Saturday, September 23, 2023


Fooling around on the road: A guide to RV sex

(Rated PG 😉 )
More and more of us are spending more time in our RVs. As such we’re doing everything in our RVs from cooking to laundry to making magic of the night. You know, fooling around! But like so many other aspects of RV life, sex in an RV is something that might be approached differently. This is especially true if you have little ones who travel with you. 

What are the challenges of amorous activities in a mobile vacation machine? Well, there are many. The RV Odd Couple did an outstanding and somewhat lighthearted video on the subject, but I also asked in a forum about others’ tips. That’s what we have here today. 

One of the unmistakable things is that RVs are terrible at keeping sounds suppressed. As I sit here, I can hear my neighbors’ kids squawking even though they’re in their RV and I’m in mine. So, one of the things to be cognizant of is sound. 

The sound of silence…

Frankly, the more sounds that are being created in any circumstance, the more the neighbors can hear. Whether that’s the best musical playlist, in your mind, or the sounds of passion, it’s good to know how far sound travels. 

For example, you might be in your RV with the air conditioner, on thinking nothing on the planet could be louder than that Coleman rattling up on the roof. However, in all honesty, even a moderate amount of conversation will waft through those thin walls out to the outside world. 

The proof of that is me sitting here in my RV listening to our neighbors over their Coleman Mach telling their kids to stop whatever they’re doing. For the umpteenth time. 

If you’re in the throes of passion, it might be good to have some idea of who’s around and what all they are able to pick up as they walk past your rocking RV – barely able to contain their laughter. 

To get an idea of how far sound travels, perhaps put on the latest episode of the RV Travel Podcast at a volume where you can hear it and then go outside your RV. You might be surprised at how well Scott Linden’s voice travels past your air conditioner and into the common area of the RV park. 

Time to launch

Timing can be another thing. If you’re feeling amorous and you’re in an RV, perhaps consider the time you resolve that passion. While people in a sticks-and-bricks might have the luxury of being able to address that issue at almost any time of day or night, RV dwellers might have to be aware of who’s around when things go down. 

If the place you’re enjoying at the moment has a time when a lot of folks leave for the day on an adventure, that might be the ideal time to begin your own exploratory efforts. If there are times when the park has activities, drawing others to those activities, then that might be the time for your own alternate activities. 

And it would be inappropriate to enjoy these in the common areas, of course. 

What if you have kids?

In the process of making more, if you have little ones, it might take some planning. 

Depending on their age(s), you can use this to your advantage. Older children can go out and find activities; younger ones can flat be lied to. If they’re at the age where Santa and the Easter Bunny are still fully real in their minds, that shaking in the RV might be the result of some “wind.” At least, as far as they’re concerned. 

You might also consider having a baby monitor on them, depending on their age, so you can see if they’re starting to become bored having watched Barney for the 111th time and come looking for Mommy and Daddy. 

You might also blame the shaking in the RV on a washing machine. If you’ve got littles and a washing machine in your RV, then they may already be accustomed to that device rocking the RV. A little more shaking in the shack isn’t going to be detected as anything other than more clean laundry. 

Of course, if you don’t have a washing machine, perhaps now might be the time to consider one. Even a portable one. It would solve two issues: dirty clothes and “dirty” thoughts. And there’s nothing wrong with either. 

If your littles aren’t so little, they might also be the ideal age to go find activities in the park, if the park you’re staying at has those. Programs like Junior Rangers or other group activities might be the perfect solution for your own activity planning. 

One thing to know. If the older kids know what’s happening, so do the younger kids. This kind of juicy gossip is difficult for youngsters to keep under their hats. 

Contingency planning

If you have an RV, you should have a contingency plan for any kind of emergency, including one where you’re playing that naughty game that seems to spark the passion. Like being prepared for fire, it’s also good to be prepared in the event you’re caught by the littles. Or just creating entertainment for every other camper in earshot. 

Of course, a lock on the door or emphatic enforcement of knock before you enter are great starts. But if the kitchen’s on fire and so is the afternoon in the bedroom, it’s good to have some way of explaining away what’s going on should the littles come a-knocking. 

One way to do so is to just be honest. After all, stigmatizing what we’re all wanting isn’t the best course of action. But this is an RV website, not a parenting one, so it’s good to be prepared for all sorts of goings-on in the RV. Including the kind that involves those Hansel and Gretel outfits. 


As it is, RVs are wobbly boxes at best. No matter how good your RV is, the kind of activity that most of us never talk about is going to produce some motion in the rig. Especially if done properly. 

