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10 Biggest FEARS of RV Travel (& Tips to Overcome Them)

| Updated Feb 13, 2024

We address the biggest fears of RV Travel and provide resources to help you overcome them!

We are big believers that fear should be used as a warning bell but never keep you from your dreams. As a warning bell, fear can help you identify a problem that you can then find a solution for.

A lot of people have fears about RV travel… valid concerns about problems they might face… but those fears don’t have to keep you from your RV dreams! 

We're going to address the top 10 fears of RV travel. But, more importantly, we include a list of resources to help you overcome these fears! 

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NOTE: We have a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Resource Guide. It's a free article that links to dozens of helpful resources.

1. Bad Weather

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Weather can be highly anxiety-provoking for RVers because it's out of your control. 

While you cannot control the weather, you can be as prepared for it as possible. There are many things you can do to help keep you and your family safe during a weather event. 

From high wind safety to hurricane preparedness, we cover how to stay safe in any weather: 

Another good thing to do as an RVer is to prepare for emergency weather. Ensure you prepare your camping adventure with supplies to help you during an emergency

Consider a handheld ham radio for emergencies. Check out our top five in our related post, 5 Best Survival Radios for Emergencies

2. Driving or Towing an RV

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Many people fear tire blow outs, towing trailers, or driving a big RV. Essentially, RVers feared getting in an accident, getting stranded on the side of the road, or feeling overwhelmed while driving.

We have lots of articles to help in this area! First and foremost, you need to understand the importance of RV tire care and safety.

And here are some resources to help with your driving and towing fears:

3. Mechanical Failure

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RVs and their components fail. It's a reality of RVing that every RVer has to accept. No matter how new or nice your RV is, there are repairs in your future.

Mechanical failure is scary for a few main reasons. First, it can leave you stranded or in a dangerous predicament. Second, it can cost a lot of money to repair. And third, it can cost a lot of time. 

But you do not have to let that fear prevent you from traveling. The best course of action is to be prepared. 

For starters, you will want to do maintenance checks every year. That way, you can catch potential engine failures or other issues before you hit the road. Be proactive with preventative maintenance to keep your rig running smoothly during the camping season. 

Once you are on the road, you should have the tools every RVer needs to be prepared for any travel mishaps. It's also a good idea to have reliable roadside assistance coverage. There's also a great home-study course that we recommend…

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Get the Home Study Course today and worry about the road, not the repairs!
Every time you move your RV it's like driving through a hurricane during an earthquake. Parts break and many items need to be maintained, this program will show you how you can save time and money by gaining the confidence to take on the majority of the issues you’ll come across. Don’t get caught with your RV in the shop! Learn how you can maintain and repair your RV at your own pace and at the most convenient time for you! This course is produced by the National RV Training Academy.

4. Regretting Their Decision

15 Things RVers Wish They Had Known Before Becoming RVers

Many people fear that they will regret their RV purchase or joining the RV Lifestyle altogether. It's a valid fear, especially since mainstream media portrays the RV lifestyle as easy and affordable.

Purchasing an RV is a huge investment, often a financial decision that is second only to purchasing a home. Plus, the lifestyle itself can be expensive and challenging. The dream could turn out to be a nightmare you feel you're not cut out for.

But before that doom and gloom paragraph turns you off of RVing for good, read the following articles to help you make an informed decision:

5. Paying for the RV Lifestyle

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How can you afford the RV lifestyle, whether part-time or full-time? How can you make money on the road? How can you work remotely? Is social security enough to support the RV lifestyle?

These are all common questions potential RVers face. From articles about workcamping and remote work to boost your cell phone and Internet coverage, we have some great reads that can help: 

Receiving mail is a big concern for RVers working from the road:

6. Bugs & Critters

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Mosquitos, rodents, flies, spiders… you might dread dealing with these while RVing. But you can help them keep their distance with the right products and tricks!

The following can help: 

7. Not Fitting Into the RV Community

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Many people worry they won’t fit in with the RV community. Some fear they won’t like busy campgrounds, and others fear they won’t like seclusion. But there are different types of RV Lifestyle, from boondocking in remote areas to luxury resorts and everything in between.

Here are some resources that will help:

8. Their Relationships Will Suffer

Keep the Romance Alive While RVing

Many people worry about leaving friends and family behind, as well as getting along with their spouse and travel companions while living in such tight quarters.

Here are some helpful resources to calm or overcome those fears:

9. It'll Be Uncomfortable

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Living in an RV certainly comes with its challenges, especially where comfort is involved. RV beds have a bad reputation for discomfort, campgrounds can be noisy, and driving long distances can be exhausting.

Many people fear that they'll be giving up a lot of privacy as well. Here are some resources that address those concerns:

10. Their Health

The Biggest Pitfall of Splitting RV Duties Down the Middle

Sometimes the only thing keeping people from RVing is their health, or not knowing how to manage it while on the road. It's a valid concern that does require careful thought and planning.

Here are some resources to help:

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So we created a 75+-page downloadable digital guide to help you understand the nuances that come with purchasing an RV, where you can save thousands of dollars in the buying process, what the right questions are to ask dealers, what things to look out for, how to select the right unit, amenities, warranties, and so much more!

This ebook is designed to help make your purchase process as smooth as possible. And to teach you step-by-step exactly what to do so you can start your RV Lifestyle today!

Mike Wendland

Published on 2024-02-13

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

3 Responses to “10 Biggest FEARS of RV Travel (& Tips to Overcome Them)”

February 14, 2024at9:34 am, Pat Pullum said:

Since our first RV in 1988, I know we never had any of the fears listed. Our biggest concern now is finding campgrounds that are not overcrowded and at a reasonable price per night.


February 15, 2024at10:48 am, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Finding campgrounds that are not overcrowded and at a reasonable price IS a challenge! Thanks for sharing, Pat! Team RV Lifestyle


September 08, 2023at9:44 am, Dr Mike said:

I have been reading, blogs, posts, threads, and many, many articles on RVing over the past three years. This article is by far the single most comprehensive and well written article on RVing I have come across all of time.
I strongly suggest that everyone click on the links in the article to take it further deeper into the subject.

Dr. Mike


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