Solo Women RVers – Websites

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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.

When I took off on the road in a 37′ motorhome in 2001,  a solo woman fulltime RVer was pretty much an oddity. I’d have to laugh at the gawking looks I’d get when I pulled into a campground and got out of the driver’s seat. I’d wait for the inevitable question, “You drive that big thing all by yourself?!” When I’d swear there was nobody else hiding inside, I’d sometimes have a crowd standing by to watch me back in to my spot. Talk about nerve wracking! But I’d have to laugh again when I’d get a round of applause for successfully maneuvering without hitting anything.

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…

I’m sure there are plenty more out there, so if you have any suggestions for me to add, I’d love to hear about it in Comments below!

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.”
Me and the Toad and the Road Rhonda is a 60-something former teacher who now travels solo after her husband passed away. She has lots of good insights and reasons for her choice to travel, but this quote is what I liked the best, “In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take and the decisions we waited too long to make.” I couldn’t agree more!
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 Chickadee Kelly Beasley has been solo full-timing since 2015 and describes her blog as “The highlights, goofs, and adventures of a chick who ditched suburbia to explore living in an RV.”
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.
Take to the Highway Suzanne Anthony has a terrific and informative blog that I always enjoy reading. She set out as a solo RVer in 2013 and she looks at her blog pretty much the same way I think of mine: like an “online scrapbook” of sorts. It’s not only helpful but inspiring to hear from other women living their dreams and how they managed to do that despite all the roadblocks that can be put in our way. But her trips haven’t been limited to RVing. Check out “Alone, But Never Lonely: A Year of Borders, Beds and Backpacks” – now that’s adventure I’d never have the guts for!
Travels with Towhee Why did Solo RVer Ann name her travel trailer Towhee? Well, besides her love of birds in general and appreciation for the habits of the Towhee, she liked the connection of the sounds “Towhee” and “Tow-ee” as it relates to her trailer being towed. I totally relate to this kind of thinking and her site has other cool insights and great pics of her RVing trips.
Winnieviews Lynne is a solo woman RVer who documents her travel experiences along with wonderful photography. She does volunteer work at National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks. I especially appreciated her observation: “I now crave an even slower pace to more fully immerse myself in a particular area per season. More meaningful and memorable experiences, than a blurred whirlwind of “drive-thru” travel attractions.” Lots of good info and inspiration here!
















    • 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.

        • 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! 🙂

      • 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

        • 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. 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!

    • Lauretta Askew

      I am 65 and want to live the RV life since my daughters and granddaughters have moved across the state. When I visit them, I pass by at least a half dozen state parks. I would need to sell my 3 bed/2 bath home in order to do this. My only concern is I had a cat and a small dog for a number of years, which would be doable taking them on the road. But, not knowing my daughters and granddaughters would ever move away, and believing I would always be in my house, I adopted three more dogs. I don’t want to re-home them, since my intention was to give them a forever home. But can’t see taking them on the road in an RV a viable option. Thoughts, anyone?

      • Hi Lauretta, I can’t help you out with the pets issue since I don’t travel with any. I traveled with a cat for a while, but honestly, I don’t need an extra mouth to feed or vet bills, or worry about how long I’m gone from the RV. I’ve heard of other folks who travel with several pets, but I also know breed and number of dogs can be an issue at some private RV parks. Check out my friend Juliette’s website, Tails from the Road – She travels with 3 dogs and would be a good contact to ask about this.

  • 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: 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 ( – and 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!

    • 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

    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: and my motorhome not long after I got it in 2013:

          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 – – 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

    • Rick Hall

      Sounds like a lot of fun, go for it.

  • Laura Griffin

    Well, i’m a 51 year old retiree who purchased a RV a few years ago. My husband still works , but I have this need to be gone and i am in the process of planning a trip for Jan and Feb 18. SInce i live in Memphis, I don’t want any snow, ice or cold weather. Its just so cool to see that i am not alone in this journey.

