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Not Outdoorsy? You CAN Still Enjoy RV Camping (Here’s How)

| Updated Jul 31, 2023

Are you not outdoorsy? Or do you have a non-outdoorsy partner? Here’s how you can still go camping and enjoy the RV lifestyle…

In a recent post in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group, a member named Gayle asked, “Do you think a person who is not outdoorsy could live the RV lifestyle?”

Some RVers responded that she would have a hard time in this lifestyle. However, many RVers responded that they can relate, either as being not outdoorsy themselves or having a non-outdoorsy partner. 

Both sides made some valid points, sharing the difficulties Gayle might face and how to enjoy RV camping despite not being outdoorsy.

In this article, we’re going to summarize the challenges, as well as delve into how non-outdoorsy people CAN enjoy the RV Lifestyle. Then, hopefully, you can better decide if the RV lifestyle is right for you and your partner.

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3 Big Challenges Non-Outdoorsy People Will Face

We will delve into the positive comments and how non-outdoorsy people CAN enjoy the RV lifestyle. But first, we want to point out three valid points nay-sayers shared in the comments. 

Because the truth is RVing isn’t for everyone and non-outdoorsy people will face more challenges than your stereotypical camper. So, it’s important that we share the bad along with the good, so you can make an informed decision.

(PSST! Be sure to check out the video at the end of this article. It shares the FUNNY reasons RVers choose their RVs.)

1. RVers Utilize Outdoor Space to Not Feel Cramped

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Depending on how non-outdoorsy you are, an RV may be too confining for you. Most RVers greatly expand their living space with their outdoor setups. 

They often cook, eat, and lounge outside their RV in a patio-like setting they create. It essentially doubles their living space. 

So, you need to consider how non-outdoorsy you are. 

  • Could you enjoy eating at a picnic table? 
  • Could you enjoy grilling meals or cooking over a campfire? 
  • Could you enjoy reading or doing other hobbies in a comfy camping chair or at a picnic table?

Granted, you can do all of those things inside your RV. But at what point will you begin to feel claustrophobic? You need to know where that balance lies and if it’s sustainable for you. 

2. The RV Lifestyle Isn’t Cheap

A few commentators pointed out that the RV lifestyle isn’t as cheap as mainstream media likes to make it appear. So, if a non-outdoorsy person is interested in the RV lifestyle because they think it’s cheaper than housing and travel alternatives, they need to dig deeper.

The RV Lifestyle can be cheaper than other forms of travel and housing. However, it takes a lot of smart planning to live more affordably in an RV. 

Here are some resources to give more insight into the cost of RVing:

As you’ll see, if you’re considering RVing ONLY to save money, then you should probably reconsider another path.

Furthermore, whether or not you’re convinced the RV lifestyle is right for you, you should ALWAYS give the RV lifestyle a test run before you commit to it! Rent an RV and go on multiple trips. Try out different classes of RV and different types of campgrounds. Try it before you buy it!

3. RVers Need to Do Basic Maintenance & Repairs

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Unless you have plenty of money and time on your hands, you’ll need to be okay doing basic RV maintenance and repairs yourself. Or, at least the maintenance. 

The RV repair industry is so overloaded that it costs a lot of time and money to hire someone to do regular maintenance and repairs. Depending on where you live and travel, you also need to winterize and winterize your RV every hot/cold season. 

Much of these To-Do items are done outside. So, if you and your partner are not willing to get a bit dirty and sweaty before and after every trip and every season, then the RV Lifestyle may be too much for you.

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How Non-Outdoorsy People CAN Enjoy the RV Lifestyle

When people think of camping, they usually think of hiking, biking, fishing, and more outdoor hobbies. They also think about being surrounded by nature and “getting away” from crowds and busy cities. 

So, if that doesn’t sound appealing to you, you might think RVing isn’t for you. However, while all of the above is a very popular camping lifestyle, it is certainly not the only camping lifestyle. 

We’re going to share the type of camping lifestyle that can be right for you.

1. Stay at RV Resorts Instead of Campgrounds

There are a few key differences between an RV resort and campground. You can click on that link to learn more, but the biggest difference is the types of amenities.

