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Old 06-19-2020, 05:10 AM   #15
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Gotta do something in the evenings! I love to play cards.. Hell, I would join and pretend to be a woman just for that haha. But I am more of a computer gamer in the evenings, which is why I am going to go overboard on the solar when I go full time. Hopefully in 5 years they will have truly unlimited wifi hotspot data use. This whole 30gb per month stuff wouldn't work for me. Or reducing the data wouldn't work either. Unless it was like 30gb at 5g and the rest at 4g. I have 4g now and it runs my gaming just fine when my normal internet is down.

So true!
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Old 06-19-2020, 05:14 AM   #16
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Have you ever seen "what's Eating Gilbert Grape"? That is actually real in terms of the RV caravans. There are literally caravans that I have seen that fill pretty much every space within the same day. On the road driving I have passed like 40 RVs in the space of 3-4 miles. Crazy stuff when they all show up near you within the same day. You were alone boondocking then in the evening there were 30-40 RVs near you. Not a bad thing at all for me. I am an introvert, but I also like to see people having a good time together. I would do the caravan thing if it was just for the western USA. I don't like going east of TX.
Ha! I saw that show many years ago and can barely remember it.
A caravan would be fun but I'd get left behind after they find out I have to stop and pee every 2 hrs. LOL!
I'm in agreement with the west. All my travels are to Cali, Tx, N.M., Az., & Utah.
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Old 06-19-2020, 05:18 AM   #17
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more than 2 or 3 would be a bit much for me. small groups work out pretty well. For large groups you would need reservations and organization that would take a lot of the nomadic random pleasure out of it. It was the same during my harley days. More than 4 or 5 bikes and I was out. Like to keep things simple.
Mom & I were traveling up the 101 in Cali one year and stopped for the night at a place on the beach. They had a fire pit that we thought we'd sit at and enjoy for a while and within 20 mins. 4 guys joined in that were traveling on their bikes. Then 2 more people joined. It was a fun evening hearing stories and getting to know one another.
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Old 06-19-2020, 05:29 AM   #18
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I feel the same way about the RVingwomen events. Not my thing and that's why I haven't really been interested in going to one. I like spending time in the outdoors doing things, not playing card games, etc..
I didn't think about posting on the member directory. Good idea!
Thank you!
Do you really travel with that many cats? LOL! And I thought 4 dogs was crazy.
No not so many now! When I lived in a house I ended up with as many as six cats - in my mind not quite enough to be a crazy cat lady. But I got used to using that "name". When I set out FT it was with 2 dogs and the 2 remaining cats. "My" cat is now 20. The other cat belongs to the remaining dog. She kept locating kittens and I finally let her keep one. Raised from 4 weeks old,it thinks it is a dog (now 9 yo).

On the gatherings, I wasn't near a local chapter long enough to try those out. I did do a national and although I did not hang out all evening, I liked the learning chances and did at least appear for awhile at the various entertainment items. Gave me a chance to at least meet a few folks but then return to the realitive quiet of my own RV. The annual gatherings held out west are larger than the ones in the east. And there is a bunch who gather during the winter out there off grid. Many hail from Arizona so finding folks to join you out that way may be easier than here in the east.

You might also check on the group Sisters on the Fly. They are more into outdoor activites. Still may be too much "gathering" for an introvert.

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Old 06-19-2020, 09:44 AM   #19
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I have a 19 year old cat. She's just as spry as ever, but her hearing is diminished, and can only hear things well in front of her. Her eyesight is good, and no signs of cataracts. She's sleeping more than she used to but she's still very active when she's awake. Tearing off in one direction for no reason and then digs in the carpet real fast like I dog would do. It's cute that she still plays as much as she does.

I was never thinking about taking her with me because I figured she wouldn't be alive in 4 years, but who knows now. My issue is that I have two cats. I have to keep the 2 year old girl outside most of the time (a lot of land for her to explore) because she would attack my old cat. My old cat is a runt so she's like 4lbs and my other kitten is 14lbs (she's a big cat). They don't play well together. I thought it was just going to be me and the 2 year old going on our adventure, but who knows now!
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:34 AM   #20
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I am glad you started this post k9travler. I haven't posted here, but enjoy reading, learning and seeing where folks are traveling. My husband doesn't particularly enjoy the traveling and camping, but tolerates me and the trips I plan. I thought the suggestion of small caravans sounded intriguing for those of us that want to travel and would travel more by themselves if part of a small caravan.
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If I wasn't working full time, I'd definitely find and join a good small caravan.

You still have privacy staying in your own RV and also have safety in numbers.
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No not so many now! When I lived in a house I ended up with as many as six cats - in my mind not quite enough to be a crazy cat lady. But I got used to using that "name". When I set out FT it was with 2 dogs and the 2 remaining cats. "My" cat is now 20. The other cat belongs to the remaining dog. She kept locating kittens and I finally let her keep one. Raised from 4 weeks old,it thinks it is a dog (now 9 yo).

