Figured I’d take a few minutes to add my two cents to the wealth of information, opinions, perspectives, and recommendations out there on traveling solo while living in an RV. Hopefully it provides a little bit of help to anyone considering this or a similar lifestyle change.
First, solo RV living is one of those situations where being an introvert is an exceptional benefit. Having time, peace, and quiet to linger around in your own company and knock around in your own head–assuming you like yourself at all–is energizing. Introverts unite! Or maybe just form a loose-knit group that occasionally keeps in contact over thousands of miles and many weeks or months.
That said (I really don’t like that phrase, but couldn’t think of anything better to start this sentence), it is AWEsome if you have some kind of four-legged buddy willing to come along for the ride. I don’t know what I would do without my Dawny. As much as she challenges me with her inappropriate barking, vigorous shedding, and other such doggie behaviors, her unconditional love and loyalty is irreplaceable. Plus, she provides excellent cover when I start talking to myself a little too animatedly. I can quickly look down at her and pretend that was all for her ears.
If you are the opposite of claustrophobic, this may be the life for you. Do you feel drawn to the tiny-house trend that is valiantly shaking its little sword at the McMansions that continue to creep all over this country? Then take up that sword and move on in! It is amazing how much we can do without, and how much we appreciate and use what we have when our pile of stuff is reduced to bare necessities (plus a few pretty keepsakes, knickknacks, and photos to make your cozy abode into home-sweet-home).
To keep your home-sweet-home a pleasant place, it helps to be neat and organized, perhaps to a fault. I am so organized that I drive people close to me crazy (and sometimes away–thank heavens for introversion). Everything in its place… now!… otherwise my stress levels start to boil. Nice thing about my 25 foot long house-on-wheels is I can reach everything in just a few steps so it is easy and fast to keep neat and clean.
Here’s one where I fail miserably: troubleshooting and dealing with mechanical and maintenance issues. Handy people (proficient with such mysteries as engines, plumbing, electricity, solar, auto body work, etc.) will enjoy the inevitable challenges that arise from driving their house around, up to 75 miles or more per hour, often over rough roads, for thousands upon thousands of miles… each one of those miles outside… through rain, hail, wind, burning sun. Takes quite a toll! But even if you are mechanically-challenged, like me, you can still do this. Persist. Try not to let fear get in the way. Make Google your best friend for the day, and tap into some of the RV forums and other resources out there for some terrific insight and great advice. Discover and delight in the fact that it’s not just old dogs that can learn new tricks!
Most importantly, don’t forget to look up. We are so programmed to look ahead, scan side-to-side, watch our feet, and check over our shoulders. Stop. Take a break, take a breath, and look up. Often. I found the stately eagle in the picture for this post by doing just that. After basking in his magnificence for a good ten minutes, I felt inspired and energized enough to go back to my little house and investigate an annoying little leak. Even though I haven’t figured it out yet, I will persist!
(Speaking of introverts, I bet you’ve never seen a flock of eagles.)