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Although 85% of RV enthusiasts are couples, it seems that the number of widows, divorcees and other single women who are RVing is growing, according to the Kansas City Star, which used the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) as one of its sources for a recent article.
RVIA marketing Communications Director Amy Shelton told the newspaper she has a family friend who is in her late 50s and is a dedicated RVer.
“She’s only 5-2, and she has a dislocated shoulder,” Shelton told the Star. “But she’s not afraid to take her motorhome out on her own. She travels with an RV club and she has a great time.”
The Star also interviewed Priscilla Hedges, 67, a divorcee from Lawrence, Kan., who travels the country in a motorhome with long-time friend Grace Hubbel.
“Other women will come out and applaud when I back our rig into a parking spot,” Hedges said during the recent Kansas City RV Show. “They’ll say, ‘I could never do something like that.’ But they’d be surprised. Once women try some of these things, they realize they can do just fine.”
Hedges has owned seven RVs, starting with “an entry-level camper” and eventually moving into a Class A motorhome, the Star reported. She and Hubbel lived full-time in the same motorhome for three years and they attended the RV show in Kansas City to look for a replacement.
After seeing a single woman in California several years ago driving a Class A that “had canoes on the top, bikes on the back and towing a jeep,” Hedges decided to buy a Class A.
“She was on her own touring the country, but that’s not all that unusual anymore,” Hubbel said.
“In the past, everyone thought it was the man’s job to drive and take care of the outside of the RV and the woman’s job to take care of the inside,” she said. “But more people are realizing that women don’t have to give up this lifestyle if they lose their husbands. They can do a lot of things. They just have to try.”