Nikki Goes Solo – RV Road Trip For One
I’m not afraid of much, and perhaps it’s because I read too much Pippi Longstocking and watched Annie growing up. I love nothing more than a good challenge. Someone thinking, much less saying, I can’t do something ensures that I must do it and prove them wrong.
The idea of traveling solo, especially in an RV, as a woman and a married woman at that…well, you know I had to pounce on that opportunity while Jason was away!
I don’t drive the RV nearly as much as Jason does (maybe 10-20% of the time) but that’s mostly due to the fact that I can work while in route. Jason has a tendency to get car sick if he tries to do anything other than sing like a rock star while rolling down the road.
I also don’t handle much of the setting up and breaking down tasks outside the RV either. Jason and I like to divide and conquer most everything in life together. So while he is busy dumping the tanks and bringing up the jacks, I’m taking care of the inside stuff like putting away the booze, cleaning up after the cats and so on. We truly split all things 50/50…unless we ever get a divorce…then its 80/20 in my favor. 😉
Even though I don’t drive or handle certain tasks around the RV often, I make sure to go through the whole process with Jason every once in a while. Why? Because life is not predictable. I believe it’s incredibly important to feel independent, capable and most importantly not afraid to take on life even if I’m solo. Our life at the moment is living and traveling in an RV. So, I want to know I can keep rolling down the road in confidence should any curve balls be thrown our way.
We experienced one of those curve balls this past week. Jason had a family emergency and needed to go be with his family. Sure, I could have just stayed parked at the campground and waited for him to come back…but I saw it as an opportunity to strike out on my own. A solo RV road trip and wild camping, yes please!
I have traveled solo in the RV a few times in the past but it’s been a couple of years. So, not only did I hit the road, I grabbed our little Sony and added in the challenge of shooting and editing a video solo for the first time. While I don’t have Jason’s mad skills, he has taught me a lot over the years. Give it a watch and let me know what you think in the comments below!
What a trip right?! Can you believe I had to disconnect the car twice and find a different wild camping spot in the dark? I felt like the poster child for murphy’s law. But in the end I made it!
I ended up at Joshua Tree South BLM (here’s how we find free Wild Camping) and I have to say, it’s pretty fantastic. It’s obviously a well-loved location as I have seen campers coming and going each day, the sites are well established and some, like the one I am in, even comes with a mail box. GPS Coordinates: 33°39’45.1″N 115°47’17.6″W
Now, I realize there are a lot of bad a** solo RV travelers out there and plenty of them are women (Vespa and a Laptop, and The Lady is a Tramp just to name a couple). I’m not exactly doing anything revolutionary and I realize this. I simply set out on a mission and accomplished it.
I set a goal and achieved it…that is the part that’s exciting! No matter how big or small the goal, accomplishing something I set out to do is a rad feeling that never gets old. In fact, its addicting and I highly encourage it.
Plus, I think this video should put a few of these common questions to rest “Does Nikki drive the RV?” “Does Nikki use the cameras?” “I’m a single woman, is traveling in an RV safe?” “I’m afraid to drive a Motorhome by myself, is it even possible to do solo RV travel?
What about you? Are you one of those bad a** solo travelers? Maybe you recently accomplished a goal or need some encouragement to make it happen. Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Things from this video you may be wondering about:
How To Dump The Tanks – Water Softener – Composting Toilet – Non binding Tow Bar – Road Trip Apps – Wild Camping
I love watching you and Jason because you’re so darned honest! You kids are great! We enjoy watching your RV and now Sailing videos. We watched the video of Alaska and Jason fixing the RV tire, and laughed so hard we peed our pants. Not really, but we did laugh so hard we were crying. We’ve RV’d for many years and this video you posted Nikki, inspired me to inisist I learn how to drive and set up/break down the RV alone! Thanks and God be with you and the kitties.
PS – we used to have a 28 foot Chapparral boat. Navigated the Mississippi several times. Loved it. Also many other boats. Loved it. The two best days in a boaters life? Ask around for the answer lol.
Thanks Nikki! I needed the “Girl Power” version as a proud provider of girl power.
Backing up a RV while attached to a tow car is not recommended. The front wheels will turn after the first couple of feet making it impossible. You can also damage the front suspension of your tow vehicle. You have to plan ahead for each gas station or mixed exit . You just have to know your turning radius while hooked up. Every time I unhook I feel like I’m driving a sports car because of all the restrictions while towing. Really enjoyed the solo trip. Need to teach my wife to drive the 2015 34 ft bounder. Stay safe on the water.
Mike & Bonnie.
You did a GREAT JOB. So happy for you.
You did an amazing job going solo. Love the site you finally ended up at. Great pictures, thank you for sharing. Were first time RVer’s and have only taken out trailer out twice since our purchase. The first trip was extremely stressful, worrying about not setting things up properly and finding a plumbing leak. The second trip we got to our destination (first come, first serve) and the place was packed with a travel club…..no sites available 🙁 . We ended up turning around and parking the trailer back in the warehouse for the weekend. We were so disappointed and basically went back home. Right now were using the trailer for the weekends and several long vacations until work slows down.
Applause Nikki in solo RV and filming!!! I am married to a great handy guy too… so want to say WE’LL DONE on driving solo and managing all kinds of issues and persevering and overcoming to victory!!!!
I just love love your solo RV movie. I too am a solo camper. Not by design. My husband of 46 years passed away last March. I have always loved camping. Did mostly tent camping/back packing. Was a Royal Ambassador Director in the Baptist church for like 30 years or more. As I now am 66years old. I decided to learn how to drive my 1974 23 foot RV and hit the road with my brother. I bought last year used. But it’s in great shape. My brother He has autism so as far as work it’s like I am solo. But he’s fun and lots of company. Keep the moves coming. You speak clearly and easy to understand the tips your giving. Plus you got such a sweet personality. Even when things go wrong. I like your I can do aditude. I too can’t spell for nothing. And grammar even worse. But being a retired banker. Thank goodness I was great with numbers. So hang in there. Keep having fun with Hubby and who knows you might beat my 46 years.
Nikki (and Jason),
Have missed several months of the feed. While catching up, I saw this gem. Your attitude in dealing with adversity was so reassuring, I had to show it to my wife. (She loves the family side of camping, but does not care for the logistical side of RVing. “It’s not MY dream.”). Due to a scheduling conflict, she and my daughter and grandson drove 180 miles in the 32′ Class A. I wrote checklists with pictures. When I arrived, we had water and electric, slides were out, grandson was sleeping in the RV and they were sitting by the fire. I probably didn’t say it then, but I couldn’t have been prouder. Because, you know, it was not her dream!
PS: While I wish you two the best of luck with the sailboat, I, for one, think the RV community will be worse off for your leaving.
Hi Nikki & Jason!
My husband & I just recently found your videos on YouTube. We follow Casey & Louie, but we really wanted to find a couple who likes to RV full time and share their adventures with us. You & your videos are so fun! We watched some of the ones from Florida recently and decided to go back & watch all of your videos from the beginning. (That guy’s house with all the surfboards was so neat!!!) I just wanted you to know that we are here & are really enjoying getting to know you two and sharing in your adventures (and learning about rv-ing). Thank you so much for all the work you’ve put into the videos and your blog.
Thanks a million! Really appreciate the kinds words and so glad you have been enjoying our adventures!
Shannon - Life, Other Than
I’m a solo female RV’er and I find that it is the most rewarding way to travel. I also had rather “challenging” RV trip my first time out – although that one wasn’t a solo trip. It was very humorous to say the least. http://lifeotherthan.com/humorous-digestive-stories/rv-trip-hell-rite-passage-part-1/
Enjoyed your solo trip. You are awesome…I was just wondering why you didn’t try backing up instead of disconnecting the car. However, I’m really bad at backing with a trailer or pop-up so I understand. I now have a class B RV and camping is so much more fun. Thanks again for the video, that alone is a lot of work.
Love your video! Just yesterday, I returned from my very first camping trip in my new (23′) travel trailer (solo). I went from never owning an RV or even towing ANYTHING to getting my ‘gateway’ trailer I’ll use as much as possible for the next 9 years before I retire and graduate to a 5th wheel and full-time my way around the country. I was really pleased I managed to do everything myself…without breaking anything! Though I did have a little brotherly supervision. lol
People who don’t know me very well think it strange I would want to RV solo (with my 2 awesome dogs) but those that KNOW me….totally get it!
