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Do you agree with this statement: “With an RV you can go where you want when you want”?

By Chuck Woodbury
Years ago, I would have strongly agreed with this statement. Twenty years ago, an RV was, indeed, the best way to travel where you wanted, at your own pace. But today, I personally don’t believe it.

The fact is, and we’ve discussed this often at RVtravel.com, spontaneous travel with an RV, with the lifestyle’s rapid increase in popularity, is a struggle. Yes, it’s possible in some cases to go at your own pace, but that usually involves spending nights at big box stores like Walmart, or at truck stops or in rest areas, or traveling in unpopular tourist areas or in the shoulder season. In peak travel season parks are full, at least in popular tourist areas.

But some people still swear by an RV as the best way to travel at one’s own pace, and will likely agree here that you truly can “go where you want, when you want.”

How do you feel about this? Do you agree? After voting, please leave a comment with your thoughts.



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Donn
12 days ago

The saddest consideration about this issue remains the cost of fuel exacerbated by the increased demands for landing space. The distribution of opportunity is increasingly limited as the middle-class and lower participants are further diminished.

Dennis G.
14 days ago

Voted No. Why? I remember RVing in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Compared to today, you must plan and make reservations to travel, unlike the care free days years ago. In 1997, we were able to get an overflow camping site in Grand Canyon on a lark. Good luck trying to attempt that trick today.

Goldie
14 days ago

I said yes but it’s not a yes or no question. It depends on where you want to go. If you want to go to Florida in the wintertime, you can go. If you want to stay in a particular resort on particular dates, probably not. We go where we want when we want. But we also plan and book well in advance. But an overnight along the way may get added as the mood strikes or circumstances dictate.

Tom
14 days ago

I would agree about 60%

B N S
14 days ago

No! Not with these Fuel prices….

Vanessa
14 days ago

No, nothing is absolute except death. Can’t take my RV across a creek or through a forest that isn’t a road. Can’t camp in a park that has no vacancies. ETC.

Ken BEntz
14 days ago

yes- as long as you are open to change where you want to go.

David Stansbury
14 days ago

Not anymore. ‘Nuf said…

John Koenig
15 days ago

I answered “Yes” but, as a blanket statement, it’s somewhat optimistic. Most motorhomes (and MANY trailers) are NOT suited for “off road” driving and, CAREFUL planning must be done BEFORE you head off road to the “great boondocking” site you heard about. There are other restrictions and “gotchas” waiting to zap the RVer who’s unprepared / under prepared or just plain clueless.

Bill Forbes
15 days ago

I said yes, but there are limitations – I can go where I want when I want, subject to physics, geography, and availability of resources.

KellyR
15 days ago

With our Rv we do go where we WANT to go when we WANT to go – – CAN we do and WANT to do are two different things. However, our WANTS are few. We are usually just fine where ever we are.

Edward J Wullschleger
15 days ago

I said “yes” but if the question had including staying the night, then I would have said “no”.

Engineer
15 days ago

Not really the right question to ask. With minimal planning we can go anywhere. No different than 20 years ago.

Spike
15 days ago

Not impossible, perhaps, but more difficult than it once was…or at least more boondocking. Varies by what you are camping in too.

A friend of mine and his wife recently went to the Grand Canyon North Rim. They had booked accomodations for there, but then just wandered their way back home over several weeks across multiple western and midwestern states tent camping in various public campgrounds near many major National Parks/Monuments. NO reservations…no problems. I would assume those with small rigs who didn’t use hookups would find similar success. No wonder class B’s are gaining in popularity!

Another interesting point of their journey was they didn’t get “tickets” in advance for numerous National Park trails, etc. that now require such things. Just got them, no problem, when they showed up.

Maybe some things are getting better!

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Paul
15 days ago

The critical words are where and when we want to go. We don’t care for the most popular parks. We are retired so WHEN is our choice as well. Long term stays are not our preference and Florida is never an option for us. Therefore our ability to travel when and where WE choose is as open as ever.

Ellen
15 days ago

I voted “no.” The “when” is the key part of this, I think. You can go where you want, but if you want to stay longer than a few days you’ll likely need a reservation or you’ll have to leave for the weekend or any holidays. Over the years I’ve seen spots where people boondock get more crowded as well, even in places I wouldn’t have expected it. We used to park alongside a particular state highway in the Pacific Northwest for an overnight but after getting woken up in the wee hours by someone “looking for my mother” we haven’t stayed there any longer.

Those of us who’ve been spoiled by having more choices are having a harder time adapting to this new world of crowded camping!

Roy Davis
15 days ago

I said no because there are places you can’t take a RV.

Jeff Craig
15 days ago

Yes, but as with any ‘blanket statement’ there are caveats. When we head east from our home near Seattle, we stay in a mix of State, Military FamCamps, private parks and Big Box stores on nights in between these stays. In the future, who knows how things will shake out, but as long as there are six wheel (on my Class A) and an open road, you’ll eventually find me there.

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Jeff Rheaume
15 days ago

Since we boondock almost exclusively it’s true for us.

Dawn H.
15 days ago

I say yes, I do believe I can go where I want when I want. I tend to be the camper on the roads less traveled. Tourist-y crowded places have never really appealed to me, so I have been able to visit amazing little towns, beautiful natural areas, and friendly locals by being flexible about when and where I choose to go. Sometimes I have our small trailer, other times I am happy with car/tent camping, as there are places I can go you would never, ever get near with any kind of RV. Everything I truly need fits in my car. Be nice, have fun, explore.

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