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7 Tips for Traveling Solo in an RV

Traveling alone by RV is an incredible opportunity to see more of the world while expanding your horizons, both personally and intellectually. Equally, you’ll want to take proper precautions in order to travel solo in an RV.

Here are a few helpful hints and tips when traveling solo in an RV:

  1. Don’t be afraid

RVing solo may seem daunting at first, but with careful preparation, it can be an enjoyable and safe experience. Make sure your RV is secured each night, inform RV park neighbors that you are traveling solo and keep family and friends up-to-date about your travel plans.

Before traveling alone with an RV, be sure to learn how to operate it first. RVs can be intimidating vehicles for newcomers; thus, a smaller RV might be best as it’s easier to maneuver and requires less maintenance. Or, look into models equipped with high-tech safety features for added peace of mind.

The RV community is very friendly and welcoming; don’t be shy to ask around with any questions you may have.

  1. Preparation is key

Knowing which RV model best meets your needs as well as when and where best to travel will make the experience much more fulfilling. When purchasing an RV, it is also wise to look for one with excellent fuel economy – this can save you money over time.

Prior to embarking on your RV trip, it is wise to practice driving or towing it. This will give you more confidence on the road and will make reversing into campsites much simpler – this is especially important if traveling alone for the first time.

  1. Have a contingency plan in place

Trouble can arise on any road trip. Flat tires, leaky roofs, and unexpected storms are just a few potential obstacles RVers could face; so, having a plan B is critical!

One effective strategy is to purchase a roadside assistance plan for your RV. Doing this will give you peace of mind if something should go wrong, while also saving money on repairs.

Another way of making a contingency plan is setting aside funds for repairs and hotel costs in case of emergencies. This will provide greater confidence and peace of mind during a solo RV journey. And also allow you to fully enjoy the experience!

  1. Make sure at least two people know your travel plans

Many are intimidated by traveling alone because of safety concerns; however, these fears can be minimized by taking necessary precautions.

Before embarking on any trip, it’s advisable to inform at least two people of your travel plans and how to get a hold of you. This way, someone can reach you if anything goes awry.

Also, let them know you will check in with them after a day or two. That way, if they don’t hear from you, they’ll know something is up. For example, your RV could break down somewhere remote without any way for assistance to reach you quickly.

Make friends with other RVers by joining groups on social media or attending RV rallies, giving you an opportunity to interact with fellow travelers while learning more about RV life and the lifestyle. Doing this will help lessen loneliness while traveling – and may open up new friendships!

  1. Use RV websites and apps

There are various RV websites and apps designed to ensure safe travel. From trip planners to weather forecasting apps, accurate information is key when traveling alone. RV websites and apps can make finding an amazing campsite or discovering new spots easier.

RV Life Trip Wizard is great for planning your trip, while Roadtrippers is great for RV GPS navigation.

Be mindful that becoming too isolated while full-time RVing alone can be harmful. Strive to be friendly with fellow campers and stay in contact with friends at home in order to avoid becoming lonely.

  1. Bring your dog with you for company

One of the greatest advantages of taking your dog with you on an RV solo trip is they will keep you company and provide some measure of protection and comfort during your travels.

Be sure to select a dog who is comfortable traveling and staying in unfamiliar environments, without fear of noises or animosity with other canines. Also bring along a leash and harness for optimal control at all times, as most campgrounds will require you to keep your dog leashed.

Be aware that some campgrounds don’t even allow dogs, so do your research as you plan your campground stays in advance.

  1. Don’t drive more than 5 hours per day

If travel is on your mind, jot down all the places and things you want to experience on paper – American bison, Florida Keys, odd roadside attractions… whatever draws your interest – just go see it! We know you are eager to get out on the road, but for longer distances, try to plan your route so that you are not driving longer than 5 hours a day.

Anything longer than that contributes to road weariness and can prove dangerous if you are not alert while driving. It’s essential that you select an RV that is appropriate for you in terms of size and driving/maneuvering ease while prioritizing those with excellent reputations known for their reliability.

Lastly, it bears repeating: Have someone who knows your itinerary as your point of contact during your journey, ideally, someone who can keep tabs on how things are progressing and send help quickly should anything go wrong.