Your blog and videos have been extremely helpful and are greatly appreciated. I understand you’re transitioning to the water now – I look forward to reading/watching your adventures!
You guys should do a segment on people Refurbishing their rigs and invite people to send pictures and tell their story!
I am so impressed with your solo trip! It inspires me. I am a young at heart middle aged woman who bought a used travel trailer about 7 months ago. I parked it next to my house and spent the next two months Refurbishing it myself. …what fun. Now I had to learn how to tow it with my suv, hook it up etc. Eek, I was petrified. I got a friend to teach me and off I went to Port Aransas, an island off the coast of Texas. It was a 250 mile white knuckle trip but I even drove it on and off the ferry! I actually bought education videos to learn how to set up and. Still learning, but I love it. Can’t wait for my next adventure!
Nice video and great solo job. I need to share this with my wife which should make her more comfortable as we get our first RV and start our travels.
Thanks Nikki, I think, maybe, I can do this too.
Good job, you! Thanks for showing some of the nitty gritty jobs and Murphy’s Law moments. I’m at the research stage and you’ve been an inspiration.
My wife and I are new to RVing. We recently purchased a 2001 Monaco Dynasty diesel pusher. It was kept in immaculate condition. Your videos are great to watch and have done wonders for learning. Thank you both.
Great, great video. It really is a good feeling to accomplish what you did, Nikki. So, you asked us to post about some of our adventures soloing (is that a word? LOL). I’ll never forget my first, long solo adventure on my motorcycle. I was just out of chemo and radiation and hittin’ the road on my two-wheeled journey across the US. I didn’t have a worry in the world, no worry of anything really. I ended up traveling on two lane roads about 80% of the time. I did 8900 mi in 28 days and not one issue. To this day, the best trip I have ever had on two wheels. I liked the trip so much, that a friend said he wanted to do it the following year with me. Needless to say, I didn’t need any arm twisting, LOL. So many excellent miles and many, many great places to see. Meeting the people was probably one of my favorite experiences, also. Solo trips are the best, but enjoying it with a friend, partner or who ever is lots of fun, too. Thanks for the video and hope your sailing journey is everything you guys want it to be! Ron
I had to chuckle watching this. As a solo RVr I’ve experienced all of these although I don’t think I’ve had to unhook twice in one day! You illustrated the challenges of solo RVing – no one to spot you, no one to share the chores with and no one to share those all important ‘do I stay here’ decisions. Plus you illustrated the all important being patient and better safe than sorry. But it is worth it when you get there! I’ve stayed at that BLM spot many times. The available area seems to get smaller every time due to erosion but a good spot. And your video was great! Girl power!
Great vid, Nikki! It’s confidence-building to know you CAN do it, huh? Good on ya, girl! And good luck with the boat search!
You have a duty to serve on a jury–and it can be entertaining, interesting and educational.
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Nikki! I laughed and laughed at those “oh shit” moments 😉
My husband was soooo not into camping, but I was and am. I had bought a travel trailer for my son and I to go about the US each summer. My husband would grudgingly meet us the last of 4 weeks and drive the last week home with us. Now…he is a bit more into it…thank goodness…how could you not be?! But all the women in my family have marveled at my spirit to travel and my ability to wrangle the travel trailer. I just love when men stand around and gape. I actually had one man come up after I parked my trailer and say it sure was nice to see a woman handle a camper the way I did…lmao! I absolutely love it and would recommend any woman to not wait around for a man to do something they have always wanted to do. Good on ‘ya!
go girl! You are awesome!!! Makes me want to pack up and go.
Great job – it’s a very humbling experience isn’t it??? I learned the hard way as a single lady that pop-up campers aren’t my thing after the front tongue fell cuz the jack wasn’t secure 🙁 So I got a class B+ and LOVE it. I learned how to do everything, so I thought! My newish guy friend went for a two hour drive with me and my steps came out while driving. He climbs under my RV and finds loose wires to the hydraulic box that operates the steps and he fixes it!! lol Thank goodness he was with me that ride!! Then I finally got to be a passenger while he drove and LOVED it!! I love my independence, but if you’re with the right person, poohhy on independence!! Love your attitude… I bet you appreciate Jason ALOT more now!! lol
Nikki, my husband and I started tent camping, moved to a travel trailer and bought our motorhome in August 2014. My husband was diagnosed with stomach cancer and passed away in October 2014. During the time he was alive we were able to camp about 5 times. I watched and learned from him as the last time he was so ill I ended up breaking camp on my own. I have done some driving however he was the main driver. Now, I have this motorhome with a love/hate relationship as camping was our thing to do. I have decided this year to drive my motorhome from Nashville, TN to my home state of Maine as a vacation. I will have my cousin with me (she has never done any type of camping) as I am not ready to go solo. Basically I am facing my fear doing this. I also decided this will be the decision maker for me to keep my motorhome or not. I watched your videos (love you guys) and I feel I can do this. Thank you for the confidence. I am up to the challenge. I hope all is ok with Jason’s family. I look forward to your next adventure. God bless you.
You can do it Joan! I am soo glad to hear you are going to give it a shot with your cousin in tow. There is no way to know if you will like it, love it or hate it until you try it. I wish you smooth roads, no speed bumps, cheap fuel and beautiful campsites!
My lady and I had our first baby a few months ago. We are about to use our taxes to go full time in an RV. You’re videos give us inspiration! Thanks.
Awesome! Love your site and the way you both usually work together to divide and conquer! Way to go all on your own! I know if you can do it I can do it too!
I’m so glad you did this video. I especially like the quote you choose to live life by – “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.” , Pippi Longstocking. That is an awesome quote, and an awesome way to look at life. It seems like sometimes road closed signs are placed along one’s dream for life plan. We (my husband and I) have encountered more than a few of those during our life too. I’ve found thought that while it sometimes directs you to take a path you hadn’t planned on – it doesn’t mean that it too can’t be part of the adventure. Watching this video just gave me so much courage to know we (I) can really do it. Like Pippi says, “I’ve never tried that before, so I definitely should be able to do it.” Thank-you Nikki for this most encouraging video. And thank-you both for all you do.
I was a single mom with kids and a 21 ft RV for seven years. I had the kids have a task they were responsible for every campsite, such as plugging in the electric. I always took care of the black water disposal, as the kids saw it as “too yucky”. We boondocked with friends too, as well as my taking the rig solo. My only suggestion? Make sure you walk around the rig before moving on. Useful for discovering that the kids attached the extra dog leach in an odd place, or for the time I found a tire bulging! The kids are adults now, camp together, and I’ve remarried. We have a 26ft RV, and share all chores. See you on the road!
oh yea, I always walk around the RV at least twice to make sure everything is buttoned up, then I hop in the chair and look at Nikki and say “can you just double check…” 🙂
Thank you so much for taking us along on this trip. Of course we were there with you, so you were perfectly right in saying “we”!
Rockin’ that magic selfie stick and setting up the tripod and finding your angles and scripting and plotting your shot list and on and on… as well as tear-down, hook-up, driving, and (biggest one for me) making decisions – all solo. Wow – I’d need a beer, too!
Fav bit: no more Stinky Poop Slinky. My new camping word of the day!!
Good job girl! I love your hair and your happy go lucky attitude. Loved Loved the video. It looks like you got your work-out for the day. I hope all is well with your hubby’s family. Be safe out there.
It would’ve been cool to see more of the setup/breakdown routine.
Nikki – I liked your comment about not always showing the dirty stuff/downside to things. I always wished for more of that. In fact, I think the video of Jason struggling with installing the toilet is probably one of my faves. 😀
Jason is one luck guy. You go Girl.
Nikki, you’re a badass! The video is amazing! I can’t believe you had to unhook your tow twice, got gas by yourself, and then arrived to find your spot un-camp-able — and filmed it to boot. OMG, what a day. Traveling with two people that would have been a tough day. So kudos to you and the kittehs for a job well done! Girl power!
Mitch had to go it alone one day last month, just moving the RV a few miles, and it was the first time in 16 months he’d had to do it solo. He said it was stressful, especially the part where he had to park the RV in a spot by himself. I usually do the parking while he directs. So you get extra points for bravery! And you did it! Yay!
Val from RVLuckyOrWhat, RVers since Aug. 2014
Awesome. I thought we got to see more of your personality. Really enjoy you guys. Thank you.
