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 4/14/2008 4:25 PM
 
Hi All Iam a middle aged single woman with grown kids. I moved from California to Arkansas 2yrs ago to semi retire only to figure out all my family and friends didn't move with me, so I have been flying home to Ca for 6 months and living with relatives then, flying home to Arkansas where I own a very little home for the other 6months. It has accurred to me that maybe since all my kids,grandkids and family live allover, I should get a campervan or traveltrailer and do this running around. What does it intell? Is it safe for a single woman to travel alone? HOw do I get started? Love,Peace, and Happiness, godsworkingme

Love,Peace, and Happiness, godsworkingme
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 4/14/2008 6:59 PM
 
GWM, Welcome to the forum.
First and foremost (in my humble opinon) you should enjoy driving over flying and want a space of your own when you are having an extended stay with family. If that is true then you start the RV learning curve and you have come to the right place. "Don't believe everything you think"
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 4/14/2008 7:08 PM
 
Hi GWM - welcome to the forum ! I sure hope it's safe for a women to travel alone 'cause that's what I'm going to be doing ! There are lots of single ladies here on the forum. If you like driving it sounds like a RV would be a great idea ! I'd suggest you start looking at them. Go to a local RV dealer and see what's available in your budget. That'll give you an idea of the amount of space you'll have - Do you think the RV will be your only home or that you'll use it to travel ? If you're using it to travel, do you have a place you can store it when it's not in use ? Lots to think about but you've come to the right place ! Good luck !!! Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are. Trudy, Molly and Murphy

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 4/14/2008 7:30 PM
 
GWM------- it is all "attitude"!!!!!!! :) If you believe you can do it--------then pray about it & if it feels right & just jump in there with both feet----& start learning all about it! Before you know it you can have some sort of RV & be on the road!!!!!!!!!! Best wishes to you!
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 4/14/2008 8:00 PM
 
Hi!
Welcome to our forum!
Safe? Well of course it's safe! Is your home safe? Your camper will be your home and you will live the same in that as you do your house. You will lock your door when you are in the shower, you will lock your door at night. You will have good maintenence on your heating system, your gas appliances,... and you will have a roadside service plan and a cell phone. some women here swear by a GPS unit, but as i'm not on the road a lot I still use an old fashioned atlas/roadmap.
After that it's just plain common sense. so don't over-think it all, just get out there and enjoy. Like OO said,... get some "attitude" and have fun!
Good luck Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 4/14/2008 10:04 PM
 
Welcome to the Forum! You will find lots of interesting reading on this site and lots of women to answer your questions.
There are so many questions you can ask yourself. Do you really like to drive (I love it)? Do you want to "camp" or "travel" or both? For instance, I have camped since I was 3 years old - now I'm ready to do more traveling to explore the USA. So, I've purchased a small RV that works great for just me and a dog - it drives as easily as a car and is easy to park. If I was going to full-time I would want something larger. But, no way would I pull a travel trailer or a 5th wheel - - although many on this forum do. I've just not that brave. Like Trudy said, check all the various types out and see which one would suit you the best for your RV lifestyle.
About safety - I feel very safe in my RV. It's probably safer than just going shopping at the local mall.
Again, welcome! Maybe one day we'll be reading that you have bought your own RV! Wherever the next year takes you...enjoy the ride
Margie 1999 Allegro Class A (For Sale) 2003 M-B Cruiser (Ms."B"Haven) Chihuahuas (Annie & Buddy) & Maltese (Holly)

Margie 2003 M-B Cruiser (Ms."B"Haven) Chihuahuas (Annie, Penny & Buddy) & Maltese (Holly)
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 4/15/2008 1:49 AM
 
Welcome to the forum! Lots of us here travel alone (including yours truly) and as Cedar said, if you use common sense, you do all right.
My escape capsule is a 35-foot motorhome and pull a Honda CRV. I think Susan-y has a point about whether you like driving ... but I find that while I HATE long car trips, I LOVE driving my MH. Go figure.
When I travel for long periods in my MH (usually months), I LOVE it that everywhere I go, I'm in my own home. My own sheets, pillows, towels, kitchen. Can't beat it. Janice and Bandit the Wonder Dog (& Kiwi too!) (Wonder why I got him, Wonder why I keep him ...) 2000 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 35', 2 slides, Honda CRV toad


Janice and Bandit the Wonder Dog (& Kiwi too!) (Wonder why I got him, Wonder why I keep him ...) 2000 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 35', 2 slides, Honda CRV toad
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 4/15/2008 11:26 AM
 
Janice said: I think Susan-y has a point about whether you like driving ... but I find that while I HATE long car trips, I LOVE driving my MH. Go figure.
I was really hashing that very issue this past week as to whether I could stand long periods driving. I have shared car trip driving and have done around 150 miles but nothing further and remember how tired I felt. With Janice's comment about not liking long drives but love them when driving her MH it's caused me to rethink the issue.
You never know what words of wisdom one of these ladies will impart that will hit right on the very thing that may be causing doubt in yourself.
I just adore the gals in this forum and like to really listen to what they are sharing. Hugs!
And welcome godsworkingme!
Lenora and Choco It's 5 o'clock somewhere. So where are my jammies and remote. This message was edited by AlmostThere on 4-15-08 @ 10:30 AM

Sometimes, the only right answer is silence...which in and of itself speaks a thousand words.
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 4/15/2008 2:03 PM
 
Well I have an easy solution to the long driving answer. When you are in a car driving a long distance you have to stop at the rest stops to stretch your legs. When you have a RV with you, you can pull over ...stretch your legs, make lunch, rest, take a nap and then get back in the drivers seat and feel refreshed. I have a thing about bathrooms at gas stations...HATE them, always dirty! So I relish the fact I travel with my own private bathroom and ALWAYS have TP!
With fuel costs the airlines are cutting back flights and these people are stranded and at the mercy of the airports and paying much more for their trips than they wanted. If you have an RV you just hitch up and go at a whim!
When visiting relatives it is nice to have your own bed and not live in a suitcase. Gives you private time and also helps them not have to entertain you constantly so good for both of you.
Is it safe traveling alone....heck yes! My Aunt is 74 yrs old, NEVER married and has traveled all over by herself and dragged me with her when I was a kid. We had a blast and she told me you just use common sense. Aunt Rete did pack a gun but she has never had to use it. She's had campers and travel trailers and now travels in a cargo van to get away from the Summer heat with her two dogs. I keep trying to get her to get a class B so at least she can stand upright in it but she won't because she loves to park at casinos for lunch or dinners and goes into their parking garages. Casinos always have security so she never worries so she goes in to eat , play some slots and go to sleep in the van and then the next morning she is off to somewhere else. She likes state Parks. Also the dogs are her body guards!! I love to camp and take photo's thanks to my gypsy Aunt that I adore!!
Another friend of mine is Sharlene"Charlie" Minshall, after her husband died Charlie hit the road alone and has been to every state in the U.S. Canada and Mexico!! Charlie says I may travel alone but I am never alone. You can learn more about her in my blog under my LINKS section. Wonderful funny gal!! She travels only part-time now. She has a lot over at North Ranch in Congress AZ now and back to writing her books again.
In the Pickle Jar of Life Friends make a Dilly of a Difference Seeya down the road Seeya_Gal

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
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 4/15/2008 9:25 PM
 
Thanks so much for the pieces of info on RVing. There is so much more to RVing that I hadn't thought of. You gals seem like a Hoot! Thanks again. Love,Peace, and Happiness, godsworkingme

Love,Peace, and Happiness, godsworkingme
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