house. I am just starting my education about rving and want to retire and rv. I love your idea. Please let me know what you have done since this was a few hrs ago you brought it up. I don’t have a family and think this is a great idea. Please update. Dee
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Amazon has a book called “Living the Simple RV Life” that really answers a lot of questions. By Sunny Skye.
I’m a single woman who’s RVed alone for years with my dogs and cats. It’s not rocket science and is generally very doable and safe. You’ll meet lots of cool people. I broke my back and am somewhat stoved up from it and can still do just fine. If I can do it, anyone can. And I always boondock, seldom stay in parks. Go have fun.
I just read all the comments and am feeling excited to plan a long rv stay, and start to plan to retire from teaching early! Although, I think I have 5 more years….. I purchased a class B last year and went to Glacier in July. I needed to see a glacier before they were gone from the park….last chance. I love the size of my B, 20 feet. I can drive and maneuver easily. I love being able to stop, use my own bathroom, make lunch, grab a drink, etc. I really appreciate all the advice, especially about boondocking. I would love it, but would also feel unsafe. I did buy bear spray too. Also I will follow advice from here and stay in “family” areas and parks. With a small class B I feel like I can drive off at a moments notice too! I did one night in a Walmart lot, I plan on doing that more too! I head to the Keys in July to visit friends, then I might meander…. Making my way to Wisconsin. I might look into a scooter… Are they hard to drive? I’m 55 and 5′ tall so I need to verify that my feet can touch/ balance the ground!
I am in my 60’s thinking bout buying a travel trailer to live in a campground on the water. My kids think I’ve done flipped my wig! But this is what I dream of. Ivw checked out the campgroind where I want to live and its very affordable rent to live year round. They will put a tin roof over your camper and build you a deck.really looking forward to doing this.
My children thought I was crazy too! I kept my house but bought a small Class C motorhome about a year ago. Have put 10,000 miles on it and had a wonderful time! I keep costs down with my Interagency Senior Access pass (campsites at $8-$12 a night) and by staying in one place longer. I look for historic sites to visit and sign up for every interesting class I can find that interests me in an area. I love my lifestyle!
It’s funny in a way…. us older women are stuck in a home till the children go away and husbands pass away..then we finally have the time to do what we want!
It’s a shame to have to wait so long just to have some fun.
Many women are doing this now. Im 57 and still waiting….
Wow Sarah, where is this water? Sounds like something I would look into. Good luck!
What campground is that. Great idea!
I have just read all the posts and it has been a great help with decision making. Having always had a home base, to be totally homeless is way too foreign and unsettling for me. I’m in the process of selling and moving but the dream to traveler has been pulling at me for several years. I’m almost 70 single and healthy and have no concerns about the traveling part I just would like some place to come back to. I am thinking to buy a less expensive house and use extra money to rv may be the best of all worlds. Now trying to figure that all out. ThAnks for all the encouragement and words of wisdom. Also to those who are doing what I’m presently doing….let’s do it.
I, too, have kept my house. When you look at it, it is often more expensive to buy a new, smaller house than to keep the one you have (if it is paid for). I saved money by very carefully searching for the perfect RV – I had a must have wish list- which is easy for me to drive and doesn’t require towing. Also, I bought a Senior Interagency Access Pass which allows me to stay at Corps of Engineers and Federal Campgrounds for half price. This is usually $8-$12 a night and I like them much more than private cramped, multi-amenities, much crowded campgrounds. Most have water/electric hookups and dump stations. I don’t boondock for safety reasons. Have traveled 10,000 wonderful, fun miles since last Sept.
I agree about the house. What I’m doing is moving to another state where the cost of living is considerably less to free up travel money. Hard work but in the end it’s worth it to be able to do more than just live in a house. Any suggestions on how to shop for RV. I have websites saved and check Craig’s list and eBay regularly. The local dealers haven’t offered much. Thanks for your response.
I went to RV shows and spent hours on the internet looking at different models. The most help was renting a RV and traveling in it for several weeks. This help me put together a “must have” list such as fixed bed, dry bath etc. Then I looked until I found a RV that checked off on the list. I bought mine new. I don’t look on it as an investment but as my retirement home and retirement lifestyle. It has met all my expectations.
what a dynamic wonderful group of ladies. Your ages and stories are inspiring. I have my own story as we all do that maybe I could share sometime.
I am hoping to live my lifelong dream of heading out into the vastness of this country and bordering countries. To drive until I find my spirit, which I seemed to have lost. To find hope and peace thru the inspiration of all the natural wonders.