    • Good to hear from you, Laura, and I totally understand the need to escape from snow or ice, that’s for sure. You’re definitely not alone and I totally support your journey, too!

  • Barbara L Lanz-Rose

    Just thought I’d add one of my favorites, “Winnieviews” blog by a single woman named Lynn who is an amazing photographer and writer who actually traveled all over Mexico alone.

    • Hey Barbara, thanks so much for turning me on to Lynne. I found her website and linked it above. Sorry it took so long to answer!

  • Denise M

    Good to hear there are other women out there RVing solo as well! I’m 40 and married but as a military family it’s usually just me and my 12yo daughter 95% of the time. We just purchased our rig when we moved from Hawaii to Tennessee 3 months ago. I didn’t want to go too big either considering I’ve never driven anything bigger than a Toyota Sequoia! Haha! I absolutely love being able to disconnect from our daily routine and escape for the weekends to explore new places or travel down to visit my older daughters, one is in college and the other is stationed in Mississippi. I have found people aren’t used to seeing a woman hop out of the drivers seat and setting up all by herself. Lots of comments! Haha! But it feels good to know I can do this and also it’s taught my daughter to take on challenges and conquer them!!

    • Hi Denise, you think people look shocked at women hopping out of the driver’s seat of an RV nowdays, think what it was like when I started out in 2001. It was much more of a rarity and people would actually stand outside and applaud when I backed into a site with no problem. Cracked me up!

      Yes, it really is a great feeling, especially passing along the assurance to our daughters that they can do “crazy” things, too! 🙂 You go, girl!

  • Hi Malia, what a great source of information and fun. Your website is terrific. I just spent the last two hours reading all manner of great stuff … great photos, excellent detailed information, travel tips, etc. And all offered with sincerity and yet with a lovely sense of humor and warmth. Thank you! I’ll be checking back often. In the meantime, I’d love to have my RV blog added to your list of RV women’s websites. I’m not a full-timer, but I’m retired and am passionate about getting out and seeing the world either with the truck and trailer or without, whichever works. Take a look at the website/blog and see if it might fit your criteria. Thank you for all the work you’ve done on this website .. it’s super! Nice to meet you. 🙂

    • Hi Ann – I’m thrilled you like the website and I really appreciate your comments! I got a kick out of yours, too, especially the explanation of how you arrived at your website’s name. I love stuff like that and was happy to include it in my list. I hope our paths cross sometime!

  • Mary Lou Manning

    Hi, I’m MotoMarymakingmemories! I am really enjoying your stories, gals. In 2009 I retired, divorced and with my 25ft fifth wheel 2 dogs and my 89 year old Mother did a Florida, to Texas, then Nebraska to Colorado, Idaho trip and then wintered in Yuma, AZ. It was a blast! Who says we ladies can’t have fun. After that I went
    back to Florida and bought a house to take care of my Mom full time. Now 8 years later, I sold out again and bought a 32 foot Winnebago Brave and tow a 2017 Chevy Spark. This time its just me and my dog, named Sarge. We are full timing and would like to meet up with other lady Rv’ers. I don’t know how your group works but I am checking it out. Have the time of your life, you only get one shot at it, well maybe two like I have. LOL. I’m in Yuma now.

    • Hi Mary Lou! Your story is interesting and I’m glad you persevered and are back to enjoying your time on the road. I had some wonderful travel times with my mom before she passed a few years ago, too. She often said it was the best times of her life so I’m thrilled I could give that to her.

      I don’t really have a group, so there’s nothing to “work” – I just share info here with links to other solo women travelers, so hopefully you can find what you need.

      I’m in Tucson now, so if you come this way, be sure to let me know and we can meet up!

  • Diane Green

    Hi, I just discovered your site this weekend and have spent hours reading through it! I am planning a life on the road but need to wait 3 more years to get my son thru college and to access retirement funds. I will be 59 by then. I am so inspired and excited by all the posts! I have been researching Class Bs (I really like the look of the Pleasureway). I feel that I would be ok in a smaller “home” but wonder if not having a separate car would be an issue (I would bring a bike). thoughts?? So excited to start my planning!

