A Day in the Life of an RVer

Lisa Fritscher January 15, 2015 No Comments


The scenery was breathtaking.

RV travelers span a wide range of ages, from senior citizens to families with infants. They represent a cross section of the population as a whole, falling into every conceivable income bracket, political persuasion and religious background. They have every interest and hobby you could imagine. However, they generally share some common threads: a sense of adventure, a zest for life, and a desire to explore the world around them. A typical day in the life of an RVer, then, is generally filled with laughter and a sense of wonder. Compiled from our experiences and those of people we have met on the road, here is a sample day in the life of a full-time RV traveler.

9:00 A.M.
I wake up and step outside for some fresh air. Looking around bleary-eyed and slightly confused, my sleepy brain momentarily forgets that we moved yesterday. The bleak, dusty Western landscape, surrounded by high mountains in the distance, is a radical change from the lush green Louisiana swampland where we spent the past two weeks. I head back inside to shower, dress and round up the family. We’re only here for a week, and we intend to make the most of it.

11:00 A.M.
After negotiating the twists and turns of the unfamiliar mountain road, we happened on a local diner with excellent food, cheap prices and hearty portions. A late breakfast fortified us nicely, and we got a tip from the guy at the next table on ghost towns in the region. With a hand-drawn map and a warning not to trust our GPS in the area, we are going to try to check out three or four before going into town to see the small museum.

Tiny Museum

Tiny museums are often the most interesting.

3:00 P.M.
We found three of the recommended ghost towns before getting lost on a dusty trail that we’re pretty sure has never seen a car before. Fortunately, we had the foresight to fill up the gas tank after we arrived last night, so it turned into an adventure rather than a crisis. When we finally found our way back to the main road, we decided to go into town. The museum was bizarre yet oddly fascinating. A ramshackle building erected in the 1840s, it was identified only by a hand-lettered sign on a piece of cardboard. The owner looked a little intimidating, but I think he was just lonely. He seemed thrilled by a few moments of conversation.

5:00 P.M.
We found a Wal-Mart a couple of towns away. As much as we love exploring the wilderness, we also like it when everything on the RV works right. We bought a few things including a new fresh water hose and some chemicals for the holding tank, and stocked up on some groceries. Now we’re heading back to the campground. They’re serving a full dinner tonight, followed by a concert. We met the band in Florida last winter, and they really impressed us—especially the kids! I’ve never seen such a talented fiddle player, and he’s only 12 years old!

Game Room

We loved the artwork on the game room walls.

8:00 P.M.
Dinner was fantastic—a country fried steak that filled the entire plate, accompanied by a second plate piled high with mashed potatoes and gravy and homemade vegetables. Dessert was bread pudding made by the resident chef. The concert was terrific as always, and we made sure to give the band a nice donation! It was nice to catch up with them and hear about all the different gigs they’ve played in the months since we saw them last.

Now we’re headed to the game room. We’ll probably shoot a game or two of pool, or maybe work on a jigsaw puzzle, if we don’t get dragged into a card game, that is. We’ve heard the card players here just love teaching their favorite games to the newbies!

11:00 P.M.
We planned to turn in early, but as soon as we got home, the next door neighbors called us over. It turns out they’re friends of the people we camped next to in Alabama a few months ago. They have a roaring campfire going and it’s turned into a bit of a party, with various people from our loop stopping by. The stars are amazing out here, away from the city light pollution. Maybe tomorrow night we’ll have our new friends over to look through our telescope.

1:00 A.M.
I can’t resist checking my phone, email and social media before bed every night, and tonight I ended up in a long conversation with the Turkish photographer we met in Alaska a few years ago. We haven’t managed to connect in person again, but it looks like we might all end up in Florida this winter. I just love how many of our road friends end up becoming lifelong pals!

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Lisa is a full-time travel writer. She lives in an RV with her disabled father and writes about their experiences. Although she has no children of her own, Lisa loves being an Aunt to her own relatives and the children of all her friends. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Travel Confessions.

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