Maggie Frisch aka Glampycamper
I LOVED this video! Thank you for keeping it REAL! (and I hope you aren’t paying attention to the poo poo comments…) I Just showed this to my hubs who does all the outside stuff also and we both enjoyed it so much. My New Year’s resolution is to get more comfortable at driving with the tow vehicle and you made me feel so much better about the whole thing. My big fear is always getting “trapped” and having to unhook (eeeep), but hey, you showed it is not the end of the world! Wow, kudos to you! Girl Power!!!
Thanks for the love Maggie! I could have easily edited out all my mishaps and made it all look like it was a breeze but that wouldn’t have done anyone any good. But one thing is for sure, if I can do it so can you! Go drive that RV Maggie!
I thought you did great on your first solo trip. I want my wife to watch that video!
Great job Nikki on both your solo trip and the video. My hubby and I are long time (40 yr) sail boaters and have just bought our 1st RV. Getting ready for a 6 mo trip starting in May after my retirement. Took my first practice driving the RV last WE in the church parking lot (thought I might get some protection there LOL) and it was exciting. As I was always cross trained on operation of the boat, there was never any question that I would learn this too; and I’m 66 yrs young. You CAN teach an old gal new things. We too, split the labor and fall into a usual pattern although we can do each other’s chores. If you have any boating questions just ask.
Generally a good video. The only real improvement would be better sound (lots of wind noise in segments). You’re wise to do all the things once or twice a year that normally are done by Jason (so that you’re not clueless / helpless). I expect that Jason does the things that you normally do once or twice a year too. I guess your RV is gas powered? It looked like you were in the car section of that Pilot Truck stop. If your RV is a diesel, there’s always more room at a “real” truck stop. Listening to your “inner Nikky” re: where to stop (or NOT stop) was prudent as was uncoupling the toad several times. I hope Jason’s family emergency is successfully resolved. Keep these great videos coming. Safe travels!
Hey Nikki, you did fantastic!! Greetings from Mallorca, Spain. Bernard
Here’s a critique of your solo trip.
learn where things go in outside bays. Both should be competant doing each others job.
Traveling solo is tough on anyone but especialy a woman. Always show up before dark at your final destination so you can easily leave if a bad element is present. You cant leave if you cant see problems.
Always have a back up plan. The deal is to be capable when things dont go well. Sometimes that means calling AAA or a friend for verbal support. Good call on the soft dirt area by the way!
Lastly, you dont seem to have docking lights. These come in real handy and are fairly easy to install. They should light up the ground all around you for parking in dark or uneven areas, but more so for scaring off unwanted guests in the night. Works well for robbers and bears too.
Keith and Carol Moffett
Rving 25 years
Love the cat’s expressions “Are we doing alright?”. Anyways, since you’ll probably be heading towards the coast to check out boats you might want to check out one of the Ten Ren Tea shops in the area: http://www.tenren.com/index.html
They usually have an expert on hand to give samples and advice on proper preparations for different teas. Jasmine Pearl is kind of fun since it comes rolled up in little balls (pearls) that unfold and blossom when you pour hot water over them.
Thanks for the tea suggestion! I will check it out now.
Great Job Nikki,
My wife and I have been married for over 40 years and have been RV’ing for 35 years. We too separate the work outside and inside, but we each know how to do the other’s stuff. This came in handy when I tore a biceps tendon lifting our canoe. Diana got us home. Thanks for the posts. Mike B.
I’m so impressed!! Great job! I drive our rig, truck and 5th wheel, all the time as my hubby works in the passenger seat. But I’ve never done it alone. I told him not too long ago that he should teach me all the outside stuff, just because you never know. We still haven’t yet. You are inspiring!
Love your video, your honesty and your vulnerable independence! Love following you both, but you are really a special lady!
Nikki – You are such an inspiration! I’m afraid I would have been in tears, or expressing so much frustration that it would not have made good video content! We have a travel trailer, but I’ve never driven the truck, or hooked it up. Like you I do mostly indoor things, but commonly do the water and electrical hook-ups. I’m going to show my husband your video and convince him he needs to train me to do the driving and hook-up on my own if the situation should present itself. Thank you so much for sharing your challenging day with such grace. And, I loved your sweaty armpits. LOL!
Ha ha, you know I had to leave in those sweat marks! It’s not pretty but its real…It was warmer than I expected and I was working up a sweat.
Awesome job on the solo experience. I cringed for you during the necessary Toad disconnects. When will Pilot/Flying J stations start straightening out their approach and departures to help us Gasoline A/Toadsters?? Or, they should just add Gas pumps in with the Truck Diesel sides on all stations-the business model is there for many of us. Of course, some stations have more asphalt real estate than others. Keep the faith, everyone loves you all and your fantastic experiences!!
I can see the stress in your face and voice, so please DO NOT do that again. You do not want to put yourself in harm’s way. Jason should never have agreed to your “solo mission”.
Thanks for the concern Bill but I very much enjoyed my solo trip and would do it again. That was a good kind of stress, the kind where I was learning and problem solving. Jason didn’t need to agree to my solo mission as that was my choice (I am an independent adult). I believe that everyone should be fully capable and prepared to take life on solo…because life isn’t predictable.
Way to go Nikki– you did it! Appreciated the honesty too, that RV travel days are not always as wonderful as some of the campsites we finally get to. Two of my most popular “Girl’s Guide to RVing” posts have been how to dump tanks and hook up a toad– guess there are a lot of women out there eager to try RVing solo, even if they’re married and it’s just a temporary test. Great video and a great reminder for women to be familiar and fully comfortable operating their RVs!
Hey Lynne! You are a woman after my own heart. For any RVing ladies reading this, click on Lynne’s name above and check out her blog…lots of great girl power to be absorbed there. 🙂
Way to go girl!!!! You rocked it and deserved that beer FO SHO!!
Great job! We had a boat before our RV, and I always made sure I knew how to do everything on the boat, in case of an emergency or mishaps. So when we got an RV, I also wanted to know and do it all. Last year we left Florida in the spring and headed west to California and back end of August. While in Utah, my husband had a problem with altitude sickness and has a heart attack. All turned out okay thankfully, but the total load was then on me. We stayed in Moab, UT for a week so he could feel some better, and then we planned to move on. Then our toilet flushing system quit! Thank goodness we were parked at a campground with facilties! Couldn’t get repair done there, called all over near areas, and no help anywhere for two to four weeks. We really wanted to get him home, so didn’t want to hang around that long. Finally found a wonderful RV repair place called TOM’S RV in Albuquerque, NM. So, thankfully I knew how to hook up the car and get the RV unhooked and ready for travel. Like you, I do very little driving, but was so glad I knew how. We had an easy trip to Albuquerque and got it fixed.
I think every adult traveling in a RV should know how to take care of everything and be able to drive it. You just never know!
Oh my, perfect example of a situation you don’t want to be in and not know what to do. So glad you were prepared and everything turned out ok in the end. I bet that was a stressful time but it sure makes for a great cautionary tale.
Awesome job Nikki! thanks for showing the challenges along with the success! it was very inspiring, I would be hesitant if i was in your shoes but would step up to the challenge, because who doesn’t love a good challenge! thanks for all the great videos, have been a long time follower!
Being hesitant is natural I think (I sure thought about taking the easy route and just staying put) but its whether or not you choose to step up or not that makes the difference of having an adventure or not. And you are so right…who doesn’t love a good challenge!
You are my inspiration!! great job and although it was a little different than Jason, it was wonderful. Love the different creative angles you used. Jason, you are great too!!! Love you both and keep on travelin!!!
your biggest fan….
Thanks for the love Debbie! I have learned a lot from Jason over the years about cameras but it’s amazing how some people just have the eye and others work terribly hard to try and replicate…I am the replicator. So needless to say, I won’t be taking over Jason’s day job any time soon but I did have fun trying on his shoes for a day. 🙂
Great job! Don’t you love that rear fill for the gas in the motorhome? Fleetwood never got that right…how the heck are you suppose to know how far to pull up into the gas island? And now you’ve completely blocked the driveway to the gas station, right? I protested this twice…once via letter and then by phone call to Fleetwood- nothing happened. Maybe they will listen to you. Anyway- I was very proud to see how you handled all the challenges you faced- Jason is a lucky man!
Oh, don’t you know we hate that rear fuel fill and have voiced it over and over! I really hope they get rid of that!
