Solo Women RVers – Websites

we-can-do-itThis page has links to blogs and websites of other single women RVers.  Also see Resources (for articles) and Groups (for clubs, forums and get-togethers) for solo women.

I’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…

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.
Gypsy Jane’s Blog Jane is on her 3rd motorhome and travels both for work and for fun, sharing her experiences and making things fit and work in a motorhome.
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.
Road To Adventure Kate Mullen has been a fulltime RVer since 2014 and I love the goal she has set for herself. She invites us to “Come along and join me on my National Parks Quest!  I’ll be your personal guide to the parks showing you the best places to camp, hike, and photograph!”  Since our state and national parks are my first loves, I’m looking forward to sharing her journey!
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.
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 in Mexico in Bahio Kino. I’ve followed her exploits for quite a while now and always enjoyed her “Home for the Bewildered” posts.

 

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  • JOYCE PALACIOS

    I HAVE JUST RETIRED AT 62. I HAVE LOOKED AT CAMPERS AND LOOKED AT YOUTUBE VIDEOS ON CAMPERS. DOES ANYONE LIVE IN A “TEARDROP” CAMPER, AND IF SO, HOW IS IT?

    • 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 – http://maliasmiles.com/resources-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!

      • JOYCE PALACIOS

        thank you.

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

      • Babette Lewis

        I’ve checked them out for years, great price but it’s more like living in a walnut shell. Just enough room to lie down and listen to music. Kitchen needs to be added on at the rear. Cute but probably cramped. Just a thought.

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • Judith Reese

    The link to Bad Dogs on the Run isn’t working. 🙁 Thought you would want to know. Love reading about all the women doing this.

    • Aw, that’s too bad about Bad Dogs link. I remember thinking that was a neat site, especially about RVing in Mexico. I can’t find anything about it now, so I guess it’s just gone. Bummer, but I removed the link and really do appreciate your letting me know!

  • Babette Lewis

    I spent a good deal of my youth on the road between NY and California, sometimes hitching throughout Europe too. I’m planning on going on the road again this summer in a new 14′ travel trailer, from southern FL to CO and would love to share some time with other women either in a caravan or at scenic places. Is this a good place to share our thoughts and capacities? I am very open to suggestions, have lived alone most of my life and am wanting to create more valuable friends now.

    • Hi Babette,

      Well, you’ve already been quite the adventuress, so I bet you will have fun RVing! I really appreciate your comments here, but as for connecting with other women RVers for discussion and possible meeting up, I’d look at the Solo Women RVer Groups page here on the website. Once I got to looking at these pages, you inspired me to reorganize, so it’s brand new. If you find any others you like, please share! 🙂 http://maliasmiles.com/solo-women-rver-groups/

      • Babette Lewis

        Thank you, Malias, any insights are greatly appreciated. I’ve been a home body now for 25 years and am less gung ho about hitting the road than I used to be. I really do want to make some new female friends to share experiences with, so I’ll take your advice. Happy New Year. Babette
        babzline@att.net

        • Hey, I totally understand that – even now once I’ve been settled for a while, it’s a little nerve wracking to hit the road again. I’m usually in a place over a month for best rates, see everything I want without being rushed, etc., and that has its good and bad points. But usually after 5 minutes of being on the road again, I’m a happy camper again. I hope our paths cross sometime!

    • Jane T. Beland

      Hey Babette,
      I am a single woman living her dream in my rv full-time. Can you share your thoughts with me on which sites you may have visited and find the most helpful for finding people who are interested in getting together . Mostly I am looking to hook up with other female adventurers along my travels. Have never had any problem making friends where ever I am but finding those with a like adventurous free spirit has been a little more difficult.
      Have you had many responses from your post here?
      I will be in Wyoming this summer.

