3 Reasons Why RVing is for Anyone
3 Reasons Why RVing is for Anyone
How traveling in an RV can be adapted to your style.
By: Lindsey Quick
As more people are drawn to the world of RVing, they're learning that today's RVs are built to meet their needs, with systems that are easy to use. Owners can travel in a way that appeals to them, whether that's fully disconnecting from technology to be one with nature, or fully connecting to technology to be productive throughout the workday. The systems inside RVs are designed with that same accessibility in mind: easy to use no matter your level of experience.
All of this flexibility and ease of use means owners today are in control of defining what "camping" means to them, including how to camp, where to camp, or whether to camp at all.
1. Camp How You Want
I haven't always been an outdoorsy person and used to believe RV camping trips had to include exclusively rugged activities. What I've learned is that my RV trips can be whatever I want them to be! If I want to spend time in nature one day and tour city attractions the next, I can. Family RV trips can be roasting marshmallows around a campfire or doing movie night around a projector – there are no "can'ts" in RVing.
In our previous RV, we went to Texas where we visited tourist hot spots in Waco before hitting the hiking trails in Austin.
Many of the RVers I see on social media are redefining what RVing means. Some are using their RVs as a mobile school for their kids in the age of COVID-19, connecting to Zoom calls and completing homework in between stops at historic sites around the country. Others own champion show dogs that they transport in their RVs from one competition to another.
Today's RVs are set up with amenities to keep us comfortable no matter where they take us. Those who travel with pets will want an RV equipped with the appropriate systems – like lithium batteries, air conditioning, and temperature-monitoring apps – to keep their furry friends safe when left alone in the RV.
We chose the Winnebago Solis 59P, which doesn't come with a roof-mounted air conditioner, like the 59PX. That means our pup, Digger, won't be left alone in the RV on warm days.
2. Camp Where You Want
Not only can you spend your days however you please, but your nights as well. Your RV is a mobile hotel room that can be parked in the wilderness one night and a parking lot the next, or anything in between. On a recent trip in my Solis, I slept at 24-hour truck stops as I made my way to my destination before arriving at the campground where I had reservations for the next three days.
One awesome thing about RVing is that trip planning is completely flexible. There are almost always places you can find to sleep, so it's OK if your original plans change and you spend an extra day exploring a particular location.
I recently made a trip to the Winnebago Service Center in Forest City, IA, where many "camp" in the parking lot overnight during their service appointments.
3. Or Don't Camp at All
I used to think RV outings needed to be multi-day adventures that started with a long drive across states. Instead, I've learned that many RVs are great for daytrips, especially during times like COVID where some might want to explore destinations closer to home.
I've seen many RVers turn their rigs into mobile offices for the day, while some parents use them to make their kids' all-day sports tournaments more comfortable. We've taken our Solis on daytrips to nearby towns where we could explore the outdoors by biking or paddleboarding.
The Solis is perfect for packing and transporting our paddleboards for a daytrip to a nearby lake.
Daytrips in our Solis meant we had our own food, gear, and bathroom. We also had other conveniences that many Winnebago RVs have, such as outdoor shower hookups we used to rinse sand off our feet or wash our dog's dirty paws.
When it comes to using your RV, there are more resources for education and support than ever before. Facebook groups can double as real-time technical support and a place to build community, while YouTube features endless video how-tos and campground reviews. Nearly all the information you need is usually just a click away. There are also tons of apps and websites to help you find a place to sleep, plan your route and more.
The conveniences and systems built into today's RVs allow you to define what "camping" in an RV looks like for you, from how and where you camp, to whether you use the RV for camping at all. This flexibility means that anyone can be an RVer, no matter their experience. The ease of use and availability of resources make it possible to tailor trip itineraries entirely to what interests you.
The Solis gives us the freedom to take whatever kind of trip we want, whether it's across the country or across the state, with easy-