RV resorts usually have more amenities and nicer facilities than traditional campgrounds (even more than traditional RV campgrounds). You can learn more about the RV resort amenities non-outdoorsy campers like to have.

Some RV resorts have concrete pads and manicured campsites. Not to mention landscaping throughout the park, along with resort-style pools, golf courses, playgrounds, and more.

2. Plan Trips Around Cultural Activities Instead of Nature Activities

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The stereotypical camper plans their trip around nature activities. They’re the ones who love to stay at state and national parks to go hiking, biking, and stargazing.

But if you don’t like the outdoorsy “nature” stuff, that’s okay! There are LOTS of RVers who plan their travels around cultural activities, like visiting museums, aquariums, historical sites, big cities, and more. 

For instance, a non-outdoorsy RVer can take a California Animal Tour of the best zoos, aquariums, and gardens instead of going birdwatching or wildlife viewing in nature. 

Non-outdoorsy RVers can really put reciprocal memberships to good use, and save a lot of money along the way! Reciprocal memberships give RVers access to networks of museums, zoos, botanical gardens, and more with a single, one-cost membership.

3. Upgrade RV Amenities

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Let us tell you, there are some LUXURY RVs out there! There are lots of modern, amenity-rich RVs that outshine standard apartments and houses. Shoot, there are some RVs that outshine luxury homes!

Of course, luxury amenities come at a higher price, but they may be well worth the investment for non-outdoorsy people. Keep in mind, you may only need to upgrade the amenities that matter to you. 

For instance, a dishwasher or clothes washer/dryer combo may be a must for you. Or you may need more room with a Class A motorhome or 5th wheel trailer.

However, BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER for non-outdoorsy people. Let me explain why…

4. Make Your RV Lifestyle More Mobile & Affordable

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Many non-outdoorsy RVers make the mistake of getting an RV that is too big and too expensive for the travel lifestyle they really want. Having a big motorhome or 5th wheel gives you more comforts while you’re in the RV, but it does limit the places you can go.

Furthermore, too many amenities can make you “RV poor” where you can’t afford to do anything outside of your super nice RV. 

Don’t make that mistake!! Carefully consider if a smaller, simpler RV can be “nice enough” for you and give you more access and flexibility to do more things.

For instance, you can easily park a small RV or campervan at museums, amusement parks, casinos, or even in your relatives’ driveways. You can maneuver cities more easily.

PLUS! Instead of having to tow a “get around” vehicle, you can simply drive your small RV wherever you want to go.

Furthermore, if you aren’t cash-strapped from your RV purchase, you can enjoy more luxuries on the go. For instance, you can visit spas or even stay in a nice hotel whenever you need a break from “roughing it” in your RV.

5. Live the RV Lifestyle YOUR Way

Enjoying the RV Lifestyle really comes down to one thing: living it YOUR way. There is no right or wrong way to RV.

Whether people tow a pop-up trailer behind their SUV or drive a multi-million dollar motorhome with a garage, they’re enjoying the RV Lifestyle THEIR way. And you can do the same.

Just be sure to carefully consider the LIFESTYLE you want, not just the RV you want. Plan your RV LIFESTYLE first, and then choose the RV that best fits that style.

The Funny Reasons Why People Buy RVs

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2023-07-30

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 “Not Outdoorsy? You CAN Still Enjoy RV Camping (Here’s How)”

August 01, 2023at4:14 pm, Julie Johnson said:

I have always considered my RV as my personal hotel room. A very nice hotel room runs close to $200 a night but I can stay at a KOA for $100 a night. Some campgrounds are higher and some are lower but unless I am staying at a high end RV resort, it is cheaper in most cases to stay in an RV than a hotel. Also for me I don’t have to worry about who slept in that bed last night or bedbugs!


August 03, 2023at12:32 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Very true – especially about bedbugs! Thanks for sharing – Team RV Lifestyle


August 01, 2023at8:57 am, Carlos Ruiz said:

You should not be encouraging these people to take up space that doesn’t exist. They have no business being out here.


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