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Old 09-18-2018, 02:05 PM   #1
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RV Caravans

We have seen many advertisements for RV caravans. Now that my wife and are retired and able to travel, we were wondering if these caravans are worth the price they are charging? If any of you has traveled with these caravans, please share your pros and cons. Thanks.

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We are pretty new to this RV cruising life and the idea of joining one of the caravans sounds interesting to me.
I kinda like the idea of traveling with others who have more experience. Having campsites already secured, events and tours scheduled plus the fellowship of other RVers.
I haven't signed up for one yet, but am considering it.

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Old 09-18-2018, 03:53 PM   #3
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Bill206. I havenít been on a caravan. I have reviewed several and used a combination of these to make my own schedule. But if you are not capable of doing repairs on the road, you may like that they usually have tail gunner to assist if you have a breakdown. We made a trip from Indiana to Alaska and back without issues.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:28 PM   #4
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Weíve never been on one but with the prices that are charged I think we would rather travel at our own pace and see the attractions that interest us. As far as meeting people, Iím far more outgoing than I used to be and meeting new people is becoming easier all the time. Most people are pretty friendly. I think Iím going to enjoy retirement!
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It all depends on your personality. Do you have a need to have people do your planning, be surround by people at every stop? We find that planning a trip is half the fun. We get to stop where we want and for how long. If we don't like it we can move on. We don't have to be at a certain campground at the end of the day. If we only travel 50 miles and find a scenic area we'd like to explore more then we stop. We like our quiet time and ease in traveling. Most of all we don't like RV parks. We head to public parks with scenery. Helping with repairs? That would rarely come up and if it does they will just do simple things. They're not going to hold up the whole tour waiting for you to get parts and installation. We've traveled all over the country, Canada, Yukon, Alaska on our own. It can be done.
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I too can't figure out what they can possibly offer to justify the price. In an attempt to understand what these companies offer I studied the details of one of their 0 mile stay in one location packages, it was a 4 or 5 day stay in New Orleans at one of the more well regarded rv campgrounds in the area, lots of free time, and some structured activities (river boat cruise, afternoon group dining at big name establishments, ...). I found that if we were to want to follow their itinerary we could do it on our own for well under half the price even accounting for taxi cost to and from the campground for each scheduled outing.
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In the 8 years we've been full-timing we've traveled >65,000 miles around North America, all of it to places we wanted to go and we were able to stay as long as we wished. We wouldn't want to be part of a caravan for the same reason we don't like bus tours--we don't want someone else telling us how much time we can spend seeing something that interests us.

Furthermore, for the caravans we've investigated, the "per day" travel distance was significantly less than how far we like to travel in a day. We usually drive ~6 -7 hours which translates to ~350-375 miles which we don't consider a huge distance. But several of the caravans we investigated had daily distances of ~200-250 miles. We'd be bored out of our minds if our travel days ended at ~2pm.
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I could never understand the cost benefit of a caravan. And we hate schedules
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In the 8 years we've been full-timing we've traveled >65,000 miles around North America, all of it to places we wanted to go and we were able to stay as long as we wished. We wouldn't want to be part of a caravan for the same reason we don't like bus tours--we don't want someone else telling us how much time we can spend seeing something that interests us.

Furthermore, for the caravans we've investigated, the "per day" travel distance was significantly less than how far we like to travel in a day. We usually drive ~6 -7 hours which translates to ~350-375 miles which we don't consider a huge distance. But several of the caravans we investigated had daily distances of ~200-250 miles. We'd be bored out of our minds if our travel days ended at ~2pm.


I agree, we like driving further also 350-400 and the slow pace is too slow for us. But we havenít heard yet from others who have done them. I think they are quite expensive as well.
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I agree, we like driving further also 350-400 and the slow pace is too slow for us. But we haven’t heard yet from others who have done them. I think they are quite expensive as well.
FWIW we just completed a ~65 day trip covering most of the area included in this 42-day tour run by Adventure Caravans, one of the larger tour operators.
https://adventurecaravans.com/tour/b...mountain-high/

Because we had previously been to this part of the country, on this trip we didn't feel obliged to cover every tourist attraction, but many of those that we did visit we spent far longer at than the Adventure tour allows for. For example, the tour includes Yellowstone National Park as part of a 3-day activity with other sights. On this trip we spent significantly longer touring both Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks.

As for cost, the Adventure tour costs a lot more than our entire vacation did, including all the fuel we used which, of course, isn't included in the Adventure price. I'd guess that going with Adventure would have increased our total costs by 2X.

These are simply my observations and are, in no way, a criticism of guided caravans for those who enjoy them. Like most things in life, it's "different strokes for different folks." Caravans clearly serve a role for a portion of the RV community, otherwise they wouldn't exist.

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Old 09-19-2018, 08:18 AM   #11
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We've not been on a caravan, but have been on bus tours and decided we hate them. So, for that reason and the reasons stated above, we're not interested in a caravan.


We want to go where we want on our timeline. We don't want to be on someone else's schedule. Heck, we don't really want to be on a schedule at all, if possible. But, if your personality enjoys traveling with a group with a schedule, go for it and give it a try.
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Like others stated, it would depend on your personality. Are you the adventure risk taking spontaneous type of traveler or do you prefer to travel with a agenda and the security of a group and friends? If you are even considering a caravan, then my advice would be to try it, you might really like it. I have not tried a caravan but then I don't like traveling with even one other RV or motorcycle. So based on my travel style, I don't think a caravan would work for me.
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we are not the type to caravan but I am sure there are many who enjoy 'the work done for them' and they do not have to plan, they pay someone to do just that....they can handle being in a group and controlled by the group schedule etc. For those who would relax into it, grab all the pleasure they could from their excursion and be very social and chill in the 'tour' then they would benefit greatly. We just aren't those people We fly free and on our own at our pace but many have greatly enjoyed the big social caravan experience and would say it was worth every darn penny spent
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I have not been on a caravan, and enjoy the planning part as well. The one youtube channel I watch, Keep your Daydream, joined a caravan to go to Mexico. This might possibly be a good idea, for the reason of safety. Going with people who are familiar where to go, and where not to go, might make it worth the extra money. Here is a link to them starting the journey crossing the Mexican border with the caravan. They speak more about the caravan in other videos.

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