Dear RV Shrink:
We want to be full-time RVers but my wife thinks she will be lonely. We are not yet in the RV club. It’s not that she doesn’t enjoy my company, she just doesn’t want to be stuck with me 24/7 without some variety of friends. I have been trying to convince her that we will meet fellow travelers and locals wherever we wander. Is this just wishful thinking on my part, or do most people find new friendships on the road? —Lonely Hearts in La Jolla
Trust me, it is not wishful thinking. If you are at all outgoing you will collect so many new and awesome friends your dance card will be constantly full. You will often run into the same friends over and over as you are traveling in the same geographical areas. You will find not only camaraderie but a sharing of great information on maintenance, gear, camping opportunities, recreational options … the list goes on.
In my humble opinion, the very best aspect of this RV lifestyle is the wonderful people you meet along the way, from all over the world. Let me give you one example.
Awhile ago I had just started hiking the Arizona Trail from the Mexico border in Coronado National Monument to Utah. (Please don’t include any political comments – this isn’t about politics.) The problem was having my wife drop me off and then driving 20 miles back to the National Forest campground where we were camped.
I thought about trying to hitchhike down. The road south is heavily used, but it’s all border patrol trucks. There were only a few other campers, but we decided to walk around the campground and see if anyone might be going down to the Monument, and if I might catch a ride. The first group we ran into were not only the nicest and friendliest people, they were Arizona Trail members. They were section hiking the first section of the trail. They had a shuttle service from Tucson picking them up in the morning and driving them to the border trailhead, and said I was more than welcome to join them.
We had so much in common, and laughed and told life stories. I call this “Trail Magic” – when things happen unexpectedly while long distance hiking. You will find this same magic wherever and however you travel – if you are open to it. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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