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Going Mobile

Social media communities help RVers live better

During these pandemic times, it’s easy to feel isolated. That’s why we appreciate plugging into the vast network of social media groups created for the tiny-home-on-wheels crowd.

In the three years since we started rolling down this adventure-filled road, we’ve joined a number of RV-oriented groups on Facebook. We regularly devour reviews on Park Advisor, Campendium and HipCamp. We also follow various RV travel-type hashtags on Instagram.

All provide endless sources of entertainment — who knew there were non-tip bowls for traveling doggies? — and an assortment of solid suggestions. Mostly, though, they help us feel as if there’s a robust community of people from coast-to-coast sharing the same mission: Living the RV dream.

Here are some of our favorite virtual destinations to connect:

Facebook takes the six-layer caramel cake for hosting the most active and engaged groups. We check in most frequently to RVing Tips, a group that’s 90,000 strong. It was started by Steven Flectcher, who wrote a book with the same title and has a blog that shares the name. So, if you don’t want to mess around with joining the Facebook group, you can easily check in with RVTip of the Day online.

Recent conversations worthy of reading include a long discussion about how to accommodate a puppy in the mobile lifestyle. Tips include buying a hand-held vacuum and making plans to brush that adorable fur baby outdoors before letting him romp inside the small space.

Full Time RV Living has more than 80,000 members, so when you pose a question, you’re likely to get a slew of answers. We’re more of the observer type when it comes to this type of social interaction, though. Some might even call us lurkers.

The big exception to that rule is when it comes to sharing info on best places to stay. When that question gets asked, we’re happy to shout out our all-time favorite campgrounds and parks. Trailer Village at the Grand Canyon is at the top of the heap, along with Rancho Sedona and Malibu BeachRV Park. You’re welcome for sharing!

Over on Instagram, nearly 2 million posts have the hashtag #RVLife, but dig down into those subcategories for lots more inspiration: #rvlifewithdogs, #rvlifewithkids, #rvlifeadventures. And thanks for giving us a follow on Our Grand Tour!

The content on this platform is definitely more show-and-tell than info exchange. When we find some road warriors worth following, we’re always excited to check in on their journeys. Right now, for instance, the couple who describe themselves as Thirsty Wisconsinites, Di and Al, are doing something we’ve long dreamed about: Exploring Baja. You can tag along on BeeRVing_America. Yes, we know they’re in Mexico, which is part of North America, so there ya go.

Finally, those campground-review apps and websites might not exactly be described as social unless you’re contributing. Still, over the years of reading some of the reviews out loud as we try to decide where to stay, we feel like we’ve come to know the characters who weigh in.

We’re on a first-name basis with Skip, Tony and Katie on Park Advisor. These reviewers paint a fine portrait of the prospective RV parks and campgrounds across the country, often dishing up wisdom about rough road conditions leading into the destinations. We really enjoyed reliving our trip to New Orleans by reading some of the reviews for the French Quarter RV Park. We found ourselves nodding in agreement on the lackluster assessment of the KOA in Alburquerque

No matter where you get your social media fix, it’s comforting to know there are loads of folks out there living the RV dream. We sure do appreciate all the good advice, the funny photos, the slew of inspiration and shopping tips.

Leslie Kelly
Leslie Kelly is a freelance writer.