1. A Note From Margo: Women Traveling Solo
are on the move. In pairs or as a single, more women are moving into
the RV lifestyle. Some choose this adventurous lifestyle after the death
of their partner, others are simply bored with the everyday life of the
past. There are also women who started full-timing with a partner and
chose to continue on without him/her.
is always a concern with women traveling alone. Before you can decide
if the RVing lifestyle is the right choice for you, you need to feel
safe about traveling alone. Ignore all the negative thoughts and stories
you hear about women traveling alone. It is all about common sense.
starting on your first trip, send the time and money to have the
following maintenance areas serviced at a local RV specialist:
Oil change (consider using at least part synthetic oil)
Differential service (if applicable)
Brake lining and brake shoes (if applicable)
pressure and condition (have the technician write down the
manufacturer's date on all tires to have a heads-up about replacement)
Air filter (very important for diesel engines)
Choose your overnight accommodations wisely.
Correct amount of coolant in radiator (ask if the temperature sensor is working and correct)
Make sure you have a road service membership before you leave home.
Travel with a small dog if it makes you feel more comfortable. Or carry one of those electronic toys that bark.
open your door to strangers. Always keep your deadbolt locked. I open
one of my front windows first until I identify the person. At night, I
always turn on the porch light first, then open the window.
traveling at night. Schedule your plans so by late afternoon you are in
your overnight spot. Remember, we are not in a hurry.
boondocking (staying overnight in places with no hookups) unless you
are meeting friends or a group you are comfortable being around.
your fire extinguishers, just in case. In all the years I have spent on
the road, I have yet to see a motorhome on fire. You are not going to
be hauling a fifth-wheell or trailer, so not to worry.
several types of flashlights handy. I keep a Energizer Weather Ready
lantern near the door in case I need to check something at night. Its
slim design and LED lights are almost bright enough to be seen from
space . It also has a muted light option for stealthy missions, like taking your beloved pet for a necessary walk after dark.
That is about it; not much to worry about. No one can
break in through the windows because they are too high. You are always
surrounded by other RVers, hopefully not too close .
RVers watch out for each other, so even if it is a
community of strangers when you arrive, it may not be for long. After
the first few weeks in your motorhome the security blanket becomes
obvious and comfortable. As a friend of mine often remarks, "You are
wrapped in your cocoon, protected from the world.”
Keep in mind that help is always close at hand. If you
spend the time to find the motorhome that is right for you and keep it
maintained, any small problems that arise after you have reached your
destination can be handled by someone in the RV park or an outside
vendor that comes directly to you.
Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True; an ebook that contains the answers.
For Women Only: Traveling Solo
You have decided to turn your life into an adventure rather than living
a life that seems destined to be empty. You are looking for new faces,
new places, and joy. Even if your surroundings are filled with friends,
family, and the same old events, you feel as though your life has come
to a dead-end.
Join the crowd with 20,000+ women traveling alone in
their RV, living the adventure of a lifetime. Everything you need
to know to get started is included in "For Women Only - Traveling Solo In Your RV." It is a simple life and all under your control. So, what do you say, let's hit the road
– Buying That Dream RV - Things to Consider
– Equipping an RV and Tips on Maintenance
– Managing Power, AC and DC
– Emergency Road Service
– Towing Your Auto
– Planning Trips - How To Get The Most For Your Money
– Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
– Earning an Income on the Road
– Staying In Touch with Family and Friends
2. RV Lifestyle: Support for Women Traveling Alone
– Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Wandering WINs! We Are
Adventurous, Single RVers Traveling the USA, Canada, and Mexico. WIN is
open to singles of all ages.
Wandering Women - This insightful article by Patti Schmidt echoes the opinion that RVs Offer Women Travelers Freedom, Flexibility & Fun.
(RVW) - RVing Women is a National network whose members come from
across the US and Canada. Established by and for women who are
interested in RVing, they have Chapters across the country that offer
camping, educational, and social events. They are a diverse group of
women who enjoy many indoor and outdoor activities and hobbies. RVW also
has a special solo chapter that is active all year with caravanning and
rolling rally events.
