The RV industry has begun to enjoy resurgence around the world. It doesn’t matter if you have a tent, travel trailer or a full-sized motor home, taking a trip to see the country has become chic again.
Remember the movie, “The Long, Long Trailer,” with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez? The plan was to buy a travel trailer and spend their honeymoon driving from her home to his new entertaining gig several states away. Adventures and misadventures abound- some funny, some not.
The movie, “RV,” with Randy Quaid and Robin Williams showed even newbies without a clue made friends with experienced full-timers. Everyone needs a little help now and then.
Today, traveling in an RV doesn’t mean you have to be by yourself. Clubs and associations from one shore of America to the other encompass everything from Gay and Lesbians, Military Active duty, Veterans and Retirees, Women only, Men only, RV specific (your particular type of trailer or RV) and more.
Check out this link for a list of over two dozen different RV clubs and organizations.
There are no rules in the RV world that says you can’t belong to several groups at once. That gives you more choices for your vacation travels. If a group is going your way, you can take advantage of group discounts and enjoy the camaraderie.
One group that isn’t listed is Sisters on the Fly- a women’s RV group that travels all over the country. They have only three rules when they travel- no pets, no children, and no men. Not feminist at all- when women travel with family, they spend their time taking care of everyone else. Think of this group as a woman’s retreat on wheels.
No matter what type of recreational vehicle you own, if you camp in tents, pop-up campers, travel trailers from teardrops to 36-foot fifth wheels, or any type of motorhome or truck camper, there is a group or club for you.
Some clubs have membership fees while other groups don’t. It’s worth checking into. Be sure to read all the rules of the group before you join so you know what’s expected of you as a member.
Of course, having fun is the number one rule. And since you’ll be surrounded by like-minded members, advice for maintaining your RV is free, you can share recipes, sources for parts and much, much more.
Some groups have newsletters or magazines, such as the Good Sam club. Find the perfect campground, RV park or free place to boondock from those who know the secrets. You can find routes to avoid toll roads, construction and much more.
Have fun with your travel trailer, RV or tent. You don’t even have to own or live in one full time. Many are available for rent- just check your local internet or phone book listings for RV rentals. Perhaps you have a friend who owns one.