  • Terri Teutsch

    Hey, just saying hi, I was really looking for some more confidence in convince ING myself I can do this. I feel it in my heart and soul,, just wanted to get some inside on what rv to look for, I have resureched and watched lots of videos, it has helped alot in not knowing anything and every time I watch one on people’s lives I want it even more. Most people are telling me diesel is the best way to go? Any feed back would be great!! Thanks

    • Hi Terri, I do hope you find your confidence and your continuing to research, watch videos and talk to other women doing it should help. There are endless debates about which is best about a lot of issues. The diesel vs. gas engine is just one of them. I understand the engines last longer, they are better for mountainous roads, are quieter in the cockpit (when engine is in back). That’s all good, but the initial price is a lot more expensive to buy, the maintenance (oil changes, etc.) are more and I’ve heard it’s not as easy to find repair places sometimes. There are many RVing groups and forums to ask questions from people experienced with both. http://maliasmiles.com/fulltime-rving-resources/rv-forums/. And if you’re into Facebook, tons of groups there, so just search for RV related and you could be reading for days. Good luck and don’t quit following your dream!

      • Terri Teutsch

        THANK YOU.

  • MaryAnn Dawson

    I’m picking up my 20′ class B with pop-up Next Week!
    Never been more excited about anything in my life!

    • Aw, I’m totally excited for you, too, MaryAnn! Thanks for sharing and I hope to see some posts and pictures from you, too!

  • Susan Jackel

    Hi, I just found this site, thank you. I just bought a 19′ roadtrek. I have taken a few weekend trips and am now ready to go for it with my labradoodle, Charlie.

    • I’m so happy to hear that, Susan! I hope you and Charlie have a great time and that you let me know how it’s going!

  • Paula Peterson

    So glad to find this website! Women after my own heart. I’m still new at this … started at age 65 … been a full time RVer since Jan 2016. I love it. It’s a dream come true. I so admire that you started doing this at a much younger age. Like others that have posted here, I can’t explain the exhilaration I feel when I’m roaring down a road I’ve never been on before and visiting towns and vistas that are new to me. Folks seemed so impressed that I drive a huge and powerful Ram dually and towing a 42′, 15,000 plus pounds 5th wheel! I’m always baffled that they’re impressed! I never once thought that I was embarking upon an endeavor that was risky, difficult or requiring great skill. I was just excited about purchasing the truck and rig and said to myself, “I’m going to do this!” ….and been having a ball ever since. I am so honored to be among the women here who have taken the plunge into going solo in their RV. I NEVER feel lonely, love the solitude of my choosing and enjoy socializing with other RVers ….when I feel like it. Happy Travels

    • Hey Paula, I’m always so happy to hear from other solo women, especially one who feels the same way I do about never feeling lonely or wishing I could travel with anybody else. Like you said, I love meeting new people, but never feel like I’m missing anything if I don’t have company.

      I am totally impressed with your ability and attitude about towing a 5th wheel with a dualy truck! That’s something I thought was beyond me and I was even a little afraid once I started towing a car behind my motorhome. But like you said, it’s totally exciting to “roar down the road” and seeing new things.

      I hope our paths cross sometime and can swap travel tales!

      • Paula Peterson

        Thanks Malias for the friendly reply. Indeed ..may our paths happily cross in the future!

  • No Shrinking Violet

    Hi Malia! I am so excited to find your blog after a simple Google search for single women rvers. I am a single mom with a 10 y/o son that I started homeschooling two years ago so we didn’t have to answer to the teacher for when we wanted to leave town and it’s taken me that long to get the courage to sell my house and hit the road. I have only read a few things so far on your website (because I’m supposed to be working right now) but when I saw what you said about loneliness not being the same thing as solitude, I said to myself, that girl is speaking my language. I am closing on my house of 8 yrs next month and have already started shopping older (and cheaper) RVs and me, my son, and my two chocolate labs are hitting the road for the next several months to try it out. I work from home and not bothering to tell my employer that we’ll be on the road so my main concern is internet continuity for right now but it looks like there’s a lot of info out there. Anyway, I’m not a blogger but so glad for people like you who are that share you experiences and give the rest of us some courage! Happy travels!

    • It’s so cool to hear that you related to the difference between loneliness and solitude. It’s a very important distinction! I know you said you just started checking out the website, but be sure to check out the page about Fulltiming With Kids: http://maliasmiles.com/fulltiming-with-kids/. This is becoming more common and I’ve met quite a few folks doing this. I hope to hear your comments there when you get started! Thanks for the nice comments!

