Solo Women RVers

we-can-do-itI’ve met a lot of married women in my travels who swear they could never drive anything so large, and say that as much as they love traveling, they would never do it alone.  I say that’s a crying shame.  First off, they should learn to drive in case it is ever necessary for emergency reasons.  Secondly, whenever you push yourself to do something you didn’t think you could and you manage to do it, that’s good for self confidence in every other area of life.

As for loneliness, you can read my feelings about that subject in my article “Don’t you Ever Get Lonely?” where I talk about the difference between loneliness and solitude.

My story of how I got the “crazy” idea in 2001 of solo fulltime RVing is on my first website, Inspiration’s Journey.  I have often said that if someone like me, with very limited financial resources can pull this off, anyone can.  And all these years later, I’m still on the road!

Below are links to groups or websites of other women who have braved the open road without men and live to write about it…

On the Road at 89 If 50 is the new 40, and 70 is the new 50, then certainly Eleanor Leeper’s story is not extraordinary. She’s 89 this month, so that’s just 69 or so. But even so, Eleanor’s solo lifestyle on the road as a full timer, embarked upon just a year ago, does seem remarkable to those who meet her along the way. (RV Life – 11/1/15)
Growing Young – RVing Women The first woman featured on this YouTube video, 73 year old Shirley Walker, is absolutely amazing! She says she is thrilled to “be free to travel, explore life, and to live in a different kind of way. I think little old people like me ought to be out and doing things and challenging knowledge and moving ahead, and enjoying themselves. Truly my body isn’t what it was when I was young, but it’s a very good body and takes me where I want to go… The thing about an RV that’s wonderful is you can change your mind at any crossroad!” Love her!
Bad Dogs on the Run Mimi and Jonna lived fulltime in a Class C they named “Tortuga” the travel turtle. They are quite experienced in travel in Mexico, so check out their Traveloque for great info about that.
Blue Jeans and Flip Flops Sisters Lesli and Karen seemed to have inherited the fulltime RVing gene from their parents. The first post I saw was “Slavery Sucks and How I Escaped.”  So much of what is described in the process of preparing for the fulltime RV lifestyle was exactly how I felt in 2001 when I got rid of the bulk of my things. And I’ve never regretted what I had to free myself of in order to live the “blue jeans and flipflops” fulltime RVing lifestyle. They also have a great section on RV Remodels, Renovations, Modifications, Redecorating & Decor.
Dawn’s RV Life After the death of her beloved husband, Dawn became a fulltime RVer and blogs about her experiences.
Desert Diva “One Woman’s Journey on the Road to Life.” She once wrote me “I can’t describe the feeling that I have when I’m traveling and exploring new places. It’s like I’m finally untethered from my daily life and able to soar. That sounds a little extreme, but I’m the happiest when I’m traveling.” Extreme or not, I can relate…
GeoGypsy Gailyn has a summer seasonal Park Ranger job at Grand Canyon and travels as often as possible, sharing her stories and photography.
Inspired Traveler Robin is a talented jewelry designer who began her own fulltiming dream after battling health issues. I could empathize with some of her insecurities and impatience and I’m following and rooting for her!
Interstellar Orchard I was so glad I had the chance to meet Becky Schade while I was in Yellowstone in 2015. Totally cool girl, who says on her website, “Instead of following the masses and suffering through the daily 9 to 5 grind of work until retirement, I said screw the status-quo and started working on my dreams of perpetual travel, exploration, and adventure.”  My kinda gal!
Joei Carlton Hossack Canadian born, Joei has been fulltiming solo for over 20 years and describes herself as “Author, adventurer, RVer, lecturer and trailer trash with an ATM card.”
Minnie Minerva Susan’s been fulltime RVing since 2009 and I enjoy her blog about her adventures as a “Spiritual Traveler” at location “Galaxy” and the fears and triumphs she freely shares.  A YouTube interview with Minnie and a tour of her 25′ Minnie Winnie.
RV Sue Sue is “living on less and enjoying life more” in her BLT (Best Little Trailer), a 2011 17′ Casita Liberty Deluxe. She even shares her living expenses.
RVing Women A network with members from U.S. and Canada established by and for women who are interested in RVing with chapters across the country that offer camping, educational and social events.
Sisters on the Fly “A group of women who challenge ourselves in all that we set our minds to do. We have no age or color. We represent no religion or political group. We welcome all women who want to share the adventures of “sisterhood”. We have more fun than anyone!”
Solo Woman RV Janet Groene interviews solo women RVers, as well as offering tips from RV industry insiders.
Tails From the Road I was glad to meet Juliet Whitfield when our paths crossed in Oregon. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and she invites you to join the dogs and her traveling the country, living in their RV, and digging up the dirt on the best places to see with dogs.
Trailer Park Nirvana As of 2011, Annette has been living in a 1975 Airstream trailer for 6 years – 3 in southern Arizona and now 3 in Mexico in Bahio Kino. I’ve followed her exploits for quite a while now and always enjoyed her “Home for the Bewildered” posts.
Women RVing Alone An interesting article with great perspective on solo women and how all RVing women are not alike, but share the love of adventure this lifestyle affords, despite the fears and obstacles that pop up for us all.




    • MaliasRV

      Hi Joyce,
      First, congrats on your retirement! I personally don’t know of anyone living fulltime in a teardrop, but I’m sure that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Check out the forum and RVing Women site I list on Resources for Women – – and ask that question there and I’m willing to bet you get some responses. Good luck on this exciting new phase of your life!


        thank you.

        • MaliasRV

          You’re welcome and I hope to hear back what you decided on!

  • Andrea

    Hi Malia, We have a Class C 24ft which I happily drive on my own with our 8 year old son. It’s about 7 years old and we want more space. My husband is looking at a Thor 30ft Class A. When he starts looking it usually means we are buying. He wants me to feel comfortable driving it myself and it’s within our budget. So I came home and googled women driving Class A motorhomes. Found your article and blog. Thank you! I’m pretty sure I’ll be just fine!

    • MaliasRV

      Andrea, I am happy to hear that you feel confident to drive a larger RV. I am sure, also, that you’ll do just fine and I thank you for getting in touch with your comment. You go, girl!

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