Maybe meet some of the rare kind good people such as yourselves along the way.
I am going to start my journey once I am as physically able as possible, hopefully in a few months.
I’m not sure as to the proper rv setup for me, enjoyed all the insights I read here.
Brooke and others so knowledgeable and Hannah, good for you!
I will be traveling on my own like many here, I can appreciate so many of the comments including nice to have someone to turn to and say wow is t that incredible, however just because you are traveling alone, hopefully never truly alone. As booke said in so many words ” have your plan and go for it, best time of her life”
I hope the fact that I’m a gentlemen doesn’t preclude my sharing here. I am proud to be a gentlemen and my utmost respect to all,of you adventurous nice ladies. I too have some apprehension as to taking on this new adventure at 53 and not getting around so great. Your words have given me renewed faith as to what can be done when one puts ones mind to it.
My warm regards to all,
ps- Brooke , your setting up a home base in such a great spot in Florida sounds quite idyllic, hope you can make it happen, although I wouldn’t qualify. It seems like a great idea. I can relate from my own point of view as to why ladies only makes some sense.
Human nature in all forms can be quite a challenge at times.
Safe travels to all…
Hello you brave and those trying so hard to brave it! “If you can dream it, you CAN do it!”; I’m sorry I don’t remember who should give credit to for the quote.
I’m 56 and retired. I’ve done all my personal banking/business virtually/online for years. I still will need to file taxes, license vehicles and vote. My question is, if you don’t have anyone responsible enough or unwilling to allow you to use them as a home base, are there work arounds?
Thank you for any feedback!
This is exactly my point about creating aplace where people could have a “base camp” home address to file taxes, etc. and (Florida is very tax friendly for retirees) but, in the meantime to answer Karens question, I do believe there are ways to do this virtually. Contact the big RV Clubs/organizations and ask them about it. There were also ads in their publications of companies that do exactly that. LOL, the Guvment don’t like vagabonds with no permanent address… Settle down you silly girls!!!
The comments on the site are wonderful. I just turned 52 and single. Two daughters 18 or older. Hate my job but need to work. Need to simplify things and cut back on costs. Was thinking of a TT and parking it year round for now once I move to Fla. as will need to drive my car to work. I am doing research on what I need to know and what to expect. Live your dreams, Ladies, life is short.
I think you need a truck to pull a TT. Make sure and check out weight of TT and what size truck you will need to pull it fully loaded. The car thing is always an issue. I had a MH and bought a cheap car for the summer in Wyoming. It is a PIA to tow one. check out InterstellarOrchard.com . Young girl living and working at campgrounds in a TT full time and blogging about it. Lots of good info and gorgeous pictures!
Soon I will have a chance To start writing in my blog againBeen staying in front of my boyfriend’s house but I had to unplug her because the electric draw with too much for the house.I am soon moving more up north to Lake Okeechobee With my two kitty catsI am 57 years old and ready to be on my own and experience Being myself Well more Of me discovering me. I am transferring the job I have now To a store up by Okeechobee Where to live up there is very cheap So I can save money by stock get ready for retirement and travel all around the lake for now It’s a start. All around the area of Lake Placid Ocala Lake Okeechobee Mom and pop places Rent 220 All month Give me plenty of time to play Work And move around the lake until I retire. I own a 27 foot 1983 Winnebago 39,000 miles On it Got a great deal I love it and it’s just big enough for me and my two kitty catsWill let you know when I get there this is going to be a fun experience And the start to my dreams.I can hardly wait To continue with my blog This is been a two year Planning event And its finally so close less than a monthGood luck Brook If you’re coming to Florida maybe I will see you
LOL I live in Central Florida now, in Leesburg near the Villages. Moved up from Lake Worth on the coast near W Palm Bch and before that 20 years in the Keys. I am a native too, from Hollywood. I spent a lot of time traveling all over Florida and staying at State Parks when I first got my MH. Drove around Lake O many times! You are correct that it is MUCH more affordable around here (and beautiful!)
thank you brooke, I can hardly wait.. I might have to sign a yearly lease to keep my low rate,, but there are so many places in the area,, when I get a chance , I will be driving up and looking around in person, lol
I do believe from what I heard, there is alot of beauty to be seen up there, and I love taking pictures. I also lived in hollywood, davie , now in boca raton,, but the people here are really woytee doytee..haha
HI there. WOuld you know of any parks that already have RV set up for sale in central FL ara like Ocala or Silver Springs? I dont have a truck, is it possible to have the TT towed to the park and set up if you buy it new (for permanent residence). Thanks!!
oops,, I seemed to post that twice..and meant to reply to susanne..lol,,and Brooke I think you have a great idea there!