  • Vijay Naidoo

    Malia found your site, am inspired, wish to make journey across USA, am single need camaraderie & support from women who are born caregivers….waited 50yrs for validation from a man?? it never came, so i am trying to join/be/live in similar environment with women who are lone travelers, outdoor dining with humor…please make contact or forward link to camp/rv/women sites to connect…i thank you…

    • Hi Vijay,

      First, I’m glad you’re no longer waiting for validation from a man, or anyone else for that matter. Your life is your own and your decisions should be guided from your own heart and intuition, so I fully support that decision. 🙂

      I’ve included all the links to solo traveling (for solo women only as well as mixed groups) in the pages listed on the left column and at the top of this page you commented on. Look for Resources (http://maliasmiles.com/resources-women/) – and Groups (http://maliasmiles.com/solo-women-rver-groups/) for a good start. I’m sure there are more and if you come across any not listed here, please share! I look forward to hearing your own stories once you take off!

  • Kimberly Carlton

    I just found your site today and I have been thinking about it for about a year not going on the road, I need to figure out how to make a living while doing so and figure out how I am going to pull off getting a RV but I am working on that. I will need internet sevice I am sure as I have a job that I know I could work on the road but I am wanting to get away from it. Does your blog make you money? how did you start. I am excited and a bit nervous but its been on my mind for so long I know I have to do it if I can get everything together. The people I have told think I am crazy but I really want to do it.

    • Hi Kimberly,

      I hear from many women like you who want to hit the road but don’t know how they would support themselves while traveling fulltime. My experience over 16 years in that regard has evolved. At first, I would stop and take temp jobs at local law offices. That worked well for a few years, but then I discovered virtual assistance and that worked well, but that required constant internet access and that wasn’t always easy. I started my blog mainly as a way to let friends and family know what I was doing and where I was without having to do separate emails, but that has also evolved over the years. I can’t really say that I have learned how to make any real money off of the blog or websites. I do have Google ads, and that sends me a check every now and then but not much more than the site costs me. I just don’t have any magic advice for anyone. While it has not been easy for me to do this for 16 years, I have managed and things always work out somehow even when I couldn’t imagine how at the time. Everyone has to deal with their own level of insecurity and not knowing for sure what is going to happen next. I suggest you just keep researching, haunting RV sites, talking to others who have done it until you come up with a plan you think will work for you because of course it will be different for each individual.

      But I will say not to pay any attention to people who think you are crazy for following your dreams. Too many folks let other people dictate their lives and I think that’s the biggest mistake you can make. Find your own way and go for it!

  • peggy matangos

    Hi Kimberly,
    My name is Peggy and I live in my motorhome, however I have a permanent lot in a campground in Mississippi. It is very cheap living. The purchase price for a lot ranges from $12,000 to $20,000 but once you purchase a lot all you pay is your electric. The yearly dues are $349 that includes your water and trash. There are some lots here where I live that rent for $350 a month which includes $100 worth of electric, you go over that, you pay the difference. There is also workkamping. Google that and I’m sure you”ll find many campgrounds that are looking for help. The norm is you work several days a week and you get your stay in the campground for free. Check out the Army Corp of Engineers campgrounds. They’re in every state and they are beautiful campgrounds. These may require moving around from one campground to another but usually you stay put for several months. I hope that helps.

    • Hi Peggy, thanks for sharing your tips. Since you mentioned Kimberly, I assume you’re talking about the comment below, so hopefully she’s still following these comments.

  • peggy matangos

    Hi Malia’s Miles,
    Ive been planning a long trip for this spring but got delayed due to a bad fall two weeks ago, on the mend! I was petrified to travel in my Motorhome alone until I decided last year to go to Georgia. My favorite actor, Liam Neeson, was to be filming a movie there so I packed up and headed that way! So you could say I owe it all to Liam for getting up the courage to travel by myself! As it turned out, I got to Georgia but the campground was less than desirable so I left the next day and headed back home. Turns out Liam’s movie was delayed for a month! But I have to say, I love being out on the road, theres no better feeling than being on the open road with nothing but time! And yes, I’ve had my share of problems requiring work done on the engine but theres always truck stops everywhere to help. I have purchased Good Sam’s road side assist and travel assist. I don’t think you can go wrong there. So as soon as I get cleared by my doctor, I’m making my way to Minnesota to see Prince’s Paisley Park!!! I can’t wait! So glad I found your blog! I’ve added you to my favorites!!! Happy Travels everyone!

