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

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

Recently, one of our RV Lifestyle members posed a question in our Facebook group. Zoe asked:

“What are your biggest concerns when traveling in an RV?”

The post received nearly 500 comments! From weather and mechanical failures to how to make money, real RVers answer with their biggest fears while RVing.

The following is a list of RVer's biggest fears when traveling by RV. PLUS resources to help you overcome those fears.

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Top 10 Biggest Fears of RV Travel

We are big believers that fear should be used as a warning bell, but never keep you from your dreams. As a warning bell, you can assess the problem and figure out a solution.

So, we are going to share the biggest fears of RV travel, and provide resources to help you find the best solutions for you.

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 comments mentioned 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, reliable roadside assistance coverage. There's also a great home-study course that we recommend…

RV Lifestyle recommends the RV Tech Course

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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. Financing Their Travels or Full-Time RV Lifestyle

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Unsurprisingly, many of the comments in the Facebook post mentioned money. People shared their fears of being able to afford the lifestyle or earn income to support it.

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: 

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Having stable internet and receiving mail is a big concern for RVers working from the road. Starlink is still a work in progress, but we still hold out hope. We recommend you also read:

6. Unwelcome Guests

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We all fear having annoying camping neighbors, but this section refers to a different type of unwelcome guest. An infestation can put a damper on your vacation from ants, insects, mice, or rats. 

How can you keep out unwanted critters, rodents, and insects?

The following can help: 

7. Realizing the RV Lifestyle Isn't For Them

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A lot of people fear that they'll commit to the RV lifestyle only to realize that they don't enjoy it. Some fear that they'll miss their home and family too much. Others fear that they won't fit in with the community.

Others fear that'll simply be too hard.

Before committing to the lifestyle, we always recommend testing it out. Rent RVs, go on short and long trips, try out different classes of RV, etc. This will help you figure out if RVing is really for you.

Here are some resources that will help:

8. Their Relationships Will Suffer

Keep the Romance Alive While RVing

Many people worry their relationships will suffer if they join the RV lifestyle. This is true for people who are leaving friends and family behind, as well as people traveling with their spouse or others.

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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We get questions every day of other RVers wondering. “How do you buy a new or used RV?”

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We created this guide to help you understand the nuances that come with purchasing an RV including:

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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!

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2023-08-04

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

One Response to “10 Biggest FEARS of RV Travel (& Tips to Overcome Them)”

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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