When you say mom and pop place and $220 a month can you tell us any places specific? Thanks.
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Does anyone know of year round parks that have RV’s already set up for sale by private owners? Hard to find online. Thanks.
PS That’s anywhere in mid to N. Florida
Sorry, I do not. There are lots of mobile home parks but, not RV.
I don’t know offhand of any. But it is a GREAT idea!
Google the words..rv parks for sale.
Many people are going towards this trend now. A lot of it is because some of them are a cheaper way to live now.
Kind of an oxymoron there…mobile homes that are not really mobile. LOL I would call some of them and chat up the managers. They may know someone wanting to sell. Try Bees on SR 27.
crooked hook, is where i realy wanted to go bottom of lake okeechobee,,mobile / rv/tent park. around 345 monthly and they do rent out trailers check it out..there are alot of parks that are motor/mobile home parks long term http://www.crookedhookrv.biz/
Very nice looking places! Cheerful looking too.
I wonder if it floods there? Wondering about the home picture to the left where some fields are….
Now if more people could invest in a place like these….they could make a good investment.
I lived in Fla. for about 14 years. Loved most of the places. We lived on the west coast. Till a hurricane ripped out our house. And that was a house, not a rv.
We had just sold our home and left two weeks before.
Just remember…there is mainly one way in and out of Florida. And you better leave early. 😉
I have enjoyed reading all these posts. I retire in 2 years when I turn 60 and have just started thinking about buying an RV and hitting the road. I’m leaning towards a small Class C, I don’t want to tow a car. Maybe buy a scooter, to explore cities. I live in the Northeast, and would LOVE to get away from winters, so I want to head south & then south west and visit friends along the way, visit my brother in CA, head up to the PNW, then meander back this way for the summer months. I retire 02/2018, and would buy RV in spring and spend the summer doing short trips around the New England states to get a feel for living in an RV, and have my 2 small dogs get use to it too and learn as I go but won’t be too far from home & know the general area. I’m a renter, so don’t have a home to sell, but I will have a pension & savings to live off of and then add SS when I qualify. Until then I will be doing LOTS of research on the internet, read some books and go looking at RV’s. Hard to know what will be right for you just from pictures on the web but there are a couple of RV businesses not far from me that I can go look at some to get an idea of what I need. The more I read these posts the more I realize it doesn’t have to be just a dream to hit the road on my own. I can make it happen, and I have two years to get ready, maybe rent one next year for a few weeks to get a little experience.
HI CHERYL-I LIVE IN NE ALSO AND AM PLANNING TO BUY RV BEFORE END OF SUMMER TO LIVE IN FT. MAY HAVE TO PARK IN MOBILE HOME PARK FOR AWHILE BEFORE I HEAD OUT ON ROAD. I’M 65 BUT SEMI-RETIRED-WORK PT NOW BUT HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DO FT RVING SOON. WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE DOING THIS ALSO, TO SHARE AND LEARN.
Well girls, I am doing it! I am 65 now and ready to hit the road again! I am picking up a 26 ft Class C Born Free next week in Wisconsin and driving back to Central Florida where I live.
I knew exactly the model I wanted and the year since I knew how much money I wanted to spend, I had to have a fixed bed for “livability”, and I only found TWO in 3 months so, I jumped on this one.
Maybe head out to Arizona or NM for the winter but, for sure, go somewhere for next summer.
I get SS and will rent out my house here and plan on trying to get jobs as a WorkKamper to at least pay for my site and make a little on the side.
I am thinking about starting a Youtube channel to video my travels and how a single woman can handle a motor home alone. What do you think… would that interest you? It will be funny, I promise!
You are going to love it! I’ve been traveling in my Class C for over a year now- 15,000 miles and going strong. I still have my house and go home for a week or two every couple of months. The fixed bed was one of my “must haves” too. I also have a dry bath so I can shower in my motorhome. Traveling solo, only have to empty tanks every 5 days or so. One thing that I learned is that I prefer to stay longer at each site. Instead of the 2-3 days I had thought I’d want, I like to stay 1-2 weeks and really enjoy each area. I do not tow a car but get around on my much loved electric bicycle and have learned to unhook the motorhome and go when something is out of bicycle range. My best tip? Get a senior access pass and use the Corps of Engineers campgrounds. My best purchase was “Camping with the Corps of Engineers” bought on Amazon. See you in Florida. Have fun!