Great job Nikki! We have been following the Wynn adventure for almost a year now and honestly I had no doubt you would be the rockstar you are.when I saw this new video Someone said above that you have grit and that sounds about right. Call it grit, gumption, or just plain determination- you and Jason are amazing present day normal people who have followed your dreams and become modern day explorers/adventures /documentarians. Great solo experience and video!! I think the thing I like is you guys don’ edit out your mistakes or sugar coat your experiences- Thanks again and hope Jason gets back to you soon.
Thanks Bob for not having any doubts! Nothing makes me grin ear to ear like a big ol’ vote of confidence from someone else! It’s not always easy to watch yourself making mistakes and then hit the publish button so the rest of the world can see. It’s a vulnerable feeling but so far has always been met with at least 80% positive feedback and support. So we keep at it. Thanks for the kind words, support and for being a part of the adventures!
Great job Nikki! Thanks for sharing your solo RV road adventures with us. Jason’s absence makes the RV or Nikki’s heart grow fonder? Hmmm….Way to go, I’ve been traveling alone for 21 years and even without an RV it has it’s challenges. You think on your feet, which makes you super capable…Rock on!
Enjoyed your first video. I liked the honesty! Just curious, did you post a day or two after you left the destinations, or live? I’d be hesitant to broadcast I was alone all over social media. Interested in your thoughts on that. So glad you had a good trip.
Thanks! We almost never post that fast and I most certainly can’t edit that fast (I am way slower than Jason). It took me 2 days to edit, process, write and upload this post. But even aside from that…we don’t ever post exactly where we are for privacy and safety reasons….that is unless we’re having a group meetup but that’s a whole different scenario.
Yea! I got my gravatar working!
ha ha, fantastic!
I expected nothing less from you. You have been on the road for years now and should know every task even if you don’t normally do everything. Like you said, divide and conquer. The impressive part is you knew your limitations and didn’t push beyond them. You took the extra work to unhook the car instead of risk not having enough room for the turn, you left the planned camp site because you felt you might have gotten stuck and went to a different camp site. All good judgement calls. And that is what an experience person does. The video could use better sound editing. There was way too much wind noise to make out what you were saying in a few spots. But a re edit of that area would solve that problem. All in all Nikki, I hope I do as well as you when I start traveling. Right now I’m still restricted because I’m taking care of my 94 yr old mother.
Thanks Joseph. I just used our small sony with the on board sound and didn’t know about the wind setting until after the fact (I still have so much to learn). That wind noise was a pain but I had no clue how to dampen it in editing. Good lesson learned though and now I know about the nifty wind setting! Enjoy the time you have left with your Mom, 94 means she is a tough cookie! If she has any life secrets, I am all ears!
I could not believe you had to unhook the toad so many times!!! I have been thinking of trying solo this spring in our B. It will be back to my hometown about 3 1/2hrs from here. Not near as much to do that you did, but it will be a first for me. In the last 10yrs I had gotten to where I didnt drive myself anywhere. I have made enormous steps coming back out of my blackhole and going solo is something on my list now. You have inspired me. By the way, I have a granddaughter that I took to a place close to our home for High Tea for Christmas 3yrs ago. She absolutely loves tea and I have a cabinet full of teas for teaparties when she comes to stay.
You can do it Sharon, A class B is perfect for soloing! Plus, if I am anywhere around I will gladly come join your tea party!
Yup you rock grrrl ??. I travel alone in my little Sportsmobile, but not full-time and not in such a big rig! Some people worry about me but I always feel safe. Great video! Loved it. Hope all is well with Jason’s family too! Teresa
Love those sportsmobiles! If I were solo all the time I think that is what I would have too!
I always follow you guys, love your videos and this one was no exception. You made a great choice to find another spot rather than take a chance getting the rig and toad stuck in the middle of nowhere. Hope all is well with Jason. Keep us posted, please.
I am so impressed! Hubbs and I want to hit the road when we retire in a couple of years. I am always sharing your great blog and video info with him. He was impressed, and so was I!!!! I am afraid I would have chickened out and stayed put! Hoping Jason’s emergency is turning out okay. ?
You did super but then you are such a take charge person, I had no doubt. Great tips for those of us who are a little more timid. Love your blog. Thank you.
Nikki, great video! You did wonderfully both solo’ing and filming. Aren’t you a little nervous though wild camping by yourself? Hope all is well with Jason!!
Loved it! I especially liked the fact that you showed the challenges of the day. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs of your experience going (and taping and editing) solo. I’m glad you eventually found a great spot.
So great! I only have a pop up that I take out solo at times and I feel like I’m on top of the world when I do. Hope all is well with Jason.
You da GIRL!!!!??????????
You kick a$$! Loved your solo video! Three cheers for girl power!
That was absolutely awesome! You’ve got grit and I always respect that. Very, very cool.
I feel your pain girl! I am on my first solo trip (with my Chihuahua and two Puggles) and it sure would be nice to have another set of eyes hands and feet along! My coach has flooded twice due to a pipe pipe getting snagged when deploying my slide and I decided not to tow a car, so I am really reluctant to break everything back down just to drive somewhere. However I, like you, have persevered and have triumphed! GIRL POWER!!!!!
My wife in a 100,000 years would ever RV solo in our RV trailer….Most I got her to do was drive it from the campsite to the dump station (once 8 years ago). As far as set up & brake down, she does the inside and my son and me outside. We have the same issue at gas stations being able to “make the turn”. I have had issues where someone will pull up right in front of us and block us in, and then go inside the store.
Very cool! My wife has a real 9-5 job so I want to set out on my own. I have done two days before. I definitely get lonely but unlike a woman alone I think a man alone is looked upon as being scary and people are mot as friendly to a single male. Still love our Roadtrek SS Agile. I would love to put the composting toilet in but the tank only holds five gallons. It would cost $2,000.00.
You are awesome! I couldn’t have done that!
Great video! If I was filming, I’m miss my turns too. You got it done. Happy trails…
Joshua Tree is one of our favorite areas in the Desert. We haven’t tried the BLM Wild Camping there, but that is next on our list. It is a bit unnerving to get into a parking lot where you can’t get out. I try always to scope out the exit before trying the entrance. I admire your spunk after a couple of mishaps. Like you, my wife is a very self-sufficient person and often goes exploring without me. She hasn’t tried to take the trailer (a 30-footer) by herself. However, I am encouraging her to try it. It is important that both partners know how to handle the hitching, unhitching, setup, takedown and, of course, driving the rig.
Your video editing was excellent.
Atta girl! So proud of you! We all were there with you…I’m glad you felt us! The inner strength from this escapade will bring out the best in you! Hope Jason’s family is doing better now that he is there…it’s apparent he makes a difference wherever he goes! He will appreciate the fact that you show you needed him…it’s good for a spouse to know they are needed! Loved the camera work and candidness!!
Well done Nikki! On all of it! Watching your video, I felt like I was on my solo trip again. I always get anxious when pulling into a gas station, as I go into hyper alert ‘can I get out without unhooking the car’ mode. My husband also does all of our video stuff, recording, editing, etc. I need to learn how to do that as well, so I can make videos when he’s away. Thank you for the inspiration!
Thank you for showing the good and the difficult/frustrating parts of solo RVing. I took my first solo trip last summer and am heading off by myself in March. You have given me confidence to feel excited and capable. Even when problems arise, they are typically handled by taking it one step at a time. Loved the honesty of this video. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
I’m getting ready to be out there ‘solo’ myself and it is much more complicated when by yourself! I’ll be hausing a tow dolly so I won’t be able to as easily unhook the car when I need to back-up! It is going to be challening! How was stying in the BLM site by yourself?
Loved it! It appears your as afraid of backing while pulling as I am. I can never remember if its left to go right and what goes right and I’ve been told to put my hand at the bottom of the wheel and use my thumb as directions (whatever that means!) . Why does my husband make it look effortless??
So proud of you. Great job. Its all in the attitude and u had a great one. I want to be a full time RVer but to be honest I’m scard to some extent. Being a women, buying a used rv, dealing with issues that come up, having 2 dogs and a cat, some health issues, wanting to boon dock, mapping routs to travel,just doing it all is intimidating. However, I’m determined . Thanks to u I’m going to keep moving towards this goal hopefully sooner than latter just have to find a rv I would feel safe in to start out in if you have suggestion please let me know or if you know of good solo women support groups please let me know. hey what kind of camera are u using? would you consider doing a video showing how you live with the cats in the rv, were u keep the litter box, are they in door or out door, how you handle it when at a camp ground verses boon docking, traveling, and adjustment issues if any. Thanks again
Great Job Nikki. I noticed in you video that you disconnected some kind of water tank/filer. What was it and can you point me to a link to find out more about it?
