Hobbies For RVers

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 122014

What do you do all day? It’s a question fulltime RVers get asked all the time. The real question is, how can we cram another twelve hours into every day to get all of the things done we want to?

RVers have many hobbies that fit perfectly into our lifestyle, offering plenty of opportunities to get outside and exercise, or to keep us occupied inside when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Traditional outdoor activities such as hiking, bicycling, fishing, bird watching and golfing are all popular with RVers, as well as playing pickleball, geocaching, volkswalking, and kite flying.

If you like getting out on the water but don’t want the hassle of towing a boat around, an inflatable Sea Eagle kayak is lightweight, easy to store, and indestructible. We have paddled our Sea Eagles everywhere from lakes and rivers in the Midwest to the Florida Keys.

Terry PaddleSki 2

Nick rear angle

Indoor hobbies include everything from scrapbooking to beading to weaving and spinning.

Bead display 2

Sometimes you have to be creative to make it work, but anything’s possible. You name it, and with just a little bit of ingenuity there’s a way to take your hobby on the road and enjoy it wherever your travels may take you. Miss Terry’s full size Baby Wolf loom folds up for storage when we are on the road, as does her Lendrum spinning wheel. We’ve also seen an RV with a portable quilt frame.

Terry purple shawl

Loom folded

We have met RVers who were busy making stained glass windows, building dollhouses and playing music under their awnings in campgrounds from coast to coast. Many RV resorts have organized activities that center around hobbies including lapidary, woodcarving, and square dancing. This is a great way to learn more, share your skills, and make new friends. A lot of RV parks also hold jam sessions for their guests who like to play music.

Photography has always been a popular activity and one that fits perfectly with RVing. Digital cameras and photo editing software make it easy to produce amazing photo collections and albums.

Genealogy is another hobby that is tailored for the RV lifestyle. It is one thing to know that your great great-uncle Angus is buried in a family plot on land he farmed in Missouri, and quite another to be able to travel to the old family farm and actually walk the land your ancestors tilled and pay your respects in person at their gravesites.

What are some of your hobbies that fit well with the RV lifestyle?

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  10 Responses to “Hobbies For RVers”

  1. Hi Nick…This is a great subject…..I have just included a page on my blog on Crafts….How I will incorporate this into fulltime will be interesting…I enjoy making mosaic stepping stones…down sized to bricks…Rich makes tin men and other things….Knowing the weight is something to deal with, I am going to add some sewing projects…..things RVers can use….I want to do some flea marketing with my projects….Always looking for ideas…..Retiring….What a life…….10 weeks to countdown…..w2bergen.wordpress.com check out my crafts….everyone welcome…

  2. Believe or not. Model railroading. “N” scale train under glass, as the top of our dinette table.

    Railroad under glass was always on my bucket list. The track lay out is done, and I am now enjoying “populating” it with buildings. People, cars, street signs, telephone poles, trees to follow.

    Should take a couple of years to complete.

  3. We’re only “some timing” it now, but when we fulltimed, we accomodated our favorite hobby – acting – by signing up to be “extras” when we were in the LA area. We had so much fun the first year we did it, we went back for a second time the next year. Not much pay, but you get to meet lots of people that you wouldn’t ordinarily get to know, and you get a chance to hobnob with the ‘rich and famous’ – at least from about 20 feet away. Although we’re both trained in theatre, doing background work (the trade name for ‘extras’) requires no training; all they are interested in is your look. It also helps if you can follow directions such as “NO TALKING.” It’s amazing how many people couldn’t. If we ever get back to LA, we’ll do it again!

  4. I sewed, mainly doll clothes. My husband says he didn’t have time. haha

  5. Sightseeing, walking trails, eating lunch out, genealogy, photography for my FMCA chapter (rally photo coordinator), collecting Navajo jewelry (some Zuni & Hopi), visiting family & friends, going to thrift shops, flea markets and garage sales & talking to local people, going to the local gun range, reading a good book, learning new things, getting our RV upgraded in Bend, OR, trying beer at new microbreweries, attending & running rallies, upgrading my Beaver Motorhome Website, observing people, just living life. And I agree, it would be nice to have more hours in a day not fewer ones. So many things to do and so little time.

  6. Our rig stops at every wool and rug hooking shop, teacher and festival we can find. However Ron will not let me put a “Hooker on Board” sticker on our rig!!! He’s such a spoil sport.. When he gets anxious that another piece of wool is coming on board I just remind him wool weighs less per yard than quilting fabric????

  7. When my hands let me, I crochet string bags. They are great for corralling stuff that would otherwise roll away. Mine have a pocket on the bottom so they easily go into a purse to be a shopping bag when out and about. I gave away all but the ones I actually use so I need to make some more next time my hands are healed.

  8. 2 of my favorites are reading and cooking.

  9. Great ideas…as we have pared down and now living in the smallest apt yet (in hopes to maybe RV one day)….we STILL stay too busy….wish we had more time for hobbies!!

  10. My husband and I are ham radio operators and have radios in our RV and antennas on the back so we can talk to people all over the country as we travel. Our computers provide our entertainment and help with our hobbies. He manages 3 club websites.
    I enter giveaways, publish an email bulletin with sales, coupons, recipes, news, etc., and I like to read and play solitaire. Combiningg all of this with full-time RVing means our life is never boring.

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