Oh Yes, please contact me if you are in the area. Love to meet like minded people.
I’d watch your YouTube channel. I watch quite a few RVer’s. Learning all I can before I can actually go out there on my own. Let us know what it is.
How exciting to read all of your post….. I am a single mom of a 16 and 18 yr old. I had built a home and lived in it 3 years and woke up one morning and thought do I as a single woman want to live here and work to pay on my mortgage til I am old and have all the up keep that goes with a home and acreage. I literally woke up one morning told the kids to pack and off we headed to Colorado. I grew up as a child coming here to ski all my life and wanted them to get to experience some of these wonderful things life had to offer. Once we go to Colorado I had no idea how BIG full time RV living really was so I got a wild hair and purchased a brand new one for us. We are really enjoying this new life and after spending some time here in Colorado plan to head to FLorida for a while. I want to meet some other woman, single mom’s or anyone that has taken on this new trend and stress free life! I am having a great time exploring other options and would really like to make some RV friends! LOL
My kids have basically homeschooled the last several years and we absolutely love the flexibility and more alternative learning approach that is taking off world wide. It opens so many more doors and options for kids versus a classroom setting and a schedule built to suit working parents. I am loving all this!!! Let me know if anyone else or other mother’s are out there somewhere…. would enjoy meeting some people. BTW I am about to close on my home so literally will be a happy full timer, YAY 🙂
After 2 years of solo travel (I am 65 years old), I have to comment on those posts about safety. I have not had one instance of feeling unsafe. I do not boondock and do not stay at Walmart or Truck stops. Usually I stay in Corps of Engineer Campgrounds and State Parks. If I stay in a State Park where Reserve America shows a lot of open sites, I ask when I check in if there are other campers around me. I do not want to be isolated. I also do not travel without reservations. Yes, this limits my spur of the minute side trips but it is worth it to me to feel secure. So go for it! You’ll learn that campers are wonderful people and make so many new friends! I have lots of camping “pen pals” now and we share reviews on travel and campsites. I have been doing this long enough that I often run into people I know in campgrounds. My fears of being lonely or of being unsafe have been groundless.
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Thank you all!! Can hardly wait to hit the road…..keep on sharing!!
I am single and will be 60 in a month. I have been looking into a Class C to live in full time. When I travel I will have my home to travel in. I really don’t know anything about the RV life, yet, but I am really wanting to learn it and jump into it within this next month.
I love all of the sharing please keep it up and any advice you may have for me would be very appreciated.
Hi Melinda, just came on board today and kinda in same boat as you:) Have you bought your new Home yet?? If you have, you must tell what you bought!! starting to look at models this week-end.
DID U GET ANY INFO? I’M 65 AND ON MY OWN NOW. WANT TO BUY RV TO LIVE IN IT FULLTIME ALSO. I’M ON EAST COAST AND WOULD LOVE TO CONNECT WITH ANY OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE VENTURING OUT INTO THIS LIFESTYLE. PLEASE DROP ME AN EMAIL SOMETIME TO LET ME KNOW YOUR PROGRESS. I HAVE TO DECIDE THIS SUMMER AS MY LEASE EXPIRES 9/16. THANKS
I have recently llost my husband of 40 yrs. and instead of buying somewhere for the winter, I’m thinking of getting a Class c motor home. I have camped and traveled all my life but on my own, with 2 dogs, will be a adventure!! My concern is towing a small car behind me. Any thoughts?? Am used to towing but usually with another person!!
I travel on my own in a Class C with my dog. I don’t tow a car because it seems that hitching it and unhitching is a 2 person process. I do have an electric bicycle for short distance exploring. My Class C is big enough for me to be comfortable and have all the “must haves”. However, it is small enough for me to unhook power and electric and go exploring and to fit into most parking lots. Most of the state parks and Corps of Engineer campgrounds (which are my favorites) do not have full hookups so you have to unhook ever so often to empty tanks. For me, even with taking my showers in the RV, I have to “dump” every 5-6 days. For the record, I still own my home and go home for a week or so every 2-3 months. I love, love my lifestyle! Have fun–
P.S. If I am in an area where there is a lot to see and I really want a car, I rent one. Enterprise will bring a car to you at your campsite.