Thanks for sharing Nikki! Ever since we started our RV lifestyle (now full-time), i realized it was much harder than you guys made it out to be. Not like i’m blaming you 😉 but i did find the whole thing much more romantic at the beginning based on your videos. Your blog is still our main inspiration and we continue to learn a lot from you. I have yet to drive and could not do everything by myself yet if my husband had to leave unexpectedly, so thank you for making me realize that i have to make that a priority! I would definitely love to see more videos of the tougher times as that is a very realistic part of the day to day and would be very helpful for newcomers i believe. Thanks again for sharing, hope to meet you on the road some day….
PS. I hope Jason’s family is ok.
Great job. This is one issue I worry about so you have given me even more confidence to go forward with our plans to full time next year. Thank you
That was AWESOME!! Well done on so many counts.. Wooohoo!!
Well I just loved this video. Strong work, Nikki. I’ve had similar experiences, but I can’t say I had such a good attitude. Thanks for the great example. Now let’s get Jason back quick as we can, because you two are such a complete package.
Wow O Wow! Awesome job Nikki! You empowered me to jump in and not wimp out on tasks!
Caitlin Morton (Mortons On The Move)
That might have been my favorite video so far! (no offense, Jason!) 🙂
My husband and I have been on the road FT for 4 months, and I think I could probably/definitely do it solo…as long as I didn’t have to make many tight right hand turns! Thanks for the video, you are definitely an inspiration! (Also, love the Pippi Longstocking quote!)
Steve and ellen
Thou did good girl! Was there ever any doubt? I frequent Flying J truck stops whenever possible because they all have dedicated RV fuel pumps, usually off to the side where there is more room to turn. Otherwise, it IS ok to use the truck pumps, LOTS of room! Just Practice proper pump etiquette when using the truck side, don’t block the pumps while you shop, that kind of thing. Having said that, I think your RV is gas? That rules out the big truck side, but the RV pumps at flying J have gas and diesel. You guys do a great job, keep it up!
Awesome Job Nikki, I can relate about the gas station thingy…I am totally afraid of pulling in and then having a hard time getting out…You did a great job, even though you unhooked a couple of times. We were at the Salton Sea that weekend and yep it was muddy and the ground was soft from all the rain, but we found a great site ON the beach. Keep the good work, really enjoyed you going it alone, the video was great. You made Jason proud as well as all us women RVers.
First and foremost – you did great! These things happen when you RV – usually in a downpour, high winds, or in a construction zone. 🙂
I really love it that shared this as its important for first time RV people to understand that its part of the journey. You can’t let them ruin your trip, your day, or your experiences. Between these events are a lot of care free and great times. Its work to RV. Its worth it!
Awesome video, my husband and I watch the video together. And yeah we both saw that you touch your hair after dumping but what the hey. Definitely scope out the parking areas you’re going to be turning around in. Go to Walmart and check out the adjustable shower curtain rods, which we have place in our refrigerator to stop everything from falling forward. They are adjustable and you just screw them to make them tied so they don’t fall out.
Nikki…..what an adventure! But if you want something done….ask a woman! The only thing I did learn was to go into the semi area to fill up….always move room! The Lady is a Tramp is my hero! I am too much of a scaredy cat…would have hit a campground!
Great job, I have also learned how to do all of this, just in case hubby can’t be there. And, I do it quite often, just to prove to him and myself, that I can do it. The one question I thought of when you were telling about Jason, is that he gets car sick. How is he going to be able to live on a boat, when you go full time on a sail boat? Always enjoy your video’s, keep up the good work.
Great job Nikki!! Isn’t it nice to have the confidence and ability to do this on your own? You two make a good team as well.
Great video Nikki, and the editing was as good as Jason’s.
if I may make a suggestion? When pulling into a gas station don’t pull in towards the building go opposite, that helps or in a truck stop style gas station look for the RV gas pump.
Also you ran your fingers through your hair after dumping (you did a lot that day, you poor thing)
And lastly hope all was ok with Jason’s family!
Hey Nikki you’re so fine. You’re so fine you blow my mind. Hey Nikki! Hey Nikki!
(I had total faith)
Awesome! I think I learned more from this one video than a bunch of others combined because I’m single and considering solo RV’ing. You touched on so many of the things I worry about having to do alone and find intimidating. I feel empowered. Thank you.
YOU DID IT!!!
We all knew you had it in ya….but NOW we know it FOR SURE!!!
Give Jason our love & prayers for everything to be ok.
Congrats on your solo trip. You must have been mentally drained. You definitely earned that beer and a big hug from your husband when he returns
Your video should be titled: Nikki Goes Solo With Great Hair! Doing stuff and looking good doing it … not the point you were trying to make, but hey, I remember how Iooked out on the road. Not blogworthy. Well, nice job!
Thank you for sharing the good, the tedious and the scary with us. You are a rock star and an inspiration! I’m about to start the RV full time life I’ve dreamed of for over 10 years. And will be doing it solo (with my orange tabby cat, Jambalaya, of course). Your timing on this very well edited video was perfect. Good thoughts to Jason and his family. I know he is proud of your fearlessness and cinematic success.
Congratulations! And Girl Power! We are looking forward to the next one.
You did a great job! Every time you do it you build confidence in yourself.
Thanks for sharing. Great post and I hope all is well with Jason’s family.
OMG Thank you for posting this! All the people on the outside looking in have no idea how things can go on some days.
Sandra & the 2 Spaniels
Brave woman! I’m no wimp, but being solo, I would have gone to a regular campground. It scares me to think of being out somewhere and getting stuck. You handle all of the “tasks” very well. You kept your sense of humor when hooking up & unhooking the car like 3 times. I would have been cranky!!
Good job Niki !! I admire that altho you are used to having Jason with you , you can still go out and do it on your own !! You are a independent woman. I traveled a couple years solo a long time ago but in a much smaller RV (20 ft.) and hope to do it again soon .
Joe the computer guy
Jason has one special woman there. Nothing sexier than a woman who can do it all on her own. I like the format of this ‘real life’ dilemmas that happen all the time. Hope you do some more of these. Hope all is ok with the reason for the family emergency.
Really great video Nikki. Thanks to you and Jason both for all the work you put into your blog. Now With the help of your latest solo video maybe my wife will believe she too can solo if ever needed.
Awesome! More please! Just like that one! I’ve been a solo woman nomad with a teardrop for 4 years. I’d really like to see you do a few more of those for all the women of couples I talk to who are afraid to go solo. And, there are men who are afraid to go solo. More please!
Hi Nikki! I feel a bit uneasy taking off on a trip without my wife, since we both share the chores and tasks as you do. Way to go!
We’ve stayed at the Joshua Tree Lake campground before — Hoping to try out the BLM areas nest time.
Every time we take the reins, we ARE doing something revolutionary. Proud of you! It’s so empowering to strike out on your own. Glad you took the chance, even though I’m sorry to see it was prompted by something wrong in Jason’s family.
Your video has changed my outlook on driving our fifth wheel. I really need to learn how to drive, back and park the sucker! Lol Like you, I do all the inside and he does the outside. Well this spring I am going to go by myself! Thank you for the great video. Time for this gal to step up to the plate.
Hey Nikki, you nailed it!
Excellent video, very authentic, its not all sunsets and happy hour eh.
The significance of you both knowing and doing everything aboard is not lost here
Safe Travels, hope Jasons emergency wasnt one.
Great job Nikki! I’ve been wanting to do the same with our Airstream… hitching and unhitching without supervision and a second opinion scares me 🙂
Ronnie from Harlem NYC
Hi Nikki and hello to Jason. I pray all is well. I’m not an RV’er but searched it out after hearing of family members considering this life style. I came across you guys and I can’t seem to get enough of your videos. I don’t plan to RV and my family (wife, son and daughter) don’t seem as interested as I am. I’m a NYC guy but I travel through your experiences. Like you Nikki, I’ve not travelled much. Thanks so much for sharing.
Sorry everyone. I think I got it now. Thanks Nikki and Jason. Hoping all is well with you. Great job Nikki.
