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Old 09-18-2018, 10:55 AM   #1
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Want to full time but single female. Is it safe?

Hello. I'm new here and love this website! I will be retiring in about 4 years. I really love to camp in my popup tent camper but want to full time in a Casita Freedom deluxe 17' when I retire. I am single and female. I'd love to hear from ladies who camp solo (and anyone else). I am concerned about staying safe while camping and boondocking. I currently only camp in a few campgrounds I am very familiar with. Thanks for your input in advance. Laury.
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:05 AM   #2
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Well, I'm male, but travel single (although for the first part of this trip I'm traveling with friends in a Scamp). I am on the road for 8 - 9 months of the year, returning to upstate NY for the summers. I keep a blog of my travels - the current one starts at 2018-19 Trip
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Hello. I'm new here and love this website! I will be retiring in about 4 years. I really love to camp in my popup tent camper but want to full time in a Casita Freedom deluxe 17' when I retire. I am single and female. I'd love to hear from ladies who camp solo (and anyone else). I am concerned about staying safe while camping and boondocking. I currently only camp in a few campgrounds I am very familiar with. Thanks for your input in advance. Laury.

There is a number of ladies that full time solo camp one is even works as a campground host.

To find new and interesting inexpensive places to camp without hookups I suggest you look at Ultimate Campgrounds.

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Here are links to blogs by some long term or full time women campers:

Jean Clark

Anne Henderson

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Old 09-18-2018, 12:21 PM   #6
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Hello. I'm new here and love this website! I will be retiring in about 4 years. I really love to camp in my popup tent camper but want to full time in a Casita Freedom deluxe 17' when I retire. I am single and female. I'd love to hear from ladies who camp solo (and anyone else). I am concerned about staying safe while camping and boondocking. I currently only camp in a few campgrounds I am very familiar with. Thanks for your input in advance. Laury.
Yes it is safe. There are many thousands of retired women already doing that and by the time you retire there will be thousands more of them joining you. The rules for personal safety are the same no matter where you are living. You have done OK so far, I am sure you already have good instincts about people when you meet them in your daily life. In the meantime be a little more adventurous, don't limit yourself to only camping in the same old familiar places. Take some longer trips to new locations.

Cultivate having an attitude of telling yourself that each trip will be a good time instead of focusing on the worry that something bad might happen. Mentally telling yourself that you feel scared is what makes you feel so scared. If you start in on that self talk fraidy cat loop you actually can learn to stop that annoying brain chatter by saying STOP THAT! ENOUGH! each time your brain loops into it. Most people don't know about this very essential mental health technique that keeps us sane when facing life changing decisions or even small everyday ones. Don't waste time validating to your brain, just use single words like STOP to beak the worry looping.
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Hello. I'm new here and love this website! I will be retiring in about 4 years. I really love to camp in my popup tent camper but want to full time in a Casita Freedom deluxe 17' when I retire. I am single and female. I'd love to hear from ladies who camp solo (and anyone else). I am concerned about staying safe while camping and boondocking. I currently only camp in a few campgrounds I am very familiar with. Thanks for your input in advance. Laury.
We've traveled as a couple for 18 years, now at 76. We have never stayed at a campground where we felt unsafe, and we've been in a number that didn't look too good. As well in almost 4000 camping nights we've never had a single problem with campers. Of course sometimes other campers are too loud but we've had kids and lived through loud, most of the time people are very friendly.

We have driven into probably 10 campgrounds where we didn't stay for what ever reason, we just didn't like them.

We have loved our time on the road.
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Thank you

Thank you for all of the words of encouragement! I'm going to read the blogs of other solo ladies out there. Didn't realize there were so many. Yes, I will continue to prepare for my dream life. Sounds like there are many nice camping folks on this site.
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Thank you for all of the words of encouragement! I'm going to read the blogs of other solo ladies out there. Didn't realize there were so many. Yes, I will continue to prepare for my dream life. Sounds like there are many nice camping folks on this site.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:49 PM   #10
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The only time I was not comfortable on this 33 day trip that I did this summer was when I elected to make a quick overnight at a hotel in Dayton OH instead of a campground. It was the only time on this trip that I felt the need to activate the motion sensor alarm in the camper. Fear not the campers!
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Want to full time but single female. Is it safe?

My mom started RVing solo at 65 after my dad died and she retired a few years later. She took her last trip at 90. Not full-time, but several months a year.

As long as you stay in developed campgrounds, you are very unlikely to have issues. That's what Mom did, and honestly, I was more concerned about the driving part than the camping part.

You may encounter a few run-down "RV parks" with full-time residents of questionable character. You can always move on if it just doesn't feel right. There are a number of useful apps that can help you find alternate camping spots on the fly.

Some full-timers spend all or part of their time "boondocking" on undeveloped land to lower costs. Then I think you have to be more cautious. There are increasing numbers of homeless people squatting on public lands in decrepit RV's, living out of vehicles, or on foot or bicycles. With experience and by talking to other full-timers you can learn to identify areas where that's a problem, as well as more serious problems such as drug smuggling and human trafficking.

There are also groups of solo travelers that arrange to caravan together. That has advantages and disadvantages, but it could be worth trying out.

Mom chose a small motorhome rather than a trailer to avoid hitching and backing. It also allowed her to stop, use the camper, and continue without going outside if she felt uncomfortable for any reason. I don't think it was ever an issue, but it gave her peace of mind.
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Here's another list of solo blogs:
https://www.women-on-the-road.com/be...for-women.html

I read somewhere about one solo woman who always sets out two lawn chairs, and leaves a pair of men's hiking boots outside her door. Whatever makes you comfortable.

At many sites, I expect you'll find folks who discretely keep an eye out for anything unusual. Just as they do other fellow campers.

Did I mention bear spray?
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As you're already seeing here, LOTS of single women travel and camp. In addition to the other good suggestions you've gotten, I'd offer InterstellarOrchard -- https://interstellarorchard.com/ -- as a good resource. Her blog has a ton of good info. Also there are a number of Facebook groups for women traveling (and for just RV-ing in general) so look around there and you'll find lots and lots and lots of support! Good luck!
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Hi. If something were to happen, it would be a spur-of-the moment incident, the kind of thing that can happen to a woman alone in a dark, underground parking lot, for example, or a stairwell in a building after work hours.

What won't happen since you'll be a moving target, is for you to be watched for several weeks to determine your habits and presence, and then targeted. So in that sense, you'll be safer.

Unlikely to be any incidents in a public or private campground, more concern about boondocking. People like to be near each other for reasons beyond having electricity and dumpsters available.

Lots of good advice above.

My best luck to you on your journeys.


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PS: From my own personal experience, I don't recommend pugs as guard dogs on camping trips. alert dogs, yes, guard dogs, no. Better to set out a big water bowl (BIG) with the name "FANG" on the side...possibly next to that pair of men's work boots.

But listen to your own gut feelings. We get the gift of fear from surviving on earth for a looooooooooooong time; every one of your ancestors managed it! So you're a child of all winners in the survival marathon.
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