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Old 05-20-2008, 08:32 PM   #15
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I'm not of an age to full time it yet, but I take my 3 kids camping alone every summer (hubby only gets 2 weeks vacation). In the summer of 2000 I drove from Maryland to Arizona and back with the kids. The kids were 2, 7, and 9 at the time. We visited the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and everything in between in five weeks.

In 2006 we drove to Utah and back. We travelled to Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and Mesa Verde.

These trips are the highlight of their youths. After camping out west Disney didn't cut it, lol.

It's amazing to travel with kids. They learned so much and got to see their country. We are staying closer to home this year, Cape Cod Mass. and the Thousand Islands NY-Ontario. It will be great!

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Old 06-07-2008, 09:32 PM   #16
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I plan on being one of these "fulltiming" ladies!.....
Although, I still haven't bought my egg yet....lol.......It's been 2 years since my husband passed away and I'm finally selling our house. I have plans to buy a Casita in the very near future, my house is closing in just 3 more weeks! WooHoo! I won't be fulltiming anytime soon as I have a Rottweiller! But, I can't wait and am planning my future daily! LOL I hope to be able to travel to a new area and campsite on a monthly basis.
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Old 06-07-2008, 11:28 PM   #17
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I plan on being one of these "fulltiming" ladies!.....
Although, I still haven't bought my egg yet....lol.......It's been 2 years since my husband passed away and I'm finally selling our house. I have plans to buy a Casita in the very near future, my house is closing in just 3 more weeks! WooHoo! I won't be fulltiming anytime soon as I have a Rottweiller! But, I can't wait and am planning my future daily! LOL I hope to be able to travel to a new area and campsite on a monthly basis.
Good for you. Keep us posted as you progress.

My wife and I are looking to next year.
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Old 11-01-2008, 09:45 PM   #18
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I traveled alone with two small children until I met my husband who fell in love with the life style and now that the children are grown, I have someone to travel with and share. As a single traveler, I tried to stay invisible to avoid problems so I believe there are a lot more out there then most know about.
I'm also curious how you stayed invisible. I've done extensive traveling abroad and I've mastered the art of being invisible when I'm traveling that way, but this is an entirely new ball game. I'm a woman traveling solo and I just turned 30 (and for good or ill, I regularly pass for 18), and added to the fact that I'm very new at this, I've got some nerves about the whole thing. I realize that the safety issues have been addressed in other forums, but maybe I'm just looking for some tips you solo women who have experience would suggest besides retaining common sense and paying attention to my gut.

What I've noticed, though, in the few times I got out this summer (I just bought my first camper at the end of July) is that it's almost impossible for me to be invisible. People are intrigued by the Scamp and gravitate towards it, curious about what it looks like inside, etc. I often have men in neighboring campsites who seem really eager to help out the little lady camped near them. (Never mind that I can do it all myself, but they're just being nice.) Once I'm set up, I spend most of my time outside my amazing Gander Mtn chair, so it's really obvious I'm alone. I've got my camera's monopod for a weapon if I need it, because the cats sure aren't going to protect me if I need it, and I put the porta potty right next to the door (so that's the first thing an intruder will trip over). And one of the reasons I wanted a Scamp was because it had solid walls and a lock on the door. Next summer I'm planning a trip up to Maine and Nova Scotia, so this is an issue I'll be facing frequently come May. Mind you, I've never had any problems, but I'd like to keep it that way.

I will say that the attention unnerves me a little and maybe that's just because I'm paranoid. I've been raised on safety in numbers and the statistics of violence against women--but I'm not going to let it keep me from doing what I've always wanted. I'm just wondering what you all do to combat the paranoia you have so you can enjoy the dream.

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Old 11-01-2008, 11:37 PM   #19
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Old 11-02-2008, 10:20 AM   #20
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Here is my 2 cents

I traveled alone for a few years back in the early part of 2000-2003 in my Saturn Coup loaded to the brim. It was quite an experience, as soon as I got out there, I realized...oh crap, I'm a female out in the world all alone. I was very paranoid in the beginning, making as few stops as possible, not talking to ANYONE unless they were behind a counter, being very careful about my surroundings etc... I traveled from TX to WA and camped around for several months (tent camping). Luckily I followed my gut and had no problems. After a while, I got a dog, a good sized border collie/black lab mix she looked sorta like a black wolf, so that made a huge difference on how I felt about security since she would bark at anyone who approached me. If you can't get a dog, I would suggest at least having pepper spray on hand, it couldn't hurt IMO. Having the egg will definitely draw attention, as we are now finding out. We stopped for gas bringing ours home and got approached by 3 different people. So you will draw attention with one of these, but that may not be a bad thing. If you roll into a camping ground, you will likely get noticed by more than one camper, so you can use that to your advantage by befreinding the people who are not likely to become a threat, like couples who can be extra eyes watching out for you and the camp ground hosts. I would venture to say your choices for where you stop to camp will be closer in to people with a trailer, unlike tent camping where you can get off the beaten path out away from the crowds, so that can also be a plus, if you are not so far away that you wouldn't be able to recieve help if an incident occurred. I feel way more secure in the egg than I did in a tent so far. The reality is as you already mentioned, you know there are dangers out there, but you can't hold yourself back being afraid of what could happen... I say go for it, and don't worry so much about the bad, just be aware of your surroundings, and trust your gut!
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Old 11-02-2008, 12:17 PM   #21
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Back when I was traveling alone it was harder than today but there are some simple ways to not advertise that you are alone.

