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RT46: RV for One, Please! What to Know About Solo RV Travel

| Updated Jul 29, 2015

The great thing about living the RV lifestyle is the freedom it affords – and that includes the freedom to hit the open road alone.

It's a trend that is growing.

Take Sherry Targum, president, Roadtrek International chapter of the Family Motorcoach Association. She decided long ago to hit the road alone (well, she had some cats, too) and hasn't looked back.

She joins Mike Wendland for episode 46 of the Roadtreking podcast to share what she has learned about successfully solo RVing. Among other things, they discuss:

  • The joys of solo RVing
  • If RVers need to do anything differently than when traveling with a partner
  • How to get used to traveling alone
  • How to travel safely when solo RVing
  • The many ways to still be social while solo RVing

Also in this episode, Jennifer's Tip of the Week on storage, listener questions about solar panels and other RV parts, RV news, an RV destination in Colorado you need on your bucket list, and a lot more!


Show Notes for Episode #46 July 29, 2015, of Roadtreking – The RV Lifestyle Podcast:

First Things First: Thank You For the Support

Jennifer and Mike open the show by talking about the loss of Tai, their dog who died last week as a result of complications caused by a serious medical condition, and thanking everyone for the tremendously overwhelming support received in light of the sad news. [spp-timestamp time=”2:59″]

Jennifer's Tip of the Week: Simple Storage Solution

In our RV, we have one simple rule. A place for everything, and everything has a place. So this week, I want to share that “place” with you, specifically, a very inexpensive and handy storage solution for miscellaneous things in form of a self-adhering mesh net storage organizer.

We have several of these in our RV. They are made of nylon and about seven inches wide, by five inches high. They attach to any solid service with special double-sided adhesive tape, so you don’t have to drill a hole. They stretch and we use them to hold items such as cell phones, chargers, keys, medicines, maps, and notebooks.

They only cost $5.89 on Amazon and we have three of them in various places in our Roadtrek RV. One by my side of the bed, one by Mike’s and one on the galley wall. [spp-timestamp time=”5:23″]

Listener Question: How Tough are Solar Panels?

A listener who is considering buying an RV has several questions, but his main inquiry is with regards to solar panels and specifically, how durable they are and how they function when forced to deal with everything from hail and snow to rocks. Jennifer and Mike address the questions and provide details about how today's solar panels are able to withstand being pushed to extreme limits. [spp-timestamp time=”6:42″]

Listener Question: How Can I Find RV Parts for My Roadtrek?

Another Roadtreking listener asks about finding a place to find RV parts for his Roadtrek near him in Houston. We share how to find Roadtrek dealers across North America at

In Houston, Mike recommends DeMontrond RV, 14101 North Freeway, Houston, Texas, or Camping World of Houston. [spp-timestamp time=”14:32″]

Listener Question: Can You Tell Me About Registering My RV in Another State?

And listener Gwen Harris – who sings a special song she wrote just for Roadtreking – asks about the benefits of registering an RV in another state. Mike gives an explanation and refers to a story he did previously on the subject at [spp-timestamp time=”15:42″]

Sponsoring this part of the podcast is Van City RV in St. Louis, Mo.
Van City RV only sells Class B. RVs. Owner Ray Dwyer has been in the RV business for 44 years and is considered the dean of Class B RVs. Nobody knows more about small motorhomes that Ray and his crew. They have new and used Class B motorhomes in stock from the major manufacturers. When you fly in to buy your RV from Van City, they'll arrange to have you picked up from the airport and will reimburse you $500 toward your airfare. Then, your RV will be fully prepared for travel, complete with full tanks of fuel and propane. After a complete orientation with their staff on your new RV, you can take delivery and set out for home. Dan the Van Man gives the week's specials on the podcast.


RV News of the Week: Bison Flips Over Selfie, Glacier on Fire, RV Industry Boom Continues

Bison Attacks at Yellowstone: A woman was attacked by a bison in Yellowstone as she tried to take a selfie with it. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”29:26″]

Glacier National Park Fire Disrupts: A wildfire at Glacier National Park disrupted a lot of tourist plans, among other things. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”33:23″]

RV Sales Boom Continues: RV shipments (the way the industry reports how healthy it is to the public) were once again up in June. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”34:55″]

This portion of the podcast is brought to you by Alde, the only name in heat that you need to know for your RV.

The Alde hydronic system brings many features and benefits not found with any other product.

  1. Silent Radiant Heat – providing a warm even natural heated interior. Great for pets. (And Humans)
  2. Increased Interior Space by combining two systems in one.
  3. Efficiency. The whole system draws less than 1 amp on 12V DC and will extend the life of your propane roughly 40% over forced air.
  4. Heating on Electric or Gas.
  5. Multiple Options and Amenities: Towel Warmers, Floor Heat, Tank Heating, 4 Season Camping, Engine Heat, Driver Comfort,
  6. Modern Programable Color Touch Screen Thermostat and Interface
  7. Minimal Side-Wall Penetration. Small combined intake and exhaust eliminate big cut outs and sidewall congestion.


RV Destination of the Week: Pikes Peak, Colorado

Mike talks about a popular destination in Colorado for RVers – Pikes Peak. Mike wrote about it in a post for the Roadtreking podcast that can be found here: [spp-timestamp time=”37:52″]

This part of the podcast is brought to you by Leisure Time RV, serving central Florida and the Internet from Winter Garden, Fla..

Leisure Time RV, a family-owned dealership in Winter Garden, Florida,  near Orlando has been in business for 45 year and is consistently among the top Roadtrek dealers in North America. They have a full line of the Roadtrek inventory as well as travel trailers and used RVs. Jennifer and I have visited Leisure Time RV and we know the staff and we are very impressed by the honesty, integrity and first rate service we found there. They sell to customers all across the country, wich tells you that they know how to deal. They also offer unparalled RV service and if you are looking for Roadtrek parts, call Leisure Time RV because they also carry a full line of parts which they ship out nationwide..

Main Topic: Sherry Targum, President, Roadtrek International

Sherry Targum, president of the Roadtrek International chapter of of the Family Motorcoach Association, joins Mike to talk about solo traveling. [spp-timestamp time=”47:21″]

The following links are mentioned during the discussion:

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Many listeners are asking how they can subscribe, review and rate the Roadtreking Podcast on iTunes. With a new podcast like this, those reviews and ratings are really important to be able to show well in the iTunes listings. So if you can, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d subscribe and leave me your review.

Here’s how:

How to subscribe, rate and review a podcast

First, open up the iTunes app on your computer or mobile device. Click on Podcasts up on the top
> From the iTunes Podcasts page, use the “Search Store” field up at the top right corner of the page. Type in Mike Wendland or Roadtreking RV Podcast.
> Click on the logo image of the Roadtreking RV Podcast on the search return page
> From there (see photo above), you can…

1) Subscribe

2) Choose and Click on a star (1-5) that reflects your rating. Five stars means you really like it, one star not so much.

3) Leave a written review.

Thanks to all for the kind reviews we’ve received so far. That got us noticed by Apple/iTunes as “New and Noteworthy.” I appreciate every review!

And remember, you can appear in future episodes. Ask a question or voice your comments about RV topics by clicking the Leave Voicemail tab on the right side of this page here at You can then use the microphone on your computer to record your words.

Mike Wendland

Published on 2015-07-29

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.

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