Making the Most of Traveling Solo in an RV

I’m single, retired, and traveling solo in an RV. My goal is to see new places and experience new adventures. Along the way I’m discovering that RV camping alone doesn’t have to be lonely or boring. This is how I do it.

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These solo RV travel tips help you stay happier on the road.

Since going full-time in my motorhome some months ago, I’ve learned the art of RV camping alone. In a nutshell, RVing by yourself means building new experiences. It means bringing solitude into your travels. And it also means occasional interaction in a stationary community. If you’re starting a full-time RV adventure with a tight budget, don’t worry. Traveling solo in an RV doesn’t have to bankrupt you.

These solo RV travel tips help you stay happier on the road without going broke.

Stay Connected When Traveling Solo in an RV

No solo full-time RVer should disconnect from the world entirely. Maintaining mental and physical health means occasionally engaging with society. After I started solo full-time RVing, I quickly gave up my TV. Many of the best free camping sites don’t have TV or cell coverage, so why bother? Internet access is limited too.

Being without internet and TV has transformed my inner peace. The skies seem clear and blue more often. You become relaxed and more self-aware.

The downside of not having a TV or internet you disconnect from the world. That’s not always a good thing when RVing by yourself. You quickly get left out of the loop on local, national and world events. Without local news, you miss out on happenings around you. It’s harder to discover hidden gems to explore.

The downside of being a hermit

The more you tune out society and current events, the more you isolate yourself from humanity. Does isolation feel comfortable to you? The life of a hermit may become your new persona. Keep turning inward and you’ll feel alone in a crowd. Your RV camping style will always feel like an outsider

It happens even if you’re parked at a free overnight camping spot like Walmart. There might be hundreds of people around you. But with no interaction, you are not only alone. You are a lonely solo full-time RVer.

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Get out of your comfort zone, don’t be a hermit

Meet New People to Stay Balanced

Balance is the key to happiness as a solo full-time RVer. Know when to be alone. Make regular efforts to interact with the world.

For extroverted solo full-time RVers, meeting new people is fast and easy. But if you have a more reserved personality, just go slow when meeting people on the road. Finding balance becomes less of a chore.

Step out of your comfort zone to find that balance as a happy, solo full-time RVer.

Best RV Parks for Solo Full-time RVers

When you’re traveling solo in an RV, free overnight camping is a good way to stretch your monthly travel budget. But it’s a terrible way to make friends on the road. RVers come and go all the time when overnight parking at Walmart and other public places. You won’t have time to get to know anyone.

It’s far healthier to travel a bit, then get off the road and stay at a campground. Some destinations even have great resorts for solo RVers! Longer stays at resorts are cheaper than short ones. And campgrounds make it easy to meet people. You won’t annoy RV campground neighbors by saying hello. Most people want to hear your story and share theirs. RVers are usually outgoing and open to accepting new people into their group.

Here are a few tips to meet other solo RVers and make friends at campgrounds.

Why Single RVers Should Avoid Long-Term RV and Mobile Home Parks

RV parks with long-term residents can be safe places to stay. They can be clean, and well-managed. But there is a segment of people living in RV and mobile home parks who are only doing it for cheap place to live. They live like most people. They work all day and spend weekends on things they can’t do during the week. In many cases, long term residents don’t interact with short-term travelers. They are not travelers like you, and most most probably aren’t interested in your adventures.

Solo Full-timers Should Seek out Amenities in Parks

Many RVers think that when an RV park is billed as a “resort,” it’s just another way of saying that it’s expensive. But RV resorts are a good way to locate fun places to stay. Solo full-time RVers should choose resorts. The more amenities in RV resorts, the more people stay outside.

Amenities in RV parks make it easy to get to know your neighbors. Facilities like club houses, game rooms, pool tables, a swimming pool, and campfire pits bring people outside. Take a stroll around the park on any day. Meeting neighbors becomes a natural part of the experience.

The RV parks that go the extra mile and organize guest activities understand how to make campers happy. Events like pot lucks, campsite decorating contests, and holiday parties build great memories and create new friendships.

Get into the Community

Visit the Local Senior Center

If you are a boomer or older and staying in a mid-sized city, chances are there’s a Senior Center. These facilities keep older adults active and engaged with their community. Most senior centers also for those living or staying in the area. Just because your house has wheels does not disqualify you. They don’t care how long you will be there. The purpose of a senior center is to provide a place for older adults to gather. Many offer services like organized day trips, educational courses. Lots even have free meals.

