Tips And Advice From A Seasoned RVer

Stacey Power's Airstream driving through a forest towards a mountain

Not only have I been working and traveling in my Airstream for the past five years, I’ve also been doing all of this completely solo. Sure, I have friends that I meet up with and family I can fly home to but, for the most part, my daily RV life is pretty solitary. And while this does make things challenging at times, it has also helped me learn a ton—about myself and my RV—in a relatively short amount of time.

Over the past five years, I’ve changed tow vehicles, built my own workstation, replaced countless rivets, driven to Alaska, even camped at the Super Bowl. And while I may not consider myself a true “seasoned” RVer, I’ve done and seen enough to have a pretty good grasp for how this all works. So, if you’re thinking about joining the RV lifestyle—regardless if you’re solo or have a big family, working remote or retired, towing or driving—here is my best advice for you.

  1. You’ll Always Be Learning

    When it comes to RVing, just remember that you will never have it all figured out. Staying in an RV isn’t that different from a traditional home or apartment. Stuff can break, leak, loosen, or wear down. And despite how much you read, watch and prepare, some things you won’t be able to control. But you’ll learn as you go and, more often than not, someone else has experienced the same thing and they can help you.

  2. Remember Why You’re Doing It

    I regularly remind myself why I started RVing in the first place. I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think the journey, experiences, adventures, and personal growth made it all worth it. And this applies to both the incredible moments (which you will have a lot of) and the challenging moments (which you will also experience). When you find an epic campsite, watch a gorgeous sunset or see a part of the country you never dreamed you’d see, remind yourself that this is why you chose to RV. And when you have to drive 11 hours, get a flat tire or leave the awning open during a storm, remember those incredible moments and remind yourself again. Always keeping your “why” in mind will help get you through the tough times and make the magical times even better.

  3. Take Things Slowly

    Traveling in an RV forces you to slow down. If you go too fast, you might miss a turn on the highway or a critical step in the takedown process. Being a solo RVer, I don’t have anyone else to help check me. I also have a lot of downtime and moments to myself, and I’ve learned to appreciate these times and go slow. I find myself being more present and aware, and I encourage you to do the same. Breathe in the moments and enjoy them while you can because you never know how long you’ll be on this wild adventure.

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Travel trailers are the most popular type of non-motorized RV. No doubt you’ve seen one pulled down the highway hitched to a car or pickup. Travel trailers come in all sizes including tiny jellybean-shaped models with a chuckwagon kitchen in the rear to the massive house-on-wheels with picture windows and a sliding glass patio door.

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