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Not long ago, after I'd just pulled into a new campsite, unhitched my toad, and set up camp, a man not much older than me approached and said "Can I pay you a compliment?" Well, of course, that would be great! He then went on to say he and his wife had been watching me set up and just marveled at the fact that I could do it all by myself. "You're one gutsy lady!" he proudly exclaimed.
I politely thanked him and returned to my RV. The comments perplexed, amused, and infuriated me for hours afterwards. Why should it be such an odd sight to see a female traveling and enjoying nature on her own? If I don't happen to have a man or a few kids around to help me set up camp, am I supposed to just stay locked up at home reading magazines?!! For those fortunate women who are able to go RVing with a partner, why is it that they often delegate all the "outside the RV" tasks and driving to their spouses? What if he has a medical emergency one day and can't dump the tanks or hook up and drive the rig?
I've had the pleasure to meet other women RVers who love the lifestyle and, like me, have refused to let their RVs intimidate them. But, I've also met many other women who've confided of feeling just too overwhelmed to learn to do everything on their own and fear their only option will indeed be to stay home and miss out. For those sisters, this blog series, A Girl's Guide to RVing, is for you!!!
I certainly don't have all the answers (and never will!), but hope that as I learn new RVing systems and skills, I can share that information with others who might wish (or need to) solo RV one day.
Here are a few RVing topics to get started:
(click the titles below each picture to read the articles)