I really enjoyed this! We just started full-timing, and this made me realize that I do need to get out and learn what my husband does outside while I’m inside taking care of that side of things. Like you and Jason, we divide and conquer. I just need to learn the other side of it! Happy RVing! Can’t wait for your boating adventures!
I think you did a great job Nikki. A bummer you had to unhook the car twice but hey, no dings or dent so all is good. Nice video also. I’m glad you should us everything, the oops and all because we all have been there at one time or another. Good job on the video too. Nice edits… overall nice finished product. 🙂
While I look forward to the boating experiences in the future, I am definitely going to miss seeing you guys rving full time.
Awesome!!! If the RV Geeks see this you are in trouble!!! You let that dirty hose roll up?? Always hold a rag and run it in thru the rag. Water hose?? Connect both ends to avoid a half gallon of water spilling!! Great choice on the wash, that is a streambed and notice the 9 inch high water mark from a few days prior. Jackrabbit pass on the 60 is right lane only when towing, no passing. Better safe than sorry on that disconnect X2 but at a Pilot truck stop?? Your so careful!!! And most folks ignore but never buy fuel when the tanker is dumping!!! Truckstops with Diesel have yuk in the tanks and it takes a few minutes to settle down after delivery. There are water separators on Gas pumps but not Diesel. If tanker driver standing there he is dropping fuel and stirring debris. What a great video!!! Now clean that cord before the Geeks find you!!!!
this was a great “real life” view of rving on your own. thanks so much for posting! i’m a single mom hoping to rv with my boys (7&10) someday soon! praying all is well with jason and his family. how long will you be solo, will he be meeting up with you here or will you be heading to texas in the rv?
Nikki, this was VERY inspirational! We’ve been RV’ing this year and enjoying it immensely. I also drive the 40 ft. Tiffin Allegro Bus w/tow car. Not as hard as I thought it would be. Just before our winter travel I said I needed to learn everything – from start to finish – when we travel. I also have been mostly on the inside and a “watcher” on the outside. You’re pushing me over the edge and the next time we pack up – which will be Feb. 1 – I’m going to take a turn at unhooking everything outside and reconnecting at the next stop. After a few times I’m sure I’ll get it – and I’ll be ready for a solo trip! Thanks for the great video…you were amazing reconnecting the car twice and did a super job with the video! I loved it!
Way to go Nikki…I’m a newbie (and single lady) to the RV world and you just gave me new hope because I really thought I was in over my head! I’m looking to many adventures (solo and with friends), so thanks for this video….I hope Jason’s family emergency is ok.
I really enjoy your posts and adventures..
T C Spencer
Good learning experience for you even when you had to disconnect and connect the
smart tow car a couple times since you could not go forward. Practice makes perfect.
Great job….never for once did we think you could not do it!!!! Thanks for sharing.
Nikki, excellent job! Glad you found a safe, dry place. You don’t need to be near any flash flood areas. Hope all’s well with Jason’s family. Enjoy your alone time.
way to go Nikki. great video, and knew you could do it. You are a Texas girl. watch out Jason, the takeover is coming. :).. Again, great work and hope that everything is well with Jason’s family.
Great job pulling off the solo. You are such an inspiration and a great teacher! We are looking for our first RV but I am still on the fence about which type to get. My partner has handicaps that would limit her sitting up as well as getting in and out having to go up a step or two. I think I would be content in a class B but after watching you I want to go bigger.
G-d bless you two and the kitties too. Praying that you’ll have many more safe travels.
You did great! After almost killing the family when I drove the RV…. well let’s just say that I do not drive it anymore strictly hubby’s job. But I can do all of the other stuff when needed.
Great job kiddo!! Personally I think soloing can be tough for anyone initially, so we’ll done indeed!!
I have a general question off topic that I would love your or any of your followers opinions on. We are looking at purchasing a new Gas RV. Which one would you recommend? Tiffin Allegro 34PA or the Fleetwood Boynder 33c? Any insight would be appreciated!
PS: thoughts go out to Jason and his family for a positive outcome.
Lance, I think both are very good in the Gas RV market, it will really depend on which floor plan you like the best. Allegro is on a 24K chassis where as the bounder is 22K so you have a bit more cargo carrying capacity. Both are on a Ford V-10 and Ford Chassis so not much difference there. One thing I would say is if you are getting the new 6 speed V-10 it has an issue with the Tow/Haul mode that ford is trying to address. It is not downshifting properly in downhill travel. No issues with the 5 speed if you are looking at used tho. I have the 2016 Bounder 35K and love my coach a lot. I have added a 5 star tune to help with shift points and performance and I have the same suspension set up with roadmaster sway and stabilizer bars as the Wynn’s have. Good Luck
Thanks for the feedback Dennis. Does it void your engine warranty if you install the 5 Star Tune?
Not that i am aware of. The tuner allows you to reset to the factory specs at any time and is recommended by the 5 Star tune people before any service work on your engine. Most service are geared to the standard setup and the original tune is always saved on your tuner. It takes maybe 5 minutes to upload a tune so it is very easy to go from factory to performance tune and vice versa. I have also added a Banks Ram air intake and it has no impact on warranty either; however, i am not thrilled with the intake roar now. Sounds cool but i like the quiet better, LOL
P.S. — awesome job Nikki !!!
Good job Nikki. I’m glad you showed us the good and the bad. Life is an adventure and learning is an important part. I’m sure Jason had fun viewing your video and mentioned the wind sock. You go girl.
You did so great!!! Very impressed at your knowledge and resourcefulness. Great vid, and loved seeing your companions making such a good peacat gallery. ???
P.Sm Hope everything is okay with Jason and family. Sending kind thoughts.
Loved this video. Rather ambitious to do a solo video at the same time you did a solo RV trip. Good job!
Nice job, Nikki. So nice to see a bit of real-life from a solo female’s perspective. Nice job with the video, too. I supect Jason loves seeing the video as well. Safe travels and I hope Jason and his family are OK.
I am so happy you have a chance to do a solo trip. I am sorry to hear about Jasons family. I hope things owr out. Go girl go.
This is the first of your videos that I’ve watched and I really enjoyed it! I’m planning to set out as a solo RV-ing woman late next year, and your video was inspiring and informative. Thank you for sharing your adventure!
Don’t feel bad about having to disconnect twice, we’re tied, I had to do it twice in one day too. 🙂
Enjoyed the solo RV video. My mom was a solo snowbird after Dad passed away. She drove the truck and 5th wheel from BC to Southern California on her own several times. Biggest problem she had was she never learned to back into RV sites at all! Seems there was always a willing “fellow” camper in the vicinity to help her.
I have yet to back our 5th wheel into a RV site myself. However, I would manage the set up and take down tasks if I had to. We have a similar division of duties when out on the road to you two. You have inspired me to learn how to do everything on my own as well. You never know when circumstances will change and it would sure help to have developed some skill ahead of time.
Thanks for all the great RV videos, especially the wild camping tips and locations.
Nikki, you did great! My wife and I really appreciate your video and comments during it, even the flubs with having to disconnect the car and re-position the coach. Guys have the same concerns, we just don’t talk about it much to the lasses.. It is more, “Man you should’a seen the cramped spot I got us out of at the last gas station!” Your honesty and conquering attitude was refreshing. My wife worries that at our age (over 60) and out on the road , she might have to take over the same things you just experienced. Seeing your victory over fears helped a lot! Great job all around. Jason should be proud of you girl!
I heard you say you would wash your hands good after dumping the gray water but then the video shows you combing your hair back with your hand just as you closed the basement door! Ewwwww or editing? Anyway, love your videos. My husband would love to do what you do. Me, I need a home base but do want to travel. Have you two have ever considered holding seminars at campgrounds around your route to educate the rest of us on full-time rving? Speaking fees! ??
Hi Nikki, You’re my inspiration! I haven’t learned to drive our class A yet. But know I need to. I rely on hubby too much. You did great! You deserved that beer at the end of the day!
Thanks for showing and sharing that RVing isn’t always easy and there are lots of things to consider. Soft ground, turning in tight places and can I make it? type stuff. I have to be honest though and say I personally would not feel comfortable about staying by myself in the middle of nowhere. Especially since we have dogs that have to be let out to potty. Cats are definitely easier! Great job. Hope all is okay with Jason and his family. You did a fine job shooting the video too.
