Thousands of single or Solo RVers travel North America each year and there are probably thousands more who would like to but don’t know how. Safety and loneliness are at the top of the list as to what may stop someone from getting into their RV and hitting the road by themselves. Although those are valid concerns and should be considered, they should not stop anyone. There are clubs and organizations available for all RVers, whether single or not, but the clubs specifically for solo RVers offer a network of support and information and worth considering.
SOLO RV clubs
http://www.lonersonwheels.com/ Has 50 Regional Chapters in the US and Canada. This club has been active since 1969 with rallies, campouts, caravanning and lots of support for its members. Membership is $45 US a year and you must be legally single. It appears their rules are very stringent and must be followed. They offer resources on camping, RV Parks, general RV information and support when needed.
http://www.escapees.com You must be a member of Escapees to join their very active solo group but for anyone who wants to connect with other active RVers this might be something to be considered. Membership is $10 per year plus the cost of the Escapee membership. Their rallies and events take place all year long and in many parts of North America.
http://www.rvingwomen.org This club has 16 chapters with women from both Canada and the US as members. It doesn’t matter whether you own an RV or are just dreaming of having one; this group offers support and friendship to its thousands of women members. Their activities are as varied as the members themselves. Membership cost is $45 per year with the first year having an additional $10. There are a mixture of prices depending upon whether two or more members of a household register. The only stipulation is that you are female and over the age of 18.
http://www.rvsingles.org/ Wandering Individuals Inc. This is a network for younger, active RV owners who travel alone. Most are single but some are married with spouses who will not or cannot travel. They share a pool of knowledge and experience amongst its members. When you join you must be under the age of 70 but you can continue your membership as long as you like. Membership fees for Canadians are $73 a year.
Don’t restrict yourself to just SOLO Clubs because you may find that other RVers with similar interests may provide you with companionship also. Look for groups or people who like to do some of the things you do such as hiking, biking, geocaching, photography or fishing and focus on the activities rather than whether they are traveling alone or not.
http://www.explorer-rvclub.com/index.html Explorer RV Club ~ Canadian
http://www.rvoabc.org/ RV Owners Association of British Columbia
http://www.goodsamclub.com/ Good Sam Club
http://www.fmca.com/ Family Motor Coach Association
RVing is for everyone – don’t stay home alone when there are hundreds of people out there who probably like doing some of the things you do – you just have to make an effort to find them.
Carol Ann Quibell is an author, freelance writer and columnist who have been RVing or camping for most of her life. After a yearlong trip throughout Canada, the USA and Mexico in the 1990’s she was hooked on travel and is determined not to stop. She loves to share information with fellow RVers and promotes travelling, camping and RVing to everyone she can. Learn about her new book RVing for Canadians