    • Hi Diane, first, congrats on even beginning to take the steps to follow your dream. Research can be fun, as well as rewarding in getting you closer, even when it doesn’t feel like it sometimes. I can’t help much regarding Class Bs because I never really considered them. When I started in 2001, there weren’t as many viable choices like there are now. And now that I’m used to the big space in my Class A, I don’t think I’d be happy at this point with anything smaller. But I suggest you keep researching and find some groups with members who have them to get firsthand info. If you’re on Facebook, I bet there are specialty groups like that there.

      I don’t think I’d like not having a tow car, but again, that’s what I’m used to. I think it would be a pain to have to unhook everything all the time just to go to town for groceries or sightseeing – and parking would be more of an issue, too.

      But again, I know there are people who do this with no problem. Not everybody is as spoiled as I am. LOL!

  • Gaye

    Hi Malia, I am very excited to locate your site! I am 67 & retired for a year. I have been searching & dreaming about becoming an RVer for probably 10 years . Your site, along with everyone who has shared on your site, is all VERY encouraging! At this point I am considering a class C, which would need unhooked to drive around unless I eventually tow a car.

    I have two fears: I enjoy driving the Appalachian Mountains, like Vermont & North Carolina, in a car, but have myself scared about driving through Wyoming and Idaho to get to California, Washington, Oregon. Are the Rocky Mountains terrifying in an RV?? My other fear is storms. If I am parked and a terrible rain storm comes through, how likely is it RVs get turned over? Those are absolutely my only two fears!

    I know I could do it otherwise and enjoy my alone time, as well as meeting people, and really enjoy being in nature. I’d probably stay at camp sites, as opposed to boon-docking (except the occasional Walmart while traveling). But those two things have me a bit scared. Any guidance or advice??
    Thank you!

    • Hi Gaye,

      I’m also glad you found my site, and especially that you find it encouraging!

      Now as for your fears, of course we all have had our own – and found ways to face or go around them. One thing I can tell you is that none of the fears I had ever turned out as bad as I thought they would in my worst imagining.

      I have driven in mountaineous regions, including some in Vermont early on, extensively in NC and TN and spent time in Wyoming and Idaho exploring Glacier NP area. Even with my gasser motorhome and towing my little car, I haven’t had a problem. Of course you should downshift when going down steep slopes and trip to get a good start when you see a steep uphill coming up. But sometimes you get caught behind a truck and even with pedal to the metal, it’s slow going and feels like a struggle on the engine. Make sure A/C is not on in cases like this to lessen that strain.

      I remember when I was going down a steep hill upon arrival in Alaska that I started right then to dread having to go back up that hill when I left Valdez. I thought of that the entire 2 weeks I was there and there was no other option but to go back up the way I came down. I had myself terrified about that prospect, but when I actually had to do it, it wasn’t a problem at all! That’s when I started to learn that my fears didn’t manifest nearly as bad as I thought they would.

      I haven’t spent much time in the Rocky Mountains but that’s on my list this summer. There are Facebook groups I belong to that talk about Routes, conditions, etc., so I always check them out and ask in places like that. So I’ll be reporting on that as I find out. 🙂

      As for storms, of course that is a concern in an RV, so you’ve gotta keep on top of the weather reports. I’ve been through tornado warnings and that’s always scary, but you do what you can – go to storm shelters and hope for the best. Heavy rain can reveal leaks you never knew you had, so you just deal with it as best you can at the time and get them fixed when possible.

      Really, there is no way to ever prepare totally for every eventuality in life, whether you’re RVing or not. You prepare as much as possible, keep informed and move when you should. But should you let those worries stop you from following your dream? Of course not!

  • Kathi Channell-Beard

    Well I guess now I’m going to have to create my own website…or at least an online blog so I can get a link from you!

    • Hey girlfriend – Bring it on – I really look forward to seeing it!

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