One of the questions many seniors wonder is, how long will we be able to do this? There is no right or wrong answer to this question.
RVing is what you make it, how long depends on your situation. Also finding out your style, whether it be moving from park to park? Or maybe finding a special place to stay for months at a time? This article will cover various topics to help you prepare for full-time RVing.
First Question, what’s stopping you?
No, you’re never too old to RV, let me rephrase that, if you can drive a car you can be an RVer! As a senior, one of the best ways to retire is to travel around the world with your own rig and at your own pace. As a senior, the three main fundamentals you need before anything else is to do it while you’ve got the desire, health, and means to do so.
Which RV Type is most popular for Seniors?
As far as picking a specific type of RV, that is a personal choice, however, the two most popular types of RV’s among seniors is the Class C motorhome and the travel trailer. Your choice will depend on how long you plan on RVing, the number of people in the RV, and whether you’re living with a dog or cat.
However, a class C motorhome is a popular choice among seniors, rather than pulling around a travel trailer. This is because, a class C is easier to get leveled. You do not have to worry about putting down jacks, and all that stuff.
This is because they make these little leveling blocks that you can put under the wheels and they work pretty well.
As far as space, fifth wheels have a lot more space, and for a 40-foot fifth wheel, you can house a family of 6. However, if you’re a family of two, so far as space, it will depend on what size of class C.
A popular choice is a small class C, that has separate beds, and about 22 feet long.
For fuel efficiency, with a class C, you get about 8 to 12 miles a gallon depending on your location. However, for a travel trailer, you do not get great fuel economy. And when you find yourself descending a mountain the best you can do is to hope your travel trailer brakes are in shape.
Whereas for the class C the newer ones come with a downshift, so you do not have to ride your brakes when descending a mountain which is a great feature.
Finally, if you plan on pulling your rig to Pagosa springs and parking it for a few months while you enjoy, the serene and beautiful climate there, then you might want to consider going in for a travel trailer, since a class C isn’t designed to be parked for a long time but designed to be driven around, since it’s a vehicle.
So if you’re going to be parked for a longer period then I suggest you consider a travel trailer.
Nevertheless, if you’re planning to boondock from one place to another with a either a Class C or a travel trailer, if you have solar and you’re self-contained, then one thing you should know is you will need a minimum of 200 watts of solar to make it work. However, you won’t be able to run an air conditioner, but you can run your small appliances and keep your batteries charged.
But in general, whenever you take a Class C or a travel trailer off electric power, the batteries that supply power to your rig do not last for two days. Regardless of which rig type you are using you will need a solar system to supply you power, just in case you find yourself at a place where there isn’t an electric hookup.
For seniors preparing for RVing full-time they might find it difficult to set up solar panels on the roof, you can purchase a solar suitcase, which you can set up outside your RV, and when it’s evening, you fold it up and put it back inside..
So, as far as choosing between a class C motor home and a travel trailer, will depend on your lifestyle. A class C is easier to handle and the travel trailer offers more space and requires a tow vehicle.
Listed Below are 5 RV Parks Perfect for Seniors
1. Mission View RV Resort
Located in Tucson, Arizona. There is plenty of room for a permanent residence or short stay at Mission View RV resort. There are spacious lots that are a short distance from down town Tucson. Not forgetting their great amenities such as pool, a Crafts and Games, an indoor pool, library, pet area, laundry room, and more, which you can’t help but fall in love with them.
2. Soaring Eagle Hideaway RV Park
Located in Mount Pleasant in Michigan, this RV park offers 67 RV sites. Each site has a concrete path, with full hookups, including, free WIFI access, fire pits, and picnic tables. There is a 25-acre water lake near the park, making it perfect for water related activities such as canoeing or kayaking. Seniors have access to a club house, RV store, walking trails, and laundry facilities.
3. Sunny Acres RV Park
Located off the US 70 in Las Cruses, Sunny Acres park is the place to be if you’re a senior and you find yourself in New Mexico. With features including, full hookups, electric showers, cable, laundry and free WIFI, with a Walmart and several restaurants, a couple of miles away, you have almost all you need when you find yourself at Sunny Acres RV park.
4. Vista Del Lago
Located in Bradenton Florida, Vista Del Lago is one of the best RV parks you can find in Bradenton. With features like a shopping mall, beach, museums and other amenities, visitors have no option than to fall in love with this place.
5. Majestic Oaks RV Resort
Not only is this park a premium destination from October to April in Kissimmee, but Majestic Oaks RV park is also family friendly. There is a heated pool that functions all year round. There are full hook ups for electricity and water. There is a great open space in front of the club house, and room to meet out with friends. However, the best feature of this park is its oaks, which are fragile yet sturdy, and are 100 of years old.
Here are some Safety Tips When RVing Full-time As A Senior or any age?
1. Know your surroundings
Whether you’re staying overnight at a Walmart or boondocking in the wilderness, don’t hesitate to pick up and move if your senses are telling you something isn’t right. Always keep your RV locked when traveling.
2. Plan Ahead
Research medical facilities near any RV park you plan to visit or boondock at. When traveling on a long journey, schedule stops for medications, rest and meals.
We have been RVing full-time for two years now. This is what we won’t do– drive at night, drive more that 5 hours in a day, never set-up in the dark. Be sure to have water and snacks for your trip. Don’t be in a rush.
3. Check in With Your Doctor and Do Not Forget to Bring all Your Medication
Before going on any trip, be sure to check in with your doctor to ensure that you have all your medication and also find out if they have any recommendations. Also, consult your doctor to be sure if it is safe for you to travel. Make a list of what medication your taking. Keep this list with you.
4. Tell Your Family and Friends About Your Where about
Leave a notice or a schedule of your trip with your family, so as they can know where you are at all times. This can be done through Facebook or Twitter, Emails, or with just a phone call. When you inform your family and there is an emergency, they will know where to get reach of you.
5. Do not Forget the Following
Insurance information (medical and vehicle), your doctor’s contact, an extra pair of glasses, and also batteries for your hearing aids, etc.
When RVing, do not forget to have fun, and try to make every moment count. With these tips, you should be able to choose the right rig for you, the perfect resort, and the perfect RVing adventure.
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