The Solo RVer: RVing for Singles
Many singles take to the road in RVs.
Traveling in an RV can be a great way to see the country, allowing you to linger in favorite spots for a while, then move on to the next destination, taking your home-away-from-home with you when you go. From large fifth wheels with all the comforts of a house, to smaller mini-trailers perfect for one person, all types of RVs are welcome at campgrounds and RV parks around the U.S. You don't necessarily need for expensive reservations or a set itinerary. And RVing isn’t just for couples. Plenty of singles, both men and women, enjoy the RV lifestyle.
So many singles have taken to the road in RVs that singles clubs abound. With names like Loners on Wheels (lonersonwheels.com), Open Road Singles (openroadsingles.com) and RV Singles (rv-singles.com) these clubs are a good way to get to know your fellow single RVers. While some clubs offer online message boards or even dating services, most focus on arranging group meet-ups and camping trips where you can hang out at a campground with other single RVers. It’s a way to make friends, or to find a significant other who shares your love of RVing.
if you’re single and hauling your home across the miles, you’ll want to sign up for one of the roadside assistance packages available to RVers. RV groups such as Good Sam (goodsamers.com), as well as other groups such as AARP and AAA, offers plans that will send a mechanic to help you if you’re stranded and make repairs or provide a tow. These programs work like roadside assistance programs for personal vehicles, but are especially for RVs. These programs may also include discounts at member campgrounds, RVing stores and even get-togethers with other program members.
Single RVers don’t have to travel alone, and many of them don’t. Many take to the road with a dog or two, and some even have cats, birds and other small pets. Take a few test runs in the vehicle to make sure your pet travels well. Before you set out on a long trip, make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and medications. Bring paperwork to prove this with you, along with a leash and collar with ID tag attached. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped, which will make for easier identification. Arrange a comfy sleeping place for him in your trailer, and consider investing in a collapsible pen or tie-outs for outside the camper. Keep your pet on a leash in campgrounds, clean up after him and don’t leave him alone for long periods in your camper. Some campgrounds will fine you or kick you out if your dog barks and disturbs the peace while you’re away.
In addition to auto insurance, you’ll need RV insurance. This protects your RV against collision, and protects your liability if you hit someone with your trailer, but also insures your RV like a home against damage from weather, fire or other mishap. An RV insurance policy can also protect your belongings. You can purchase RV insurance as a rider on your auto policy, or buy a separate RV insurance policy. If RV travel isn’t inherently more dangerous than any other form of travel, as a single person you’ll want to designate a relative or friend to be in charge of your affairs should you become ill or be injured and be unable to see to things yourself. Designate an emergency contact and list this information on a card in your wallet or purse, and post the information in your trailer where emergency personnel can see it -- for instance, on a card posted by the front door. Give your designated contact a durable power of attorney. You should also fill out a medical directive to instruct medical personnel on what lifesaving measures you want taken – and what you’d like to forgo.