Saturday, February 4, 2023


How important is it to you to spend time alone?

Do you like to spend time alone? Do you actually NEED time alone to maintain your sanity? Or do you prefer to be around other people, maybe even fear spending time all by yourself?

RVers are a friendly bunch, but they are not all extroverts, who “feed off” the company of others. Some are very private. Oh, they may enjoy the company of a spouse or children, but they also crave time by themselves, to refresh and recharge.

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Uncle Swags
1 year ago

I was socially isolating before it was fashionable and found it essential to maintain the proper carnival music in my head especially during my working years. The nice thing about RVing is most people are on the same wavelength and appreciate the balance between needed. But like the last line of Into the Wild – “happiness isn’t real unless it’s shared”.

Last edited 1 year ago by Uncle Swags
Einar Hansen
1 year ago

I would say that it is a 50/50 mix for myself. I enjoy my alone time and find myself getting more done around the campsite. There are always things to repair or improve inside and outside the trailer. And I enjoy taking pictures and sitting outside with my laptop writing for the blog that I have. Here where we have our seasonal site we have a bunch of camper friends and we do spend the evenings together around the campfires, along with meals that we all pitch in and make something to bring. I do enjoy going for walks and saying Hello to new campers and their pets, when I am walking mine. Or just looking at the newer rigs and wondering what they must look like inside. For me my alone time is to recharge myself.

Paul S Goldberg30 amp
1 year ago

I tend to be gregarious. When we set up in a campground I will greet people who are out with a “hi, nice rig” or similar. We have some friends of many years who we found just that way. We have been married for 56 years and still have plenty to talk about, but also can sit 5 feet apart in the coach and not speak for an hour or more. We both enjoy the company of others but are perfectly content to be alone together. We spent 5 months of pandemic in our son’s yard and had their company when they weren’t working. The cross country drives, CA to VA and back, were actually the loneliest times because everything was contactless. We didn’t even get to meet the cg owners. Our SKP Coop provides community at a distance as we were able to greet each other on our walks from across the street. A normal walk there will take up to twice as long as we tend to stop and chat with most everyone we pass.

Bob P
1 year ago

I can socialize with most anyone, but I like my alone time also. DW is a social animal the more the merrier. I can be happy with my wife, our 3 legged Maltese, and me.

Carson Axtell
1 year ago

To answer that question, I can simply say that the social isolation imposed by this pandemic has been a secret blessing for me. Like Jean Paul Sartre concluded in his play No Exit, “Hell is other people.” On the other hand, animal companions make the very best of friends.

Last edited 1 year ago by Carson Axtell
1 year ago

I don’t go RVing to make friends. I’ll wave and say “hi” but that’s it. I try to avoid the pests that want to have a conversation.

1 year ago

Alone time camping is a must for my wife and me. Her mom is in her 90’s and a constant daily pain in the {bleeped}, always wanting to come over on nights my wife works. I finally told her no visits unless she’s invited. She doesn’t ask anymore about when or where we’re going on vacation. She showed up uninvited one time and we had other plans that we kept and didn’t invite her along. She’s the reason we need alone time. The other kids don’t talk to her.

Seann Fox
1 year ago

Except for my little dog I am alone most of the time. The only time I see people right now is walking the dog or grocery shopping. And I have no problems with that

Billy B
1 year ago

Do not have a large circle but do have some very good friends. & that I value!!
Know all I have to do is “Reach Out”.
They are all somewhat warped…& can Laff !!

Jerry X Shea
1 year ago

With over 15 years of RVing my wife and I have “alone time” sitting just 3 feet from each other for hours at a time. While I work on my laptop writting books, lectures or responding to email/posts, my wife is reading a book or doing her internet correspondence. There will be time to “talk” later, for now, it’s “alone time.”

1 year ago

All in all alone time is good for you. You can have peace of mind and still enjoy the folks around you. And if you don’t have friends to call, it’s OK. Love the outdoors and just enjoy the world, step by step. Hug yourself and be thankful for life.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

I’m a people person but occasionally like being alone, especially when I’m trying to work on something.

Diane Mc
1 year ago

Alone, with my husband😊 He has a large shop and goes out to putter, work on his race cars or our cars. Sometimes, depending on what he’s working on, I will help him. We enjoy working together (most of the time😂). Other times we are just in our own space, doing whatever, but know we are there for each other. Would not like to be alone in our home without him. Too big and too empty without him.

1 year ago

I have two dogs that follow me everywhere so I am really never alone. That said, I haven’t spent time with people in years and am just fine with that.

Wayne Caldwell
1 year ago

I’ve always considered myself to be a loner. I absolutely love being with my bride. And it’s wonderful when our grandkids come over, but after a few hours it’s time for them to go home. All that said, I really enjoy being alone, working around the yard or out in my small shop with my ’36 Terraplane or ’68 MGB or simply putzing around out there with just my thoughts.

Connie VH
1 year ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Aww…. memories time!! OT, sorry, but Wayne here fired up the old memory bank.

I wish I still had the little red ’68 MGB I had as a newlywed. Only reason we sold it for one of the earliest Suburu wagons in town was because the new baby’s (old style) car seat wouldn’t exactly fit behind the 2 seats in the B!

John Massengale
1 year ago

With my wife and I both retired we have hours each day when we spend time alone but know someone is in the house if you need them. So in all we spend 24 hours a day in the same house, but have our own time for things in my office or her craft rooms.

MN Anon
1 year ago

I’m an extrovert who draws energy from others, but I still need some time alone every day.

1 year ago
Reply to  MN Anon

Me too, but I need the solitude to charge my self and to be alone together with myself. And I need more of it than most.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
1 year ago

After 2020 “The Year of the Pandemic” I have found that I am okay with isolation.
I spent a lot of time watching new shows, new movies on television, and chatting with
friends on the phone and computer. So I guess I am now ready for Solitary Confinement in a prison somewhere.

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