Stop By a Church

Visit a local church. It doesn’t matter if it’s the same religious branch you belong to, or even believe in. Learning about other cultures and beliefs brings a whole new level of understanding into your life.

Eat Out

Explore any local or ethnic restaurants in your new area. I recently enjoyed Korean food for the first time with a new friend. We met while staying in a Texas RV Park. The two of us enjoyed stimulating conversation. We learned about each other. New cuisine full of new flavors and textures made for a wonderful afternoon.

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Conclusion on Traveling Solo in an RV

Traveling solo in an RV can get lonely. If RVing by yourself means fast-paced travel, you will burn out before you know it.

Solo RVers should need to stop and spend time with people. Experience what each new town offers. Get out and connect with locals and society.

A better solo RVing experience starts with stepping out of your world and allowing others welcome you in theirs.

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Theo - April 7, 2022

Well, I don’t agree with most of this. But that is beside the point. I constantly read articles like this, that tell you how to clean or mod your RV, how to live with pets, and so on. I can figure all that stuff out on my own.

What I am interested in is: How do I get mail? How do I make medical and dental appointments? How do I know when a bill is due? How do I get prescribed medicines? No one ever bothers to write about this stuff, and not planning on staying anywhere for long periods of time, I would need to know it.

Also, I know that some people on the road sell stuff on Etsy. I would like to know details on how it is done, all of it. How things are sent, how payment is made, anything I would need to know. All I’ve seen is articles of people writing articles. Well I have the capability of writing, but do not intend to, instead I would be making things like unique wooden canes, unique wooden banks, and similar things. So I want to know how to do it.

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    Rene Agredano - April 8, 2022

    Hi Theo! Thank you for the feedback. I am happy to add these to our editorial calendar. Great ideas! Being a full-timer for 15 years and someone who has sold on Etsy since 2010, I’ve got a lot to say so I’m happy to oblige. Stay tuned.

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Angi - April 10, 2022

Theo, I agree as well. Getting mail is my biggest problem. All this other ‘stuff’ is good to read about, as well, but figuring out my address has stumped me. I’m a traveling medical person with no ‘home’ permanent address. Hard to have when you live on the road. No family to let me use their address either. I’ve hit road blocks with certain situations that require a street address, not a PO Box or mail service address. Any insight would be great!! Thanks for bringing this up.

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    StLPro2A - April 20, 2022

    Check out UPS Stores in area you would like to have mail directed. They can forward/dump per your instructions….no junk mass mail delivered. I turned to paying all bills online/phone, transferring funds online. Receive USPS/UPS/et el shipments. Secure. Store I use is the greatest!! Saves bill postage, time, USPS doesn’t have a shot at losing bill payments. I took the mail boxes down from in front of every brick’n’mortar I have. Initially confused USPS….government function little slow usually….couldn’t comprehend someone not doing business with them….threatened to stop mail service if I didn’t replace box….HELLO!!!!…. finally gave up trying to deliver junk mail. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Theo - May 12, 2022

    I get my mail at my local post office. When I got those people who will only send to a street address no problem. For address type the street address of the post office. Then type Unit *** which is the number of your post office box. Got this info from the local post office long ago.

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      Rene Agredano - May 13, 2022

      That’s an interesting tip Theo. So it sounds like you do have to have a PO Box to have mail sent there in these circumstances, right?

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StLPro2A - April 20, 2022

Had planned to travel with a friend…..easy going, great conversationalist, fun, helpful, a looker, the everything lady. But, disappointingly, that didn’t work out as hoped. Thought maybe not good, enjoyable to travel alone. But, VIOLA…Light Bulb Epiphany Moment!!!! Single/widower for 20+ years. I’m alone everyday at home. I’m alone at hunting property/lodge. I traveled alone for decades on business. I am alone….and doing OK. Head my DP tag coach with Jeep toad on down the road. Now, I’m not alone at home anymore. I’m on the road. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Rene Agredano - April 22, 2022

    Good for you for hitting the road! You never know what’s around the bend. Enjoy your travels!

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Terry - May 12, 2022

Totally agree, we all need to take time to know each other and the locals. Get to know the people around you. Get out and grow.
5 + years and happy.
Terry

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    Rene Agredano - May 13, 2022

    Congratulations Terry! Way to go RVing for 5+ years!

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Jackie - May 14, 2022

Check out Escapees for your mail and such they have a system in place. I use a postal connections office and they will forward any mail anywhere I want . It cost me 144.00 a yr. gives me a street address to receive packages and all the rest of it. Costs extra to forward mail to me, hope this helps. Me and my fur babies been doing this for about a year now so far so good.

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