It comes as no surprise that when speaking with full time RVers, their style of travels are as far and wide as some of the roads that have been traversed. It is fascinating to talk over a campfire about how many miles a day are appropriate, what kind of places are preferred for an over night stay and whether or not the stop for the night justifies putting a sticker on their map. You will find on a variety of blogs, Facebook pages and Instagram stories, each RVer is quite different but there are some similarities.
The differences described are mostly daily mileage and types of facilities that are appropriate for an overnight stop (for example). RVers will travel anywhere from 100-600 a day. Some prefer to use a number of hours which will range from 4-10 hours typically a day. Next to be discussed, is the type of facility to stop at; campground, rest stop, gas station or a Walmart parking lot. Many will use everything except a campground for an overnight stay, anything over a day and they will be in a campground. Hookups seems to be negotiable as many would prefer the cheapest site available even if it means it’s just a water/electric site.
So why is there such a huge difference in traveling styles? It is just like everything else, it’s all about personal preference. Ironically, even a team member will have a different opinion. I prefer to be in a campground for each night stop. My husband on the other hand is quite content at a rest stop or truck stop. Neither of us is terribly comfortable in a Walmart parking lot, unless we have a motor home where we can pull out quickly if necessary, as opposed to our fifth wheel, where we have to get out of the camper and into the truck to make a get away.
Our travel days seem to fall in the average comfort zone of about 250-300 miles a day or 5-6 hours of travel. We tend to not necessarily be in a hurry, but in reflection of our most recent big trips, we seem to not quite give ourselves enough time to enjoy the journey. We drive within our parameters, but miss so much along the way.
Now about that sticker map. We don’t personally have one and we love to talk to those that do because the idea of putting up the state simply for driving through a particular stat, to us, just doesn’t seem fair. I think, we would prefer to give that honor if we not only stayed at least the night in the state but also did something a bit touristy as well. Take in a dinner and a show or a funky tourist trap to spend the day at. There must be more to it than just driving through the state right?
The similarities stop with the fundamentals of living in your RV full time. We all live in basically the same amount of space, with the same technical challenges and we all must dump the tanks at some point; but other than that, the differences of how we travel, where we stop and what the parameters are revolve around our individual preferences.
The bottom line is that it really is about safety first. Drive on good weather days, give yourself enough time to get to your destination and always and most importantly, enjoy the journey! Adventure is out there waiting!