Living or traveling on the road can be lonely. Especially if you’re an introvert or are apprehensive about meeting new people. But, it doesn’t have to be as challenging as it used to be. Forging friendships on the road can be fun. But, you just have to know where and how to make new friends.
Being we are both fairly outgoing, we let our own personalities take the wheel. We’re not new at this game. As a military family for over 30 years, it’s a life we’re accustomed. So, you could say this comes a little easier for us.
So, we thought we’d share our list that prospective or new(er) RVers who struggle with getting out there can build amazing friendships, have fat address books and look forward to meeting up again down the road.
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Smile and wave!
Don’t be that grumpy one that looks the other way or grumbles as others wave to you. Be approachable! Strike up conversation while walking your cat (or dog), polishing your coach or lounging by the campfire. It is a long-held belief that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Just curl up those lips and show your pearly whites! Try it, you’ll see.
When we have a campfire, watch outdoor TV game or just sit outside, there’s nothing sweeter than our neighbors dragging their camp chairs and five o’clock somewheres over to join us. Okay, so you may cheer for the rival team. but it’s not only about the game. It’s about camaraderie and making new friends. That’s how many of our RV friendships began.
RV park and campground activities
RV Park and campground activities are a great way of meeting new friends. Pricier RV resorts typically have an activities director that plans events ranging from potlucks, shopping trips, pickle ball tournaments and holiday parties. GO! Don’t just sit inside and watch television. Sign up and Go!
You’ve may notice the decals on your neighbor’s roof carrier. It screams “we’re hikers”! So, when they sit outside, go over and ask if they know where the best hikes are. Invite them to go along with you. Or maybe you notice your neighbor has a dog. Go see if they want to walk your pups together.
We always our neighbors if they know where the local brewery or winery is. Oftentimes, we end up going out together. We’ve met the coolest RV peeps doing this.
Attend rallies, convergences, and meetups!
We’ve met some of our best RV friends at rallies, convergence and meetups! So, we recommend joining your RV manufacturer owner’s club. Or, consider joining RV clubs like Escapees, Family Motor Coach Association, who have huge national rallies.
We are members of Heartland Owners Club and Xscapers and Escapees. This is where we meet a lot of our friends. We tend to break off into different interest groups (ie. favorite type diners, ADV/motorcyclists, RZR or Jeepers, etc.). At the Xscapers Quartzsite Convergence 2017, we organized an a dirt bike ride with others of the same suit. We had a blast! Now, though we no longer ride, we still meetup with them for a campfire or five o’clock somewhere.
For a comprehensive listing of RV Clubs and Associations, visit RV-Camping’s site HERE.
Social media networking
Before we started RVing, we joined about a dozen RV groups on Facebook. For the first few months, we just read, listened and learned. Then, once we bought our toyhauler, we made friends with those who answered our many questions. Soon, we would be messaging each other to see where we could meet up.
We also follow other like-minded RVers’ social media pages, blogs and vlogs. Oh! And our Facebook page is Always On Liberty if you wish to follow us too!
Visit your sticks and bricks friends and family
Why? Because have two friends and those two friends have two friends, and so on. We went to San Antonio to meet up with our Army comrades, Leon and Barb. While we were there for a month, they invited over for bonfires, bbq’s and even military balls! Before we knew it, we were invited to more bonfires and bbqs! Now, each time we visit, we pick up where we left off.
After traveling a bit, you’ll notice other fellow RVers may have cool looking travel cards. We exchange them much like kids exchange baseball cards. We keep theirs in a small file book. We write on the backs where we met them, date and type of RV so it rings our noggins a year or so down the road.
If you don’t have them, get them!! Even if you don’t have a blog, simple contact information is all you need. We don’t list our phone number(s) or address but we have our blog and social media information on the back.
So, as you see, making friends can be simple as starting with a smile. Before you know it, you’ll be making plans with the friends you made on the road.