Jack and Chris McGibbon
Job well done. Going solo is tough. It I is so helpful to have that second set of eyes on the road to avoid too small parking lots etc. etc. Love following your blog. Practical advice complete with all the tough situations as well as the mostly wonderful days. We are new to the R V lifestyle, in the process of selling our Palm Springs home to go full time. If you are still in the Coachella Valley my wife and I would love to buy you dinner.
Jack and Chris
Nikki, Or should we start posting Nikk#1
Another great posting and I’m really impressed that you took the time to do all the solo video work. Well done!
Also glad to read (in one of your replies) that the current family emergency is over. I hope that everything works out well or those involved.
P.S. I second the suggestion we see Jason do a complete interior set-up one day. Solo!
Nikki, you are amazing. I would have been so over-whelmed. You rocked it and looked good doing it 🙂
Good luck to Jason and his family. Hope everything is better now.
Good for you for taking the trip solo. It really shows off what a great support the two of you can be for each other. I don’t know how comfortable I would be, but seeing that you did it is truly inspiring. I’m kind of glad you didn’t stay on that lonely road. I’m sure you would have been fine, I just watch too many scary movies, it would have freaked me out. Not that your two ferocious kitties wouldn’t take care of you. Keep posting, my Husband and I really enjoy the posts. I hope someday to meet you both person, it would be a thrill.
Debbie from Illinois
You did great Nikki! My husband does the all the driving, I am terrified to get behind the wheel. Maybe, just maybe I might try to do it. Watching your video inspired me to at least try.
Look, it’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s capable woman!
Good for you, Nikki. Good job.
If you happen to go through Needles please stop and say hi, Sandy and Kim from Fairbanks Alaska, were trying our first adventure of snow birding. Sandy is there while iam back at work .her phone if you make it is 907-378-3416.
Great job Nikki. You’ve inspired me to learn how to drive the RV. My husband has been asking me to for years and I just wasn’t comfortable – but now I’ll give it a try.
Girl Power? You did great for ANYONE going it alone, especially when solo isn’t part of your regular routine. And of course videoing makes everything take at least three times as long. 😉 Great job on managing all systems, navigation, set-up, filming and editing. You rock Nikki!
Good job Nikki! I admire your adventurous spirit. You did good.
Great job Nikki. Don’t be down on yourself for having to disconnect. Stating as a man we ALL have done it a time or two.
Oh, Nikki, this is Jim (aka Smokin Jim blah, blah) again. One thing I learned while doing my talk show is to put a sock, if you don’t have a regular mic cover, over the microphone, if possible. Of course you may have been using something with a built in mic that didn’t extend. It just cuts out the wind noise. It was still a beautiful video!
And I thought your hair color was terrific, if that makes a difference to you. And I hope Jason’s family is okay.
Smooth and proper, no probs. Good all the way around. Congrats.
Hi Nikki, you did GREAT!!!!!
I love the video 🙂
Brilliant! I liked that you showed all the bumps in the road you had. As I have been trying to get my Solo RV legs under me in the past few months I am completely with you! I also hope that Jason’s family emergency went as well as it could!
You mentioned tjat Jason gets a bit of motion sickness unless he is driving. And, you are thinking about sailing. Well, I have had problems with motion sickness all my long life, and our dreams of sailing had to be put away for good because I get severe seasickness, and it doesn’t go away. I have tried sailing on numerous smaller boats (under 100 feet) with the same results. I tend to be okay on ferries and cruse ships if in calm waters. I mention this because you and Jason are planning to buy a boat. Have you sailed a lot? Is he sure he is okay on boats? Just a caution before you actually purchase one.
WTG young lady!!! You did great. And showing the mishaps makes others know it isn’t always roses. It gives the impression that it can be done alone. And it was!!! My husband don’t love the Rv or travel but he has taught me and I have for years did the Rv travel with my young children with his encouragement. My children are now grown and soon I am going to embark on the Rv travel solo. Thank you so much for sharing. You are great.
“You are brave I see and a rogue like me, fellow Musketeer!”
Kudos for your solo trip and getting where you wanted to get with style, grace, humor, and just a little “oh sh*t” mixed in. When I can finally get on the road as you are now I am going to be sure I have all your videos handy!
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You go girl! Way proud of you, but no thanks for me. I have never even driven our truck pulling the trailer. I know I should, but …
You did GREAT! You are right it really is best to share the set up and break downs for sure
You go, Girl! I love soloing now and then, no matter how much I love going with my husband. Haven’t tackled it with our new 5th wheel yet; was much easier with our little View! I’ve been practicing, though! Hope to see Joshua Tree in the next week or two.
P.S. Great video skills! You definitely earned that beer!
Great job Nikki.
Ray & Suzy Snyder
Love your video, sound didn’t match in the beginning but it was good later. We are going to get into RV ing hopefully later this year. Watch all your videos. You and Jason make a great couple. Hope to meet up some day. Good luck.
You are a brave and courageous person to go it alone. Congratulations on your first solo road trip.
This is a great video! We, too, divide the chores. As my husband said one day, “You handle the in house; I handle the out house.” HA! Like so many other women posting here, I need to drive ours and am totally unnerved about it. A solo trip would also be good for me. One does never know when something might happen and I’d need to be able to drive and set it up. Thanks for showing what it’s really like to RV and, keep ’em comin’.
Thanks so much for showing how it really is! I’m the (female) driver for the two of us and your video of having to disconnect and reconnect made me feel a lot better about the situations when we’ve had to disconnect and reconnect the jeep. We also split the duties when we arrive or get ready to go and have to hook up or disconnect (he does the nasty part for now) but I’ve also ensured I know how to do all these functions too. Again, really appreciate the video of the reality of some RV days.
Wow! What a trooper you are. I’ve tried driving our 40′ once without dragging the car. After six miles, I gave up. However, after seeing your accomplishments, perhaps I’ll try again someday. Thanks for sharing your adventures.
Awesome job and video. I think your job of hooking up the tow car, unhooking, rehooking, etc is a lot more common than many of us would like to admit. You did a great job. Hope all is ok with Jason’s family.
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I think you did a great job. I hope I can be as capable with the RV and toad handling as you were. Thanks for sharing.
Suzanne and Regis Pontiere
Nikki, great job on the video and good for you – going solo! It IS a lot of work (and splitting it 50/50 does help), but it’s so worth it in the end. Loved the pics too, as always.
For all those co-pilots out there that haven’t driven their RV or pulled a camper, a good place to start is anywhere there’s minimal traffic and you can just drive slowly. Believe me, you’ll be driving down the road in no time! #lovethervlifestyle #RockinSunglasses
Kudos! The hubby and I also split tasks (divide and conquer). It only makes sense. But I like to think I could do it all too if I had to. I thoroughly enjoyed the video. You did well!
Great video. Joshua Tree is a nice area. Love the videoshow of your adventures. One day will be a full time rv’er and am learning alot.
Awesome video!! You rock it Nikki. So proud you allow us to follow a long.
Thanks for a good video. Murphy’s law for sure. Enjoy yours and Jason’s videos. Alaska bound one day
Hey Nikki! Really impressed at your driving that big rig on your own! That makes me even more determined to learn how to drive our class C! You see my husband had a medical emergency last fall while we were out – and he’s on “no driving” til March. Thankfully we had bought into a membership where they will transport your RV home. Since I’d never driven our RV – that pretty much was our only option. We drove home in our towed vehicle! It was interesting with no suitcases! LOL! I have to admit I still haven’t driven the RV – it sits in the driveway – but one of these days I will feel empowered and learn to drive it! Girl power – right? Glad Jason’s family is better & you are back together!
Jimmie W. Crawford
Great Job Nikki, and you looked good doing it! Love the sunglasses! My only concern was in the early shots, it looked like the cables between the RV and car were dragging the ground, later it looked like they were tied up to the tow bar. Hope there wasn’t a problem. Love to here technical details on what camera and software you use shoot and edit your videos. Have you done a video on that, if not maybe an idea? Hope to update my long neglected website and get some material out there myself!
You two are a great team, but thanks, for taking us along on your solo trip! I laughed and got tense, you’re a natural, great video! Do you ever get self conscious taking videos with people around? I do, sometimes.
Great job — I really enjoyed this video style where you get to see everything involved in your day, like packing up the RV, getting stuck in a parking lot, etc. Would love to see more videos like this!
I agree with Kriss.