Hannah, I do exactly the same! I am in a 26FT Class C, Born Free, no slides, etc, two dogs and I like it simple, too. I also believe that towing is a two person job and I like to just “unplug” and GO. Better MPG not towing, too. BUT… if you want to stay in one place a long time, it might be worth it to tow. RVing all depends on what you like to do, correct? I use my rig as a car and as you say, if you really NEED a car, rent one. Good advice!
HI BROOKE-I’M THINKING OF BUYING AN RV AND WAS CONSIDERING TOWING. WHY DO U THINK IT’S A 2 PERSON JOB? I’M TOTALLY GREEN ABOUT THIS-HOW DID U LEARN OR GET INFO ABOUT RV LIVING?
I have watched many people do it and, for me and the way I like to move around, it looks like a lot of work and just adds a layer of responsibility to RVing. I like to just get up and GO! You should go to a campground and speak to some people who do it. It will really help you make your decision. As for how I learned, I just bought one and had people show me how to do things along the way. The more you talk to others, the more you will learn and also learn by “doing”. As things need to be fixed, you will learn all about how they work…believe me LOL You will never learn without doing it. Just buy one and use it in your yard or near your house. You will see how easy it is!
HI SUSAN-I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I’M ON MY OWN NOW TOO AFTER 30+YRS OF MARRIAGE. HAVE U BOUGHT YOUR RV YET AND COULD U SHARE ANY ADVICE/INFO ON SHOPPING OR BUYING? I LIVE IN NE AND HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION BY THE END OF SUMMER. WOULD LOVE TO SHARE AND LEARN WITH OTHER WOMEN. THANKS
This site is as much inspiring to me as it is amazing. To hear all of your stories gives me hope as well as great useful information. I have never written into a blog before, but thinking my journey starts here. (YOLO) I also must apologize for my writing style when I talk I ramble and I write like I talk even more so when I am passionate. This decision was life changing for me.
I am 49 I have five kids all on their own except the baby who is my 16 and a half going on 25 (he thinks) year old son. I started the countdown 4-20-2016 to begin my journey this date has deep meaning to me as it is the birthday of my fiancé who passed away three years ago in a car accident. I suffered years of physical and mental abuse. Before I was brave enough to leave this abuse would put me in critical care twice and this isn’t counting the weekly beatings. I am safe now have been for over 10 years, but there are still scars and an amazing amount of strength also. I had reconnected with my fiancé who happened to be my HS sweetheart about 7 years ago only to lose him to soon. I plan to start my journey three years from that date and in these three years prepare myself for the journey.
My plan is to live in my SUV for 4 to 5 years and save, I will be safely parking at my children home at night showering at the gym and working. Not that I couldn’t shower at my children homes or live there for that matter, but part of my journey is never to be a burden on them. (even if they wouldn’t see it as such) My idea I know sounds crazy and impossible to some, but it is not and I can’t wait. I will be only sleeping in the car as I will have plenty adventures and be working, at the gym, parks, library, visiting old friends I never had time for yes, it will be rough, scary, life changing, crazy, amazing, inspirational, adventurous and most important I will be living my truth free from stuff.
I am proud that over the last 8 years I have downsized from a three bedroom home to a one bedroom apartment gradually. First moving out of the home to a three bedroom apartment then two bedroom and now here. Little by little freeing myself from years of just stuff its so amazingly freeing.
Well I could write a rambled book with the passion I have, but I just wanted to join this group introduce myself and give a simple thank you to all of you for sharing your journeys.
Like many of you, I am so excited to have found this blog! I am 58 and have decided that this is my dream, and looking forward to living it. Not sure how it will happen, but beginning to research and plan. Number 1 is to pay off my credit cards and start debt free ! I LOVE Brooke’s idea of home base in Central Florida. I currently live in SW FL.I’ve found so much inspiration here! Question: Is anyone doing this while drawing disability, and if so, how does that work? Assuming you’d need a home bAsed address? Also, wondering how you handle Dr appointments and prescriptions. Thanks for any and all advice!
I loved reading all of these posts! I just retired in May 2016 and I bought a 1998 Pleasureway Class B. I live in Missouri and on Friday I will be heading out for my first trip to Gulf Shores. I am also very interested in Brooke’s home base idea. Happy Trails!