If you mention my name, Margo Armstrong, in the referral field when you join up, I get a few dollars off my membership renewal.
Malia’s Miles Included
on this website are links to groups or websites of other women who have
braved the open road without men and live to write about it…
Sisters on the Fly
is the largest outdoor women’s group in the United States. Its
membership-based community supports women in their journey to get up,
get out and become more adventurous! Events run the gamut from camping
to fishing, hiking, horseback riding, wine tasting and whatever else
sounds like fun to plan and do!
Margo's eBook, "Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers"
is available at all major eBookstores. It covers all the basic systems:
air conditioning, awning, generator, hot water heater, hydraulic
levelers, inverter/converter, roof, sewer, tires, and much more. Driving
balance tips are included.
3. RVing Nugget: Essential RV Tools
Interior Vacuum Cleaner - Having
a cordless hand-held vacuum for the little jobs makes life much more
pleasant. There are so many small spaces and corners in a motorhome.
I found the perfect vacuum for these jobs: Black & Decker Dustbuster 15.6-Volt Cordless Hand Vacuum.
This little white giant really has the power. It only runs about 20
minutes on a charge, but can be used around the kitchen, bathroom, and
even on carpet. It can be stored just about anywhere or left in plain
Velcro Brand Industrial Strength Tape Industrial-strength
Velcro can be purchased in rolls and cut to size. Use this very
versatile tape to anchor the TV, stereo, and other heavy objects that do
not have to be moved when traveling.
Loctite Fun-Tak Mounting Putty
This soft pliable putty-like substance brings fond memories of our
children's play days. Use this to anchor small objects like nick-naks,
counter towel holders, hand lotion bottles, and Kleenex.
Common Household Items
Baking Soda -
Pack a couple of small boxes of baking soda for multiple uses around
the kitchen and bathroom. Use it to clean the stainless steel sink while
also cleaning the drains.
Liquid Wrench Heavy Duty Silicone Spray Lubricant
(or similar) silicone spray (not the dry type) is safe to use for
squeaky hinges on inside cabinet doors. Vibration from traveling and dry
desert air creates many opportunities to use this product.
Touch of Oranges (or
similar) Wood Cleaner & Reconditioner should be used when you first
purchase the motorhome and then every six months to keep your lovely
wood cabinets looking good. After cleaning, use a wax of the same brand
to protect and bring the wood back to life.
Folex Instant Carpet Stain Remover makes cleaning up those spots quick and easy.
Hope's Perfect Countertop Polish (or similar) to clean, protect and polish the solid countertops in the kitchen and bathroom.
Goo Gone Remover Spray Gel to remove grease, stickers, tar, gum, crayon, and tape residue.
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is an RV lifestyle expert full-timing on the road for more than 18
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author of 18 eBooks (9 about the RV lifestyle). She also maintains a
weekly blog and two websites. Her writing workshops pop up wherever she
stops along the road.
4. RV Fun, Resources and News
Make your First Adventure on the Road to a Driving School
Lazydays RV Dealerships in Arizona and Florida offer driving classes. Check their websites for dates and times.
The RV Driving School
was established in 1991, and has literally taught thousands of RV
owners how to safely and confidently handle their recreational vehicles.
There are also truck-driving schools everywhere that can train you to back into a site and handle your rig on the road
The only location in the U.S. where four states meet, what are the four states that touch "Four Corners" in the southwest?
a. Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada
b. Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma
c. Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas
d. Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah
What is the only multinational continent that has no landlocked nations?
b. North America
d. South America
Of the following countries located in Africa, which one is the largest?
d. South Africa
At a height of 7,310 feet above sea level, what is the highest mountain on the continent of Australia?
a. Mount Kosciuszko
b. South Rams Head
c. Mount Twynam
d. Mount Townsend
Historically, there have been four oceans. However,
many countries now recognize a fifth ocean. What is its name?
a. Southern Ocean
b. Eastern Ocean
c. Western Ocean
d. Northern Ocean
Which of the following South American countries is landlocked?
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