I would try to camp where I had a cell phone signal. I would put out two chairs even if I only used one. I always wore rings on my fingers and had several men tell me that because of that they thought I was "taken" and that they had left me alone, when I talked with them years later. With the kids, we always had an invisible "Dad". His name was SAM for Sarah, Aaron and Mom. If someone asked us to join them for a hike, dinner, or what ever that made me feel uncomfortable I would just say, I can't until I check with Sam. A pair of men's boots just outside the door looks like "he" will show up sometime this weekend.

But one of my biggest suggestions to any woman planning to travel alone is to take a self defense class. Not only does it give you suggestions on how to protect yourself but they teach you how to not be a victim. They teach how just body language or the way you talk or stand, can make the difference between whether they pick you to be the victim or go to someone else who is an easier target.
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:36 PM   #22
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If you think you might want to visit Canada, get rid of the pepper spray (It's illegal there) and get some of the same stuf in Bear Spray with marked container -- Do NOT say it is for defense against humans, because that's not legal, just against bears...
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:16 PM   #23
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Here is my 2 cents

I traveled alone for a few years back in the early part of 2000-2003 in my Saturn Coup loaded to the brim. It was quite an experience, as soon as I got out there, I realized...oh crap, I'm a female out in the world all alone. I was very paranoid in the beginning, making as few stops as possible, not talking to ANYONE unless they were behind a counter, being very careful about my surroundings etc... I traveled from TX to WA and camped around for several months (tent camping). Luckily I followed my gut and had no problems. After a while, I got a dog, a good sized border collie/black lab mix she looked sorta like a black wolf, so that made a huge difference on how I felt about security since she would bark at anyone who approached me. If you can't get a dog, I would suggest at least having pepper spray on hand, it couldn't hurt IMO. Having the egg will definitely draw attention, as we are now finding out. We stopped for gas bringing ours home and got approached by 3 different people. So you will draw attention with one of these, but that may not be a bad thing. If you roll into a camping ground, you will likely get noticed by more than one camper, so you can use that to your advantage by befreinding the people who are not likely to become a threat, like couples who can be extra eyes watching out for you and the camp ground hosts. I would venture to say your choices for where you stop to camp will be closer in to people with a trailer, unlike tent camping where you can get off the beaten path out away from the crowds, so that can also be a plus, if you are not so far away that you wouldn't be able to recieve help if an incident occurred. I feel way more secure in the egg than I did in a tent so far. The reality is as you already mentioned, you know there are dangers out there, but you can't hold yourself back being afraid of what could happen... I say go for it, and don't worry so much about the bad, just be aware of your surroundings, and trust your gut!

Absolutely. That's where I am right now--there's nothing wrong with nerves, since they often keep us safe. But I'm definitely not going to let fears keep me home. That defeats the entire purpose. In fact, some things I do just because I'm afraid to do them. But as I learned the few times I was out this summer, each time it gets easier, you learn new things, you learn what to do and what not to do, and I've already noticed the nerves decreasing. Most of my nerves, I think, is just a simple lack of confidence, and that'll come in time.
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Old 11-05-2008, 04:46 AM   #24
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It's the Scamp Scamp Scamp that's the big problem, it draws the attention as others have said. You just can't sneak into a campground and be anonimous.

The word is cautious. I travel solo for months on end and on this last trip for slightly over 3 months I did think to myself that I need to be a little more cautious. I became a little too at ease and found myself letting my guard down. Of course I'm a outgoing person so talking to people can be something I need to tone down at times, but then your not going to learn much if you don't talk to people. Just be careful of how much information you devulge. I do use the term "We" in my speaking, so unless someone has really been watching my campsite they wouldn't know I'm alone. I also have an old wedding ring I wear which might be helpful. But I can pretty much guarantee that because of your cute little trailer people will most likely know who is in it no matter how many chairs, shoes etc that you put out. You'll find that men tend to be the ones that approach you more than women do, whether they are married or solo. My guard is generally up with the solo men.

I also scope out the campground and pick a site that has what I determine to be ordinary, safe appearing couples nearby or next door.

I'm not one for being afraid of much in this world but being aware of your surrounding and alert is the key.
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:48 AM   #25
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I must sell my house before I can fulltime. Been trying for 2 years
However I have decided life is to short and getting shorter so I am gonna cut the price of my house and re-list it
so I can start living my life as me!

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Old 11-05-2008, 03:05 PM   #26
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Have you considered renting it?
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:24 PM   #27
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Yes I have however

1. Don't know if I want to hassle with renting and being out of state

2. Most of my $$ is tied up in my IRA and this house so I would need to take a loan to purchase
rig& truck

3. Rental millage is 10 mils higher than homestead here so I am not sure I could make much money
after I charge what I need for payment+taxes. although I admit I haven't looked into it what is the going rent for
a home like mine in this area

4. It is in prisitine condition now and I have concerns that it would not remain so after being a rental

However if I could find a trust worthy renter willing to sign a long contract...


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Old 11-21-2008, 12:31 PM   #28
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The Rottweiller would make a great companion for fulltiming!

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