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Around the campfire: The many kinds of “RV travelers.” Which are you?

Recently we had a lively discussion about the different kinds of RV travelers. The conversation teeter-tottered between a humorous and semi-serious tone. Yes, broad generalizations were made. Very broad. Keep that in mind as you “listen in” on the conversation.

RV travelers on the road

The “make-good-time” RV travelers

This person has a lead foot on the gas pedal. Always. They like to brag about how quickly they can drive their rig from Point A to Point B. They revel in telling others how they were able to cut travel time by 30 minutes, simply by not stopping. Ever. The make-good-time RV traveler has an auxiliary fuel tank that eliminates time-consuming fuel stops. They always pack a lunch because that, too, eliminates downtime. No liquid beverages are ever allowed inside the rig because that necessitates bathroom breaks. (Bathroom breaks, even when done very quickly are never fast enough.) Yes, “make-good-time” RV travelers are the first to arrive at the campground. However, they usually end up waiting for check-in time.

The “stop-and-smell-every-single-flower” RV travelers

These people are carefree. They don’t use clocks, a watch, or any other time device. They’ve even used electrical tape to cover over the clock on the RV’s dashboard. Traveling with the stop-and-smell-every-single-flower RV traveler means you’ll read all of the roadside markers along your route. Yes, every one. You’ll also stop at least three times each hour for a “let’s stretch our legs a little” break. This RV traveler has never arrived at the campground before dark.

RV travelers at the campground

The “do-er”

These RV travelers arrive at the campground ready for action. They immediately greet the neighboring RVers and survey them about “everything there is to do around here.” Minutes after setting up the RV, they’re peering over the campground map. By the time a travel buddy has extended the RV slides, the “do-ers” have the afternoon and evening planned. There’ll be mini-golf, swimming, and bocce ball. And that’s all before three when their golf round is scheduled to begin. After golf, they have a reservation for an early meal in order to make it to the movie. Tomorrow is horseback riding, cave spelunking, and fishing. In the morning. The afternoon still has an open window of time between rock climbing and sky diving, but you can bet that the “open window” will be scheduled to close soon. This type of RV traveler comes home exhausted and can’t figure out why.

The “be-er”

Don’t read that as “beer.” It’s “be-er”—people who prefer to sit. All. Day. They have no interest in meeting the RV neighbors, but they smile at them, friendly-like. The “be-er” never wanders off their assigned RV site. When coerced into doing something (anything), they hesitate. Then come the questions: How long will this take? When will we be back? Will there be lots of other people? When will we be back? You get the picture. The “be-er” RV travelers arrive back home and when asked, have nothing to say about their trip. Mostly because they’re a “be-er” and not a “do-er.”

Conclusion

As the fire died down, the RV traveler descriptions got sillier and sillier. There may also have been some finger-pointing along the way. We laughed as we recognized ourselves in some of the descriptions—even as outlandish as they became! We all enjoyed a good chuckle.

Laughs aside, everyone around the campfire agreed. Not all RV travelers are the same. In order to make things work, we need to compromise at times. We have to make communication a priority. We need to find good-natured humor in our differences, too.

What kind of RV traveler are you? How do you negotiate differences between you and travel buddies? Share ideas with us in the comments below.

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TIM MCRAE
17 days ago

I would really love to describe what it is we do, but it seems like too much effort.

So I won’t…

Got to get my nap in b4 happy hour.

Jim Prideaux
24 days ago

I guess be-er. We keep to ourselves, short walks on trails, eat. Don’t talk much except to wave and say hello. Never been asked by someone to do anything or go anywhere, so that discussion struck me as strange.

Neal Davis
24 days ago

We are between the one who speeds to each destination and the one who stops for everything. I drive and rarely exceed 67 mph. We stop as needed – rest areas to let doggy relieve himself as well as we relieve ourselves. Our rig is 43′ and totals 63′ with the Jeep attached, so we rarely (never?) stop for roadside attractions. We usually arrive around 4 PM at campgrounds with a 3 PM or later check-in time. Similarly we rarely depart a campground prior to 9 AM.

LeslieP
25 days ago

We are full timers so we like to follow the rule of 3; 300 miles, no need to speed, arrive by 3pm (happy hour is at 4), and every third day, (if we have a destination in mind) we stay for around 3 days. We don’t smell every flower but we enjoy the area we are in. We like to do things, eat the local cuisine and love to hike. So I guess we are a little of a lot of the different types except definitely not the get there fast!

STEVE
25 days ago

I like to sit under the canopy and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. I was a ‘doer’ for 50 years. Time to relax.

Rick Dowling
25 days ago

We’re kind of a mix of all those but only the one in a hurry if the situation causes it which is very rare. We’re going to Alaska this year with a group and we’ve never traveled with a group before, so that should be interesting. Will still get to visit with a couple of long time friends (not part of the group) which is what we often do, so I suspect it will all be just fine. Happy trails everyone!

Bob p
25 days ago

My oldest son has ADHD, He’s not an RVer as of yet but he’s a do’er. He just sent me his itinerary for their upcoming trip to World of Disney later this month. He’s got it planned down to the hour how long it’s going to take to drive there, check into the hotel, shower and clean up rest for an hour and a half, go to the park, what they’re going to see, etc. I don’t know how my DIL puts up with him, he drives me crazy just listening to him describe it all. Lol

Magee
21 days ago
Reply to  Bob p

I understand your thinking! I probably could use a tiny bit of your son’s method, but please, not too much.

Alan wells
25 days ago

We are tourists. Our camper is our mobile motel. Most of our travels are to see the sights. However we are slow travelers. 4 to 5 hours a day, 55-60mph. Relax on day of arrival. If we are on the road a couple of weeks there is always a down day just to recharge. It’s all about the adventure and the memories.

Landry
25 days ago
Reply to  Alan wells

Bingo…you described us exactly.

Laurie
25 days ago
Reply to  Alan wells

You just described me and my husband to a tee! Happy travels 😀

Irv
25 days ago
Reply to  Alan wells

+1

Ed K
25 days ago

I and the wife are a combination of the Be-er & Do-er. We like to site see in the area and we like to have days off in between. We travel alone so don’t have to have a consensus with other travelers, only our selves.

Kit Vargas
25 days ago
Reply to  Ed K

Sounds like me and the hubs. Go with the flow once we arrive. If we are in a “touristy” area, we try to hit the highlights. We are in the Black Hills right now and enjoying it!!!

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