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Caravan for Experienced RVers? - kaBLOOnie Boonster - 12-21-2018

Do you think there is any interest in a caravan for non-newbies?

Newbies are interested in all the usual 'how to' things -- and they SHOULD be. But experienced RVers want to interact on a different level. That is why I can't get excited about the current caravans, RTR, annual rallies at different RV organizations, etc.

What I am interested in is people who travel in the same areas, have approximately the same camping habits, and want to talk to each other at the end of the day.

I wonder if other experienced RVers feel abandoned by RV organizations -- including this one -- that have a culture 99% oriented towards newbies.


RE: Caravan for Experienced RVers? - wagoneer - 12-21-2018

I am a "its my way or the highway" mentality. It does get old answering the same concerns. Half the fun for me is figuring stuff out myself.


RE: Caravan for Experienced RVers? - RoamerRV428 - 12-21-2018

Absolutely there is a interest!

oh boy do I wish I was on the road now but we are not. And we so want to be but with children tie down and elderly tie down we are just not there yet.

But I so understand what you are saying. You want that situation where everyone knows their rig, doesn't have to ask constantly about ABC and XYZ and you have all like minded, smart knowledge rv'ers who have done this many times and are there for just companionship and adventure and not all about questions of how to, why, what if I do this, and how come this happens? ugh.....while it is wonderful to help newbies there is a ton of places to find that info and of course we all would share if needed from experience, but it would be wonderful to travel with non-newbies and just roll. roll easily along and not have to worry about learners along the way.

yes, from your original question, yes there is an interest in non-newbie caravans Smile That would be one we would seek out actually if we were out and about right now definitely.

One reason caravans are not on our interest list is WHO goes? newbies and not knowing and learning and all that jazz, while is wonderful and everyone has to start somewhere, a true rv'er experienced caravan with no newbies would be a big plus in our eyes. Something of interest to us and not the usual caravans where all are welcome without knowing level of experience. Those are wonderful for newbies, but one without having to babysit all the time would be a monster plus out there. Like making a '55 or over' park......a few sets of rules on experience and traveling and rvs in order to join the caravan would be nice. Not worrying about newbies would be a plus I would consider for a good caravan to suit us actually.

just chatting out thoughts Smile


Caravan for Experienced RVers? - Cammalu - 12-21-2018

The escapees has many different groups


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RE: Caravan for Experienced RVers? - bullfrog - 12-21-2018

I enjoy seeing experienced fultimers come through the park I work in most of the time and most are happy to be left alone. I sometimes approach them or wave to see if they have any questions but being in uniform I guess they don't expect to get any answers they would like and therefore don't ask many questions! It would be nice to be able to share good spots and facilities with people known to be able to go some where with out trashng it or abusing it to a point it no longer is available to others. Maybe eventually the experienced caravan leaders will start being reconized in their rigs and be approachable but I am usually just glad to see most making their yearly visits through the area knowing they made it through another year. Escapees has groups with common interest called "Birds of a Feather" maybe it is time for CRVL to have caravans that like to prospect, go to places like Honey's Park or BLM's long term parking for the winter, kayaking and etc. to form. Maybe we can be like the old Boy Scouts of America and have Order of the Arrow campouts! LOL!!! I think YARC has already started! LOL!!!


RE: Caravan for Experienced RVers? - Doubleone - 12-21-2018

I think half the fun of RV-ing is working on improvements, doing cool modifications, and personalizing  your own rig.  I really enjoy meeting and talking to people, and seeing how they've done their rigs, especially conversions and restorations.  It seems there is always a new idea for something totally cool that someone else did that inspires my creativity.  I think most experienced RV'rs are genuinely proud of what they've made and they like to share it with others.  It's a common experience.  However, I don't relate well to the big expensive class-A type folks because so many just aren't friendly.  I don't care how fat or thin your wallet is... I'd much rather visit and spend time with real down to earth people who did their own thing and created it themselves, people who don't look down on me because my rig is smaller or older than theirs.  I really don't mind if some total noob asks for help or advice, because we've all been there...  It's just not in my nature to sit back and watch while someone struggles and gets frustrated.  Many hands makes light work...


RE: Caravan for Experienced RVers? - kaBLOOnie Boonster - 12-21-2018

It isn't just the tediousness of endless 'how to' discussions that motivates me to caravan with experienced RVers, rather than newbies. The unpredictability of the newbies makes them frustrating to try to travel with. They aren't doing anything wrong by bouncing around in any number of directions for awhile. It is called LEARNING.

But an experienced RVer is more likely to have settled on a geographical pattern and camping style. Therefore you can both assess your compatibility. A certain amount of stability is necessary to make caravanning practical.

The newbie can stay amused with their bucket list, visiting every state and province in North America, hitting every national park, etc. In a sense, they have an easier time than experienced RVers. But nobody tries to help experienced RVers.


RE: Caravan for Experienced RVers? - Almost There - 12-21-2018

All of us have our own way of travelling and/or sitting still.

Putting together a caravan of experienced Nomads would be more like trying to herd cats than anything else IMO. And those would be very independent cats... Rolleyes Tongue

When I travel I like to leave when I'm ready, stop when I get to where I want to play tourist, eat where and what I want to eat - and I have definitive ideas on what that is...lol.

I find that the older I get the less I'm interested in compromising on what gives me the greatest joy on earth, being out here exploring the world at my own speed and on my own terms.
If you're lucky enough to find at least one other nomad with EXACTLY the same travel pattern as yourself, I'd be calling it good.... Big Grin


Caravan for Experienced RVers? - Cammalu - 12-21-2018

I sure agree with Almost there. Seems everyone wants to go their own way but does keep in touch and hook up again here and there on the road.


RE: Caravan for Experienced RVers? - Living Nomadic Dreams - 12-21-2018

(12-21-2018, 03:12 PM)Doubleone Wrote:  I think half the fun of RV-ing is working on improvements, doing cool modifications, and personalizing  your own rig.  I really enjoy meeting and talking to people, and seeing how they've done their rigs, especially conversions and restorations.  It seems there is always a new idea for something totally cool that someone else did that inspires my creativity.  I think most experienced RV'rs are genuinely proud of what they've made and they like to share it with others.  It's a common experience.  However, I don't relate well to the big expensive class-A type folks because so many just aren't friendly.  I don't care how fat or thin your wallet is... I'd much rather visit and spend time with real down to earth people who did their own thing and created it themselves, people who don't look down on me because my rig is smaller or older than theirs.  I really don't mind if some total noob asks for help or advice, because we've all been there...  It's just not in my nature to sit back and watch while someone struggles and gets frustrated.  Many hands makes light work...

I feel similar