Saturday, June 3, 2023


What are your RV hobbies? Do you take along any hobbies when you RV?

A recent video we posted about Robin Barrett’s Class C RV garden got some of us talking about RV hobbies. Besides the act of RVing being a hobby unto itself, we wondered how many of our readers take their hobbies or crafts along with them while they travel and what that looks like.

Personally, I probably have too much hobby stuff on board.

I always carry my sewing machine and all the necessary sewing accouterments (I really need to pare it down since I barely use these).

Plus I am an avid knitter/crocheter/fiber artist. Again, I probably have too much yarn with me, but my art style demands lots of different colors and textures (for instance, see the freeform purse photo at the top of this page).

I am also a tie-dyer, although I am still figuring out how to bring all that stuff with me because it’s a lot. But I do bring old or ugly shirts (you make a lot of ugly shirts when perfecting new dye designs). These get recycled into locker-hooked rugs like the one below.

Did I mention I carry a LOT of hobby stuff? I do, but it’s worth it because these things bring me peace and joy.

RV hobbies - locker hooking

What about you? Do you take along any crafts or hobbies when you travel?

Please share! We’ll do a follow-up article with a compilation of the most compelling answers in the next week or so.

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Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard is the author 8 published books on topics as diverse as US Citizenship to Cannabis Cooking. Cheri grew up in a circus family and has been RVing on and off her entire life.


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2 months ago

Chess set and of course my golf clubs!

2 months ago

My wife has several hobbies. She crochets and does other crafts and reads as a hobby as well. So when we are out and about she always has one or more with her.

Last edited 2 months ago by Bill
Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  Bill

So sorry, Bill. For some reason our sometimes overzealous spam filter thought your comment was spam. 😯 I just found it in the spam folder and approved it. The filter does make mistakes, obviously. Our apologies. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at

2 months ago

It says “Don’t answer in the comment section on this page” I think it’s funny how people won’t follow directions… :))

Last edited 2 months ago by MattD
Cheri Sicard
2 months ago
Reply to  MattD

Yep, me too but it happens with EVERY one of these articles we do. 🙁

2 months ago

I collect gas pressure lanterns, made by Coleman and others. I have about 22 lanterns at home and every trip I take a few with me to use at the campsite. There’s nothing like the hiss of a Coleman lantern!

2 months ago
Reply to  Billinois

I have a similar collection but they are lanterns that burn lamp oil. I only keep the ones that still have a working wick adjustment.

2 months ago

For us, traveling in the RV IS the hobby.

2 months ago
Reply to  KellyR

I agree, need to be careful about loading up on wants vs needs when traveling. I enjoy the simplicity of camping and do not need to bring along a bunch of extra stuff from home. Trying to get away from some of that stuff when camping

Wayne C
2 months ago

Puttering, accessorizing, and optimizing the RV is one of my hobbies so it goes along by default

Lee Ann B
2 months ago

Mine is not a hobby as more of a lifestyle. I make all our personal, cleaning, and medicinal products using organic herbs, essential oils, melt/pour soap bases, etc. I have an apothecary in a cabinet and drawers and essential oils, oils, soaps, soap nuts, and other ingredients/tools to make our products in a row of overhead cabinets. When we run out of something I can make it instead of running to a store. I also take online training classes in herbalism.

2 months ago
Reply to  Lee Ann B

That is so cool 😎!

2 months ago

Full time 17yrs – Lack of space dictate my hobbies. Now they are reading, web research, hiking, sight seeing, RV repairs, Jeeping when possible, reading RV Travel….., marveling at the stupidity of man…

Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  Richard

I’m glad we’re on your list of hobbies, Richard. Thank you! And I’m especially glad we’re not included with your final item. 😆 Have a great day! 😀 –Diane at

2 months ago

Amateur Radio. my wife and I are both hams.

Steve H
2 months ago

History, birding, and geology are my hobbies and photography and crafting are my wife’s. So, I do the trip planning to historical sites and museums, wildlife areas, national parks and monuments, and interesting geological areas, while she takes photos of those places. When we had a small travel trailer, she was limited in her crafting. When we got a fifth wheel, she started hand-piecing quilt squares to sew together when we returned home. One winter we snowbirded in a Tucson park model, so she took her computerized paper cutter. She designed and “manufactured” hundreds of unique gift tags (we still have enough tags to last all of our remaining Christmases!). Last year, she began crocheting small stuffed animals for a child care center and decided that was her most RV-friendly hobby yet. She is now ordering yarn by the crate from Turkey, so she has enough to last until we get too old to RV!

Gary G
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve H

About the same for us, DW makes jewelry and such. In addition I try to do some wood carving.

Terry Windsor
2 months ago

I take my amateur radio and activate for POTA.

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago

I bring my big-buck, high-tech Uniden scanner with me to see just what I can pick up and hear in the neighborhood. Big cities? Crazy. Small towns? Interesting.

2 months ago

My hobby is photography, as a telephoto and close-up lens is always handy; my wife’s hobby is reading and her iPad library is chocked full of books, old and new downloads. We also consider our dog(s) and cats(s) hobbies!

2 months ago

Amateur radio. Quilting is also in the mix.

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