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Old 10-10-2015, 04:12 PM
 
Location: NC
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I am getting the urge to try RVing alone as a senior. My current choice is to get a 30 ft class C and travel with my dogs for a few weeks at a time, but always come home to my home base in NC. Is this crazy? Is it difficult to drive/park/manuever a motorhome completely on your own?

Are there any older women out in C-D world who have done it? What was your experience? Any serious tips on where to go, what to do, what equipment to add to your motorhome?

Basically, what are the issues that are important to going it alone like this in your "golden years"?
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:16 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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No. It is not crazy. YOU are not crazy.

If you haven't gone places you thought you would never go, and done things you thought you would never do, then you should step up and try.

There will come a day when you are too old. But that's not today. Today, you should go talk to that RV dealer.

BOL!
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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Effective usage of electronics and cameras make it possible. For example, new trucking map software can help the RV'er avoid bad roads with inadequate clearance.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:28 PM
 
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I met a lady who was doing that in Florida. The red-hat ladies travel around in Rvs together as a group. Find out where to park at night. Nobody will know you're a woman if you don't emerge in the evening. The police were actually helpful. They'd let her stay a few nights somewhere if she was a lady. Its better to go to sleep early and get up early like 5am and move your vehicle, if its in a parking lot.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:50 PM
 
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Not crazy at all. I'd say it is a dandy idea. Once you get the feel and some miles a class C should be easy to drive and back. I'd say go for it. Peril try a rental a couple of time to get the feel of everything and then knowing for sure it is an investment you want to make.
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Old 10-11-2015, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I plan on doing this next year. But, I bought a little 93 Nissan pickup and I'm going to have a customized shell put on the back that will only be the width of the truck bed, and only as long as the bed but with an overcab storage area, so it can easily fit into a regular parking spot, yet still be light, and will be easy to drive and not use too much gas.

I will have a porta potty, but not a shower. And I intend to join some local camping groups and take my dog.

There are camping groups for single seniors, or just single women, and families, etc.

I personally, wouldn't feel comfortable towing a trailer or driving a big RV. I'd rather have to figure out a place to shower, than deal with that. So it's up to you what you'd personally be comfortable with. There are a lot of options.
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Old 10-11-2015, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Home is Where You Park It
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Lots of senior singles doing it.

Informative websites -

https://escapees.com
Loners On Wheels
Outdoor Adventure Group for Women | Sisters on the Fly

And a quirky blog by a single man rv-er who admires single women rv-ers -
Mobile Kodgers
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Old 10-11-2015, 03:26 AM
 
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Get an awning in order to extend your living area and place a good sized grass rug under it to keep down the dirt from coming into the camper. A generator will give you power if you find yourself in a place without electricity. You might need an adapter for your electrical cord built into your camper. You'll need a hose and a good pair of rubber gloves to use at the dump station and don't forget the sanitation chemicals. Only use the antifreeze sold at the RV store if you need to winterize it, the other stuff is poison.

A small folding metal kitchen ladder is good to have as is some caulk, rubber tie downs, a 30 ft rope, a toolbox, a bicycle carrier and bike with a basket. I like my zero gravity canvas lounge chair for naps. You can get a mosquito light and a portable gas grill that fits on a picnic table though I generally put it on a small folding metal table so as not to ruin my plastic table cloth.

Try to be aware of where you're pulling into so you don't have to back out. Not so bad at campgrounds where people can help you but better if you can pull ahead at the store and elsewhere. Ten times worse if you're towing something.
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Old 10-11-2015, 08:41 AM
 
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I plan on fulltiming in a van when I retire.

Don't worry about what happens when you're too old. Enjoy your adventure now. When you're too old, just drive up to the nursing home, toss the keys to the attendant, and say "Wow, what a ride!"
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Old 10-11-2015, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Richmond VA
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IMHO a single woman will be quite safe among RVers. They look out for each other. Do it!

Maybe try some rentals to see what fits you best.
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