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On Traveling Alone

by Helen
(Texas)

I'm an older woman who will be traveling alone. I've recently bought a 1965 travel trailer, it needs some work on it, which I hope to finish by the end of this year...if I can figure out what I'm doing. LOL.

I'm looking forward to taking off on trips early next year. But at the same time I'm a bit worried about being on my own. I'm a loner by nature so I think that will help. I plan to take one or two dogs with me too. It's just the newness of doing this, I guess.

I know it sounds silly, and in fact, it is silly but what bothers me is the thought of having people watch me when I pull in somewhere, backing up, unhitching, setting up, etc. I'm a klutz anyway, so I'm bound to make a lot of mistakes along the way. How did you two manage when you first started out?

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Aug 03, 2015
Helen You Are One Of My Heroes :)
by: Canadian Lady

Helen,

You are one of my heroes!

Keep travelling, and all the best!

-Canadian Lady

Mar 26, 2014
a woman traveling alone
by: Spencer's friend

You are describing me exactly! I got my truck last week, will pick up my trailer next Monday and I swear, I have no idea what I am doing! I have never towed anything let alone a 22ft trailer. Electricity is beyond me as well. My only companion is my (not-ferocious-looking) standard poodle. I KNOW people will laugh at me when I try to back in to my first campsite but I've decided to join them rather than be embarrassed. I could not let your comment go by without letting you know, "You are not alone." Good luck to us both!

Spencer's friend

Sep 23, 2011
Roadrunner
by: Helen

Hi! thanks for your good words, but I have to confess: I really am a klutz. My rehabbing is a lot of fumbling around mostly. I have yet to understand the electrical stuff, it's just beyond me. I don't usually bother with what other people think but this is all new to me so I feel like I'm doing a floor show for people when I, for instance, fall off the ladder or ....my latest....leave a hammer on top of the tarped trailer, pull the tarp off and here comes the hammer, just barely missed my big toe. LOL. Of course I wouldn't be laughing if it had hit my toe!
Thanks again!
Take care, Helen

Sep 23, 2011
Not to worry
by: Roadrunner

Helen, you are probably not a klutz if you are doing your own camper rehab. As for the other campers, most of them (a) can still remember their own learning curve (or are still in it), and (b) are willing to help and then leave you alone. We all go through the learning curve, and it provides some good stories :). As for the other folks, the "tsk-tsk'ers," don't give them a vote in your happiness anyway; their opinion doesn't help or matter.

Sep 23, 2011
response to Susan
by: Helen

Hi Susan! Thanks for all the great advice! I think I'll be doing a lot of boondocking to save on money. I've got a lot to learn! I didn't know I might be able to pick my site, that would be good. I'm so looking forward to getting on the road, just kinda' scary right now, ha!
thanks again, Helen

Sep 23, 2011
While you're learning
by: Susan in Saugerties

You can practice a lot at home. Then when you go out, you can try to minimize the number of people who will be observing by choosing secluded sites. Many times a campground will let you drive through to choose your own site, then return to the office to check in. See if you can get a site at the end of a row, or a pull-through with bushes on both sides. Then just go about your business, and ignore others. Most people in campgrounds observe signals that you are open to be approached, or wish to be left alone. Having never been "a woman alone" in a campground, I don't know if some guys will just not be able to resist "helping."

If you're equipped to boondock (no hookups), you have a lot more choices. There are many tricks you can learn to make this possible, or more comfortable. We added a solar panel to the top of our camper that helps a lot in keeping our battery charged up, we replaced all our incandescent bulbs with LEDS, we know how to sanitize water, we save washwater to flush the toilet, etc. etc.

We've found that one of the hardest things to manage is the refrigerator! We installed a thermometer on the wall next to the refrigerator, with a sensor inside, so we always know what temp it is inside the refrigerator (it fluctuates a lot). At first we would put it on "battery" while we were on the move, but we kept forgetting to change it to propane when we stopped for something, and it's amazing how fast it drains that battery! When we left it on propane while we were on the road, the flame kept blowing out. So we experimented with putting tape over the vent louvers on the outside, until we found the exact right amount, that keeps the compartment ventilated but the flame stays on. (We have a Lance camper - sits up on a pickup truck - so this might not apply to your situation.) Obviously, if you're plugged in, no problem.

Have fun, and don't worry!


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