So things like X-chocks on a two-axle trailer or additional bracing under the stabilization jacks might be helpful. I’ve been told that a tripod under the pin of a fifth wheel is just the kind of additional stabilization that will help prevent the neighbors from knowing what’s going on. 

Now, all of us have our own sensibilities and thoughts about just about anything in the universe, so your willingness or desire to keep your neighbors or family from knowing about your willingness and desire is dependent on your own ways of thinking about things. 

But it’s good to be able to be in control of any situation to adapt it to your own way of thinking. It’s also good to be aware of how aware your neighbors or other occupants in your RV are of the things that are happening. 

I’ve attached a pretty informative and fun look at this thanks to the RV Odd Couple, which you can watch here. We always appreciate your input, especially if the stories are funny. But we do request that you keep comments about making a larger family even larger as family-friendly as possible. 

And thank you. 


Tony Barthel has been a life-long RV enthusiast and travels part-time with his wife where they also produce a podcast, write about RVs and love the RV lifestyle.


  1. Play a scary horror movie (DVD) on the TV to drown out your own vocalization which may sound sort of similar. Just Sayin.

  2. I am SHOCKED! Neither tbe article nor the comments mentioned the oldest warning of all …. If this camper is rockin, don’t bother knockin! 🫣

  3. As we plan to Honeymoon in our RV, this is very helpful. We will keep the radio on, the A/C on, and sprinkle black pepper around the RV to keep the dogs away.

  4. Go ahead and rock the RV! If you’re parked next to me I would gladly give you a thumbs up or a round of applause when you come outside. It wouldn’t bother me if the roles were reversed either. Celebrate what’s right with the world.

  5. Hotel, motel a break in between traveling but beware they can hear you as well. And I look at it if the neighbors are appalled it’s a darn shame they aren’t enjoying the riches of a great life (s*x) and that part is free. Too many people up tight.

  6. Motion front to rear has a lot less effect than motion side to side, but your bed orientation and size limits your choices.

  7. The very first modification my wife and I were sure to make to our trailer was reinforcing the mattress platform from the over-confident 3 rib supports. We tend to enjoy every aspect of life a little more when we’re camping. Now, if I could just find the time to add a few more stabilizers on the frame…

  8. This was funny. Can you watch a baby monitor while doing it? Doesn’t sound fun at all, besides, what are you doing trying s*x with kids around?

  9. You could just take it outside. Lol. Plus you might not need to pay for lodging and food (if you like stale bread and bologna) for a few days until you spend the money you saved on bail.

  10. How about in a truck camper?! Jack’s down, windows closed, dinette folded down, ac/fan/fans on( heat not usually needed!🥴)pillows arranged for comfort other underpayment in place. We manage in a Lance 825 truck camper( full queen bed no slides). It’s a challenge but the results can be rewarding when on the road! We are no slides,no kids, no pets so that takes care of that! On longer range trips a hotel/motel stop every 4-6 days works also! And gives the rig a rest!
    Your results may vary.😎

  11. From my younger days…Nothing like being in a tiny camper (Aliner) with the dog and cat, who are used to sleeping on the bed with us, sitting and staring at us, probably thinking “ hey guys, isn’t it time to go to sleep? But since you are awake, and active, here’s my toy, can we play?”

  12. We have a truck camper. When it is on the truck, with jacks down to help stabilize, it is relatively solid. When off the truck, sitting just on its jacks, it is very rocky when anyone moves inside due to the long, thin arms of the front jacks. We were very sensitive to this fact and avoided amorous activities when the camper was off the truck.

    I then learned of the Stable Camper product ( which adds braces to those front jacks. The camper is now just as stable when off the truck.

  13. Ugg. Memories of going up with our 15′ Shasta trailer. As a teenager, I loved it when we had the opportunity to pitch a tent under the stars. But weatherize, that wasn’t always an option. “Get you butt in the trailer” which meant the dinning table/seating area was where I got to sleep in that little Shasta trailer. But us kids were “usually asleep” by the time the parent “retired for the evening”. Ugg

  14. Just read this article prior to and that ought to curb any desires. Frankly I could care less what others in the campground think and I care even less if they are going at it. As for having your own kids, I’m sure everyone has figured out by now how to have quiet {bleeped} without everyone in the house knowing about it, and yes kids probably know what is going on when mom and dad are taking a nap. Overthinking it all is in itself perfect birth control, it for sure would spoil my woody.


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