On the gatherings, I wasn't near a local chapter long enough to try those out. I did do a national and although I did not hang out all evening, I liked the learning chances and did at least appear for awhile at the various entertainment items. Gave me a chance to at least meet a few folks but then return to the realitive quiet of my own RV. The annual gatherings held out west are larger than the ones in the east. And there is a bunch who gather during the winter out there off grid. Many hail from Arizona so finding folks to join you out that way may be easier than here in the east.

You might also check on the group Sisters on the Fly. They are more into outdoor activites. Still may be too much "gathering" for an introvert.

Best of luck.
Wow.. 20yrs. old! That's impressive! Ha! "The cat belongs to the dog." Too funny.
I'll check out Sisters. I think one of those groups do not allow pets. :(
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Old 09-01-2020, 09:13 AM   #23
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great thread

I'm so glad to read this thread. I'm a newby to this group, but in the past camped with my friends mostly just weekends. I'm hoping to put together a small caravan to visit national parks. Since I live in SW New Mexico, I'd start in AZ, Utah, etc. I'm thinking 3-6 weeks at a time, but not sure what makes sense as this is new to me. Now that I'm retired, I'm going to upgrade to a Class B or Camper Van. Any suggestions of how to organize a caravan are much appreciated.
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I'm so glad to read this thread. I'm a newby to this group, but in the past camped with my friends mostly just weekends. I'm hoping to put together a small caravan to visit national parks. Since I live in SW New Mexico, I'd start in AZ, Utah, etc. I'm thinking 3-6 weeks at a time, but not sure what makes sense as this is new to me. Now that I'm retired, I'm going to upgrade to a Class B or Camper Van. Any suggestions of how to organize a caravan are much appreciated.
Hi Sherry,
I like your idea though not sure how to go about implementing it. I would guess if a trip is posted enough ahead of time, there would be some interested. I'm not sure all the parks are open yet. :(
I'm leaving next week to N.M. (Farmington area) & then to Moab and then back to N.M. before heading back to Florida.
I noticed most "touristy" places around Farmington and Aztec aren't open and the Farmington Lake is open only to locals. Thankfully, my brother lives in Aztec and I'll just ride with him when I want to go.
I've already been to all the "touristy" places around that area so I'm not interested in going again.
If you decide to get a group going next year, contact me because I would be interested. Anything to get out of the Florida humidity!

I have a Mercedes Sprinter Revel van and absolutely love it. I had an Airstream one but found it difficult to find parking and I was always concerned about messing it up inside. It was too nice. My Revel is for me and the dogs!
Muddy shoes and all.
If it's just you, you might enjoy a class B van.
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Hi Sherry,
I like your idea though not sure how to go about implementing it. I would guess if a trip is posted enough ahead of time, there would be some interested. I'm not sure all the parks are open yet. :(
I'm leaving next week to N.M. (Farmington area) & then to Moab and then back to N.M. before heading back to Florida.
I noticed most "touristy" places around Farmington and Aztec aren't open and the Farmington Lake is open only to locals. Thankfully, my brother lives in Aztec and I'll just ride with him when I want to go.
I've already been to all the "touristy" places around that area so I'm not interested in going again.
If you decide to get a group going next year, contact me because I would be interested. Anything to get out of the Florida humidity!

I have a Mercedes Sprinter Revel van and absolutely love it. I had an Airstream one but found it difficult to find parking and I was always concerned about messing it up inside. It was too nice. My Revel is for me and the dogs!
Muddy shoes and all.
If it's just you, you might enjoy a class B van.

Good to know you'd be interested in a small caravan. I'm thinking late spring starting in AZ, UT, CO, then back to NM for the first loop. It's a dream since who knows when Covid will lighten up and things will open.
I owned an Eurovan for 10 years but since I've moved from Denver to SW New Mexico to care for my mom (almost 96), I've downsized to a Toyota Sienna Van - no camping for now. I've been researching Class B's. Right now I'm thinking to order a Embassy Sport with some mods for spring pickup. Means a trip to Elkhart, Indiana. lots to think about...
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I am a single 69 yo woman that has been fulltime RVIng since 2011. I made lots of plans that I figured would help keep me safe in strange places. My best idea was to buy a small motorhome so that anytime I got nervous I could jump in the driver’s seat and leave. I've never gotten concerned and I rarely stay in RV parks.

There are many better places to park overnight other than Walmart. Look for strip malls with few tenants, closed businesses and sports field parking lots in small towns. If you can set your RV up so you don’t have to plug in every night you can save a lot of time and $ by not going to RV parks.

I hope you are planning ahead for next summer because the virus has so many great places closed now. Have fun!
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Hi! I'm a Libra and I like moon-lit strolls and walks in the park......oops, wrong forum!

I thought I needed a travel partner, too. Turns out that using the RV solo can be a great adventure and you meet wonderful folks along the way. Yes, most of the folks you meet are couples, but the campfire stories are just as enjoyable.

There have been great suggestions above on how to feel safe during your travels. Once you get past your hesitation, you are going to discover great opportunities for some fun and adventures.
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