    • Hi Peggy, I hope your next trip turns out much better!

  • Kate Mullen

    Hi Malia! I’m also a solo female RVer; starting my 3rd year on the road. I am often asked the loneliness question and it was a concern for me before I left on the road. I now choose when I want to be alone and it’s works for me. I enjoy the solitude of wilderness and the community across our nation and when I want social engagement there is no shortage. It’s interesting I meet more people now than I did in my home town. The RVing community is so wonderful! Great round up I look forward to following so new women! http://www.theroadtoadventure.com

    • Hey Kate, thanks so much for getting in touch! I see we share not only our appreciation of both the solitude and community that can be found in RVing, we both love national parks. I put a link to your site above and will also follow you on Facebook. I really look forward to your updates!

      • Kate Mullen

        Oh thank you so much Malia!

  • Alyson Schwab

    Hello!
    So, I had this crazy idea one day. I decided I didn’t want to live in a standard house. I wished and dreamed when suddenly it became real. I have two large dogs and I am about to start year 3 of schooling @ CWU. None of the apartments or houses would take my rottie mix. This left me with the need to find housing. I found a 1990 pacearrow 34ft. I am scared and excited. My adventure began a week ago!

    • Alyson, I think the only thing crazier would have been NOT to try to fulfill your wishes and dreams, whether you or anybody else thought them “crazy.” Congrats and happy trails!

    • Shannon Percival

      Same Here! Going to start school in CA this winter and cost of living is crazy high and no one wants to rent to a person with a 200lb dog. Upgraded the car and travel trailer to a truck and 38ft 5th wheel. Love it!

      • Good for you – love to hear these “success” stories! 🙂

    • Nicole LeBlanc

      Hi! I just bought a 2001 International Converted School Bus and I have been living in it for 3 weeks now with my 2 large dogs. I know the feeling of scared and excited.

      The bus is 38′ and I have a tow dolly and I pull my car behind me. So all in all, I’m driving roughly 50′. I went from a mini cooper to a 50′ rig! Now, that’s crazy!

      • It’s crazy to think you could manage such a major lifestyle change without a certain amount of being scared, so just move past it anyway and stick with the excitement – you got this, gals! And thanks for sharing your excitement here, too – it’s inspiring to me!

  • Eva jane

    I am retired. In my 60s. Absolutely desperate to sell my house( for whatever AMT I can get). The idea of living in an apt or even another house is just too stifling. I have a sick 18 yr old cat and don’t want to uproot him. My plan is to take whatever proceeds from the house and buy a SMALL towable RV and truck. I have all the worries you probably all did but is it feasible for a woman in her 60s? Also, are there sites where you can go and stay longer than a week or so? Thanks. Eva Jane

    PS Found some answers below. I am 150% FINE with SOLITUDE but do plan to travel with two cats. Hopefully, I can live on my retirement; my biggest concern is all of the “heavy lifting”… Plus I am torn between towing something vs. buying an RV with an engine…which I would prefer. I like the idea of having one ” permanent” place where I can return to periodically so it’s good to know that lots are available. Any ideas for a good, sturdy beginner’s RV; the usual amenities; nothing fancy? Thanks.

    • You ask if your dream is feasible for a woman in her 60s. That I can definitely give a rousing “yes” to, but it takes more than wishing, it takes research and action, even if tiny baby steps every day. I just don’t want to advise you on a “beginner’s RV” because there are just too many variables and the only thing that matters is what is right for you. Make a pros and cons list – it helps to keep your thoughts organized. Keep looking at forums and groups with people who either have done or are in the process of doing what you want to do. You will find discussions and opinions about everything from kind of RV to type of toilet paper to use. 🙂

  • jimkamery

    I ran across your blog today and I must say, I am very impressed. I will be doing the full time living thing in a few years. Bought a 32′ Winnebago Class C and I have been working on it as far as adding solar power and adding a full entertainment and computer center. It will be paid off in 2-1/2 years and that’s most likely when I will go full time. Looking forward to following your adventure before I start mine!