I’m so pleased to have found you all. I’m 67…soon to be 68…and hitting the road in an RV is a long-time dream of mine. I have done a lot of tent camping, toured Texas, New Mexico and Colorado in a pop-up trailer and toured New England and Maine in a nice Class A. Plus, I’ve been a guest in a friend’s fifth wheel a few times. I loved every minute of it! I’m still working fulltime, but I could quit any time I get the nerve to pull the plug. We are debt-free (including the house and cars) and earn decent social security. We can do this! But…there are a number of things that have to fall into place before we can really do it. I say “we” because I got married late in life to a wonderful man. He likes to spoil me rotten. He would go along with this, but…it’s NOT his dream! Plus, he just now got his woodworking workshop set up in the garage. I’d sure hate to pull the rug out from under him in that regard. So, maybe we’ll just hang on to the house and part-time it for a while. So much to think about! I am encouraged hearing from many of you who are my age – and older – striking out on this adventure. That gives me hope. I’ll keep lurking and learning. I wish each and every one of you the happiest of adventures “out there.”
i am going to live quartzsite az this winter on blm land would like to meet people have a class c shasta sprite
Thanks for the call Jim. Would like to keep in touch and maybe catch up to you in quartz site. Am in the process of moving temporarily to Lincoln ne. If you are anywhere within a hundred miles in the next few months, give me a call. I am always up for a road trip. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking to rent a small 6 foot slid in camper for my 1/2 ton ford ranger. Someplace around Ks, Ne or Mo for 7 or 8 days.
Such delight in finding this blog. You are all so inspirational! I’ve just started thinking about and doing research on buying a RV. Like many others, I had some reservation about traveling alone. I’m a widow and just turned 65. Exploring and finding new places was always one of “our” favorite things to do. I’ve missed the adventure and decided I should try to do it on my own now. Your blog has provided me with much information and encouragement. Thank you all for sharing!
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I have about 5 years until my daughter goes to college. I have a job where I can work remotely anywhere. Recently, I have been seriously considering my exit strategy from home ownership and would like to live full time in an RV and travel and still work when she leaves. I know I have 5 years but it’s ample time to research! I will probably be alone…do many people live this life??? Thanks.
My husband and I are 23 years old and are starting this next year. Just wanted to say great article and hope to meet you all on the road 🙂
Well, lets get some updates from all the women who posted on here the last few years! I bought a 26 ft Born Free 1.5 years ago and spent last summer in Bar Harbor, Maine working at a KOA as the activities director. Now I’m tryin to get a job at Grand Teton NP for the rest of the summer. I worked locally (Central Florida)all Winter. I hope some of the people who wanted to “do it” have taken flight! I am thinking about getting a YouTube channel to document my travels with my two dogs.
I am a wanna-be RVer and at the moment traveling around the country for work and staying (living essentially in Airbnb’s). Temporary “home.base” is with my daughter in PA and although I am only there about 10 days a month(if); I feel as though I am imposing Although happy to see my grandkids! I am saving for an rv and have studies all of the different kinds (even worked selling them for a short stint). But wanted to check in with some traveling gals to find out what works best for you. I realize we have different lifestyles and purposes, etc. But I’d like to pick all of your brains.. I am basically (and I hate to say this word…”homeless”..but not on the street, in my car homeless as you can see.) I vacillate between a trailer and a motor home..a large or small…and a bit nervous about driving them or towing one..and as I don’t have the funds to buy as of yet, have time to decide. So, ladies ; if anyone still visits this post..please, tell me what you have, why you like it, and any other advise to impart to this wanna be.I DO want to find a home again eventually; but part of my purpose in traveling besides work is finding my PLACE again. I was “exited” out of a 13 year relationship and thought I’d go for a really big change in my life… I have “stuff” and furniture that will eventually need a place too!
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Thanks and Happy 1018!
I just read all of the comments and they just confirm my beliefs that I can survive living in a Class
C Freedom Elite. I drive a small Wrangler, but it weighs too much for the RV to tow… so will store it at my daughter’s . I will be 81 this month pretty healthy and have camped (tent) at almost every National Park over the years. Bought my rv 2 years ago and have only taken 2 trips alone… loved it! Now I am thinking of selling my house and living FT in the RV. My daughter thinks I am crazy because I never have enough closet space in my home… My vacations for the last 7 years have been on cruise ships… all over. None scheduled until Nov 2021 to Israel. Have been a widow since 2000 and have lived in a retirement village for the last 7 years… now I am ready for a change. Thinking of getting a job, but like to travel too much.
I prefer solo travel whether in my car or RV or on a cruise…I’m going to make a decision soon about the house. It’s a good time to sell now… and investing the proceeds will give me some extra $$ for travel, etc.
Living in Florida has been interesting after 35 years living in southern CA…. so many places in FL to camp and hike and beach it.
Maybe see Y’all on FB. drop a note and I will post when I hit the road.