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Old 09-03-2013, 09:19 AM   #43
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Annie and I are happily in it for the long run. She is my perfect companion. If anything were to happen to her I would miss her and ache forever. Sure - I would be fine - but I would not take a chance on Driving Miss Crazy. (Not referring to the OPs friend) but it is hard to imagine finding the right travel companion in 1) a short time or 2) by Internet connection. Small spaces - traveling places - takes a well tuned and highly compatible couple. I have seen / heard the result of unhappy unions in campgrounds before. Not pleasant to be around and would not chance heading out to points unknown with a near or complete stranger. Not a chance. Even thinking back to having roommates many years ago - seemed fine - could not wait to see them go.
Then comes the question of where is your friend going to sleep? Most RV's have a one bedroom situation. What you suggest (RanCarr) is a little too close for comfort and better left to something once a relationship is established. Not something as just "Here I am, Where are we going"?
Somehow, I don't see a 70 year old woman sleeping on an uncomfortable Jacknife or Hideabed couch for more than a day.
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^^^ or in the cab over of a C... Our coach does have a great queen air mattress sofa sleeper but the up down daily would get old methinks after a while. The old "cocktails for 6, dinner for 4, sleeps 2 - assumed the same bed I'm guessing - but could be wrong on that. A family is different - kids make do - BIL is ok on couch a few days or so. Otherwise not so much. Not saying it can't be worked out or the right situation doesn't exist. I'm sure it does, but might just be difficult to find. I agree - a plan among existing good friends is a more likely prospect for success. And even that could end badly. I do hope it works out for the friend. These days - in her 70s she has many miles left on. It's the new 50 you know.
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First, I must say that it's REALLY hard to find someone compatible that you want to be confined with for any length of time. I lived on a boat for 10 years and when my partner left, I tried to find crew to help me. That is a really long story and it's not a pretty one.

There is a Facebook group called RV Singles - https://www.facebook.com/groups/163428527139904/ which she might be able to join. There are couple RV groups on Yahoo Groups - one is All About Rving and the other is RV Singles, a lot of the people on the Facebook are from the latter group. In one of them, there was talk about trying to work out details of traveling companions. Maybe she could get on there and start a conversation with some of them, especially the singles group.

As for me, I learned my lesson from being on the boat. I don't have anyone to go with and I don't have a rig, but I'm selling boat, house, car and looking to buy a truck and 5th wheel. It's better than trying to find someone or staying home and wishing I was out there.

Good luck to RanCarr's friend and any others looking to buddy up.
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If I remember right

I believe RanCarr's original post had to do with "people meeting people" (like-minded RVr's).

I think many of you are getting way out there and assuming that her friend wants to "shack" up with someone right away. Just my opinion, but the way I see it is, that's entirely up to the people that meet, how they "start" their travel adventure together, and when. Instead of focusing your thoughts on the negatives, what about some positive input?

Here's one, how about two people meeting, having a couple of "dates" and they enjoy each other's company. Next, they decide to go on a weekend campout, next they decide platonic will work best so they buy one of those "eggs" and tow it. There, they can sleep separate!

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Not being Single - not having a horse in the race - my last comment on this is - we have all informally met lots of people here - some with and some without RVs - some seeking to platonically travel - some perhaps interested in it. So far it doesn't look like many, if any have actually made a connection. Still - I hope those seeking a traveling connection find one!
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Getting back to the original question, here is another single retires site.

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Getting back to the original question, here is another single retires site.

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thanks Richard, way to stay on track Denise
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interesting for me is at first i thought the issue was entirely different then it seems to be unfolding now. one can be in an Rv on the road and other then the driving is not really alone. I meet lots of great people all over and in various places. it's a great life out there.
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I see a strong expectation that this would be a "safe, moderated site" for RanCarr's friend to pursue her desire to find a companion to travel with. Why would IRV2 be any safer than any other internet match-up site? As a staff member, I'm certainly not going to vet the intentions of whomever might respond if we had a "companion wanted" board. We ask that our members be polite in their posted messages, but that means nothing as far as their private behavior is concerned.

Creating a board strictly for meeting up with others serves as an attraction for people with ulterior motives, adding yet another set of concerns for the staff. No thanks!
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rancar you do have a hard to fill issue. I think you have expectations implied or not that are hard to avoid. I would want a certain amount of interaction before inviting an essential stranger to just hop in and go for an extended trip across country.
I'm sure she would also want to know the person or people (if women) before taking off with them. Anyway, I gave her the information on the site for people looking for traveling companions. It's up to her now. I'm finished with it.

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I believe I understand what you are trying to accomplish just not sure how to get it done in a reasonably safe manner for both involved. As you stated people, and camping have changed drastically since the 60 and 70's.
The change is unreal. I couldn't believe I was in the same country when I got back into camping 6 years ago. Good grief, it was a whole different world.

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if she had friends that had like desires with an already established relationship perhaps they could either rent a small Rv together or even buy one jointly. still thinking on your subject
She has no friends into traveling. As I said, she has that info so she can take it from there. I wish she lived closer to us but she's a good 1900 miles away.
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sometimes one can put themselves in difficult positions trying to help a friend
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First, I must say that it's REALLY hard to find someone compatible that you want to be confined with for any length of time. I lived on a boat for 10 years and when my partner left, I tried to find crew to help me. That is a really long story and it's not a pretty one.
I can well imagine as I went through roommate-hell before I remarried. It's difficult to find someone companionable, honest, clean....that is the sad truth. I thinks she already suspects that.

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There is a Facebook group called RV Singles - https://www.facebook.com/groups/163428527139904/ which she might be able to join. There are couple RV groups on Yahoo Groups - one is All About Rving and the other is RV Singles, a lot of the people on the Facebook are from the latter group. In one of them, there was talk about trying to work out details of traveling companions. Maybe she could get on there and start a conversation with some of them, especially the singles group.
Thanks, I'll give her this information also.

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As for me, I learned my lesson from being on the boat. I don't have anyone to go with and I don't have a rig, but I'm selling boat, house, car and looking to buy a truck and 5th wheel. It's better than trying to find someone or staying home and wishing I was out there.

Good luck to RanCarr's friend and any others looking to buddy up.
I hope it works out for her as I'm sure it's something she would really enjoy.
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Getting back to the original question, here is another single retires site.

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Apparently that site no longer exists as the name is for sale, but thanks anyway.
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I see a strong expectation that this would be a "safe, moderated site" for RanCarr's friend to pursue her desire to find a companion to travel with. Why would IRV2 be any safer than any other internet match-up site?
For one it doesn't seem to be a place for freaks to hang out.

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As a staff member, I'm certainly not going to vet the intentions of whomever might respond if we had a "companion wanted" board. We ask that our members be polite in their posted messages, but that means nothing as far as their private behavior is concerned.
This is very true. The nicest appearing and sounding person can be like those Texas chain saw murderers. Seriously....

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Creating a board strictly for meeting up with others serves as an attraction for people with ulterior motives, adding yet another set of concerns for the staff. No thanks!
I guess people would start using it as a free dating service.
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