    • How cool! Sounds like you’re making good progress. Adding solar, entertainment and computer center is a great idea. I removed the booth dinette and replaced with computer center in mine as I spend more time at the computer than I do eating. 🙂 Keep in touch as I’d love to follow your progress, too!

  • cBoo

    Well, I just found your site, and am so excited! I’m 52, single and have lived in Denver for 25 yrs. It’s getting WAY too congested here, and the people have “changed”…road rage, mean (some) and just plain too fast. The good news is, due to this silly growth, my house is worth some money now and will sell fast. I’ve been researching places to go, and just returned from a “discovery” trip to Washington State. However, it still didn’t feel quite right. So, I was “struck by lightning” a little bit when the idea of solo RVing came to me and now that I’m researching, I’m getting even more excited about it. Making a living concerns me (a little bit, I’m willing to do pretty much anything), and of course, the prospect of driving something so large is a little daunting…BUT, I’m incredibly adventurous, and I feel like, with some support, I can get this going! I’m writing to say thanks for the website and all the great info, but I was also wondering how to connect with someone like me locally…? Is anyone on this site doing this that would be willing to brainstorm a bit with me? One of the main things I’m researching and wondering about is the type of rig I would do best in. My aunt and uncle did this for about 7 years a bit ago, and they had a big 5th wheel, so they are pushing that. I would just love the opportunity to talk another single who has the desire to be a bit of a personal “mentor”. I’m really ready to make this change, and a bit of realistic advice (and maybe encouragement) could just put me in the right space to get ‘er done. Thanks in advance! Cyndi

    • Hey Cyndi,

      I had to smile at what you said about living in Denver now. I would say the same things about living in Austin. When I first moved there in 1971, it was such a cool place to live. It had changed a bunch by the time I left there to start RVing in 2001, but the last few times I went back, I consider it unliveable now for the same kind of reasons you talked about in Denver. I just sold my house there a couple of years ago after renting it out and I also got more for it than I thought I would.

      I had the same kind of fears about driving a big RV, as well as making a living. But I’ve managed both for over 16 years now, and I’ve always said if I could do that, anyone can and I truly believe that.

      Asking the question about the best type of rig will get you lots of differing opinions, so it’s good that you’re researching all that now. At first, a 5th wheel made sense to me because of only one engine to maintain, etc. (instead of motorhome towing a car), but I ended up liking the idea more of not having to get out of the RV at all at rest stops, etc. and if I felt unsafe anywhere, I could just drive off. But there are pros and cons to everything, of course.

      I can’t think of anyone that I know in Denver right now, but if I remember any, I’ll let you know.

      Are you on Facebook at all? There are so many general RVing groups, Colorado RVing groups, solo women groups, etc., that I bet you could find someone local there.

      If you do, look for me there and friend me and I’ll recommend groups, other women to follow, etc.

      Consider yourself encouraged! It’s the best thing I ever did and my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. 🙂

      • cBoo

        Hi Malia, Thanks so much for your timely response! I will admit that I’m a little bit impulsive, so I’m probably going to pull the trigger on this very soon! I’m sure it’s on the website, but what are you driving and hauling now for transportation? Could I get by with a little Vespa or motorbike, or is a car in order? I know these are personal decisions, but any feedback is appreciated! Thanks so much, and I hope you are having a terrific evening!

        • Hi Cyndi, Here are a couple of photo albums I have on Facebook about my tow car – Honda Fit: https://tinyurl.com/y7xha5k4 and my motorhome not long after I got it in 2013:
          https://tinyurl.com/y9kexcv9.

          These are public albums, so you don’t need a Facebook account to view them. But if you are on FB, look me up there – https://www.facebook.com/malia.lane – and I’ll “introduce” you to another solo woman RVer who uses a Vespa for transportation. For me, I want more comfort and carrying ability than that, so my little Honda Fit is just perfect for me.

          Happy further researching! This can be a fun part, too!

          • cBoo

            Hey Malia,

            Thanks so much for these pics! I’m not a facebooker anymore, but I might revisit once I start this. I’m wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing your email address with me…? I’ll give you mine in a bit of code: bowiedotcyndiatgmaildotcom. I’m hoping you might not mind a bit of direct communication.

            Many thanks! Cyndi

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