Recently I received the following email asking for help:
“Hi, we started full-timing this year. I started out so excited but have fell into a disappointed depression. Seems everyone says how friendly people are and how much fun it is to travel but I am not so sure. We had fun traveling in our car but now that we are in an RV we seem lost. We are in Mesa, AZ at this time. Parks are so expensive and even if they´re not it is hard to fine a good one. Thought maybe you could give me some ideas to get me out of this slump. Appreciate it so much. Help!!! We are from Ohio. Can’ t go back we sold our home.”
I answered her back with:
I am so sad to hear that you have not had a better experience fulltime RVing. First off, do you belong to Escapees RV Club? If not I highly recommend you do so. We met most of our RV friends attending rallies and activities through Escapees. Within Escapees they have sub-groups one of which is called Boomers. It is strictly a social group without any structure except to gather with other Boomers across the country as we travel. We communicate with each other on Facebook and through a monthly electronic newsletter. Most of our friends on the road are Boomers.
As far as finding good RV parks to stay, check out parks at www.rvparkreviews.com and read comments before deciding where to park. Some people travel a lot only staying a week or two at one place, while others stay at one place for three months and only move four times a year. If you move often it is harder to make friends. We came to Betty's RV Park two years ago and met so many people just from our time here and have kept in touch with them and met them in other places in the country. Finding a friendly park with outgoing people almost guarantees meeting friendly people.
No matter which way you travel, you DO have to put yourself out there in order to make friends on the road. You have to make the first move and introduce yourself to others. Go to RV park activities, introduce yourself to others in the laundromat, church, etc. One of the best ways I've found to meet others is to simply sit outside my rig in a chair and greet people as they walk by. Or, you go walk around the RV park and greet people who are nearby. But you have to be the instigator to meet others.
I hope some of these ideas will ring true to you and you will try them.
One other thing I'd like to suggest. I'd like to put this question on my blog to my readers and see what suggestions they come up with in comments. Of course I would not use your name.
In an additional email I also suggested she read Nick Russell’s excellent post on making friends on the road.
Come on now folks let’s get behind this and help this fellow RVer. What suggestions do you have that would help this blog reader? Make your suggestions in the comments section and I will publish them. Oh, I hope I get lots of comments!
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