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Old 03-16-2011, 12:35 PM   #15
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I'm a female and a nurse, not a male or a doctor, both of which are far more revered in our society.
Maybe that's true in your profession but they certainly are not any better than anyone else from my male point of view.



You may as already been pointed out want to check out the Solo RV'ers forum for the experiences of others.
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Just do what you want to do. Take your time and learn as you go, you'll be alright. The best way to learn anything is by doing it yourself. Any ideas of where you are going or is it point and go? Evidently if you are in California you are going east most likely. There are plenty of good people out there to meet and socialize with. Good Luck!!!
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Welcome to the Road and iRV2

Amber:

My wife is also a nurse, CCRN, has been travelling since 1997 both with me and without me. She has stayed in apartments, condo's, private homes, and our RV while on 13 week traveelling assignments without incident.

She has travelled with associates, co-workers, former bosses, and even me and the 2 small dogs and has enjoyed every last minute of it.

Enjoy the experience, keep a clear vision of your safety and "if it feels wrong - it is" intuition and life on the road will be great for you !

Welcome to freedom and the open road !
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One great resource on the road is public libraries. They usually have internet and many have very nice staff and volunteers who love to assist people with their local knowledge. Visitor centers are also staffed with such people. The great thing about these resources is that you are not expected to form any kind of lasting social bond, so there is little pressure on those of us who aren't looking for longer term relationships.

At the core, RVing is about adventure - with all the wonderful positives and daunting negatives that are implied in that endeavor.
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Go for it girl. You will have memories to last the rest of your life.ENJOY the ride.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:01 PM   #21
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I hope that you find this adventure to be well worth the effort. I am a single guy and found that most folks (couples) shyed away from me. Single guy in a BIG rig ??? What's wrong with him? Actually nothing. I have since gotten a great little dog and have found that I am more accepted. I do alot of hiking and read a ton of books. I do not dine out. Hate aloneness while sitting in restaurant. I have noticed that the few single women I have seen come into the campground seem to bond pretty quickly. I think commercial parks vs. nat'l parks/state parks have more interaction available for a single person. It's a great country out there. Go see it, put a smile on your face, and enjoy.
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Hi Amber, You have stumbled upon a wonderful and diverse forum, IMHO
I am 52 and also a California RN/Midwife and I sense a little 'burn-out' in your post. I can so relate and hitting the road for a while (or forever) is what I have also chosen to do When I told my manager (she was a new manager) that I was resigning and what I was doing she got a huge smile on her face and said, "I live in my RV too!!!" I am not solo, but I do know that there are quite a few solos out here and I have noticed that almost everyone we come across is just about as friendly as can be
Sounds like everyone has been giving you great advise here and I wholeheartedly say "Go for it Girl!!!"

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I'm a female and a nurse, not a male or a doctor, both of which are far more revered in our society.

~~Had to make one of my favorite comments here...Be nice to nurses, they keep your doctors from killing you Don't you wish more people realized how true that is.
I hope you will post often and share your experiences with us. It is a beautiful world out here and this lifestyle is actually very well suited to our profession
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I just wanted to say that you deserve more credit: you HAVE mattered to society - you are a mother and a nurse. These two facts tell me you are a caring, compassionate, good person. You've held someone's hand, you've taught your kids right from wrong, you've made someone feel better. And we all know nurses are the ones that get it done. The people that put doctors up on a high pedestal, are probably all doctors.

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I just wanted to say that you deserve more credit: you HAVE mattered to society - you are a mother and a nurse. These two facts tell me you are a caring, compassionate, good person. You've held someone's hand, you've taught your kids right from wrong, you've made someone feel better. And we all know nurses are the ones that get it done. The people that put doctors up on a high pedestal, are probably all doctors.

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Well... I read in your post some fear,, Fear of the unknown, Alas, I"m likely the worst person to advise on emotional issues because my own emotions are.. Fairly walled up..

That said.. I know you are afraid, but you will find that for the most part the people who are parked next to you, or perhaps 4 rigs down, are very friendly and helpful. You might want to watch the movie RV with Robin Williams and Jeff Daniels.. Now, understand this is a comedy and most of what happens Robin is, quite simply, not possible,, But take a look at Jeff Daniel's character (Mr. Gornekie or something like that) You will find a lot like him out there.. People who can help you with any problems you may have.

And that show with the doctor in the RV in the lot.. I am not sure I recall that one.
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I second the FMCA Chapters, Roadside Assistance and dog recommendations.
Good luck on your new adventure.
I agree here as well.

Whatever you do Amber don't get a golden retriever! My 2 goldens have been known to lick any attacker without prevocation.

Enjoy the journey because that's what life is all about.
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I agree here as well.

Whatever you do Amber don't get a golden retriever! My 2 goldens have been known to lick any attacker without prevocation.

Enjoy the journey because that's what life is all about.
Very true about Goldies. Ours never met a stranger. You can say the same for most Labrador Retrievers. The only damage ours might do to an intruder is knock him out with his wagging tail.

Welcome to the forum and we hope you enjoy the lifestyle. You will find at most campgrounds that your neighbors will be happy to assist you.

When choosing a campground check out the surrounding area and the condition of the campground. If the neighborhood is run down and the campground isn't well maintained use the wheels on your coach and go on down the road.

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Although we are short-trippers (because of pet limitations) we feel for your situation. If you ever make it up to the very "top left-hand corner" of this great country, look us up or PM, so we can meet.

The very best to you. BTW Our #2 daughter is in the business as an imaging specialist, so we have some insight into the medical support professions.
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