Great job Nikki. There is a lot to do for one person! The filming and editing were excellent as well. The best part is that you kept smiling!
Oh, Nikki, you rock!!! You hung in there and conquered. I’m a solo FT rv’r and could SO relate to what you were encountering!!! But I’m just pulling a 17′ fiberglass trailer so your challenges were even greater. Love following you guys. Thanks for all you do. And . . . great job!!!
YAY!!! Girl power!! I have still never really driven when we are pulling Flo, so this was very exciting for me and your RV is way bigger than our camper, so major, major props!! Glad Jason is home and love the Joshua tree site!! Hope to make it out that way sometime soon!!
Well done Miss Nikki! Very competent and rolling with the bumps reassures that taking your time will yield the intended results!
Hi! I LOVED your video / post. As the female half of a traveling couple, I can relate. I spent a week on my own just before Christmas – it wasn’t the first time ever, but it was the hardest. I was SO glad to start traveling as a duo again … for the good company of course, but also the division of labor. You are right, it is a lot of work. Oh, and truly a GREAT job with the video!
Nikki… You are AMAZING!!! You’ve definitely inspired me to take on more of the RV/Travel responsibilities I’d rather leave to my hubby and to build up my #girlpower — I may have to #doitafraid cause going solo even for brief adventures in our RV scares the life out of me LOL!
Thanks for sharing all your tips and experiences… They will definitely come in handy when we hit the road full-time in May!!!
It would be such a pleasure to meet you during our travels one day!!!
Oh Nikki, Nikki, Nikki. You and Jason have done so many videos on gear and RV equipment. What you need to get is a great big steel reinforced bumper and then if you can’t get around that parking lot cause something is in the way, just BOOM, move it out of the way !! I’ve seen truckers doing it several times. Your bigger than they are, just keep up the speed and make that turn. Its just a simple mass x velocity equals motion.
Great video by the way, I think more people need to see that its possible for the co-pilot to do it alone !
Nikki – I love watching all of the GWTW’s videos. They are always so informative and most of all upbeat and positive. You rock and this video is pretty awesome too. Will you guys be in the desert for a while? I may be out that way this week.
Jeff and Emily Miller
We watched and believe You did Great!!
It’s exhausting the first time you do it all solo, isn’t it? I found myself on the road after dark in the same general area recently and I know how intimidating that feels (I’m a solo full-timer chick). But you did it! It gets easier (and less exhausting, and more satisfying) every time. Hopefully you’re enjoying the quiet time while Jason’s away. And as a bonus — absence makes the heart grow fonder! <3 #girlpower
Nikki – I watched this with my wife and we enjoyed it a lot. Next one in the series is Jason gets to deal with the inside stuff on his own?
Great job on the video, you did an awesome job going solo. My husband and I will be getting our first RV this fall and putting in a compost toilet. We so much love and enjoy all your videos, tips and “how not to” advice and videos. We will definitely have to re-watch that toilet install video even though my husband is very handy, he has never worked on anything rv. (I will have my video camera handy for this one). Hope to see you on the road one day before you sail off in the wild blue yonder.
Awesome job Nikki. It looked like a beautiful drive from the airport to where you spend the night. Too bad Jason missed it. Send my best wishes to him and his family in Dallas. And that spot you ended up at! It looked incredible. Very good job on the video, you did great telling the story and editing. I look forward to seeing what’s next.
I’m here to attest to the fact women can totally RV as a solo. My husband & I full-timed in a 17′ Casita (molded fiberglass ‘egg’ trailer) for 4 1/2 years. However his health declined in the past year & he died last fall. I’m not ready to spend the seasons in one place so I learned how to hook up, back up & pull my trailer, including using all systems like solar panels, generator, water, tanks, propane, etc, etc. I’ve found that most male RVers are tickled to help out a woman. I always ask someone to teach me how or to explain something to me. Often, a man will help me get something done tho. I’ve never felt unsafe around other RVers but I’m also parking closer to others than when my husband was alive. I try never to be out of cell fon svc either. If I can’t do something, there’s usually someone else around who can help. If not, make a call to a professional. All women should KNOW how to handle their RV by themselves. . .cause anything can happen – suddenly.
Wow Nikki, you did great. Sorry Jason, now we know who the real talent is LOL
You did GREAT Nikki! Wow! I’ve always wondered what things would be like if I ever went solo (a trip without the hubby). You know the guys are great to have around. They are so good at the ‘outside’ stuff. And it’s not that women CAN’T, it’s just how the division of tasks go I guess. Anyway, I thought you were terrific!
Great job Nikki! You did awesome. Hoping you don’t have to be alone too often, messes with the dynamic.
This might be your best one yet! Excellent!! It was really great to see you handle all the tasks and not be swayed by a minor inconvenience or issue. Well Done! I thought there was going to be a portion of the video where you washed your hands, but we’ll assumed you did. I think I saw you run your hands through your hair after emptying the grey tanks? Not sure about that. Also — how did you get all that filming done by yourself? A tripod? And having to unhook? That was excellent. I think some people would just ‘back up a few feet…and that could be disastrous. So you sucked it up and just unhooked! Despite the hassle, inconvenience etc. And your instincts later proved right. Looks like you found a fabulous place. Congrats. That was a terrific video.
Hey Nikki great job!!! I found this very insightful as we are still in the process of doing this RV thing and have not purchased one yet. It gave us some great insight on the process you need to go through to break camp/get set for the trip to your next destination and what you might run into when you get to that destination. Thanks to both of you for all the videos and articles that you do to promote the RV life style. You 2 do this in a very fun way to watch and learn!
I have to say that was fun. I feel bad for you having to disconnect the car twice, but practice makes perfect.
I enjoyed your video, great job!
Marcia Jones Goynes
Nikki, I’m so proud of you!!! And you have made some very good points here that I’m going to have to “do”, like all the outside stuff that my husband always does while I’m inside doing my “stuff”. I had to laugh about the unhooking and rehooking the car. I could see that happening to me. I must work up my nerve and do some of the driving in our coach. I love our life style! Ya “donegood” (oneword) Stistah! You’ve given me some confidence! Hugs, Marcia BTW, you did a wonderful job on the video!!!!!
Thanks so much! I do hope to get a note soon saying you took a driving shift or took on the outside stuff for a change…its empowering!
Love following the Wynn. Bravo on your solo video! Great job.
I had no doubt that you could setup/teardown, and drive your RV.
Your 21st century woman, with an equal.
As a re-newed RVer, it’s true. Sometimes you just have “those days.”
But education and experience has prepared you to handle them.
I think Jason gets comfort in knowing while he is away, you are in charge and ok with everything.
Hope everything goes ok with his family. Then when he returns, he can shoot more videos of you “doing it right”….awesome!
Thanks Vicki, especially for the vote of confidence! Things are on the right track with Jason’s family and he is back home with me (yeah). He had no doubts but had a good laugh at me disconnecting the car so much.
So great! Very proud of you! lol! I am impressed with how calm you were. How long does it take to hook up the tow car? It does look like a lot of work. I would want a smaller rig for sure! Class C would be so perfect for me and my dog Cash. He barked by the way when one of your cats meowed! HA! I noticed there still is some squeaks, is that just part of the deal? Nice job! Love the updates!
Connecting the car really isn’t so bad…because we typically only do it once. 🙂 It takes about 5 min and is worth the effort. We love having our tow car but certainly, the smaller the rig, the easier things are and the more places you can get. As for those squeaks…there are few minor ones and there will always be some. Unless you are in a half a million dollar+ coach.
Great job Nikki. I’m glad you made the decision to record your adventure in video. Good work with the shooting and editing. You made me realize that my wife would have no clue how to do any of the RV related tasks so if something were to happen to me she would be royally screwed. I guess we will have to work on that. I have done a couple of solo cross country trips where my wife and son have flown out to meet me. Doing it completely by yourself is different. It was a bit of an eye opener for me. Even finding gas can be an adventure. I realized how much more fun RVing is when shared. I guess most things are like that. Congrats on overcoming the issues and sharing it with the world.
You are so right, even finding gas can sometimes be an adventure! There is an empowering feeling of independence that comes with solo travel but it is fun to share the experiences too. I have a major appreciation for both and feel incredibly grateful to be blessed with both sides of that coin. Oh, and definitely get your wife involved with the RV tasks…you never know she might just be a rock star RV’er in the making. 🙂