Apr 112009
 

Yesterday I got an e-mail from a woman who is getting ready to hit the road as a fulltime RVer. She wanted to know if I thought a woman traveling alone would fit in with the fulltime RVing crowd. I assured her that she would have as many friends out here as she wanted, both among the solo RVers, as well as RVing couples. This extended family of ours is always happy to welcome a new member in.

No matter if you are single or married, male or female, gay or straight, black, white, brown, yellow or green, you’ll find a home among the RVing community. In addition to the big RVing clubs like Escapees, FMCA, and Good Sam, there are dozens of smaller clubs, and special chapters of larger RVing clubs to meet every need or interest.

The Escapees RV Club has over 50 Birds of a Feather (BOF) groups, covering everything from amateur radio enthusiasts, to beaders, baby boomers, AA members, former police officers and firemen, disabled RVers, writers, artists, gays, woodcarvers, and families with children, to name just a few. The Family Motor Coach Association has its own sub-groups covering a wide variety of interests.

Solo RVers have many opportunities to socialize and learn from each other, including clubs like Loners on Wheels (LOW) and Wandering Individuals Network (WIN). Women RVers can find friendship and support with members of RVing Women, while those traveling with children might want to look into Family Campers & RVers (FCRV) and Families on the Road. For those with physical disabilities, the Handicapped Travel Club is a fine resource, offering many benefits to its members.

As I told my friend in my reply to her e-mail, she might be alone, but she never has to be lonely.

I am a big believer in education for new RVers. I always recommend that newbies attend an Escapees Boot Camp to learn the basics of RVing, and before Life on Wheels ended, I pointed them in that direction as well.

New  and wannabe RVers in the Saint Louis, Missouri area are fortunate, because my good buddies Ron and Brenda Speidel will be teaching their RV Fundamentals Class at Festus Elementary School, as part of Jefferson College’s Adult Continuing Education program.

The class is being offered for six weeks, April 7 – May 12, on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Festus is located about 40 miles south of St. Louis, making it convenient for anyone in the metro area to attend the class.

Ron and Brenda have a background in education, and their classes always get excellent reviews. When they presented several of their seminars at our Ohio Gypsy Gathering Rally  last year, they were some of the best received at the rally.

The class provides a great opportunity to learn the joys of owning an RV and includes information on how to choose the RV best suited to you, as well as basic information on how to maintain the electrical, plumbing, and fresh water systems.  Emphasis is placed on safety, with instruction given on how to maintain tires and weight of the RV.  In addition, tips will be given for organizing and “green” cleaning the RV. Both beginning and veteran RVers are welcome.

For more information, you can call Jefferson College’s 24 hour customer service line at (636) 797-3000 ext. 144 or send them an e-mail at enrollCE@jeffco.edu. The college’s website is www.jeffco.edu.

Thought For The Day – My forgetter’s getting better, but my rememberer is broke…

Register Now For Our Ohio Gypsy Gathering Rally

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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